Monday, October 20, 2008

Okay, everyone smile and say cheese....

A friend of mine had her son's birthday party this weekend at a pumpkin patch. The kids had a blast!! They loved the hay ride, they enjoyed climbing the huge hay pyramid, they totally dug the petting farm, and jumping in the huge piles of hay. They played for 3 hours straight and they were begging to stay longer when we said it was time to go.

While we were there, I kept hoping I'd get the perfect picture opportunity of the 4 of them, sitting on a bale of hay with their arms around each other, smiling happily at the camera....when will I ever learn?? This is what I managed to get each time I tried to take a picture....







That last one I was SO hoping would be the best picture...I had lined the 4 little pumpkins up perfectly (1 for each of them) and they were all standing there, smiling...as I snapped the picture, Landon and Bella took off and Tim moved in to wipe Garrett's hands after we noticed he had brown stuff all over his hand (um, we had just left the petting area....yuck!)

I honestly just have to give up the crazy notion that I will get a beautiful, happy, smiley, faces-looking-at-the-camera picture of my 4 kids. At least for the next few years. So when my kids are older and they ask to see pictures of themselves, I'll show them what I have and say "well, here's the back of your head"...."here's the side of your head"...."oh, here's a picture of your arm....wait, no, that's your leg".


13 comments:

Kim said...

The top picture is my favorite!

I recently came across a batch of pics of my oldest daughter (when she was 18 months). They were all the proofs that I did NOT think were that good because she was looking away, not smiling, etc. Looking at them now, I love 'em! They capture so much of what she was really like, much more than the typical "portrait pose" that I ended up ordering and sending out to everyone.

Lana said...

Oh my goodness!! I have a hard time getting a decent pic with my 7 and 2 yr old! I can't imagine what it must be like for you!! At least you can look back and laugh.. maybe...someday.. right? ;) Sounds like you had a fun day though!!

Elizabeth Channel said...

See, I think those are priceless! I love my Christmas pictures when the children were so young and not paying attention!

Woman in Training said...

Your kids are way too adorable! I love the picture with the littlest trying to climb on the hay bale. :) So sweet.

Doré said...

My son is 15 months old and everytime I try to get a picture of him doing something that is totally picture worthy he sees me and comes straight for the camera. He has a major fascination with being right up in the camera as I take the picture. Maybe one day we will get the pictures we've always hoped for!

mrsbear said...

What a great party idea. Sounds like a blast. I can't imagine getting a good shot with so many little ones. I can never get a good shot of my four, and half of them are 10 and over. I think the shots you got are awesome, not a perfect portrait but a genuine memory of the fun they had. ;-)

ParentingPink said...

Ha! I can never get my girls to all look at the camera at the same time! I finally got ONE shot last weekend at the pumpkin patch where everyone is at least looking my way. Too funny!

Elizabeth Morrel said...

I stumbled on your blog and found myself caught up in a spasm of giggles... I'm not laughing at you, but with you! My oldest was just barely 2 y.o. when my first set of twins, identical girls, arrived. They were 2 and change when the identical boys arrived. I've always responded to people's amazed queries with, "God's got a great sense of humor, doesn't he!?!!" Just wait until the next stage. Homework is so much easier with twins - they quiz each other. When one forgets the textbook, the other usually has it. The joys of parenting multiple multiples only grow bigger - and better - as the years multiply (bad pun)! The highs are higher, while the lows tend to be lower, too; in the end it all goes by much too quickly! Enjoy!!!

Jade said...

Oh my they are adorable! Very candid!
I am at the moment a mommawannabe so all I can do know is admire you and your kids great moments.

Creative Junkie said...

rotf! I actually LOVE the candid shots more than the posed ones.

Some of the best Christmas cards we've ever received are those where the kids are crying, or falling over or turned around or crawling away, etc.

Ambulance Mommy said...

HAHAH!!! YES!!!! You are talking about my life too!! I must have a thousand pictures of the back of my toddler's head.

I think I'll just tell him that I was trying to capture his baby curls, before we cut them all off :)

Arlice Nichole said...

Impromptu pictures are the best!

Paula Constable said...

cute blog and post! Stopping by to say hi. I'm not the best picture taker, so it takes me a while to get a good shot. I also like the action shots.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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