Our Family Pictures..

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Each year.. like many moms.. i want some decent family pictures.. a huge bonus – me in at least one..

i didn’t want old buildings, or grungy walls, or nature, or anything that I’d done before.. i wanted more structured.. i just couldn’t find it..

and then.. one night.. we headed to a basketball game at WSU and had to park in a cemetery and there it was!!  the perfect backdrop..

so.. the next morning I got our clothes around.. got the babykid down for a nap (in hopes of the best attitude possible).. and we headed out..

wait.. it soooo isn’t that easy.. we have THREE girls.. three.. heads of hair.. plus – I suddenly look and feel 40.. i wasn’t actually super excited to be in the picture – BUT IT IS IMPORTANT!!!

and the 13 year old boy.. let’s not forget him.. he is a great kid.. but not many boys enjoy family photo time.

but we did it.. with only one in tears..

let’s start with Emily.. our (as of tomorrow ) NINE year old!!!

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she is sweet and spunky and has a wonderful smile that totally lights up a room..

the kids were joking around and struck a pose I was hoping I could find the old picture to match.. and i did.. it was from the Biltmore just before we moved back to Kansas in 2011… they’ve changed so much…

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so we had to add millie.. and it’s the cheesiest picture i’ve ever taken.. and i love it..

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cooper kept asking to take some pictures of just him and millie.. as i’ve said before, my #1 worry when I was pregnant with her was that she wouldn’t have a relationship with Cooper.. he’s 10 years older.. but he loves her.. and she him..

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millie was finally ready for a picture or two on her own.. okay.. ONE .. one snap.. and she was done..

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and then daddy had this idea.. the sun was soooo warm on this side of the building.. but it’s still cute!

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and i love this.. it’s so each of their little personalities..

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and then we added Cooper..  and .. dude…

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when i see them.. i think.. i have FOUR kids.. four.. like.. ALL THE TIME..

some abby and millie hugs..

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and then pretty abby..

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handsome Cooper… now taller than i am.. by a lot..

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then emily and cooper wanted some pictures..

emily is tiny.. thin.. and cooper isn’t ..  they constantly hang out together.. i mean.. i swear.. my kids do not fight.. they really hang out well together.. not everyday is perfect.. but they like each other..

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and this is completely all Cooper and Emily right here..

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physical and laughing… many times emily ends up with a crooked neck from jumping out at him.. but they laugh.. and pester a bit..

then there is Millie.. our babykid.. she is hot.. cold.. hot.. cold..

and she turned cold.. so daddy tried to get her in a better mood.

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and it didn’t really work quickly.. so the big kids were playing ..

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and then Abby took my camera..

oh.. look… i made a picture..

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and tom took one.. it was PAINFUL.. omg.. such fake smiles..

oh well.. proof.. that i have four..

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then a little more fun with millie.. and my old wrists.. WTH!!!???

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then i grabbed my camera back.. and took a pretty one of abby..

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and Cooper entertaining the mini

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then Abby wanted to take a picture of tom and me.. well.. Millie sensed something was going on with out her and she snuck in..

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then we tried the group..

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i mean..

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honestly.

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finally i was like LET’s JUST SIT DOWN..

and you can see by the look of slight disdain on my face.. Millie was DONE!!!!

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so i sent her away.. well.. just to the end.. and you can see.. she was not to happy about it..

full on pouting..

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POUTING… big fat lower lip.. poor Emily sitting there with no one to cuddle on..

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and then.. i had a moment of brilliance..

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each kid got the “clicker”.. the camera remote..

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for a series of shots.. it meant we took many more.. BUT.. we got all the kids to engage!!!.. HOLLA!!!!!

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that one right there is my favorite.. millie looking at me like.. “you KNOW i am in charge of alllll of this, right”..

that kid..

anyway.. it ended in our Christmas Card this year.

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i was totally happy with the results..

as painful as it can be see yourself in pictures

get in the picture..

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3 Comment

  1. Karen says: Reply

    Oh my goodness, I love, love these. The joy, happiness, and fun are contagious.

  2. Anonymous says: Reply

    All of these r wonderful! U have a beautiful family! I miss all of ur “in person” faces!!

  3. Sara jane says: Reply

    All of these r wonderful! U have a beautiful family! I miss all of ur “in person” faces!!

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