Wednesday, December 5, 2012

1 Out Of 157 Ain't Bad

Last night was Adelaide's Christmas winter vocal concert.

The obligatory pre-concert photos:



I know I've said it before, but it is nearly impossible to get three children to smile and look semi-normal all at the same time.  






And none of these were prompted by, "Okay, now silly faces!"  That is what their normal faces look like.  You should feel kind of sorry for them.  (See our beautiful tree that has one strand of lights burnt out and whose ornaments are absent from the bottom third of the tree because of certain sticky fingers?)

It seems like only a year ago we were getting ready for Adelaide's last winter concert.





Oh, wait.  It was.  

And can I just point out that Adelaide's dress fit two years in a row (SCORE) and that it was a hand-me-down to begin with (DOUBLE-SCORE)?





Now raise your hand if you love Adelaide's coat and you're ready for this hastily thrown together post to end.


My hand is up.


The end.





14 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness --that stair is identical to the one in my parents' house. I have lots of photos of us children in front of that VERY stairway. Same wood, same pattern, same bannister, same post, same rails. That's just weird.

    I love all those faces! I can't even imagine trying to get a good picture with three kids that age. We have a really hard time getting good faces with two adults and one tween!

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    1. We have that egg-and-dart molding all over the first floor of our house. So I'm curious: When was your parents' house built?

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    2. My parents house, in Ann Arbor, MI, was built in the 1910's. The woodwork is lush --such thick moldings everywhere. I love that staircase, but that may be partially nostalgia. I showed that picture to my daughter and husband, and they both recognized it instantly :-)

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  2. i love taking pictures of a bunch of kids.

    the ol' spray n' pray method usually works best.

    but even then you end up with one that is SOOOO close, but not quite and a bunch of not even close, but quite funny to post on one's blog.

    http://onceforalldelivered.blogspot.com/

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    1. Spray n' pray. That's the perfect descriptor for shooting with the camera. Or guns.

      Maybe not such a good idea with guns, actually. Or with spray paint.

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  3. I give you credit for trying to take the photos. I don't think we have any of our whole family when our youngest was 2 to 5 years old. She just wouldn't stay still. And now she engages in eye-rolling, tongue-sticking-outing, and other such photo shenanigans.

    I like the middle one from 2011 where it looks like the two older ones are trying to do their version of a mosh pit with their younger brother.

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    1. Well, I feel pretty terrible; we have a mountain of photos from Adelaide's first two years of life, then with Atticus, we have more of a large hill, and then Caedmon has more of a small mound.

      Sorry. I felt the need to see that metaphor all the way through.

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  4. Chuckle--the pictures just make me laugh. Not at you of course, more with you, as in "beside you in the trenches".

    And *score* on the two-year-hand-me-down dress! It looks lovely too.

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    1. Always good to hear laughing rather than weeping in the trenches. Some days it could go either way.

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  5. I saw on HGTV where this family would make the kids wait on christmas day, take a picture on the staircase before the kids could go and see what Santa brought and what presents they had. Since I don't have a staircase to force this tradition on, I thought you might find it fun!

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    1. That is a cute idea (the kind I could never come up with on my own), but we try not to put too much emphasis on Santa. I could also see some major pushing, shoving, and injuries resulting from making them wait on our uncarpeted and therefore somewhat dangerous stairs.

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  6. Our tree looks the same way, the bottom third undecorated

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    1. Because we have small children! Someday, hopefully, we will have fully decorated trees.

      Dare to dream.

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