06 May 2009

swell peeps + sabotaged photos

monday was a frabjous day at chez owens, largely because mister postal guy showed up at my place with not one, but TWO lovely packages. lovely because of whom they came from. and lovely because they will keep my literary fetish alive and well for another solid week.

package numero uno came from my partner in crime, jen, complete with a lemon-colored handcrafted card:




numero dos hailed from rebekah, who tucked in a few flawless sanibel island shells:




allow me to extend a warm and enthusiastic THANK YOU, girls...i was sixty pages into this crichton novel, and experiencing another slow and tragic case of Death By Boredom. i was quite relieved to chuck that book into the library's return bin; your timing could not have been more perfect.


in other news, i've been working on mother's day gifts for the mums in my life, and now remember why exactly it is that i: 1. am not fond of posed photos 2. of children, especially 3. particularly when the children in question are my own.

what i end up with, invariably, is a heap of digital files that are 98% outtakes, 2% not outtakes (as in, not good, but not comically horrid, so we'll go with them).


while we're all here, i thought i'd share a sampling of the outtake variety:







i believe i've gained insight into why people aim for just one child. it may be awfully quiet at their place, but it sure increases the odds of everyone behaving like a normal human being at the same time.

16 comments:

Jenn said...

laughing pretty hard right now...WITH you of course. My out takes would be SO much worse. Hey...no one is picking their nose ;)

take a bow Jenn

Deconstructing Jen said...

Those pictures made me snort which is saying quite a lot with a sinus infection... Your kids are awesome. :D

I hope you like the book. I can't wait to hear your thoughts. And I wish I could say I made that card but I bought it... you know that Etsy addiction I have and all.

Jen M said...

Those are outtakes? But I love them!

Whitney :) said...

those pics are PRICELESS!!! each kid has their own unique, distinct and adorable expression on their face -- you captured them all perfectly :) HA!

how nice to have gifts in the mail -- you do have good friends!

xoxo
whit :)

Kimberly said...

I like the outtakes best! Those are priceless!

~love said...

those are some seriously gorgeous outtakes!
i really want to get a great picture of my 4, but haven't come up with a good way to make it happen. the baby is either slumped over or being held in a way that she's hardly seen. the 2 year old usually has her eyes covered or wants me to shoot her booty. the 4 year old looks at me like i'm crazy. and the 5 year old is trying hard to keep everyone until control & has a forced smile!!!!!!
still love checking in on your beautiful life....just usually only have 1 finger to type w/ so i'm not as talkative lately as my 10 finger self today. =)

erin {tvp} said...

Those pics are awesome!!!! Much better than our out takes which usually include bunny ears being made over someone's head and some one else crying.

Rebekah said...

my outtakes usually have one or both looking at me with an extremely unpleasant face for forcing them to take pictures for the eternity of 5 minutes - really, who knew it was such torture??

Enjoy your reading, my dear. I brought home a whole cooler full of those shells, it was crazy :D

Kimberly said...

Adore the photos:) Our outtakes generally involve someone crying or picking their nose. On books, I'm anxiously awaiting more monthly reading lists!

Little Dickens Designs said...

Your kids are so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

In the second outtake you have captured each one of their personalities. The 1st in photo on left is always silly, the second is quiet and sweet, the 3rd (elle) has that precious sideways look about her and finally the last gorgeous debonaire one....perfect not an outtake at all !!!
Cindy K.

mooi hoor... said...

haaa! Looks great! Love that little smile from zee! Like the previous commenter said: you captured a great piece of their personalities, and mad a beuaiful, clear shot!

Wenderina said...

Love Diana Gabaldon Outlander series - hope you are enjoying it. Of course the best are the first two...but you love the characters so much you keep going through all of them.

mooi hoor... said...

haaa! Looks great! Love that little smile from zee! Like the previous commenter said: you captured a great piece of their personalities, and mad a beuaiful, clear shot!

Little Dickens Designs said...

Your kids are so beautiful!

Kimberly said...

I like the outtakes best! Those are priceless!