Child labor or photography assistants

One thing I love about this new photography venture is the involvement the kids get to have.  Marian loves shaking rattles and jumping around trying to get babies to smile and Ez & Tobin like the random kids who come to play.

I was shooting siblings the other day and the 5 year old was getting bored while I was getting solo shots of her 3 month old so I asked Mari to play with her in the play area.  I found them a bit later, all set up coloring together in the art room.

And, Tobin was entertaining this 2 year old while I was getting solo shots of her 3 month sister

Christmas continues

We continue our Christmas celebrations with my family on December 12th.  This year my parents rented a couple lanes of our small town bowling alley to hold the party and we had pizza for dinner, we had foregone the formal family Christmas dinner quite a number of years ago in favor of pizza (you might want to try it-very low stress!).  The bowling alley is new for us, we have a wide range of kids and my parents house seems to get smaller each year.  Everyone had fun-except I learned I can’t bowl anymore.  I never was any good and I actually scored a 137 (VERY good for me) but it really hurt!  So, I only played one game.  Ezra discovered that “real” bowling is a lot harder than Wii bowling-he did quite well with the help of bumpers though:)

Troy-check out his follow through, thats Alyssa helping her brother Kashton, they all took turns helping Kash

and, check out Tobin

the littler ones

ok, seriously, aren’t these the cutest, little things

Sis Tara, Mom, & niece Ashley

Mom decided to each family had to sing a Christmas song to determine who got to open their presents first, the 18 year old bowling alley attendant was the judge-we sang Away in a Manger at Marian’s request (more on that song later).  My sisters complained because “they’re like professionals”, and we won (by a land slide).

this would be my Mom & Dad trying to sing their song, can’t remember what it was but they didn’t sound very good and couldn’t remember the words-it was pretty funny!

We also have 2 birthdays we celebrate in December, Matthew just turned 12 (he’s the one with the grin facing the camera)

Tobin, very interested in the cake

and, Trisha’s birthday is December 24th (she’s still not over it!), her husband surprised her with a party at the bowling alley after our family party.  This picture is horribly blurry but I love her surprised expression!

The whole gang, I had to ask permission to stand in the middle of the bowling alley, ask the other bowlers if we could interupt their game (there are only 6 lanes), and ask the 18 year old attendant to take the shot after I ran into it.  It’s not of great quality, but we’re all there and mostly looking in the right direction:)  It was pretty much the only way to get far enough away to get everyone in the picture.

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