Ahhh, 'tis the season!
The season of trying to get a decent family picture to send out in card form to all your family and friends. The quest this year has been long and arduous. So difficult in fact, that I had to look up a new word for difficult (hence, arduous). The usual, "Hey,sit close to your sisters and let's take a photo on the couch" surprise family photo just didn't work. Due in large part to Kiddo1's ability to mix and match her wardrobe, Kiddo2's ability to get dirty, and Kiddo3's nap schedule.
We were deep into the December calendar and still, I had nothing!
The day of the church Christmas program dawned. We were dressed in our finest. Well, the rest of the family was dressed in their finest. I was dressed in the one thing that didn't have snot on it. (Not mine. No one told me in pre-natal class that mother = Kleenex.)
Here is Kiddo1 ringing the bells. Look at that focus! That concentration! She didn't have a clue she was supposed to ring them at a certain time, she was just ringing them for all she was worth and having the time of her life.
Afterwards, I attempted to wrangle the whole family into a picture. Kiddo2 needed some coaxing. A LOT of coaxing...and restraining. We didn't even hope for smiling. Just sit still long enough to snap it on sports mode was fine with me.
Kiddo3 sweetly wondered "What's all the fuss? I love to get my picture taken!" Meanwhile, her brother hid behind the pulpit. Literally crawled in there at one point.
See, is it really so hard to stand in front of the Christmas tree?
Not when you're wearing a dress!
Kiddo2 viewed the photo session from his pulpit perch.
We the resorted to bribery. There, I admitted it. I'm not proud of it, but when Mama wants a picture...Mama wants a picture! We bribed him with Christmas cookies that were stationed at the back of the church. He stomped over to the tree, stood for exactly 0.21 seconds, I snapped on sports mode (for I have learned), and low-and-behold we got one!!! After the obligatory 0.21 seconds, Kiddo2 stomped off and said, "I need cookie now." And the boy got a cookie.
Merry Christmas from our family to you!!