We were at our friend Heather’s house for her birthday party/Fourth of July party, so I got this month’s pic in the hallway. I usually use my DSLR for the monthly pic, but it was too hot to go home and grab it (and too hot to contemplate doing it outside earlier in the day.)
(This isn’t the first time we’ve done the July monthly pic in Heather’s hallway…)
Smiles are too much to ask for in some cases. Ahem.
Check out those sock tans, though. Just like Grandpa John.
Taken on time, with reluctance (one day they’ll thank me) but posted two days late.
Missing my boys so much! I’m in Belgrade, Serbia right now for work. The weather is lovely, though, we’re staying in a great house, and I’m happy to be hanging out with my teammates. So I’ll survive.
It turned chilly again (probably our last gasp of winter) and I had to get these fast before their toesies froze. The sword was from a parade we went to last week. Miles didn’t turn into a knight or anything.
I have so much to blog about, it’s pathetic. But I go back to work one week from today, so you’ll have to wait until I’m used to sitting in front of a computer again. But I mean, I have to cover:
- days out with each boys individually
- the other two snorkeling at the aquarium
- stuff I did on my sabbatical
- stuff I didn’t do on my sabbatical
- Mardi Gras
- other random things I’ll remember once I get started
Until then, I have some lazing to do!
Because the fourth fell on a Monday, the boys (especially one in particular) were especially not excited about taking the monthly picture. So they said, “can’t we just keep it real for once and not smile?” In the end I got one with fake smiles and one “real” one. In the afternoon, in better moods, they said we should use the smiley one. So here you go. But of course I will post the “real” one too.
I know! They look so enthused, don’t they? Maybe overly enthused in Linus’s case.
That’s more how Oliver really felt. I can’t really blame him, really. Who wants to force a smile when it’s gray outside and you have to go to school?
Next month it’s on Lundi Gras so they’ll be out of school, so the smiles should be bigger and real!
THE SUN IS OUT! THE SUN IS OUT! I don’t know how long it’s been since we’ve seen the sun – a long, long time. Weeks. Way longer than I’m used to. But today it was gloriously cool and cloud-free and desperately needed.
That’s not really related to this month’s picture, which we took when the sun was about to go down, because I wanted to wait until after Oliver and Linus’s haircut. But anyway. YAY FOR THE SUN!
My shaggy-haired, soccer-obsessed, goofy, sweet boys turn 11 today!
11 years ago (give or take a few days) they looked like this:
Safe to say they’ve grown a bit.
Happy birthday, my sweet bunnies!
It was about to rain/get dark so I used my external flash and it sure did give a weird look to the picture, but better than nothing.
Here’s the hard part – I had to prioritize Linus’s cute smile over Miles’s annoyed look, but I feel like it can pass as “moody” rather than “irritated.” Fine line.
Now this one of Miles is perfection, but his brothers, well, alas. Hee hee!
This one would have been okay if the lighting had been better. Oh well.
I am not ashamed to admit, when they were younger, I did my share of swapping the boys into pics to get a good one. If the lighting had been even, I could have put Miles from picture 2 into the first picture, but it wouldn’t have matched. But I used to do that all the time when they were babies. (No, I never tried to substitute one kid for another. I’m not evil.)
One month til 11! Ack!
No school today, thanks to the threat of Tropical Storm Gordon.
Yeah, we’re hilarious. (And not really in much danger, thankfully.)
See the previous 128 monthly pics here.
Not an easy one, 128 months. Three shots in was this. (Titled, COME ON MOM HOW MANY PICTURES DO YOU ACTUALLY NEED TO TAKE WE SMILED ALREADY GEEZ COME ON CAN WE JUST GO TO THE PARK ALREADY?!?!??!?!)
So this is the best of the lot. You can see Oliver’s signature furrowed brow, as referenced in this video from four years ago.