Monday, February 23, 2009

Family Pho(to)bia!

What is the most stressful thing in the world for a Mom???


Do I hear an AMEN or a HERE-HERE? Or am I the ONLY one that feels this way?

What other time do you have to have every single person in your family with PERFECT hair (I mean really - how many perfect hair days do WE really have?), PERFECT (matching) clothes (can we say "Shop til' ya drop" --more like drop over dead and haggered!), PERFECT faces (no scabs, cuts, oozing wounds, dark circles, or zits!), PERFECT bones (no casts), PERFECT teeth, (no braces or chips), PERFECT EVERYTHING!!!


And even when you WANT this to happen, it NEVER does! It is impossible to EVER have all those things come together at once with a large family. IMPOSSIBLE! Thus, the stress!!!

I was not looking forward to finding everyone matching clothes and making sure everyone had hair cuts (before the day before) and then scheduling it when there were no oozing wounds or scabs, broken bones, or serious zits on anyone. With all boys, that is quite a feat!

I bit the bullet and scheduled it and then went on the grand hunt for clothes that would look good together. I ended up buying shirts for everyone in two different colors and decided on which to wear the night before. Which meant I also had to return what we didn't wear!

The day of:

~McKay had a scab on his nose (of course!)

~Taylor had injured (and possible broken) his ankle in basketball the day before and was wearing a huge cast boot.

~ I hadn't slept for two days and had huge dark circles under my eyes.

~Two of the boys had broke out on their face.

~Dave's shirt sleeves weren't long enough.

I was just grateful no one had leprosy or something worse!

We arrived at the studio and waited... and waited... for my son Skyler to get there. Then we started the ordeal. I must admit it's much easier to be IN the picture because then I don't have to turn into a circus clown trying to make everyone smile like I used to do when they were little!

A few candid shots of the shoot ↓

*Taylor removing his boot cast for the photos *Me still deciding about a belt *The boys being very bored waiting *Me in the mirror trying to do some magic

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*Here we are looking at the shots with Brenda Young the photographer. She does really good work. Can't wait to see the finished product!

It has been about five years since we had our last professional family photo taken. We had them done right before my oldest son Skyler went on his mission. Then while he was gone our second son Tyson passed away and after that I wasn't anxious to have them taken without Tyson in them. It took me a while to get to the point where it was okay.

After the photo shoot, we took the boys out to dinner. Their reward (AND MINE!) for surviving the ordeal!!! It was nice having Sky in town from Vegas for a few days.

Check out those purple boots! Better yet, check out the look on Bryce's face (right next to me)!

~The Fam~
Taylor, McKay, Skyler, Bryce, Me, Dave, & Tyson (he's there in spirit!)

Since I don't have the REAL ones back yet, THIS will have to do for now!


Rachel said...

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the brown outfits and your purple boots are so rockin'!!! And I totally agree, family pictures are an ULCER attack. Eesh! But from what I can see, I'm sure they turned out beautiful!

mcmommy said...

Amen and Here Here!

Family pictures are the bain of motherhood!

It looks like yours are going to be so great though. Can't wait to see the real ones...

Kelsee said...

You have a gorgeous family! I bet you will love the pictures!

Jill said...

Love the boots woman!!!!! Love them. You have a great looking family and I love the color brown you picked! Good choice but I am sure it was no fun returning the ones you didn't use for all those people. I am sooooo sorry to hear that you lost a child.. Omg.. I couldn't imagine. You are right he is there with you in spirit and will always be.
I can't wait to see the outcome of the pictures. You all look great!

Anonymous said...

You have such a beautiful family!!!

I am sure that the "prof" photos will be perfect, but I have to say I would get the last one enlarged and framed, it is a great family picture!

Mel said...

True true... family pictures can be stressful! I don't know why "we" mothers feel like everything has to be perfect. Love the colors and those rockin' boots!

michelle said...

Your family is so cute! I love the colors you chose and of course the touch of purple is perfect!

Family pictures are enormously stressful! Good job surviving!

Jen said...

I feel your pain! The outfits, the hair... just be glad you don't have girls! Love your outfits! Can't wait to see the final outcome!

Lisa said...

I like the quotes on your sidebar. Sorry to hear about your son passing away. Losing a child is soo hard. Know that you're a strength to others by how you honor and remember him and by sharing your testimony.

The Hoyt's said...

What a great looking family!! love them boots...I have to agree girls are so much harder when it comes to picture taking.. I cant wait to see the pictures..

Da Bergs said...

Of course! You have on purple!!! LOVE it, love your boots! Can't wait to see the "finished" product!!! You have such a good looking family! What is Sky doing in Vegas?? That is where all my in laws live!

Sharon said...

I absolutely agree .. ugh!! we need to take the kids for pictures now & as always I dread it .. we haven't even made our appt yet so we're definitely behind .. congrats on being finished w/yours! Y'all look great!

Jodi said...

Thanks all...but I forgot to add that I borrowed the boots (DANG!) from my friend Julie! I WISH they were mine! But of course she will let me borrow them ANYTIME....right Julie?

Sky is managing a business (home security) down there for now. What part do your inlaws live in?

And I would have to believe girls would be MUCH MUCH MUCH harder (at least hair wise!) for photos!!!
So glad I didn't have to stress about that too!

Jeppsons said...

What an experience! When I see how grown up they all are and how handsome they have turned out, it makes me feel just a little old. I must admit that you have the most handsome basketball team around. I am sure Tyson was watching and laughing.

Yvonne said...

Trying to get everyone together and looking just right is always the challenge. But you guys definitely know how to pull it off.


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