[Photos By: Cherie Starke Photography ]
"Family photos are horrible..." they'd tell me.
"It will be years of annual torture..." I'd hear.
Then I'd scoff and think, "Heh. That won't happen to us. We've been good so far the past few years, and we've got quite some time before resentful, uncooperative teenager stage...."
Then came family photo time with our now 3-year-old. Commence THE MOST NAUGHTIEST (warrants the improper grammar), WORST-BEHAVED TODDLER EVER. IN LIFE. LIKE ALL OF LIFE IN THE HISTORY OF EVER. Ok, maybe she wasn't that bad, but it sure felt like it at the time. How I thought a 3-year-old would somehow be cooperative was beyond me. How I thought I'd be free of saying, "SIT DOWN NOW!" and "JUST SMILE. No...not like THAT. A NICE smile!" is beyond me.
Honestly, when it came time for me and Scott to have "mommy and daddy" photos alone, we HELD each other while the photographer snapped away. Like....hugs of relief to get a break alone together. It was wonderful we got that moment to have photos of just us two.
But ANYWAY.... looking through some of my favorites below, you could never really tell that we wanted to string Lilly up the wall, could you? I just love how they turned out! Bless our photographer's heart, she's so talented and did an amazing job! You can't even really see the vein popping out of my forehead or my eyes bulging from frustration or the sweat on our foreheads from dealing with Lilly. And it looks like we've got a few more years before Everett joins her. I won't let his sweet little face fool me the way his sister did though!