Wednesday afternoon, after much running around and coordinating, I scratched another weight-loss item off of my bucket list … I was in a family photo WITH my family. After feeling so large for so long, I didn’t want to have any pictures taken with the kids. I always took them to the photographer but did not get my picture taken. I knew one of the gifts I wanted for myself this year was a family photo – with all 5 of us in it. I think the only other time we have done this was when they took family portraits at our church for the directory over 9 years ago. Our youngest was just a small infant and she screamed the entire time. She is bright red in the photos. We all looked frazzled.
Getting the family ready for the photo shoot took a ridiculous amount of planning, shopping, and driving around that only a mother could understand. I tried to start with finding the outfit that I would look best in (ha ha) then coordinating the others to match me. It would have been best if I had actually tried that outfit on, because after gathering several thousand outfit choices for everyone that would match it, I then realized that the shirt I had picked didn’t look all that great on me. Ugh! So, using my teenage daughter’s help, we finally pieced together some outfits that somewhat coordinated. I wasn’t thrilled with the look but we ran out of time.
The photos were taken in a drainage ditch located in a neighborhood off the freeway. The grass was growing long and it was a weird, but cool, location. The photo shoot only took about 20 minutes. I’m so happy with the results. We’ll use them for our Christmas cards and I can finally hang a complete family photo in our home. It really is the culmination of a year of hard work – a photo of a healthy me with my greatest treasures.