I love taking pictures of my kids and I love the idea of amazing Christmas Card pictures. But somehow it's really hard to make 5 boys stand still and smile all at the same time! Once in a while I get lucky and a family picture will magically turn out. Most of the time I shake my head and wonder how many packages of fruit snacks it takes to bribe them to hold completely still!
I've learned (or maybe I've gotten old and tired) to go with the flow a little more and not aim for perfection because we are far from perfect. Instead, my favorite pictures now are the candid ones - even the ones they take sometimes. Lesson learned - Don't sweat the small stuff. My big brood of boys are probably never going to all stand still and take a perfect picture until they are all like 30 years old. So I'll laugh at the faces and enjoy the squinted eyes for now. Here's a few of my favorite from our very impromptu Christmas photo shoot last year. Man do I love these faces!
Miss Amy: I love teaching kids and watching that "A-ha!" moment happen when all the dots connect and the light bulb goes on! There's nothing better!