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52 Weeks of Brotherhood: Even on a Monday

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: Even on a Monday

While we still stick to our No Technology Weekdays rule, sometimes we need a little bit of escapism on a Monday evening. Sometimes I’m coming down with the cold the boys so kindly shared. Sometimes Monday feels like a really, really long day. Sometimes their homework pushes all a little over the edge. Sometimes the thumping and throbbing in my ears from a near-miss migraine the week before makes me wince, blink through one eye.

And sometimes the boys pick up on all those things.

Over dinner, we discussed their day, as we do. LittleBrother complained at me; we’d forgotten to go over his lines for the Christmas play. Again. You see, he’s Buddy the Elf.

Yes. That Buddy the Elf.

But also, you see, he’s never seen Elf. And so I decided right then and there, mainly just so I could sit still and maybe hold my head in a way that my ear didn’t throb, we would watch the movie that night. Monday or not.

The boys cuddled me on either side, legs draped over one another, arms bumping and all breathing the same air. I sat and held my head still while the giggles bubbled over, sometimes poking at the soft spot in my ear and sometimes filling my soul with the same giddy, glee.

By the time the movie ended, we’d all melted into one another, one boys on my left, the other on my right. These two brothers held on to my hands and giggled; they smooshed into me on a day I needed smooshing. These two boys, getting older by the second, know exactly how to come together and make me feel just a little bit better… even on a Monday.

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Outtakes, 2015

I’ve shared our family portrait for the year. I’m thrilled with it and can’t wait until our (free!) 16×20 print (code: TOOGOOD) arrives to replace last year’s (also lovely) portrait. While we did have a good time taking the photo, I want to show some of our outtakes.

I like sharing our outtakes because it: a) shows that we’re a real family with real kids who do real things, b) shows that while we got one great shot, we got a lot more that weren’t as great, c) shows that making mistakes is a-okay, d) makes me giggle.

And so, it’s time for:

Outtakes, 2015

While I’m setting up the lighting and focus for the first shot, the boys and my husband sit perfectly still

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Outtakes, 2015

…and goof around. They’re funny.

And sometimes my favorite picture of me, ends up being the one where the boys do something childlike…

Outtakes, 2015

…like stick up their #1 finger just as the photo takes. I mean, at least it’s his index finger, yes?

Sometimes I think the lighting will work well.

Outtakes, 2015

And it doesn’t. I will spare you the entire reel of these particular outtakes as we all look like oompa-loompas in the setting sun. Instead, you’ll get this picture of LittleBrother laughing a big laugh. That’s good stuff right there.

But, we do have fun. Sometimes we have too much fun. Like so.

Outtakes, 2015

I don’t know what LittleBrother found so hilarious, but we all got a case of the giggles.

Sometimes I think I have the camera and tripod set up just right. And sometimes I cut off the tops of our heads.

Outtakes, 2015

It happens. Sadly, my favorite picture of just the two of us fell prey to the head chopper. I don’t hate the photo of the two of us this year, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite.

So you see, while our family photos look great this year, it’s not all perfection. Some of it involves knowing my family, knowing the light in the area where we’re taking photos, knowing a lot about photography, and working quickly. And some of it is just dumb luck. You never know what you’re going to get when you press the button on the remote.