Wednesday, December 23, 2009

tell your children to "strike a pose"...


and this is what you get.

tell your children "i'm going to take AWAY one stinkin' present if you don't give me a "oh swear word" smile"...
and this is what you get.

finally just give up and let them get in the clothes they want to be in and beg them to just sit for a second so you can get just ONE picture...
and this is what you get.
(i have no idea what they were saying at the time the picture was taken but i have a sneaky suspicion that it had to do something with "eat snow".)

Merry Christmas
from our train wreck to yours.
we'll talk soon.

52 comments:

PamperingBeki said...

It's just a nightmare trying to get a group shot of my kids.

They look adorable!!
Merry Christmas to you.

Rachel said...

Well I think they are great!!! I think I'm getting more and more into the pictures that show the kids personalities.

BUT, it really would be nice if I could just get ONE picture of my fab 5 all looking at the camera at the same time.

Your kids are so cute, I hope you guys have a Fabulous Christmas!!

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

We ended up cropping heads and doing individual shots this year.

Merry Christmas!

Southern Creek Designs said...

I have 12 kids, and under the threat of death, this is what I got:
http://thereisafineline.blogspot.com/2009/12/merry-christmas.html

Crafty Mama said...

Well, whatever it took to make them smile, they look adorable!!
I only have 2 and it's hard enough to get them to smile or even look at the camera at the same time, especially my 2 y.o!
Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Do you mean eat chinese snow?
Tina

pklaw said...

I love that first shot - I can see all their personalities shining through! How protectively your oldest is with his arm around sis! They are beautiful children. I just keep smiling when I look at these shots! Have a great holiday - they grow up way too fast!

an encourager said...

All three pictures are perfect!!! Merry Christmas!

Journeying Five said...

so cute, each pose tells a story!

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

They are a Gap ad! Adorable!

Kari @ Ucreate said...

Vanessa,
You have ADORABLE kids! All the pics are fabulous. I have 4 kids too one boy and 3 girls. They look about the same age as your kids.
Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Elisabeth said...

The last picture is adorable, you should just use it, fancy clothes or no! I love Katie's bow in her hair. So, I was also going to tell you that I made a pinecone wreath a while ago and just put a pic of it on my blog as part of my festive porch decor. It was a huge pain to make because I had to cut all of the pinecones in half, but it was totally worth it and I love how it looks. Hope you have a great Christmas!!\\

Elisabeth

Tutu said...

They are adorable. And I have sooo been using 'snow' as my new swear word the last two days!!

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

LOL! I nearly spit my water out looking/reading this!!! I know you were going for one nice pic... but I have to say- I love all three of them! Great stuff!
Giggling!
~Amy

Alexandria~~The Mommy said...

I love the first picture. Super, Super adorable!

Rachel Carlson said...

SWEET. simply sweet. happy holidays v!

Joyce said...

Your kids are so dang cute, and I think they must be so much fun to be around. Have a great holiday!

Mimi Sue said...

You certainly have some good looking children. They must take after your side of the family. Have a joyous Christmas. Mimi

Busy Little Quilter said...

I love all the pictures, too. They're so adorable!

Merry Christmas to you, too! Come visit me and see my family photos! It is hard to get everyone to smile at the same time!

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

They are beautiful-any which way!
(Still laughing from yesterday...)
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
~Nancy

Kaye Prince said...

All three of these pictures are so flippin' cute Vanessa! Merry Christmas to you and your family, I hope it's a great one!

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

your kids are just adorable, Love them
Merry Christmas and all the best for 2010

Ashley said...

Adorable! Now I just need more kids....

Jennifer said...

hahaha! I did one of those posts on my blog too! To get them all looking and all smiling? I'm pretty sure it would take a christmas miracle! I heard someone say that there has to be one scowling child in every photo. Some days that's just too true! What sometimes works for me....before a planned photo, I give them the whole talk of, "I know you hate when I make you do this" but if you ALL look and you ALL smile, I'll only have to take ONE picture... blah blah blah. I say it works about 50/50.

Mags said...

kay this is a weird question, but i'm desperate. where'd ya get those jeans your wearing in the picture at the top of your blog? ya know the ones were you are modeling your cute bracelets. i am in dire need of a decent pair of jeans. help.

Quilt Nut said...

love the pics! i spent my day threatening loss of presents if rooms didn't get cleaned argh! lol

Merry Christmas!

Carmen said...

ADORABLE children!!!! Even if they were being stinkers! Too cute! Merry Christmas!

imlilanglnot said...

Personally, I prefer pictures of kids that aren't perfectly posed... your photos are wonderful! Kids are supposed to be wiggly and all over the place. :)

Patsy said...

Great post!! Merry Christmas to ya'll!! Have a blast!!

kaholly said...

Precious post! Put a smile on my lips. Merry Christmas! What fun you'll have. -karen

Meredith said...

They are beautiful! Have a Merry Christmas!

Tricia said...

Merry Christmas! That is a gorgeous bunch you've got there! ;)

XO*Tricia

Snappy Di said...

Like trying to herd cats, so yes... better to just go with what you get when it comes to photographing children.

Love how your photos turned out and especially in black and white.

Merry Christmas!

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

SLO Rober said...

Love the pictures. And tell your oldest that we love his glasses. Ashlynn and Briggs both think they are cool (cause they wear them too!)

katevet said...

They look great! happy holidays!

Whimsical Creations said...

They are adorable!!

Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!

Familia Alba said...

Qué guapos son!!!
Feliz Navidad!!!!!
Marta

Jen R. said...

Merry Christmas V !!!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Love, love, love the photos! Merry Christmas!

fiberdoodles said...

They are ALL great pictures ;) Merry Christmas!

Skip and Faun said...

I truly love those kind of pictures! When it tells a story and the kids are just being who they are; not posed. Very fun!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! You are such a cute friend and I feel blessed to have your funny little personage in my life. Everyone needs a little Vanessa in their life so they can laugh, smile and snort!

Nikki said...

That was cute! Happy holidays!!

Becky said...

Been there. Done that. Still there with them now that they are grown! My fave pics are the ones they scowled in.

Merry Holidays to you too!

Sherri said...

Lucky you...all wonderful pictures! I still haven't sent out my cards because I'm not happy with any of the pictures...think I'm going to do a collage of pics throughout the year...so i can get everyone at their best!

happy zombie said...

Oh Vanessa! Those are the BEST photos ever. EV. ER. Your darling little apples don't fall far from the silly-tree.

Happy New Year my friend!
xoxo,
m

PS,
This comment is a scratch-n-sniff comment. Scratch here: [X] and you'll smell the coast. And if you listen carefully, it's calling you to come visit.

jaybird said...

i love it.. seriously funny.. i mean i know you wanted a good picture.. but sometimes the outtakes are just so much better!!

vivi said...

lovely...:)
I have a pretty christmas pic with my daughter and my 3 nieces; will post it later too, nice idea

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Those are the greatest photos! Your little girl really looks like she LOVES her big brothers!

Dogwood said...

How did I miss is wonderful post of the photos of your children!!??Ohmygosh, don't let them get anywhere near Hollywood or they will be grabbed and put in movies!!!! They are soo, sooo handsome/darling!

Tasha said...

Oh, how I can relate to this one. I just started cracking up as I read it. Fabulous. Don't you love kids.

dana said...

Oh my gosh. your kids are SOOO stinking cute.

Jessie Lathroum said...

The pictures are adorable!!!! Real, candid, silly, fun shots are my fav! IMO they always turn out best! Have a wonderful New Years holiday!!

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