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We got together with Rick’s side of the family this weekend for some family portraits. And I knew 6 year-old Dylan was the potential weak link even before we got there.

She hates to have her photo taken. This was her reaction the night before, when I snapped her picture…

I thought she looked cute. Like a little princess blogger in training. Turns out, she’s an outraged, stubborn, princess blogger in training.

You know she just tweeted… “My lame mom taking my photo again. When can I get my own apartment?!  #ParentsAreAlwaysInMyBusiness”

So the next day, we arrive at the fancy portrait studio (Babies R Us) and Dylan immediately starts crying.  And she proceeds to sob and scowl her way through every photo. (Of course, 5 month old Harlowe smiles through the whole session because that girl is a goddamn angel.)

I’m already frustrated with Dylan because for three weeks in a row, she has REFUSED to go in the pool during her weekly swim lesson. And as you can imagine, getting into the water is actually a somewhat important part of the swimming process.

She loves the water but finds lessons to be a real nuisance. So I’ve been paying for her to sit by the pool so that someday she can compete in the Olympic sport of pool side lounging.

Back to the photo shoot. These photos are for my in-laws 45th wedding anniversary and in the end, we had to settle for “the Dylan pout” because you can’t actually force someone to smile. I know this because I once tried to get my husband to smile during an episode of “Cougar Town.” Couldn’t be done.

The photo session was just the beginning of a marathon New Jersey day. The festivities also included my niece’s birthday party, the zoo and dinner. We pulled out of our driveway at 10:15 am and we pulled back in at 10 pm.

As a result, I ended up breastfeeding the twins FOUR times in our minivan. Not bad, right?

But you know what’s way more impressive…

celebrating a 45th wedding anniversary.

P.S. According to Dylan, photos and swim lessons totally suck. But icing is completely awesome.

26 Responses to fine. don’t say cheese. you’re making me crazy anyway.

  • Abby says:

    Congrats to your in-laws! My parents hit 45 on August 14 and still gong strong. Can Dylan really use the computer? No kids here so have nothing to compare to.

  • Momcat says:

    We have a 3 year old in the family who can load a dvd and start the movie rolling on a laptop so at 6 Dylan is quite advanced already. 6 going on 16 that is!

  • Geez Louise. There’s always *one* that won’t play the game, isn’t there?

    When we took photos for the 3yo’s baptism the 6yo (then 3) decided he wasn’t in the mood for a photo. We didn’t get *one good pic*. Just him, burying his head and scowling. When the 3yo was passed to two other families for pics (Godparents and friends)….PERFECT. Their photos look like *ours* SHOULD have.


    Here’s hoping you get a good one. 🙂 x

  • ~Laura says:

    Is there anything worse than group photos? I don’t think so. My sister and I try to get our combined 6 children in one for our parents and grandparents each year. There is always one who choses not to cooperate!

  • jean says:

    They look so young! Amazing….Congrats to them, and to you for giving it your best Dylan shot!

    On my parents’ 50th, my younger brother got a photo of them in front of their house while a double rainbow was happening in the background. It’s a pretty cool pic…:)

  • Robyn says:

    We’re in the middle of a swim-class Fail as well. Bear informed me, he’ll just get bigger swimmies.

    Congrats to your in-laws! Did they get married at 5 years old? They look too young for 45 years.

  • Meg D says:

    Congrats to your in-laws! And isn’t it nice to know that Rick will still be very handsome as he gets older and loses his hair?

  • Flucky Mom says:

    Oh, I remember when my nieces hit that stage of no pictures. My in-laws love taking holiday pictures. Yes, it’s terribly annoying especially when you’ve chunked out from the Thanksgiving + Xmas festivities. They always had a meltdown. I think one or the other was always absent from the final shots. Can’t wait to see what K does when he hits that stage. Not!

  • Kristin says:

    45 years – what a wonderful milestone in their lives! Here’s to more health and happiness in the many years to come! Dylan looks so grown up in that photo with your in-laws – aside from the finger in the icing!

  • Jen says:

    Hey KK! Love the post … email me when you get a second (which I know is never) I can’t find your address. We had our baby boy 2 weeks ago!

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    As long as her body is in the photo, just use Photo Shop to put a smile on her face…and while you’re at it you can add breasts if you want to embarrass her.

  • Ella says:

    When my son was 4 we did pro shots at the nursery school. Picture a field of mustard flowers backed by vineyards. A crystal clear March day. And my son with the stupidest grin on his face —shot after shot–after shot. The teacher said to me “Relax, they’re so HIM!” And she was right. 11 years later they are a great representation of the little guy he was. I love them. You’ll love that pout too.

  • Wow, they don’t look old enough to be celebrating their 45th. Did they get married when they were 10? And I felt your frustration keenly about the happy-photo-killer. Someday she’s going to look back at those pictures and feel so bad. We hope 🙂

  • layla solms says:

    just sell that child. she is way too much trouble!
    we have a photo of our nephew at age 2. he is howling and his face is red and puffy. (his mom took him to sears and they never got a good shot, and she “didn’t spend $$$ on a new #### outfit for nothing, so take the %%%% picture and we’ll make the best of it”. priceless. i can’t wait to put that in his graduation scrapbook in a few years.

  • I have a five year old and two four year olds and I think THIS may be the year that I get everyone to pose for a holiday card picture. Every year I try and every year I fail. Eleanor will be my weak link though. While she flashes movie star smiles for the camera when she’s wearing stained t-shirts, she becomes an angry teenager when she looks lovely and everyone else is on board with the photo op. There’s one in every crowd…

  • bubbie says:

    As long as we can all be together I’ll take whatever face they make. How lucky we are and with a little more good fortune we’ll have next year.

  • bubbie says:

    As long as we are all together I’ll take whatever faces they want to make. We are so lucky and with a little more good fortune we’ll have next year.

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