Even parents of only one child know how difficult it can be to get one decent, sharp, well-lit picture of your child looking pleasantly in the direction of the camera. I can't even imagine how you big families do it! When we combined a wiggly-giggly toddler and a five year old who doesn't want to look at the camera EVER and is mad because...well, I can't remember, really (5 year olds seem to be mad a lot, right?), we had a real challenge on our hands.
Sometimes you get gems like this though...
Can't you just feel the Christmas spirit?
The whole time wasn't like this, and there were actually a lot of laughs in the about-four-minutes we tried to get this photo done before we realized that we had set ourselves up for disappointment and gave up trying to get the girls to sit down, look happy and look at the camera at the same time. It just wasn't going to happen EVER, so we quit before everyone was crying.
But then with a little Christmas magic (photoshop) we ended up with this...
By combining the best picture of Adeline's genuine, happy, shining-eyes smile and the one and only picture where Vivi was sitting still and looking at the camera, we have a picture for our card!
Whew. Thank goodness for Christmas magic.