Hot Hubby and I have combined our families and now are juggling 7 children and 10 grandchildren. Fortunately or unfortunately, they are spread out across the world, so we can only have them in small groups. Our Christmas vacation was filled with my daughters and parents. Whenever I get a group together, I only have one goal. A good group picture.
Now, I am known for making my children pose and pose and pose, until I take the perfect picture. But they are getting smarter and more resilient in their resistance. Hot Hubby has taken on their resistance and only guarantees 10 smiles. On Christmas Eve, we had a gloriously sunny day and headed to our local park/mountain for a photo session. We used a tripod and posed in multiple settings. The best picture was taken at the last minute, when we quickly jumped out of the car and had a stranger take the shot. All of that posing and planning for nothing.
I find that the best pictures are the spontaneous ones. Which do you think turned out best? Do you have any advice for capturing a crowd?
Family Photo Hot Hubby, Boyfriend, Fabulous Firstborn, Beautiful Baby and TCA
Posed Family Photo Hot Hubby, Boyfriend, Fabulous Firstborn, Beautiful Baby and TCA
Family Photo War of the Ages, Adults versus kids?
Family Photo We just jumped out of the car and got a stranger to take this picture
Family Photo Be silly, Hot Hubby, Boyfriend, Fabulous Firstborn, Beautiful Baby, GrandBetty, GrandDavid and TCA
I have always envied Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Belle “wants adventure in the great wide somewhere.” Just like her, “I want it more than I can tell.” I rushed through college and began working before I graduated. I started building my career. I built a family. I bought a car and a house. I worked hard and got satisfaction from making a difference in the world. I did all of the “normal” things but I started to feel small and smothered.
It has taken a while, but my girls are grown and independent. I have a new Hot Hubby that encourages me. I am ready for the Adventure. And I want to pass it on, so that my girls don’t wait as long as I did to get out there! I think there are only two times in your life when you are really free…in college and in retirement. I missed my chance in college. I don’t want to make the same mistake twice.
I would like to write more, but Belle and I are headed to China to visit Mulan. What’s on your bucket list?
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Are there any rides that you avoid when you go to Disneyland? I have always avoided the Grizzly River Run, because of the water. I saw everyone coming off and they had wet pants and it looked miserable to me. Because of my aversion, it became my kids’ favorite ride. They would get fast passes and wait in line while the fast passes weren’t active. I would watch from a distance and stay dry.
Recently, I took my first trip to Disneyland with my new Hot Hubby. He brings out the best in me and he insisted that we “ride everything”. He said, “We only get one chance to do it for the first time, so let’s do everything.” Everything, included Grizzly River Run. Of course, the line was super long and super hot. I was a worried grump by the time we reached the front of the line.
We boarded our boat and I was in a chair by the “door”. Then the ride began. We swirled and bumped and splashed. We passed a corner and bumped into a rapid and a huge wave of water came through the door and soaked me. We went down rapids and a huge plunge. I laughed, screamed and loved every minute!
Yes, I was soaked, but I dried. It made me realize how much fun I had missed with my kids, by wanting to stay dry. Then expanding it further and seeing how long I had played it safe in my life and missed the adventure. Maybe I am just getting older, but I don’t want to miss another adventure. I want to take the rapids and laugh and scream. I wanna get wet!