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Friday, November 27, 2009

photostory friday: black and white

we've been having these family photos taken since.....well - this long ago

some years were better than others

the small-children-on-the-back-of-the-older-children-and-everyone-had-fringes (bangs) year
the we-couldn't-get-everyone-to-smile-at-the-same-time year

the half-lying-around-half-sitting-up year

the i -wish-i'd-insisted-she-cut-that-straggly-hair-and
the-composition-of-the-group-shot-is-starting-to-fall-apart year

we had them regularly every year until the family revolted:

"do we have to have a family photo EVERY year?"

no, i replied sulkily.

so we skipped 2004

cut to 2005

the there's-that-tall-blonde-child-again year
then the family REALLY revolted and i didn't ask again for a couple of years

i think these turned out pretty good though
(my family's growing up!)

of course after many years of family photos, we're runnin' out of ways to pose the girls...

i didn't bother the fam last year for a photo in case my head got bitten off, so you can imagine my surprise, when the chance to have a sitting came up, and i casually put the question to miss 20.

her answer: "i wouldn't be TOTALLY opposed to the idea"...

then of course came the juggling act to find a time that suited everyone. miss 18 works saturdays, miss 20 sundays. you get the picture.

in the end i dragged them all out of bed at 7am on a saturday morning...

...but it was totally worth it.

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily


Working Mum said...

Absolutely fantastic!! What a great record of your family! And how beautiful are your girls? I love the one of all their heads taken from above.

We haven't had a family photo since the one that's on my blog which was 2005, think I need to make a case for another!

Nicki said...

What a great lot of photos!

Sharlene Meyer said...

What a great record of the years Sue! I agree that the 7am start was definitely worth it - great pics!

Roxane said...

aww what a great looking family you are!

Sass E-mum said...

You are a living legend for putting so many photos into Blogger.

I feel a bit weepy from seeing your girls grow up and getting more and more lovely. Yay for the tall blonde one.

But then again, they are all Scrappy!

Tammy Howard said...

You are just a lovely family - every year!

Emily said...

I LOVE looking back on family photos! I think they are all great.

Michelle said... fun to watch all of the kids grow up! That is a really neat tradition and something I wish I would have done.

mandyb said...

very cool look at them growing up..... glad you got most years.... hey and enjoy scrap get away....!!!

Anonymous said...

Totally worth getting those photos done (and putting up with the moaning) - what a wonderful collection of pics!


cat said...

Ahh, beautiful! I have still managed every year (but the kids are not old enough to protest yet). I have just received my DVD - will publish some on Sunday.

auntiegwen said...

Gorgeous amd so good to have the pictorial record xxx

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

What a great tradition! THe photos are great!

Chris said...

That's a terrific progression. Isn't it weird to line up annual pictures and realize how much we change in 365 days?

DaBudges said...

CUTE! thanks for sharing!

Kacey R. said...

I love annual pictures! I love how laid back and happy everyone looks in the last one. So sweet!

Elizabeth said...

Yes, totally worth it. So cute!

Tiaras said...

I LOVE THIS!!! 10 years of your life in one post! Your girls look so much alike, yet so different! But very gorgeous! Love that you have short hair and all your girls have long hair!

Jaina said...

What a great tradition and some wonderful photos. It's great to see the growth and change (and even the similarities) across each year.

Sandra said...

What gorgeous photos! I love that you had them take all in B & W. Apart from being my favourite type of photo, I think it tells the story better without colour getting in the way.

sheila said...

Oh, I LOVE this post! Love the pyamid one...the ones in a row on the floor and the heads from above. All great! What a festive post!

Elaine A. said...

You all are such a beautiful family and I LOVED seeing all of these and watching the girls grow and change!
Thanks for sharing them with us... :D

Anonymous said...

OMGosh Sue, when does all that growing up happen.
You have a beautiful family, we got our latest family photo done this year LOL probably the last because Miss 17 is leaving school next year to greener pastures.
I am sad :-(
Sandra in Feilding

Kristi Smith said...

I love all the photos, esp those last ones!!! What a great idea, too bad you missed a year. :(

Karen MEG said...

I LOVE this, what a lovely way to document your family have a drop dead gorgeous family, by the way.

Just stopping back from SITS, thanks for visiting me a while back. Hope you're enjoying the nice break with your beautiful girls. You're one cool mama too!