Plus, the ease of doing the whole card at my computer cannot be underestimated. I avoid taking the children to any store at this time of year. They are like shut-ins.
We try to do a nice group photo of the kids every year, but let's face facts: with an inveterate eye-closer, a camera-hater, a cheesy smiler, and a whole passel of fidgeters, we have been known to have an outtake or two. Or two hundred.
Thank heavens for the advent of digital photography at The HomeFront!
This was one of last year's outtakes, and with a year's perspective, I think I like this better than the one we chose for actual card. It just seems to capture the kids' personalities, especially Sally's impish little grin behind her hand.
And can I just say how little they look to me? This was only a year ago, for goodness sake!
The picture below has to be one of my favorite outtakes ever.
There was once a time when I was prepared enough to make sure the children had cute matching pajamas for their photo. That time has long passed into song and legend.
But hopefully their cute pajamas can distract you from the fact that these children look like they are going up in front of a firing squad. I don't know if a child can look more morose without actually crossing over into tears.
I'm sure their expressions had nothing to do with their mother fussing over them, saying things like, Smile! Smile! No, no. Not like that. A nice smile. Just a normal smile. Well, maybe a little bigger smile than that. Not too big, though. Now don't squeeze your brother. Just put your arm around him. A little more. A little closer. No! not that close, he can't breathe! Just help him sit next to you. Good. Now smile a little more.
Yep, I'm sure it had nothing to do with that.