There are two photo shoots each each year that just about do me in… the one in which I try to get the perfect Christmas card photo and the one in which I'm after the perfect spring Bluebonnets photo.
The Christmas card photo is bad enough, but really that one is just a matter of taking a WHOLE bunch and one of them will come out close enough, generally.
The bluebonnet photo is a whole other beast.
I thought I was prepared this time. I dressed them in shorts but took jeans, thus preventing either the "it's too hot" or "the flowers make my legs itchy" arguments. I coated them in bug spray. Nana came along so that there would be TWO cameras flashing, TWO voices begging them to just let us get ONE good one, and of course Nana is always quick with the icecream or candy bribes, so that helps too.
Even with all my planning we failed to get a single decent dang shot, unless you count the ones with just flowers in them.
Grumpy, "I don't want to be here" faces.
It's not like they don't like flowers. They do.
It's not that they aren't used to being photographed. They are.
It's that whole "sit still and all smile at me and please do it all at once" thing that wasn't working for them.
That and the fact that they ALL wanted to hold their baby cousin, like right now. Nothing like a good game of "Three Surly Punks Pass the Baby on the Side of the Road While Two Women Try To Get a Good Photo, Just One, While Not Freaking Completely the Heck Out and Driving Away Without The Children!"
What? You haven't heard of that game before?
At least this year no one lost their shoes.
Then we had THIS bright idea:
It was short lived.
But you know, as bummed as I am that I didn't get that "hang over the mantle shot," I think we did pretty dang good.
We captured a little bit of a fleeting moment… flowers blooming, four crazy kids that I love, a sunny day I'll never get back.
And afterwards there was mexican food and margaritas – a surefire cure for Bluebonnet photo blues.
In the case that you haven't, we recommend you get your hands on Tomie De Paola's Legend of the Bluebonnet and also the Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.
Book of Days families… there's a new post at the Ranch blog!