Ok, Dad. Subtle hint taken. Photo shoot & family dinner party planned. The family photo was WAY overdue. We hadn't taken a family picture since I was 14. I had a perm (heaven help me!). I had big glasses (oh my!). I had worn a very loud floral print shirt that I had made for 4H that year (forehead smack!). Mom & I liked it. No one else did & we'll just say that it doesn't blend well in the pics. Someday soon I'll have to
Anyway, back to the present. Mom dictated that we all just wear something nice casual. Jeans would have to do because my dad (and frankly my husband) don't own any other kinds of pants. Denim is in! And we are grateful, amen.
When we got to the portrait studio it was overrun with babies, toddlers, & little kids. It was a madhouse. And I thought we were going to have a family meltdown when we were told we were going to have a 30 minute wait. Thankfully all the children & adults, ahem, were able to behave the entire wait time. It was amazing how fast she took the pics once we got started. They did all sorts of groupings & shots & here are a few of the best.
|The Original Five|
|My brother Andy & his family - wife Valerie, Whitney & Aidan|
|My sister Beth & her family - husband Brennan, Caleb & Madison|
|The whole crew!|
We headed from the portrait studio over to M&D's for a big family dinner. It was a great time of food, fellowship, old stories, & celebrating my G-pa's birthday, too. I love those family times best...everyone gathered around the table, no hurry to be anywhere, good food, cozy feelings, & all the wonderful conversation. Really, are there any better family times than those spent around your parent's or grandparent's dining room table, especially when you have a kid sliding onto your lap before dessert?
Good stuff. Amen.