We were in Florida at the home of Eric's sister, Tanya, and her husband and three kids. It was Christmas Eve. We had just gotten home from church services that evening. It was after 7:00 pm and the kids hadn't been fed. And did I mention it was Christmas Eve? As in, the night that Santa Claus and his little reindeer make their rounds across the world bringing toys and excitement to all the good girls and boys.
The adults/parents in the family decided that, since everyone was dressed up, we should take some group pictures of all four kiddos in front of the tree. Remember: almost bedtime, way past suppertime, and the excitement of Christmas Eve. Now, please tell me why we thought a good photo was possible. Reason number 243 children grow up thinking their parents are idiots. (Featured below are Hannah (14 months), Kaylee (3 years), Madison (5 years), and Gabriela (8 months).)
"Kaylee, stop pulling your sister's foot and look at the camera, please."
"And Kaylee, where's that pretty smile?"
"Gabriela, you can't eat the wrapping paper, Sweetie."
"Hannah, I know you're hungry, but we need you to sit down please for just another second."
"Gabriela, we don't need you looking reptilian. Tongue back in your mouth, please."
"Hannah, what are you eating?"
"Hannah, really, Babe, we need you to stay put one more second."
"Nena and Papa, how about y'all jump in there with them. That will make things easier."
"Papa, think you can sit Hannah up straight for us?"
"Papa, we need you to look at the camera now, please."