The Perfect Picture

{Alternative title: I took 1,973 pictures of my kids & all I got was this lousy blog post}

From the moment we stepped foot in the car for the 8 hour drive north, I commenced my mission: To take the perfect picture of all three of my children, in one frame. Looking at the camera. Not a cheesy posed shot, but a natural photograph capturing their true personalities. Admittedly, I was a tad obnoxious in my efforts, but what better place to capture this moment in time than the beach? Beautiful backdrops, sun-kissed children, sunsets galore… I was going to get it, and it was going to be perfect.

For two weeks I gave it my all. I bribed them, only to have my props eaten mid-shot.

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I pleaded with them to look at me, only to be blatantly ignored.

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And even worse, I had them simply turn their backs on me and walk away.

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They gave me smiles so fake I had to cringe,

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and crawled out of the holes I set them in.

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I joined in to tickle them into smiles,

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But still, had nothing.

Then came the last night of our trip. The night that Evan pulled off his diaper and proceeded to run around the yard wearing only a shirt. Too lazy to get a new one, I momentarily forgot about my mission. I half hazardly captured a few shots, not paying attention to his lack of bottoms.

Later that night, when I reviewed my pictures, I discovered something horrible. Something unthinkable: I had captured the impossible– the perfect photo, featuring Ben, Lily, Evan. All looking at the camera, acting like serene versions of themselves, surrounded by glowing light.

Perfect.

Except for one tiny little thing…

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It totally serves me right.

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In addition to being the founder of all things Scary Mommy, Jill is also the New York Times bestselling author of Simon and Schuster’s Confessions of A Scary Mommy and Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies)

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Nicolle 3 years ago

I think the first picture is perfection. The story is great, but you nailed it with the first one! :)

gwynn 3 years ago

Hi, Very cute and soo typical!! The trick is to make their motive for cooperating their idea or use a diversion:

Say OK everyone, lets take a silly/crazy/monkeyface/whacky photo… get as silly as you can (gets the sillies out and they love to look at their funny faces). Ok SCARY FACE!! Ok smiling face. Ok angry face, smiling face. Then be sure to share them with the kids right there for immediate gratification.. THey will love the funny pics so much that you will be able to use this as bait for cooperation for ‘nice smiling faces’. It’s good to give them their choice (crazy face picture) first, because you are role modeling what it is you want from them and because it gets it out of their system!

Another is to say, ‘look at the monkey inside the camera.. can you see it..even though they and we all know, there’s no monkey.. the humor in this sometimes entices their cooperation.

Remember when they are little, the more you pressure or impress them to do something you really want badly, the less they will be inclined to cooperate, because they enjoy the sense of power they have and they naturally want to exercise this power. There are ways to give them that sense of power with in your limits. Such as diaper changing (to a fitfull child who hates this..). You give the child the heads up of what’s about to come, delay for a few minutes, then come back when its time. But before you take him, while he’s bucking about it, you tell him, ok time for diaper change (end result (your decision)), but you give him the power with which way HE wants to go about it… “do you want to put your toy down so YOU can walk to the diaper table, or do you want me to help you and take you there?” Balls in his court, he knows he has the power to decide or not and he will also not fight you as hard because he had choices. No decision becomes your decision and you pick him up.

Sorry, I’ll get off my soap box now.. These ideas have helped me time and again. Happy Parenting! (sorry about my lazy grammar.. I’m soo busy, that I really should not be taking the time) 😀

dtt 3 years ago

I thought they all looked perfect. Beautifull kids.

smyke 3 years ago

Absolutely tooooo funny…I also am glad my mouthful of coffee went down just prior to scrolling to the last shot! Your kids are adorable and you capture in pictures and words the moments sooooo many of us struggle with trying to be a perfect mom who always gets the perfect shot! Thanks for the laugh and helping us lighten up with a much needed giggle!

Kristen Mae 3 years ago

Laughing my ass off. Couldn’t use the acronym, had to write it out; that’s how serious I am.

Two words for this photo: Photo. Shop.

Nevermind. Just leave it with the little yellow smiley face covering up the naughty bits. :) Isn’t it an appropriate metaphor for life?

Andrea 3 years ago

What a great and hilarious post! It’s so true about the “least expect it” moments.

Kathy V. 3 years ago

Oh, Holy Hilarious, Batman! I think you should frame that last one, complete with the smiley face. IT’S PERFECT.

Kerry :) 3 years ago

ROTFFLMFAO!!!! THAT made my day!!!

DG 3 years ago

They are ALL perfect pics!! I love them! Even the naked one…..there is some sort of future blackmail that crossed my mind when I saw it….

Natalie 3 years ago

i think you got exactly what you were hoping for! This Picture captures their personalities perfectly. it may not be something to send out as a Christmas card, but it does showcase exactly who your children are today. great pic.

Lynn 3 years ago

Love it!!! My most favorite picture of my kids is actually one of just the older two, when the youngest was about 6m and the oldest 2 1/2. They’re laying on my bed and both of them are cracking up over some private joke. The best shots always seem to be those candid ones–even if someone happens to be naked! LOL

Jean 3 years ago

You’ve captured your kids as they are, and that’s what you’ll look back at & remember. I have 5 kids & getting them all to take the “perfect” shot without someone having someone else in a headlock or making bunny ears is darn near impossible!

Kimberly 3 years ago

LOVE it. This is the imperfect life, isn’t it? We need those subtle (or not so subtle) reminders that life isn’t perfect…and doesn’t need to be to find joy!

Kim 3 years ago

That is hilarious! But I think it’s a better picture because of it!!! Thanks for the laugh!
Kim
My Twintastic Life

Heidi Bryan 3 years ago

Literally giggling and choking on my coffee…only because I have SO done the same thing. I have had many a photo that I was unable to publish due one or both of my children being partially naked. PS it is a great photo :)

Sarah 3 years ago

Awesome.

And of course.

Catherine S 3 years ago

They all look perfect to me. Great shots that you’ll treasure forever.
We have 4 boys. Trying to get them to look in one direction at a time, much less in the the direction of the camera is damned near impossible. Then when they do look, one of them is making some awful grimace. Or picking their nose.
:-p

Carolyn 3 years ago

Oh I love this.
I’ve got tons of photos of backs, goofy grins, tears, etc. because I figure, that’s who they were at the time.
But every once in awhile I get a “perfect” shot, and I’m good for about…. a day :)
Bribes still work here, I’m lucky.

heidi 4 years ago

OMG this is HILARIOUS and soooo true!! My daughter (age 11) will pose for hours with the perfect smile and my (4 year old) son will have none of it. I’m lucky to get an 1 OK photo out of 100. I agree, photoshop some pants on him- scootch the other boy alittle closer and you’re golden. :)

Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation 4 years ago

This? Is fucking hysterical. I love the little smiley face!

Blissful Babe 4 years ago

Oh. I am DYIN’ ovah heah!! That is so stinking RAD. I just love it.

Barefoot Liz 4 years ago

I was thinking it was a perfect shot until my eyes found the smiley face. Oh my goodness, that is priceless! Love the first photo!

Jessica E. 4 years ago

Lol, you get what you ask for. This is too funny.

Wendy 4 years ago

Oh and I think the first one with the suckers is very perfect.

Wendy 4 years ago

I know this is old but I happened across it, and I laughed so fucking hard! It’s so good to know I’m not the only mom who has a kid who runs around half naked! Thank God for you, Jill. lol

LostThePlot 4 years ago

Oh this gave me a good laugh. I needed that, thank you! And what gorgeous kid’s too.

Hands Free Mama 4 years ago

This is purely delightful! A beautiful picture indeed! I am slowly learning that the best things in life happen when they are unplanned (and for an obsessive planner extraordinaire, letting things simply “be” is not an easy task…especially when it comes to photographing my two daughters). Thank you for reminding me to find joy in the unexpected and the unplanned.

Jan 5 years ago

Truly, the best post EVER! I laughed out loud for 10 minutes!!

JekachkaY 5 years ago

This is the best foto, that I ever see!!!!

Warren Kratzer 5 years ago

All those Pics. are great :o)

gramma 5 years ago

Try getting any picture of 8 kids, much less the perfect one!! Now I have six grandkids I’m trying to capture on film! You did a great job and you have beautiful children!

Holly 5 years ago

I love it! That is a gorgeous photo, even with the censoring. The lighting is amazing.

Staci 5 years ago

Hands down, best post I’ve ever read in my life.
Now, you could have made the smiley face a little larger, I mean, give the kid a complex why don’t you? Itty, bitty teeny weeny………….poor Evan!

Amy 5 years ago

This is just fantastic. LOVE LOVE LOVE the censor smiley face ! Last holiday season, we took over 400 pictures of my son to be put on the holiday card. The best one of him……he looks a cheesy, Jewish ( I am Jewish) car salesman. I wish I could attach the photo.

Jenifer 5 years ago

HANDS DOWN my all time favoritest post of yours! Haven’t laughed that hard in a long time!!

Maija @ Maija’s Mommy Moments 5 years ago

I love it! My 3 children are the same. My son is the worst though. I have beautiful pictures on my daughters and some fabulous pictures of the back of my son’s head. Good luck as your mission continues.

Patti 5 years ago

LOL all I can do is………..Know exactly what you are saying except I only have one little boy and sometimes the best pictures are the ones that you dont really mean to capture! I just photoshop in a zipper, but love the smiley face! Good job Mom!

JoeyfromSC 5 years ago

hahahaha!! this is hilarious!! cute kids btw..Just found your awesome blog! love the “virtual tattoo” and will be putting one on my blog:) I love your layout and everything!!

I will be back to visit again and read more..you’re a funny lady! lol

Rebekah C 5 years ago

Hahaha!! That’s wonderful! GREAT candid shot!

Sandra 5 years ago

To sweet! =)

cheryl 5 years ago

Thank you for the laughs! 😉 Beautiful photo. And from the looks of that little guy’s smile he seems to think he has one over on you!

Lindsey 5 years ago

I added this post as one of my fav blog posts this week.

Gabby 5 years ago

This is fabulous!! Love the “moment” 😉 Photoshop anyone?

Cynthia 5 years ago

LOL!!! This is probably the best blog post I’ve read in about two years. Not coincidentally, my twins will turn 2 this month.

Your Mommy Friend Lori 5 years ago

I think I just peed my pants, awesome.
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Lindsey 5 years ago

I LOVE it!
.-= Lindsey´s last blog ..Facing Yourself – A Journey to Oceans =-.

Boston Bob 5 years ago

That’s a beautiful shot! Our Christmas picture this year ended up being a collage of outtakes. With “Two under Two”, we couldn’t get a single good shot, even with leftover Halloween candy to bribe them.

Jennifer Sanderson 5 years ago

I really did LOL! So typical!!!!

Allison 5 years ago

This cracked me up! Awesome post. No wonder it’s your favorite. Perfect.
.-= Allison´s last blog ..Sorry, Nana (A Self-Pitying Diatribe) =-.

SaucyB 5 years ago

LOL. oh that’s too funny. A valiant effort! you have a beautiful family.

Joanna 5 years ago

holy shit, that is the most hilarious post ever. Thank you for “re-posting” this for us that weren’t readers back then!
.-= Joanna´s last blog ..While we’re not blogging… =-.

Melissa 5 years ago

That is the funniest story ever… and I absolutely love the finally picture, plus some pants of course! Maybe you can doctor the picture up some how!! lol

Nic 5 years ago

Lol

Your kids are amazing :)
.-= Nic´s last blog ..Iron Man 2 (2010) =-.

Amy Hodges 5 years ago

Maybe you could photo shop in a pair of shorts…hmmm, it just might work.

Amber 5 years ago

I’m still laughing…holy shit that’s funny! I have two fussy toddlers (yes, I’m avoiding them by being on the computer instead of tending to their every need) and it’s POURING outside…so thanks for the laugh!

Amanda Lickers 5 years ago

Lol dont you hate that? Like an idiot i always take pictures of my 2 year old in the tub especially after he’s ate a big bowl of raviolis n is covered of sauce n bubbles n he’ll have SUCH a sweet smile holding his robot i just want to send them all out… but then i see his pecker under the water… ah well , very nice pic you got of your kids!

Becky 5 years ago

Love it!

Susie @newdaynewlesson 5 years ago

My family wanted to know why I was snorting out loud reading this one! So good! (you do know there is photoshop to add some shorts onto him right?
.-= Susie @newdaynewlesson´s last blog ..When You Are Authentic & Open, Others Will Open Up To You =-.

Melissa 5 years ago

I cannot stop laughing. Holy crap. Thanks for helping me burn a few extra calories tonight.
.-= Melissa´s last blog ..Reaching Blogging Milestones: My first Guest Post =-.

beke 5 years ago

That is seriously HILARIOUS! I am also an obsesive picture taker. You do have some amazing pics of those kiddos. Who by the way are truly adorable. My favorite pictures of two of my boys happen to be pictures of them crying. Something about them just I dunno tugs at my heart in a way that a smiley picture never could.

Paula 5 years ago

Just found you and OMG….I’m sitting here in the dark, at 11pm, drinking a glass of wine and almost spit it on my computer screen! That was too funny!!!!

Michelle @ Italian Mama Chef 5 years ago

That picture is hilariously cute. I love the smiley graphic you added. When my guys were little, we had these stick on bath toys and one was a sun with rays. One day I stuck it over the same spot as the smiley on your little guy on my little guy and snapped the most adorable photo. Now that he is 13 he does not appreciate that picture.
.-= Michelle @ Italian Mama Chef´s last blog ..Compliments and accolades =-.

Michelle 5 years ago

I’m not sure how I stumbled across your blog, but this may be my favorite blog post ever! That picture is just too precious, although I’m not sure what little man will think about it when he’s older!

Alisa Shtromberg 6 years ago

Love it! It’s funny one of my fav pics of my son was when he was in the tub naked! I made a similar adjustment.

Mrs.Mayhem 6 years ago

LOVE this post. As a mother of four, I can totally relate. Hilarious.

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Phyllis 6 years ago

HOLY CRAP! I am about to pee my pants!!!!!!! I am laughing out loud, to an empty office, thank god! Thank you for making me see I’m not the only CRAZY mom out there!

Maddy 6 years ago

That is hilarious, it totally made my day. You have a beautiful family. I love reading you!

Peggy 6 years ago

Oh my goodness!!!! This cracks me up! The look on their faces are totally innocent as well…I have to share this with my husband when he gets home from work!!!!!!

LOL!!! 😀
.-= Peggy´s last blog ..Wisdom of the Aged =-.

juliea 6 years ago

that is good shit right there. HAHAHAA.

pru 6 years ago

brilliant! you actually did have me laughing out loud!!

Mandy 6 years ago

This was so funny. I only have one kid, but trying to get a great picture of a 3 yr old boy sitting still is my life’s challenge. Great post, and beautiful pictures.
.-= Mandy´s last blog ..Oh Holy Day =-.

Terri 6 years ago

OMG. That is great! I love it. Typical of what would happen to me!

WackyMummy 6 years ago

Very nice. 😉
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Karen MEG 6 years ago

Gorgeous photos, I especially love the one of you with them on the beach. And the smiley face a close second :)
.-= Karen MEG´s last blog ..A Year in the Life of … =-.

Karen 6 years ago

That picture made me snort Diet Coke. Do you know how bad that hurts??

I thought the first picture with the giant lollipops was a beautiful shot. They are all cool shots, really. You have beautiful children!

Hope you had a great holiday!
.-= Karen´s last blog ..The Best Christmas Gift =-.

Nikki 6 years ago

LOL! Awww well at least you got a shot of all of them smiling!! Maybe you could photoshop in a diaper on him? I know photoshop can do some pretty amazing things. You have such a beautiful family:) thanks for posting! Stopped by from SITS to say hi!

BLOGitse 6 years ago

Perfect! LOL!
Kids are amazing! so natural… :)
.-= BLOGitse´s last blog ..happy holidays! I have a FREE gift for you… =-.

dysfunctional mom 6 years ago

Hang a stocking on *it* and it’s a perfect Christmas photo!

Linda- Kitchen Therapy 6 years ago

This is so funny I belly laughed! And called my husband in to see it too. Ah, the joys of motherhood.

Rebecca (Ramblings by Reba) 6 years ago

Ha!

Anthony 6 years ago

Wow, that really is a great post. Thanks for leading me here!
.-= Anthony´s last blog ..Being Genuine and More On Asking Questions =-.

jill 6 years ago

You entirely captured my joy, frustration, irritation, and life all in this one perfect post.

My husband goes ape sh** whenever I attempt to take “the yearly holiday photo”… in those 30 minutes we threaten divorce 4200 times.

thegypsymama 6 years ago

This is classic. I had a similar experience a couple weeks ago – I caught my son’s puke in my hands in between otherwise “picture perfect” family photos. Yea, it was a grand moment.

http://thegypsymama.com/2009/12/14/a-tall-mom-falls-down/

PS: I’m in the DC area as well – how awesome is the weather this weekend? It’s like we’ve been teleported back to MI for the day.

Aimee @ Ain’t Yo Mama’s Blog 6 years ago

Hilarious!

It doesn’t get much better than this post. I love it.

-Aimee
.-= Aimee @ Ain’t Yo Mama’s Blog´s last blog ..Mental Monday: My Kid Was Suspended for Bullying? I’m On The Case. =-.

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home 6 years ago

How funny!
.-= Kim @ Cheap Chic Home´s last blog ..Merry SITSmas! =-.

RockerByebaby 6 years ago

this made me laugh so hard… and so real that i got tears in my eyes.

submom 6 years ago

Classic! I wonder whether you are using it for the holiday cards?…
.-= submom´s last blog ..Hello, December! =-.

Hollywood Farm 6 years ago

Forwarded this to like 800 friends of mine.
Some thanked me for the laugh as their day is sucking.
.-= Hollywood Farm´s last blog ..Oh Boy, I just Gave My Son A Spock Hair Cut =-.

Kat 6 years ago

LOL that’s funny. So appropriate in the way life likes to interact with us. But very, very funny.
.-= Kat´s last blog ..My House is a Mess =-.

missy luce 6 years ago

I have tears streaming out of my eyes . . .

Joanna Botelho 6 years ago

Fabulous pictures! The inventor of digital cameras…. a genius…I have three kids as well…I know how many pictures you need to take for that one perfect shot …. then you realize the not perfect ones are the greatest!

SavvyMom 6 years ago

Love this! It is a beautiful picture, little “oops!” and all. And now you have the perfect blackmail item to ensure he never arrives home past curfew as a teenager!
.-= SavvyMom´s last blog ..Is Stranger Danger Real? =-.

Janis @ SneakPeek 6 years ago

OMG. Perfect!!!
.-= Janis @ SneakPeek´s last blog ..A Thousand Words Thursday – You’re My Hero! =-.

Christine 6 years ago

You’re my new favorite blogger. This post made me clap out loud!!!!
I’m going to share it with all my mommy friends. Keep up the good work!
Fellow mommy Christine

Mama Cas 6 years ago

AH! That’s FANTASTIC! Can you photoshop some pants on him?

Ruth 6 years ago

The photos were fantastic. Wow you are so close to your children. I think their eyes tell you what a great mom you are :)

Regards,

Ruth
Entertainment & Fun For Fat Loss People
WhyImStillFat.com

Sandy M 6 years ago

I laughed til I snorted and then my hubs came in and looked and laughed, which is good, as he is very sick. Thanks for making our day with your beautiful children’s photos.

KristenDascoli 6 years ago

That was a GREAT post and a great laugh. Thank you so, so much.

Stephanie 6 years ago

I love this. It is a perfect. Motherhood. Not for the faint hearted.

Kekibird 6 years ago

OH SH*T!! That made me snort out loud in my office….too funny!

Rebecca 6 years ago

I think all the photos were just beautiful. And as for the last one, I would see if someone with great photo shopping skills could put a pair of tan shorts on him. Love the beach photos.

Dddiva 6 years ago

Hahahaha that is hysterical, thanks soo much for the laugh!

That and your teaching them to pee sitting post totally has me rolling today.

Genius I tell you.
.-= Dddiva´s last blog ..French Silk Chocolate Pie (Adapted from the Pillsbury Bake Off cookbook) =-.

Lizzie 6 years ago

girl, you are hilarious! i think you need to frame that last one, with smiley face included of course :)
.-= Lizzie´s last blog ..When Bloggers Collide =-.

Live.Love.Eat 6 years ago

OMG! That’s hysterical!!! Still perfect!

Welcome back!

Anna Lefler 6 years ago

Okay, these pictures are fantastic!

(BTW, since I’m too lazy to take decent pictures of my kids…I’ll be using yours in this year’s holiday letter. Thanks, man.)

See you at BlogHer next week…? (I hope.)

XO

A.
.-= Anna Lefler´s last blog ..Anna & Erica’s Not So Excellent Adventure =-.

Melanie 6 years ago

Oh my that is priceless!!! Too funny yet so cute at the same time. My two never look at the camera either.
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Trenches of Mommyhood 6 years ago

LOVE this!
.-= Trenches of Mommyhood´s last blog ..In the Moment =-.

Maricris 6 years ago

HA! That last one is a classic! Just shows how being au naturel is sometimes the best way to go. Just not in public I guess.

Maricris
.-= Maricris´s last blog ..Toasty Brown {not the blog} =-.

Margo 6 years ago

Someday you’ll look back on these pics and think they are all absolutely wonderful. I have many pictures of my kid’s backs… I’ve liked them the most as time goes on for some reason. Glad you had a good vacation… your kids are adorable :)
.-= Margo´s last blog ..My Own Storming of the Bastille =-.

Tabitha Blue 6 years ago

Ok… THIS is hilarious!!! Getting 3 kids to all look at the camera happily… an AMAZING feat. I love your little edit, hahaha.

Still, it looks like a great time away!

:)
~Tabitha
.-= Tabitha Blue´s last blog ..days of summer:: 8 =-.

Angie 6 years ago

LOVE IT! I would end up with something very similar if I made the effort to capture my girls on film, smiling at the same time. Hilarious!
.-= Angie´s last blog ..Paula Deen Cookbook Giveaway =-.

Keyona 6 years ago

Still a beautiful picture! Sorta. LOL!

Gabrielle Valentine 6 years ago

Oh that just figures, the best poses and then something too major to photoshop!
.-= Gabrielle Valentine´s last blog ..So…What’s This Blog About, Anyway? =-.

Mama Kat 6 years ago

Oh my gosh this is CLASSIC! I don’t think you should photoshop it at all…I think you should frame it EXACTLY how it is. :)
.-= Mama Kat´s last blog ..The Bachelorette: Viagra Much?? =-.

Mom Taxi Julie 6 years ago

LOL too funny!

Nap Warden 6 years ago

Mr Smiley sure came in handy;) The Little Man plays the same game…
.-= Nap Warden´s last blog ..Princess Peach =-.

Schmoochiepoo 6 years ago

LOVE the nekkid one!

All your pics are great.
.-= Schmoochiepoo´s last blog ..All seeing or just plain nosey? =-.

Reluctant Housewife 6 years ago

I think you got some great shots! I love the one with the lollypops.

And the last one – can you photoshop in a diaper or some pants? :)
.-= Reluctant Housewife´s last blog ..Brothers and Girls =-.

Nan 6 years ago

Awwwwww! What a shame we CAN’T post nekkid pictures of our kids… Some of those are the best. My boys’ toddler years were mostly nekkid, apparently. I only notice this when I am looking for internet-worthy shots!
.-= Nan´s last blog ..News Flash: "Do We Haaaaave To Go Home?" =-.

angie 6 years ago

Ha ha ha. Thank goodness for that smiley face. :)

Really loved this post, by the way.
.-= angie´s last blog ..Tuesday’s Tribute =-.

Mariano 6 years ago

I think all your photos are great, and I’m a big fan of the first one. Your Photoshopping skills for the last, however, are second to none, and I am humbled by your prowess.

Seriously, though, great photos…make me wish I was on vacation with you guys!
.-= Mariano´s last blog ..5 Article Types for Your Business Blog =-.

Devilish Southern Belle 6 years ago

Totally hilarious! Loved the photos.

I’m just out familiarizing myself with the Music Savvy Moms. Good to meet you!

Lizz B 6 years ago

HILARIOUS!

My middle child will be 7 in a few days and I don’t think I have a single picture of him where he doesn’t have dirt/slime/food/leaves/bugs stuck to his face.
.-= Lizz B´s last blog ..My 100th post! My 50th Subscriber! =-.

Carrie Anne 6 years ago

I love the cringe smile. I get that a lot with my kids too. I think the little happy face adds character, like it’s another guy in the picture (and isn’t it, according to most guys). Great post, as always.
.-= Carrie Anne´s last blog ..Next Steps – July 13/09 =-.

San Diego Farmgirl 6 years ago

BRAVO!
.-= San Diego Farmgirl´s last blog ..Monthly pepper & ‘mater patch update =-.

Mrs4444 6 years ago

Hilarious. I love how no one seems to think anything of the naked boy running around. Love it!

P.S. I cropped that shot of you with the kids for my little BlogHer “Directory” I’m making. I hope you are using it for a Profile pic somewhere, because it’s adorable :)
.-= Mrs4444´s last blog ..Just Breathe? =-.

Laura (aka Mom2Peach) 6 years ago

OMG, that picture almost made me pee myself. And for what it’s worth, I think you got AT LEAST half dozen gorgeous shots in there.
.-= Laura (aka Mom2Peach)´s last blog .."children are innately hopeful" =-.

Mrs4444 6 years ago

Hilarious. I love how no one seems to think anything of the naked boy running around. Love it!

Coma Girl 6 years ago

That is hysterical!
.-= Coma Girl´s last blog ..How to Find The Back to An Earring In High Pile Carpeting or Why I Should Have Bought a Berber =-.

Kim Sorensen 6 years ago

That was the cutest thing ever ….thanks for sharing .
.-= Kim Sorensen´s last blog ..Pics =-.

rachel-asouthernfairytale 6 years ago

Jee-Yill (imagine me saying your name)

that is beyond priceless. I love all the pictures. Every blasted adorable one, especially the one with you in it.

Missy 6 years ago

That is hilarious! I too struggle with trying to get the kids to take a “perfect” picture.

I do think that all of your pics are beautiful!
.-= Missy´s last blog ..VBS is starting =-.

marymac 6 years ago

ALL the pictures are picture perfect! 😉
.-= marymac´s last blog ..25 Random Things =-.

Mel @ A Box of Chocolates 6 years ago

Oh my god, I can’t stop laughing aloud! That is way too funny.
.-= Mel @ A Box of Chocolates´s last blog ..One of My Favorites =-.

Lady Mama 6 years ago

Oh so funny! I didn’t see the little smilie face at first and was all… what’s she on about? Hahaha. Oh well. Can’t you use PhotoShop to add in a pair of underpants or something? Looks like you had a great holiday though.
.-= Lady Mama´s last blog ..The night Hypnobirthing took a dive =-.

Kate Coveny Hood 6 years ago

I’m dying. Get someone to photoshop in pants! That’s a travesty!

swirl girl 6 years ago

I have two girls- I didn’t know that little boys dinkies came with a smiley face!! I guess if I had known that, I wouldn’t have been so afraid to have one!
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Rachael 6 years ago

That is tragically hilarious!
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Midwest Mommy 6 years ago

You just made me giggle! This would totally happen to me, lol
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Jennifer 6 years ago

I love, love, love this post. And the best thing about it is that you can’t even crop it out. LOL Maybe you can photoshop some little shorts on him. And the second best thing is that Lilly acts like she doesn’t even care and/or notice. LOL Awesome.
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Charisse 6 years ago

That is soooooo funny – you ended up with a gorgeous, if not blackmail worthy, picture. Your kids are beautiful, and all your vaca pictures show that, in the very least, you were having fun. All of you.

BTW, I came over here from Forever Fat Girl on the Inside. :-) Have a wonderful day!!!
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Trina 6 years ago

I LOVE it!! I agree with Jen, maybe you could photo shop some shorts or something on him. This is a great picture!!
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Mwa 6 years ago

Looks like you had a great holiday. And that smiley face totally looks like your fourth child.
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Cindy Streams 6 years ago

That’s AWESOME! You should print it and have it framed. How funny is that? Love it!
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Sara 6 years ago

HaHa – I am laughing out loud right now! That is priceless and a beautiful picture!

Jen, buried with children 6 years ago

totally laughed out loud on this one. that is a great shot (all the photos were cool), maybe photoshop some pants.

And why does it have to be so darn difficult to get a picture with all of ones children sitting nicely and looking. I have yet to accomplish this.
.-= Jen, buried with children´s last blog ..How To Ruin Your Favorite Shrit =-.

T Rex Mom 6 years ago

It always takes me about a hundred photos to get one that I like with my son in it so I can totally relate. And I think the photos you just posted and the previous one turned out great! Glad you’re back. Oh, and I can’t even see any left over bruising on your nose in the photos.

Sugar Jones 6 years ago

That is PRECIOUS!! Looks like you guys had a great time.
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Mrs Soup 6 years ago

Oh too funny!!! It’s a good thing Mister Smiley was there to help you out!
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Jessica – This Is Worthwhile 6 years ago

Hahahah. Hilarious! I wonder if you could Photoshop that green shirt Evan is wearing… you know, just stretch it down a bit or something so you could frame it. LOL

Man… this is so awesome.
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Loukia 6 years ago

Oh my GOD! Hahaha! Nooooo…. as if this happened! Oh, man, I hear you on the quest for trying to capture the perfect shot of the kids – looking at the camera, with real smiles on their faces. IMPOSSIBLE! Seriously! But as I was reading your post, I just wanted to say that the pictures you did capture are just amazing and perfect! Seriously! They’re frame-able. You have tres adorable children!
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debbie 6 years ago

You are singing my song! I cannot get my four to all look good in a photo. Drives me nuts.
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Brindi 6 years ago

Love it.
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Bethany 6 years ago

Oh my gosh, that’s hysterical! All of the photos are cute, though!
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Jaden 6 years ago

OMG that is HILARIOUS!!! Great shot :)
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Casey 6 years ago

And it is a darn cute picture!
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Casey 6 years ago

That is freaking hilarious!!
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Robin 6 years ago

Oh, that is just too funny! (A boy and his manhood! LOL!)
Some of those other shots are really nice too, though! We’re always the most critical of our own pix, aren’t we?
Welcome back!
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parenting BY dummies 6 years ago

I have no harder clients than my own children. I can take perfect shots of other people’s kids, but not my own. It’s very demoralizing as a semi-pro photog that I can’t even produce mediocre X-mas cards. So, don’t feel bad, it happens to the best of us (not that I’m the best, but you know, figure of speech!). At least you got one, sorta:)
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Teri 6 years ago

I would SO totally use this as a Christmas card. Seriously. You can ask my past year recipients.
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Marla 6 years ago

Haha. I think those were all pretty cute.
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OHmommy 6 years ago

hahahahaha AWESOME.
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Elisa 6 years ago

hahahaha! Evan must be talking to Stella, because she has also been running around naked or only in a shirt.

Figures, that’s when you get the perfect shot. They look adorable, Jill! And really, you barely notice the smilie 😉
.-= Elisa´s last blog ..Craving: great sandals! =-.

Futureblackmail 6 years ago

That’s hilarious.

I have new respect for anyone that travels over 5 hours with children. I pulled a 14 hour trip last week and vow never to do it again. Ever.
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MG @ MommyGeekology 6 years ago

Priceless!
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Aussiesoccermum 6 years ago

FYI, my partner was just reading your blog post over my shoulder and asked “who are they”. I said “oh just my mate Scary Mommy” (cause I talk about you and your posts a bit) and he said “show me a picture of her”. Apparently you don’t look too scary! LOL BTW, love the pics of your munchkins.

FranticMommy 6 years ago

OMG! That is precious! Now there’s one for the family Christmas card! Just draw a little baby kilt on him and call it good. LOVE your blog btw.

Lynn from For Love or Funny 6 years ago

I think this proves that nudity = contentment.
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jamaise 6 years ago

BTW all your picture are beautiful – wether they cooperated or not :)
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jamaise 6 years ago

Ha! The same thing happened to my Mother. As she sorted through all the pictures of the kids at the lake, trying to find the perfect one to send my Grandma. All the pictures were either missing someone, or someone’s eyes were closed – you know. Well, she found the perfect one to send. Had a nice large print made at Snapfish and when she got it back ready to frame – my son’s one tiny little thing was sticking out of his pants. Not because he was being natural nudie kid, but because he was being a 5 year old with a really bad sense of humor.
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Angela 6 years ago

That sounds about right. I have too many pictures where my 3 year old is bottomless. I just can’t keep pants on that guy. :(
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scrappysue 6 years ago

totally.

but hey – everyone loves a smiley face, right?
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Lee of MWOB 6 years ago

ha ha ha. I lived this post and can totally relate. We just returned from a week away and I still haven’t analyzed if I have a good pic of them all together….probably not. I think I’ve given up trying…. :-)
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Shannon Rubio 6 years ago

That is the funniest thing I have seen all day. Great post, hysterical, well for the rest of us. I agree-good thing for Photoshop.
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Nicole 6 years ago

LMAO that is histerical! You’re right, it is a perfect picture. Your not alone in that dilemna though, I cant get a decent picture of my family if my life depended on it. That one will be the hughlight of your trip and you will never forget that moment!
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Life with Kaishon 6 years ago

Oh my gosh so funny. I can not even stand the cuteness : ) Those fake smiles are HILARIOUS! I just love how you make me laugh. Every. Single. Time. Wow! I could never give you up. Even if the baby wearing mom was on Oprah! : )
.-= Life with Kaishon´s last blog ..Do you ever wonder why I love I heart faces? =-.

Ri 6 years ago

…he is SO going to be ticked at your use of the word “tiny” when he reads this back in ten years…
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The Marketing Mama 6 years ago

The last photo is awesome – great post, totally worth it! :)
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KathyB! 6 years ago

Love the photo! I agree with the rest when I say it’s cuter because it’s not quite, um… PERFECT!
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Managed Chaos 6 years ago

OMG, that is priceless. Defintely one to bring out and show his future wife.
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Dani 6 years ago

LMAO! That photo is precious – total bribery material for the teen years! Thanks for the smile!!
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Paging Doctor Mommy 6 years ago

That is AWESOME!
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Wendy 6 years ago

I needed that laugh! That is really funny and such a true depiction of real life. Wonder if that would win a Kodak award???
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Scary Mommy 6 years ago

So true. Thank goodness for the blog. Without it, my efforts would have been a total waste!

McMommy 6 years ago

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!! That was hysterical!!! Can you draw some pants on him with a black sharpie?? :)

p.s. If not, the lollipop one was FABU! Truly!!!
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Starnes Fam 6 years ago

This might be your funniest post yet. All so true and you captured the chaos, the fun, the joy…..in each of these…..and especially the last.

Carry on, sister! If you ever get the perfect kid shot, come take one of mine. So far, I’m unsuccessful.
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Danielle 6 years ago

I just had the shittiest day ever, and this totally made up for it. Thank you!
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ShallowGal 6 years ago

Eh, I’d use it.
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Crystal 6 years ago

You have no idea how perfect that actually is.
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Michaela 6 years ago

That was great! I had to show the post to my husband… who looked at the last picture and said “that’s a really good shot”… before seeing the makeshift “diaper”.
Kids!!
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PattiH 6 years ago

Good thing I swallowed my coffee before I came to that last oh-so-perfect shot!
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Jennifer 6 years ago

I love candid shots and I think all of these are adorable! Looks like ya’ll had a great time on vacation :) Just wait until Evan gets to be a teenager – this will be the perfect blackmail photo!!!
.-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Way to go Chick-Fil-A!!! =-.

Heather Collins 6 years ago

Figures. My little guys are the same way.

Lolli 6 years ago

PS–I told my kids the whole story (they’r ein the room with me) and they all had a good old laugh.
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Lolli 6 years ago

I laughed out loud at that last picture. It is SO perfect (except for that one tiny thing, as you said.) Oh my goodness–that is the story of my life!!
.-= Lolli´s last blog ..Give Me Your Best Shot, America =-.

christy 6 years ago

Oh my god that is too funny – but really Jill, all of those photos above are just gorgeous and totally frame-worthy!
.-= christy´s last blog ..Another interruption =-.

Amber 6 years ago

I am laughing out loud right now! So funny! I’m sorry you didn’t get that perfect Christmas Card shot, but that picture sure is cute!

Ryan Ashley Scott 6 years ago

It totally serves you right, thinking you could get a great shot – he sure gave you one!
.-= Ryan Ashley Scott´s last blog ..Not Me! Not my husband =-.

jodifur 6 years ago

your children are so beautiful it is like I’m looking at like catalog models.
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Givinya de Elba 6 years ago

You took 1,973 and ended up with this blog post? That was time and memory card well spent! If you’d come up with some perfect posed shots, we’d all smile and click somewhere else. But this – it was great!
.-= Givinya de Elba´s last blog ..Perfect Little Family =-.

Sarah @Small Slice 6 years ago

This is so funny! I’m sure you can photoshop some pants on him!
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