Well, kinda, anyway.
The (apparently) dreaded family pictures. I begged. I pleaded. I cajoled.
I dumped guilt in 2 ton loads on each and every one of my wonderful children to TRY to get all 12 of these precious treasures dressed in BLUE (Donovan, blue NOT BLACK) jeans, and a blue shirt and to show up at my house for a trip to the lovely Rainbow Falls for a photo shoot.
Now do not think this came easily.
Nearly ALL the adult children had some sort of complaint about this and I ended up buying almost everyone's "blue shirt" and even some jeans (BLUE Donovan, NOT BLACK) to get the right attire on all.
Not only that, this would be the SECOND time we attempted this, a no show of Brandon for the first time and again yesterday, (Your mother is MAD ---BRANDON) we were not able to get Brandon in the pictures.
He may be photo cropped later, but at this point I was just thankful to have 11 of the kids all together and dressed--
I haven't had a picture of them all with us since way back before we had Kat, then once the big kiddos were grown, I got one of all the "newbies" but not one picture of ALL of my children together. All 12 of them.
And I guess since Brandon didn't show up I still do NOT have my picture of them but it was not for the lack of trying. No it was not.
I really, really tried. (I DID MOM)
But here's what we did get and they turned out so nice, the background is soooo beautiful.
The pictures were taken in a very special location, where Ron and I used to "hang out" as teens.
We even had our names--- Ron+ Vickie---- carved on the bridge but sadly the bridge has been replaced since those days.
And yes, (MOM) we are aware that's now called vandalism and we did NOT allow Chance to carve his name in the newer bridge.
We had a few people stop off and gawk-- guess that's typical since we are such a large family, someone asked if we were a church group, guess that's a "Yes" if you know us, but mainly we are just a "family."
My good friend Anita took the pictures, she does this as a hobby (She's GOOD) and she was so patient and tolerant of the kids, I mean, after all we had---
Chance playing in the mud, water and rocks
Phoebe whining she was cold
Donovan smiling crookedly and the boys laughing at his commentary
Chloe slid down an embankment
Camden climbing all over the place
Derrik reading a book?
Jay refusing to smile
Phoebe unable to tell where she was supposed to be looking
Paisley being carried to each spot we needed her at
And did I mention BRANDON was a no show:((((
Just driving their mother nuts, like usual.
At any rate, here they are, in all their glory---
Our family pictures, September 2013.