Little video of our experience with the photo
I'm trying a little something different, and
I'm not sure how I'm going to like it.
We'll see. I usually have so many pictures
I want to include on this page, and not a whole
lot to say that's not just meaningless banter,
ranting, and babbling (see, there I go), that I
end up having a long line of pictures and a
short blurb. Not quite in sync. So,
this is my new-style, for-the-moment update.
So, from the pictures below, you can see that
we've done our Christmas pictures a little
early. Our great friends, Brooke and
Wally, along with their triplets and older
daughter met us at a local mall to get a really
fun group shot of all of the little ones.
We called ahead of time to the photo place to
warn them, oh, I mean, advise them that they
would have EIGHT small children to coordinate
into a quick and painful photo shoot.
Nothing prepared them for the wagon-train of
preschool madness that rolled in. Eight
children dressed in red plaid pajamas.
Jaws dropped, eyes widened, panic ensued,
ladies and children ran screaming. Okay,
well maybe not the last one. But, it was
quite a sight.
Heading in for our Christmas photo.
The photos went surprisingly well, all things
considered. I had brought presents to slap
down in front of their faces and candy canes to
keep them busy. They were still just long
The sweet taste of success!
One thing I learned from this past 2 years of
photo experience (and this one especially) with
young multiples is
that success and excellence in professional
portrait-taking are measured on a different
scale than that of the standard nuclear family.
We watched "mom, dad and their 2.5 children" spend
30-45 minutes fussing over "the perfect smile"
for little Jennie and Tommy, posing and posing
again and again, hoping for true success and
excellence. For us, the perspective was
just slightly different.
1. Success is getting all kids in the
2. Success and satisfaction is getting all
kids in the same picture, facing the same
3. Outstanding success and praise to the
Almighty can only come from all kids in the same
picture, facing the same direction, and smiling.
Well, we didn't achieve #3, but let's give
praise anyway. I love that picture!
We have others, and because it's not Christmas,
I won't share them just yet, but I was so
thrilled about this one that I had to share.
When we were done and waiting for our photos,
we took all down to the food court. Eight
little ones in the mall food court. If
there were ever a justifiable time for people to
point, stare, rubber-neck and jaw drop, that was
it. It was interesting watching people try
to figure out the family dynamic. We had a
great time and everyone was very well-behaved.
So, my granddaughter is growing up so
quickly and I can only imagine how big
she'll be the next time I get my hands on
her. Kristi took her to get her ears
pierced today. And this past week,
Camryn sampled her first real food.
Here are two cute shots of that
sweet-natured little doll.
Last but not least, here's a cute one of the
girls, who will turn practically anything
into a hat. Max knew they were onto
something and went to find his. By
then, the moment was gone. Who knew
Happy Meal boxes could be so fashionable!