Sunday, October 24, 2010

White Shirts and Jeans

I wanted a family picture.

One of those cool ones where we all match and are beautiful.

I stayed up nights envisioning it.

I picked a time and place.

I knew I wanted it to happen before the storm came and blew the leaves away.

Finally the "last chance" day arrived.

I still hadn't gotten in touch with the girl who offered the "family picture" at the ward auction.

My husband was really busy with school and didn't think he'd be able to make it home before dark.

But I went forward with my plans anyway.

The kids all had a half-day of school so we decided to pick out pumpkins and go geocaching.

The youngest started throwing up right before we left.

At one of our stops, three of them were stung by bees.

I was not deterred.

We were doing this no matter what.

The boys complained about having to wear their sunday shirts when it wasn't sunday.

The teenager was trying to be different.

We got a hold of our volunteer photographer at 4:30 and set up a 5:45 appointment.

Dad came home a little early from school.

We made it to the park and the wind wasn't blowing,it wasn't freezing yet, and no one had barfed for at least an hour.

We took pictures.

[amid telling kids not to make faces, threatening to take away toys, trying to get everyone looking at the camera at the same time (9 is a lot of people), and bribing kids to smile.]

I've always envied those dentist and carpet cleaner ads and their family pictures.

Now I wonder what they went through to get them taken.

My favorite moment came as we were getting ready and my teenager said:

"it's like we're going to the temple, but in jeans!"

Yes, yes it is.

What a perfect description of life.

We are on a journey that will lead us to the most beautiful place.

We want to go as a family

But it takes a lot of work to get there.


  1. So where's the picture? And how did geocaching go?

  2. So I read the title and immediately pictured a family picture. Just to clarify how they have those perfect pictures, it's called "head swapping". The photographers take the best pictures of each family member and paste them all in one shot. It's amazing what can be done with digital photography.

  3. I love that each of our family pictures (even growing up) have great stories that goes with them. It's part of what makes the picture so great.

  4. Tehehe! I want to see those pictures.

  5. I remember one of our family pics when I was young. I was sick, and threw up on the side of the rode on the way home :) And oh's always a fight, a struggle, and total chaos, but in the end, the pictures always turn out. I hope we get to see them!!!!!

  6. are you going to post the photo???

  7. Do you know how to post photos? I think you can figure it out... ;)

  8. Oh Marla, you are so awesome. I want to be you some day.

  9. Love it! Family pictures are so hard to do...that's why we haven't done one in several years. Can't wait to see yours!

  10. Rocking colors nice man I also want to buy badger casual stuff as I recently bought Sweatshirts from this nice store.



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