When I was growing up, we never took any family pictures. Well, none that were planned a bit ahead of time and involved coordinating outfits.
We did not have a framed poster sized print of all of us hanging above the mantel, or anything really, in our living. There were pictures will all the kids and one parent or the other, but none or very few where we are all present.
Now that I have my own family, it is important to me to get a semi-professional family picture taken every year. I think somewhere in my head, I want to be able to stack years of family pictures one on top of another and flip through them like a cartoon motion book.
Like some kind of youtube video where men show you how their beards grow over the course of a year in a flash or pregnant women show viewers the evolution and growth of their bellies all in mere moments.
I will call this yet to be created project- Family in Motion.
This past weekend I decided that I Sunday was the day for a family photo, in part because snapfish was having a sale on photo cards and in part because it was a very beautiful day. I harangued my neighbors into taking a few shots in the yard. In most of them either P was looking in the wrong direction.
In this one, Josh and I seem to be looking a bird, or perhaps our clogged gutters, but the kids are both looking at the camera, so there is it.
My issue now is, do I hang all these family photos? I feel I could create some kind of overwhelming wallpaper situation. "Look at my family. LOOK AT THEM. Here were are in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 et cetera et cetera et cetera."
Here is the 2011 version, to be displayed on a Christmas card possibly headed your way in a few short weeks.