Saturday, December 13, 2008

One of these faces is not like the others


I think that reality TV producers have missed an idea. The HOLIDAY PHOTO SHOOT. The concept is simple...family cleans up, attempts Christmas photo, disaster ensues. Typecasting wouldn't be an issue because family dynamics usually take care of that.
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All I know is that last weekend, out of equal parts desperation and delusion, we grabbed our tripod and camera, set the timer, and hoped for the best. Once again, our Christmas card may deceive you, but 41/42 pictures taken involved 3 happy campers and 1 frowning, crying, or just up and left the picture, Lily. Bless her heart. Oh, there was the large dog off his leash that attacked the children and ran off with our bag as his owner screamed and chased him down, and there was the occasional hiker that showed up in the background of our pictures. The children had their own idea of what would make a good Christmas card, it involved climbing a large dirt hill and jumping off. There was ONE picture where Lily appears amused. (see below)
But it didn't make the final cut because during THIS photo, a strange lady walking by decided that we needed some help and came to "entertain" the children while the camera timer ticked away. Kids are laughing at the crazy lady, but mom and dad have a look on their face that reads a little more, "what the heck..."

fun times.

11 comments:

~The Stevens Family~ said...

Oh Lily!! There always has to be one that won't smile. Sounds like a very amusing photo shoot, I would watch a reality show about that for sure!!!

Jill Revell said...

I really love the 3rd picture. So cute!

Lora said...

I give you props for even attempting photos on your own! I think they are adorable! What would life be with out excitement..or Lily!

the boyd family said...

so cute! i love them all, even if not everyone's smiling. it still shows personality! :) do you mind emailing me your address so i can send you a Christmas card- boyd2002@embarqmail.com

dixonfamily said...

Beautiful family, regardless of one little cutie deciding she wasn't in the mood. We had the same problem trying to take pictures last week. Can you say PHOTOSHOP!! Someone's head may have to be removed and replaced somewhere.

Zach 'n' Jack said...

hilarious!!! Oh how I love Lily. You guys are the best family, I miss you all so much!

Isaura said...

Tara, i'm impressed you attempted photos!! I just wrote a few words, signed, licked the envelope and away they went. I think the third picture was pretty good too. When i read the thing about the crazy lady i looked at the picture and laughed because your face is classic :) I can tell your thinking she needs to EXIT!!
You guys look great. how are you feeling?

Christy said...

HA! i totally hear you on this one. kids are cute, until you pull out the camera, and then the world is over. pictures are funny, kind of like the clean house idea we were talking about. you look at a picture of a family and you think, "wow, look how happy they look", when really it was a struggle just to get the kids to sit still! :)

Lisa said...

Can't wait to see the one that made the final cut!

Go-Church's.blogspot.com said...

I love how in the 2nd picture, Lily isn't even in it! I thought for a minute that you kicked her out of the family picture because she wasn't cooperating. Just kidding. Did I somehow miss that you are pregnant?!?! CONGRATULATIONS! You are the best mommy ever!

Lisa said...

BTW, can't wait to see you. I heard you might be staying for longer- I'm glad. We need to catch up and it would also been fun to have the kids play. Call me at my parents anytime you are free!