Sunday, November 20, 2011


We took Christmas photos today with my cousin Stephanie. I found the perfect park several weeks ago, just a couple of miles from our house. A kind of vacant park with an old pecan grove, a barn, stone wall, and several abandoned tobacco curing buildings. Seemed like they would be a nice backdrop to a family photo. Very out of the way. Very few people.

We arrived this afternoon in our winter finest... though the temperature was a cool 72 degrees. We were overdressed for the day (sweaters, button-down shirts... you know, winter wear) but looking pretty good. I was ready to show off my perfect, out of the way, and "nobody knows about it" park.

Only apparently everyone knows about it. And everyone brought their photographer today. To do their Christmas photographs. With the pecan grove and the stone wall and the tobacco barns as their backdrops. Everyone. Including Santa - though I think he was shooting promotional photographs, which is in and of itself funny.

So we waited our turn to take photos at various places. The boys were as good as the boys could be. As with other years, Steph does her best to get all of us looking at the camera. If we're really lucky, everyone's smiling. Matt got grass stains on his pants. Will tolerated us for a while before letting his true feelings be heard. Luke was distracted by Santa. It was a photo shoot with 3 kids under the age of 5.

Christmas cards are still several weeks away... so here are a couple of teaser photos that didn't make the card cut. Some good, some bad, some downright laughable.

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