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I thought of this thread today ...... I was talking to my mom about Christmas card pictures, and she told me that they're hiring a professional photographer to take family pictures this Thanksgiving (this was news to me). Family pictures (as I noted before) have been a long-standing tradition and source of laughs. My dad used to (okay, still does) put his camera in an awkward spot and set the timer (even though mom has bought him at least a dozen tripods and remotes). He always gets us lined up, says "go", hits the timer, and runs to the front and squats down. Several years ago, the rest of us started a tradition of everyone turning their back to the camera as soon as my dad got back to the front. He couldn't see us, so one of the family pictures would come out as all of us (uncles, aunts, etc) standing with our backs to the camera, with my dad squatting down in the front smiling like a fool.It has become such a running gag that, at my sister's wedding, my brother, sister & I got the photographer to get a picture of the 3 siblings with our backs to the camera. To this day, it's one of my favorite pictures of us.There will be at least one picture with the professional photographer where we all have our backs to the camera (except for my dad). And there will be an attempt at a picture with all 8 of our family dogs.gThat's how crazy my family is........
Because DS lives in LA, family photos are few and far between. We absolutely made sure to get in some family photos, which also included DIL's folks, who also joined us for Thanksgiving this year. (They are from Baltimore). It seemed more than fitting, since DS and DIL announced the impending arrival of baby girl, arriving in May, 2018 :-DSince they have shared the news with all their VIP's and friends, I have permission to include the news in my Christmas cards! I cannot wait to get cards out this year!
yayyyyyy, @MobKaz !Our family pictures went a bit awry. Mom asked that we wear black & white so we're not in crazy clashing colors. And black & white is pretty simple. My 2 year old nephew (not surprisingly) refused to wear his white shirt and black pants. He actually didn't want to wear clothes at all. He was all,My sister finally convinced him to put on one of his purple t-shirts and shorts. Meh, whatever. It's a good thing he's cute.