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Thursday, August 27, 2015

5 Easy Steps to Get Great Family Photos!

We recently had family photos taken. People gave me compliment after compliment about how great the kids looked and how they couldn't believe how we got them all to cooperate in a picture. I always laugh at these comments. They don't see the behind the scenes! So I thought I'd share with you, my 5 easy steps to get your kids to behave in family pictures!

1. Don't tell them where you're going. It's a surprise! When in doubt, I always find white lies to my kids are helpful. I think I have an age limit where this will stop working but 4 and under I'm still smarter than them! We're going somewhere fun guys! Get in the car and you'll see!

2. Keep smiling, even when you're reaching behind 1 child to grab another to keep him sitting still and trying not to drop the infant in your lap. Cheese!
3. If lying and smiling don't work, hanging out on the back of a truck doesn't work for your boys, hope your photographer is quick when you get the .2 second moment of good behavior. Also, wear appropriate footwear for chasing children who are refusing to cooperate. Tom said I picked the wrong shoes for him that day. Whoops. My bad.

4. Hope they forget your actually taking pictures. "Who wants to go for a walk through this field? Yay! Let's go and keep looking at that guy down there...good job!"
5. Bribe. Always bribe. This particular photo shoo was at 6:30am. There was much talk of donuts for good behavior. They would have gotten the donuts regardless of behavior, only because mommy needed to stop for coffee on the way home.

And of course, special thanks to Nate and Captured Memories Photography  by Nathan Weist for managing to catch the few precious seconds between the chaos so we have pictures of my kids faces instead of the blurs I usually manage to capture.

Monday, August 17, 2015

So Long Sweet Summer

The only place where there hasn't been activity going on in our lives has definitely been this blog! It's been quiet on here! My bad!

We've been having a really rough summer life over here...

Catching fireflies in our PJs
 Learning to swim

My little monkeys have turned into fish!

Lounging in the backyard, staying in our swimsuits all day.
Feeding the ducks.
It's a hard life for these kids, let me tell you!

We are soaking it all up because next week, school starts! We have had some big changes this summer for our family. I think in the long run it's for the best, but things have definitely been really wild lately! It's meant another new school for the kiddos but they have handled it all so well!

I am going to get in a better routine with life once I have these big kids back in school so hang tight for just a bit longer! I'm also looking into the potential of starting up a small (very small!) business and I'd love any insight people have on starting up a business! Please share! :)