my big accomplishment

I’m sure by the title you just can’t wait to find out what my big accomplishment is.

I hope you’re not disappointed.

It’s a photo.

And I’m pretty proud of the accomplishment.

It’s been three years since I’ve managed to drag my five offspring into a studio for a family photo. Those two teenage boys, especially the oldest, seem to have a camera phobia. At least of being in front of one. I guess I get that. I’m a bit the same way. But really, it makes it hard to record those memories.

Yesterday while driving home from the post office, the brilliant idea struck me that I would actually have all five home at once and it was a beautiful day. I was shocked to get only a minimal amount of arguing and the the promise that they wouldn’t have to go to a studio went a long way. Surprisingly it was my youngest, Mr. Loves2Mug4theCameraGuy, that was the most difficult. I’ll admit to being a bad mother and bribing with food.

5 minutes + 22 shots = 1 great picture + 1 extremely happy mom

So that’s the accomplishment. What do you think?

Now for the full family photo. I need one of those.

That’s my goal for next year.

20 responses to “my big accomplishment

  1. great shot! bribery will get you so far! nice color coordinations, too-love it!

  2. That is a fabulous accomplishment!!!! Lovely picture too…and I guess I apart of the “bad mother’s” club, because I’ve bribed my 9 year old with food before…LOL! Fab pic. Blessings!

  3. Beautiful photo of your beautiful kids!!

  4. Julia, this is a beautiful photo! I do understand what an accomplishment that is! 🙂

  5. It IS a great accomplishment!! I only have TWO kids, and when they manage to still still and smile for the camera I am always thrilled! 🙂

  6. What a great pic Julia 🙂 A beautiful family to be very proud of.

  7. I LOVE that photo, Julia! What a gorgeous family!!

  8. I consider that a great accomplishment and also a great photo-relaxed.

  9. That is definitely a huge and fantastic accomplishment!!! I have three kids, 14, 10, and just turned 2, and right now my two year old can’t smile without closing his eyes so to get a photo like you did is almost a miracle….great job!! 😉

  10. Great Photo they all look very happy and relaxed.

  11. Fantastic, everyone looks amazing. Our church is doing a pictorial book so we are going to have our picture professionally taken, (my husband and I) we have not had our pics taken professionally since 1982, so I am excited!

  12. Julia,
    You have a beautiful family! I think that’s your accomplishment. Have a great day.

  13. Gorgeous photo! You did a fantastic job! This is a big accomplishment for you…but well worth the effort!

  14. love it. beautiful family.

  15. Great looking bunch! What a photo!

  16. COngrats! On the pic, AND the beautiful family…

  17. Oh Julia! How they’ve GROWN!! Fabulous picture! I totally understand trying to get a “family” shot!! Happy for you! lol

  18. What a wonderful photo and you are right, it is a big accomplishment and so worth it. TFS

  19. I can see why that must be a mammoth task getting everyone together and happy and smiling and wow you have done a GREAT job Julia….congrats! Beautiful photo of your beautiful children:-)

  20. That is a fabulous picture and you have a beautiful family!

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