My heart is full... children are home. Warm weather made a trip to the lake for annual family photos possible. Unfortunately our oldest daughter Micah and her husband Joshua couldn't be with us.
It always seems like so much work to pull this off each year, but I *love* having these photos to look back on. Love it! Here are three of my favorites from this year.
I thought it was neat to have the ducks and Canadian geese behind us in this shot. What you can't see is that the ground was a minefield of goose, um, "presents" that we had to carefully avoid as we walked. Yuck!
Here's how to take a large family Christmas photo:
1. Try to line everybody up, tallest in back, etc. 2. Remind the little boys to keep their fingers out of their nose. 3. Place the camera on tripod. 4. Try to remember how to set the timer function on my camera. 5. Get everyone's attention. 6. Get everyone's attention again! 7. Laugh hysterically over silly little boy antics. 8. Regain everyone's composure. 9. Get everyone's attention yet again. 10. Remind little boys to keep their hands down. 11. Push the button on my camera, starting the timer. 12. I run as fast as I can to join the group, while trying to avoid goose poop. 13. I get into my spot and try to look relaxed and "natural". 14. click.
Repeat 15-20 times. Ironically, the best shots were the first ones in each location!