Friday, August 04, 2006

The Semi Successful Picture

My parents, like all grandparents I'm sure, want pictures of their grandkids. And they REALLY want a picture of all 7 of them together. Since my sisters and I are lucky if we all get together once a year, this presents a very limited window of photographic opportunity. Of course proximity does not guarantee a good picture--especially when 7 kiddos under 6 are involved. You're dealing with naps and no naps, fights, tattling, crying, terrible 2(and 3, 4, 5, and 6)behavior, little people who would rather swing or play in the pool than sit for a picture, and parents who are more than happy to let them do all those things rather than fight with them to get them to sit still long enough for a picture.

So imagine our surprise when one sweltering hot evening, all 7 agreed to sit, briefly, on the steps of the playhouse my brother-in-law built for a picture. People were hot, sweaty, dirty, and not really dressed the way we would have preferred for a group picture, but the moment of cooperation was at hand so we went for it. Four cameras trained on those 7 goofballs and this is what we got:

It's not the greatest group picture but it is more than good enough--especially when you look at last year's attempt that went dreadfully astray.

Last Year's failed attempt

8 comments:

Ramona said...

What a great picture!

Fríða said...

great picture! and how much alike each other they all are!
my best from Iceland
Frida

Andrea said...

One of my co-workers has four granddaughters, two of them probably around 5 or 6, and two of them around 18 or 24 months. They tried to get the four of them to sit for pictures with his wife, and the result was this absolutely great, hilarious picture, where his wife and the two older girls are smiling, and the two younger ones are red-faced and howling with rage, reaching for their mothers. He thinks that the picture is so great, he's got it up on his desktop of his computer, and I can't blame him, really. It's just so funny, and a fantastic memory. Perfect photos are overrated, I say. :)

Michelle said...

That's a great photo. They are cute bunch of kids. Welcome back by the way!

Mel in Dubai said...

Hee hee, great photos!

Wanda said...

Very cute photos and at least the little ones attempted to sit still for the pic! Much better than last year.

CynCyn said...

those are hilarious pics. it looks like (in this yrs pics) that the little blonde girl wants to smack the boy furthest on the right. In last yrs attempt, it looks like lil boy with striped shirt is about to lose his cookies. Awesome family fotos... tells it like it really is. :)

Stitchen for Kids said...

I would say that is a pretty good attempt!