Each year, I try to get a group picture of all the kids and each year I fail. True - they are all present in the picture, but never, not ever, can I get them all to look the same way. Maybe next year I suppose.
I did happen to catch some pretty awesome shots of the kids individually - and it amazes me how lucky I get with pictures somedays... like this one (which happens to be my newest most favorite picture I've ever taken!!) - She was about to climb up on this old tractor when I said "Hey - Smile!"... she turned to look and THIS is what I got. A little vignette-ing and Voila! Perfect light - perfect pose. LUCKY shot!
And then comes Lars. And there goes Lars. I'm just thankful he held still for 1 or 2 seconds so I could take a picture of him. He was busy. The whole day. But man did that kid sleep last night!!!
Elle had a blast and made new friends who helped her find a caterpillar of her very own (it now lives in a diaper-wipes container because he wanted a sun-roof - smart kid!). She was WIPED by the time I got her to sit still and take a picture... the day before she had been a flowergirl in a wedding, and the day before that she had stayed at her Grandparents house... she was exhausted to say the least!
Her Grandma earns 100% of the credit for this beautiful little girl that day - she chose her dress, did her hair, her nails, found her perfectly matching shoes - and when she couldn't find ivory colored socks - she did what any grandmother would do - she tossed them in the coffee pot! And it worked! This woman knows more tricks and tips than anyone I've ever known - she's awesome!!!
Elle and her sister had lots of fun taking pictures (for 3.5 minutes - then they wanted nothing more to do with them)... and Lars...
He sat for one picture. Thankfully it was a decent one. He's not smiling by the way - he's showing us his teeth. We just got REALLY REALLY lucky that it happens to look like a smile when he does it. And also - his shirt is really navy blue and not black like his sisters dress - but nobody will ever notice - and maybe I can photoshop it black, huh? (again, another tip from Grandma!). So shhhhhhhh!!!
I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful weekend - it's starting to feel more and more like fall here - and truth be told - I CANNOT WAIT!!!