Saturday, April 14, 2012

Spring kids' portraits

I always use Easter as an excuse to get a few nice pictures of my kids all dressed up.  It seems that each year they are less and less cooperative... 

They *know* momma has a camera attached her face at all major events, but they have become more and more allergic to natural smiles and sitting still. 

Here's a few examples of my efforts this year.  Enjoy for your own amusement.

Act 1.  My son refuses to take part in the pictures, so my daughter says "just take pictures of ME!" 

She required the picture included the plastic chick.
After a few more attempts at non-cooperative poses, I told her to give me a silly face (this sometimes helps to get the kids taking better pictures).  Instead of the usual sticking-out-the tongue, I got ...

Zombie child!
So, we tried a few more times, and got lots of cheesy, squinty eyed smiles.  I reminded her "Open your eyes!"  So, I got this shot...

Kinda frightens me...
We kept trying.  This is my adorable daughter, but you miss the cute dress.

Act 2. By this time, my son decided to join.  He wanted the "silly shots" first, so I obliged. 

My son is always ready for a fight... and my daughter -- again with the plastic chick!
Now can we have some cute sibling pictures?  Nope.  Goofiness ensues...

My son might be going to a choke hold here...
Finally, a decent siblings shot appears.  I think I had to bribe them.

Which do you like better... black and white...

or color?
Act 3. By then my daughter was done.  But my son was ready to ham it up!

Is it time for my cameo?
I reminded him to give me a "nice smile", but didn't remind him which direction..

I'm smiling, mom!
I then asked him if I could have a serious shot.

A 5-year-old's "serious" look.
So, then I told him to look away from the camera (maybe I'd get a better picture that way)...

He's thinking he's MAD cool right now.
By then, I just gave up, and told him to smile, and I shot some more.  I think you might start to know my son's personality a little bit more through these.

I'm cute and I know it.
I'm working this staircase...
And that's what I think of your Spring portraits momma!
Ok.  I got some cute shots.  But, those kids don't make it easy!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Egg hunt Bonanza!

We attended an egg hunt at my niece's grandmother's house, and it was the BIGGEST egg hunt I've ever seen.  There was about a dozen kids in attendance... and over a thousand goodie-filled eggs!  It was crazy, and the kids had a blast.  This was the yard before the onslaught...

Eggs as far as the eye can see...

And during the hunt...

And post-hunt looting...

I give kudos to my niece's grandma and her sister... they know how to organize an egg hunt!  Each kid decorated a Ziplock bag before the hunt, then used that to collect all the goodies from the eggs.  They re-use the eggs each year.

A huge bag 'o candy and trinkets, and they still had Easter baskets coming the next day... whew...


That's my big boy scoring a goal during his Lil Kickers indoor soccer class.  He's been really kicking it up a notch at soccer lately... he scored 5 goals during his last class!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

Here's a couple of pictures from our visit to see the Easter Bunny this year.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Lord, what fools these mortals be...

We spent April Fool's Day in Ann Arbor (Michigan) at the Festifools Parade.  It started 6 or 7 years back by some university students and teachers, and has turned into quite a foolish affair for all ages! Enjoy a few pictures...

Humanity is a parade of fools, and I am at the front of it, twirling a baton.
-Dean Koontz

“I was kidnapped by aliens, they came down from outer space with ray guns, but I fooled them by wearing a wig and laughing in a foreign accent, and I escaped.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Colleges don't make fools, they only develop them. -- George Lorimer (Yes, most of these fools are Univ. of Michigan college students!)

You have to stop worrying about looking foolish, 'cause fear of being humiliated really limits you.
-Dean Koontz

Even the gods love jokes.  ~Plato

I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it.  ~Jack Handey  (I didn't get the chained panda either... but maybe I wasn't supposed too.  Fools!)

Dare to wear the foolish clown face. -Frank Sinatra

The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a clever woman to manage a fool. -Kipling (I think she charmed the fools!)

Children and fools speak true.

Stay hungry. Stay Foolish. -Steve Jobs.  (Yes, the Hungry Hippos playing The Hunger Game!)

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. - Shakespeare

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.

Looking foolish does the spirit good. --John Updike

Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side. --Yiddish Proverb

Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”
― Colette

Too many men are afraid of being fools.

The surprising thing about young fools is how many survive to become old fools.
--Doug Larson

The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.  ~Will Rogers (That's the puppet mayor of Ann Arbor, and his human-double!)

"If I make a fool of myself, who cares? I'm not frightened by anyone's perception of me." -- Angelina Jolie

I have great faith in fools - self-confidence, my friends call it.  ~Edgar Allan Poe (These ladies were letting us know we had to put aluminum foil hats on our heads so that we are not abducted by aliens.  Good advice!)

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.
--Cynthia Heimel (Yes, that's a Sloth!)

In life, each of us must sometimes play the fool. --Yiddish Proverb


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