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
As we are winding down 2017, it is time to reflect and review the highlights of our year. This year began with Hot Hubby and my first trip to Disneyland together. We took a “do it all” attitude and rode every ride in both Disneyland and California Adventure. Afterward, we admitted that we never want to ride some of them again. (see ya Tower of Terror) But we always have our first!
We took a variety of road/plane trips to California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Indiana, New Mexico, Florida and Nevada. We hiked in Antelope Canyon, geocached in California, Ziplined in Park City and toured covered bridges in Indiana. We visited Disneyland again with our youngest daughter, who taught us to MaxPass and how to get the perfect Selfie.
Our family at Disney World
Hot Hubby, and Mickey my two favorite men
And TinkerBell makes Four
Our first trip to Disneyland
We spent a week in Florida with our youngest grandchildren. Walt Disney World is really special when it is decorated for Christmas, even if it was early November and 90 degrees. We did not get a chance to wear our matching flannel pajamas, so we will save those for next time.
We lost a dear friend over the holidays which reminds us that our time here is limited. Let’s make 2018 a great adventure. Let’s do something that scares us, something that challenges us, something for our health and fill the rest with family and friends.
What are your plans for 2018?
The Lion King movie was my oldest daughter’s favorite film. It came out on VHS when she was little and she watched it so much that I replaced the worn out tape three times. She loved The Lion King and I loved the lessons that it provided.
Most of the brilliance was delivered by a mandrill named Rafiki. This came to mind this week as Robert Guillaume who was the voice of the Rafiki, recently passed away. He had a distinctive voice and I can still hear him saying, “Remember, who you are!”
There have been times in my life, when I have lost “who I am”. One of those times was when I graduated from college and moved to North Carolina for my first job. I was only there a few weeks, when there was a hostile takeover and the whole division was let go. I don’t think they say “let go” anymore. It is probably more pc to say “displaced.” It felt more like “fired”, “devastated”, “end of world time”.
When I called my mother, she told me to “take 24 hours. Cry, feel sorry for yourself, eat junk food and be gloomy. After that 24 hours, pick yourself up and get to work. You are a strong, capable woman who can find a job, but you have to use that strength.” She was right, it only took a few weeks and I was moving to Atlanta and starting a new job.
Knowing who you are is important and sometimes it takes life’s challenges to really know how strong you are. You are never alone. Family and friends are there to love you when the world doesn’t. Remember to trust yourself, and know that you will never be given a challenge that is bigger than you.