Tuesday, August 21

failed attempt at family pictures.

over the past couple weeks we have enlisted various family members to take a photo of all five of us. i think the last one, and only one, we have of all of us together is at the hospital when story was born. we are in need of one, with all of us looking at the camera… and looking somewhat normal. happy, maybe? is that too much to ask?

our first go around was unsuccessful to say the least. see for yourself:



for some reason, maybe because they live to torture to me?, the boys turn into a combination of limp noodles and angry birds while i am trying to get this ONE picture taken. ONE. yet, all day long, when i have my camera or phone out they cheese it up and smile away. this thrills me, really.

we'll kick off this series of trying to get one family picture: round 2 with my favorite shot of the day.


yes, i am that mom.


i think our photographer, who shall remained nameless,  cough cough little sister cough appears to not to be able to focus my camera on us.


blurry.


blurry.


why?


how could you not love those open mouthed faces?


we all look so attractive i can barely stand it.


blurry. and really love brody here.


at this point, i say how about you guys get on the tire swing and your dad and i will squat down around you! anything that will make you happy, children. anything.


… it's


… not …


… working.


chain in my face.

tire swing idea = fail.

cue foster screaming and then spinning around endlessly while doing this:



again with the blurry.


and now, i break out the ice pops at 10 am. i'll really do anything for the picture at this point. and notice the church nursery tag that foster ripped off his ankle in the grass. i think it's a nice touch.


brody's eyes are rolling into the back of his head here. i am sportin' the most forced smile ever. and also, BLURRY.


or maybe that's the most forced smile ever?


help me!


caleb's done at this point.


story's all GIVE ME A DARN POP.


i edited this one…. and still.

at least foster is enjoying himself.


we move on to a little counseling sesh for brody here. we're telling him that he needs to take his hands out from in front of his eyes for the picture. and he, simply, cannot look in the direction of the camera without making the face seen below.


you're welcome for that.


and we end this experience with my disgusted face. and no family picture.

anyone up for being our photographer the third time around?

67 comments:

  1. Oh man! Well, they are still really cute pictures anyway! I know the feeling though, it took us nine months to get one of everyone looking at the camera, only three out of four people are smiling though. Whatev!

    Do you have a remote shutter control? Maybe you could bribe the boys into sitting still if they are allowed to alternating pressing the button?

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  2. caleb looks great in all of these. hahaha. and i love them all. specially the pointy finger one and the last one. love it.
    if i was there i would take your pics!

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    1. hahahah his same face in all the pictures is cracking me up right now.

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    2. oh man, i just looked again. and i just love love the look of disgust on your face in teh last one! i mean, i really love it. lol. and i love brodys funny face towards the bottom where you say " your welcome for that" HAHAHAHA!
      this is good stuff.

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  3. I love every last picture, because I can so relate! I also love that your hubby's shirt says, "Deliver Us From Evil". I think that quote perfectly captures the thought that runs through my whole family's mind during picture time.

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  4. these are hilarious. esp the fact that your husband is stoically making the same face throughout. :)

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    1. the funniest part about this is that in our first go around taking pictures i criticized him that he needs to just sit there and smile no matter what cause there were so many that he was making goofy faces. at least he took my advice this time! HA!

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  5. I just LOLed hard at this post! If I was up there I would totally be your photog :)You are hilarious, btw.

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  6. story. of. my. life. one exception...my caleb gives up WAY before yours does. thank you for the laugh...i nedded it this afternoon.

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  7. Seriously, I feel like Caleb's shirt just said what his brain was thinking!!! Haha! I love Story's open mouth, look straight at the camera thing in the second pic (where your eyes are closed!)!

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  8. This reminds me of the Modern Family episode where they end up covered in mud on family photo day. ;)

    My mom used to frame the weird/blurry/not awesome photos and hang them in our family room around a sign that said "we dont believe in photogenic." Maybe try something like that?

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    1. i wish i watched that show right about now.

      also - that is brilliant, what your mom did. my kind of lady.

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  9. this is so awesome. and so. totally. us.

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  10. This is so awesome! Seriously so, SO much like our attempts at a decent family picture, and we don't even have baby #3 out of mah belly yet! I love it, and I feel your pain!

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    1. ha! i love it, we are not alone at least :)

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  11. this really is probably the best post ever! hahahaha im so sorry. i know how frustrating it is. whew! sure hard work isn't it? so so funny!

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  12. okay that comment from josh was from me. oops!

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  13. Haha!!! I chuckled at these!! My kids are 4 & 6 and we still don't have that ''perfect'' family picture yet. :S
    These are super cute, nonetheless!! Beautiful family! ♥

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  14. i love that your husbands shirt states "deliver us..." I get the scripture reference but funny in the context!

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  15. What I am loving the MOST is that in EVERY. SINGLE. PICTURE but one your husband is like a statue :) always smiling... never moving hahahah!!! While the kids and you scuffle around him hahaha!!!! Thanks for the laugh today:)

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    1. I KNOW. he kills me. i told him that he needs to just sit there and smile no matter what cause there were so many that he was making goofy faces in the first time around. at least he took my advice this time! HA!

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  16. Girl. I was going to do the same post except all of mine were inappropriate because they were all crotch shots of me in a dress. Ashlynn also had a coming to Jesus mtg half way through. Let's meet up and swap shoots.

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  17. These are SO CUTE! The non-staged, normal, silly faces make these pictures so real and I love them! If by chance you're all ever out in California, my sister can take some great pictures and I've been called The Baby Whisperer with how I can make the kiddos smile for the camera! haha! Your family is so beautiful! xoxo

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  18. ahahahhaa all the while your husband has the same face pretty much the whole time, gotta love it!!!

    Hey well, that's where you are right now in life, at least you can make light of it and share a hysterical blog post to make all of us happy!!!

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    1. there's always a plus side… and it's almost always laughter for me :)

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  19. the first of the swing pictures is good!! :)

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  20. honestly, so funny. so struggs in the cutest of ways

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  21. Freakin hilarious. Better luck next time?!

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  22. oh how we can relate! this is funny. u poor thing.

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  23. besides the fact that you cant get a picture, you have a beautiful family. and your boys are super cute!

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  24. This is so stinkin' hilarious. Thank you so very much for sharing. We don't have a single pic of the 4 of us. I KNOW it would look just the same.

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    1. that's why we were meant to be friends. even if your dreams tell you different.

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  25. Hahah! Even if they're not perfect, this is still a cute post and I'm sure you will look back on these pictures fondly. :P

    -Lindsey
    Et tu, tutu?

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  26. omg this was amazingly funny. i love you.

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  27. SO funny!
    I have had such a terrible day and you actually made me laugh! Thank you!!

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  28. This post made me laugh out loud until I cried. I am so serious right now. Mostly because this is how I feel looking through some of the family pictures I take trying to get 3 kids to look at the same time! If you lived closer to Mobile I'd totally come take your pictures!!

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  29. this cracked me up!

    and hey, i'm that mother, too.

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  30. Dear Lord, why is it that kids can't sit still for a photo? Or decide to need you desperately the second you get on the phone? Or have to pee as SOON as you leave the house, even though you asked them to go before you left?! Ah the many mysteries of children... Gotta love 'em! Bless you for posting this - you are the bomb dot com. :)

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  31. Bahahaha. Funniest blog post I've read in a long time. Thanks for the laugh :) Also, you're pretty.
    love you

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  32. So great, and so true. My daughter's legs are spread with underwear showing in the best of our recent family pictures. :) Someday, your kids will love these and think they're hilarious.

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  33. HA!!! My kids teachers just asked me to send in a family photo and I realized that I don't have any of all six of us escept for at the hospital. Guess I am in for it, huh?? I am a new follower, thank you so much for the laugh!!

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  34. Honestly, you should post all not-great pictures from photoshoots from NOW ON because they're SO FREAKING FUN especially with your awesome captions. Like where you point out that Brody's eyes are rolling back into his head. And Story just wants a dang pop. And yes, you are THAT mom. And your forced smile. And I just can't even. These are SO FUNNY.

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  35. oh my lanta this made me LAUGH! my favorite is the finger pointing from you. seriously. so hilarious!

    and........i used one of your free printables in my room!! i'm so thrilled! so, thank you! http://tolosemyself.blogspot.com/2012/08/making-it-cozy.html at least somebody appreciates your love of pretty things, right [whether it be family pictures or prints :)] ?

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  36. i feel you pain and i am laughing so hard right now! the finger pointing is sooo me!!

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  37. hahahahahahaha!

    best blog post EVER!!

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  38. omgosh. you are my new favorite. this was HILARIOUS! especially cause i just posted family pics. why they gotta be so hard? i sweat like a PIG. haha.

    and, ps. your new blog designs are rockin' HARD. i just saw the anderson crew. DUDE. WHOA. so good.

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  39. i wish i could have helped you out.
    this is crazy town.
    but girl.....i can relate. we got pictures once at church ...ya know, Olan Mills. and they snapped the pic just as i "lightly and lovingly" smacked my daughter on the back of her head because she was making it miserable for everyone. YES. they caught it on film.
    oy.
    you are completely normal.
    you need blue lily.
    :)

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  40. i seriously love ALL of these! every. single. one. I just heart your family. :)

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  41. hahaha these are wonderful in their imperfection. just loved looking through each one. =)

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  42. Off topic...I love your kids names! And Brody's face in the 2nd to last picture had me LOL'ing really loud at work. Thanks for that :)

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  43. oh my goodness. laughing my head off....

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