I don't know how professional photographers manage to get cooperative family shots. We manage to get most shots that look like this one. Nobody is even looking normal or even ready to get their picture made... We are just trying to get the majority of the people situated and pointed in the general area of the actual camera. Yes, it was cold. Yes, it was complicated.
I don't know ANY family who is NOT complicated....
And even though it is complicated, and difficult and challenging.... these are still my favorite people. At the end of the day they matter most. They impact and shape my future and they made me who I am because of years past. They grow and change as our family does and I so enjoy their presence at each holiday gathering. Though complicated and difficult, it is my family and I love it.
I have a fearless child. She knows nothing of that word. She's not afraid of the dark. She's not afriad of noises. She's not scared to tell you how she feels or what she thinks. She does what she wants. And yes, she woke up like that. She arrived like that. She came to us with no fear. She is determined and stubborn and a mess. I love her and her zeal for life!
Fireworks, no problem. She was disappointed that we wouldn't let her shoot the BIG BIG ones.
She is the sweetest little girl when she chooses to be.
She's dramatic and exhuasting and bossy.
None of those things are negative, they are just HER.
I'd venture to say that this guy is her all time favorite person, after me of course.
All she has to do is ask and he pretty much gives....
Perfection in a train hat and Christmas pajamas.
There isn't a whole lot else to say about this one.
I want to make sure that I never forget how she puts emphasis on some of the strangest syllables and uses some of the best vocal inflection I've ever heard. She is the most pleasant child with the best manners ever. She isn't typically disrespectful, but she has her moments of out right defiance. She spends more time asking questions than anything else all day long. She is happy to help and a fantastic sock matcher, folder, and can put clothes up like a champ. She doesn't like to brush her teeth or hair. She likes a bath in place of a shower. She loves lotions, lipsticks, and anything that might sparkle a little bit. She is fierce. I predict she will rule the world, or at the very least, create a great one for us to live in.
Sooooooooooo, last week my Kitty celebrated her 30th birthday. I was able to orchestrate an epic surprise lunch for her! I emailed some of her colleagues about it the week before and coordinated with them for a special lunch! I was terrified to manage the whole thing by myself since I had all 3 kids and no help! Thankfully we pulled it off. I was actually on the phone with Kitty wishing her a Happy Birthday while we were driving to her office. I told her we were going to Target. I quickly realized I was going to have to get off the phone or she would wonder what Target we were going to...
We went to Sams to get her gift and cookies to celebrate before we headed to her office. After Sams, we went to Chick-fil-A and got us all lunch. I put in a call to Kitty's husband to get her current lunch order at CFA. After CFA we drove a little bit farther to Kitty's office, made a pit stop for a diaper change and potty break on the way into the building, and then headed up to Kitty's floor!
I was greeted by the receptionist and put in a conference room to wait for Kitty! I was SO excited to be able to actually surprise her! She walked around the corner and I'm not sure she expected us to be sitting there, but we were! It was awesome. We got to enjoy a nice little lunch break and spend some time with Kitty while we were out of school. I know I enjoyed it immensely and I think my kids did too! She has really cool fountains (rivers) at her office and we got to ride an elevator up to her office. My kids LOVE both of those things AND they love Kitty too!
I mean, 1/3 looking at the camera isn't too shabby, right?
Happy 30th Kitty.
You are the best middle sister I've ever had and I am so thankful to have you close!