Well, here's the new look for the blog.
I do not love this latest batch of family pictures. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I was deciding on what the family should wear for the pictures. For starters these pictures were taken the morning after my marathon so I don't think I really cared what people wore. But, I think I was going for a warm, natural, relaxed, welcoming, comfortable look. I didn't really want an everyone-matching, perfect family look. Not that I don't like that look. I do, and I have attempted it, but perhaps never fully achieved that look before. This time around I wanted to say, "This is us. We are real. We aren't perfect, but we love each other."
I'm afraid what we achieved was, "Unmatched, unkempt, and too lazy to do anything about it."
Too harsh? I don't know.
I guess it was too much.
And Elinor. She was such a good sport to let me trim her hair at home rather than pay at the salon. Did I not see those uneven, scraggly pieces hanging down? Or did I just not care? She looks beautiful anyway but come on. I think I can do better.
So I will blame the marathon for my lack of concern for my family's appearance in our annual family photos. But the truth be told, this IS us. We are all doing the best we can and sometimes it ain't pretty and life gets ahead of us. It is a challenge to keep this mass of humanity clean, fed, and clothed; not to mention, educated, nourished, and nurtured. So while these pictures are not representative of the goals I have for my family, they are perhaps a more accurate depiction of the reality of our lives these days.
I realize there are much more important things than matching, "perfect" family pictures and I sound rather like a spoiled brat. I love my brood of healthy, relatively happy children. I'm not really that bent out of shape about this latest batch. But I do love nice pictures of my children. I spend my days caring for them and on the challenging days it is very uplifting for me to see a picture of them smiling back at me. It may be hard to believe, but they do occasionally look at me with less than darling expressions. At moments like those a smiling happy picture can heal the hurt. Or it can serve as a dart board.
I am not finished in my quest for nice family pictures this year. I have another idea in mind. My attempt at a reality theme worked too well and reality is overrated anyway. This time I'm going for uber matching and formal. Wish me luck!