The Worst Thing Ever That Actually Really Wasn't
Septuacentenial Cupcake in a Cup

But It's Tradition, Dammit

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I have taken approximately 3,923,001 pictures of that child over the past three years, and I have NEVER once seen him make that face. I'm so glad I got to pay $16.99 for this once-in-a-lifetime expression of Complete & Utter Goober.

(I do like how Ezra's just trying to blend in, striking the patented T-Rex-can-only-see-you-if-you-move pose. Good work, son.)

Happy Holidays. We're off to introduce the new man to the family and eat a lot of pie.

Comments

Sprite's Keeper

Well, at least it's not a screamer. Those are always fun!
Happy Holidays, Amy!

butterflygirl

Merry Christmas!

nonsoccermom

Aww, I think it is cute! We didn't even try to get one this year...will I regret that later? Probably. Oh well.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Hilary

The Complete and Utter Goober Face is pretty fantastic. Also Ezra's spirit fingers? Adorable! Merry Christmas!

Maxine Dangerous

Aw, he looks precious, as does the sleeping bundle that is Ezra. :) Hope you and your family have a great holiday! Travel safely. :)

Christy

Enjoy the family! That picture is really sweet.

Jen

Happy Holidays! And the kid is smiling for a photo that you paid for. That itself is pretty amazing. My sisters kids are both sobbing hysterically and Santa is looking off into the distance with a look of harassed woe.

Mary

At least your son will get in Santa's lap! Mine just runs away screaming. He's scared shitless of Santa Claus, and I have no idea why.

Hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas!

Alison C

Merry Christmas to you all!

Christina

Merry Holidays!!

Kristin

Hey...at least you made it there. With us being out of town this past weekend, I didn't get the boys to see Santa.

Breezy

OMG! How did you swing a pic with the REAL Santa as opposed to a "helper"? Seriously, that's a good lookin' Santa...and the kids, well, the kids are friggin' adorable no matter what faces they make! Merry Baby's First Christmas! (enjoy your pies)

Adrienne

I'm pretty sure that face is the "I'm supposed to like this guy and he must be sort of cool because he brings me presents, but oh shit he's also kind of scary looking and they'd better hurry up and take this picture so I can get off this dude's lap" expression.

Maria

Oh, I think Noah's expression is adorable.

Ezra sleeping is precious.

There not crying, so it is a win.

Have a wonderful Holiday.

Christine

Love the Christmas sweater! Where did you get it?

Happy festive season.

Starbuck

Everyone needs a goober picture in their album.

Merry Christmas to all of you!

marcoda

Ha! Oh Santa pix are the best. This year my three year old is striking a very convincing "I'm totally not up to something" pose that's reminiscent of the Stewie Griffin Santa pic from Family Guy...meanwhile the 4 month old is a perfect chubby cheeked angel.
Merry Christmas, everyone!

avonlea

Ezra's practicing his 'jazz hands'! They both look so cute! In our little guy's first, and so far only, pic with Santa, his expression looks like someone called his name and he's thinking, "Whuh?" with his mouth open.

Brandi

Happy Holidays!

Angella

Awesome.

Merry Christmas, Amy!

vanna

such beautiful boys, gooberface and all. and spirit fingers. man, this is a great holiday!! =D

enjoy it!

aadrw

Utterly gorgeous! Couldn't be more perfect!

Karianna

Yes. The Santa Photo right after my son got The Diagnosis was the one he decided to raise his arms outward, put on a goonie expression, and generally look like A Very Special Child even though he totally never, ever has that look in Real Life.

I am sure the relatives who saw that photo felt a swell of "Oh yes, he IS Special"

I guess Santa brings out the best, eh?

But Noah? That is cuteness. And so nice for a Peaceful Ezra.

Enjoy the holidays!

Stacie

That isn't bad at all! :) At least the Santa looks half way jolly. I have seen some that look completely miserable.
Thanks for another year of blogging! Hope you have a nice holiday and have a good trip to visit your family! Merry Christmas!

Rachael

Merry Christmas!

alison

I think he looks great, and little Ezra all snuggled into Santa's bowl full of jelly looks heavenly. Merry Christmas to you and yours! :)

Heather

Oh, it's a keeper. The Santa looks authentic at least. I debated taking my 10 wk old out to get a pic w/Santa and decided not to....now I wish I had!!! Merry Christmas!

tj

I would have thought that this would be a moment that Noah would absoulutely fuhREAK OUT. But no? Santa's OK? Yay!

Missy

Merry Christmas!

Shannon

That's a great pic and you have some very handsome children. Merry Christmas!!!

jodifur

that, is hysterical.

Merry x-mas to the storch clan and a happy and healthy new year.

Alison

I just spent the past five minutes laughing at that picture, and now I feel like a terrible person. But the goober face is amazing..

Mrs. Who

Merry Christmas!

Kyla

No joke, I didn't see Ezra until you told me he was there. A T-Rex would never spot him.

Brianna Storch (no relation)

I almost spit up my oh-so-potent egg nog (not the kid friendly kind either!) when I read your "T-Rex" bit!. Are you trying to make me choke and have to go to the E.R. on Christmas, no less?!

Jen

For serious, I didn't even see Ezra in the pic at first! Merry Christmas!

Mo

Dude, he smiled. That is success!

Megan

I was making ridiculous noises as I was reading this post. They included: 'Haha, Awww, Haha, AwwW'

April

What a sweet picture! Your kids sure are adorable. And that Santa is great too.

Cat

Ezra's camouflage is only going to work in extremly red environments. He'll never make it in the jungle. Best keep him in the city where he can blend in with the gangs.

Jenni Jiggety

Cute picture! Sometimes camouflage is the best defense against a giant bearded man in red...

Haley-O

Ha! That's a great face! :)

MiniHipster

I can definitely relate to this!
MiniHipster.com is a street-style blog on kids fashion, so we are always confronted with the little devils pulling a face at the most inconvenient times.

Inconvenient, at least, for the one behind the camera - funny faces are never so for the little ones...

Rae Ann

Ah, you seem to have reached what we here at Critical Mass call the hyena period. Smiling for the camera is more an act of baring the teeth than actual mirth. It lasted about a year with Z. Enjoy!

Missie

We have you beat...we paid about $25 for kindergarten pics in which my son is channeling Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade. Such a proud, proud parenting moment.

Carolyn

Oh my God, you have the BEST Santa. If I lived anywhere near you I would insist you tell me where he is. The boys look great, too. =)

Jenn

What a great Santa photo.

Happy Holidays.

Jessica (from It's my life...)

Dude, how do you get your kid to sit on Santa's lap!?! Mine HOWL and run from the room screaming whenever they see the bearded man.
Lucky dog.

Elizabeth

You got both kids with Santa, Noah looking at the camera, wearing a cute sweater, and neither of them screaming? Amy Storch, FOR THE CHRISTMAS WIN.

Happy, happy holidays to you and your wonderful family!

Liana

I LIKE that photo!! :)
Goobers are cute, too.

And you guys found a really nice, jolly-looking Santa, too!

Happy Holidays to you and yours :)
And lots of yummy pie, too!

Natalie

I think the unexpected expression Santa pictures are the best ones. My son totally snubbed Santa at Disneyland this year and the picture shows my son on one side of the bench,facing away from Santa and pouting, while Santa is on the other side, doing the same thing. I think it's hilarious.

Your kiddos look great!

vicki

Amy,
I wanted to comment on your previous post but the comments were closed. My son has SPD also and did not qualify for services in the school when we aged out of EI at three years. I had him retested 3 months later and I am happy to announce that he failed with flying colors! Don't give up on getting him retested, I think it depends on the day and the tester how well they do. And just to make sure he doesn't pass you could schedule the test for naptime when they are more disagreeable. :) Not that I did that!!

jenn

My all time favourite Christmas picture is the one of my boys sitting on Santa's knee - they were 1 and 2 years old and both sobbing miserably, tears streaming down their little sad faces while Santa sat there with a beatific lemon pie smile on his face.
I had the picture printed and made into a mousepad for my dad - we still laugh hysterically at that picture. The boys are 6 and 7 now, and obviously not scarred by the experience. At least I don't think so. They are both on the autism spectrum, but I'm pretty sure that early experience with Santa didn't cause it. I'm sure you'll treasure that photo for a long time. That facial expression may happen again when you least expect it.

Rebekah

Wow! I lost track of your site when moving and switching computers, and I come back to a beautiful new addition to the family! Holy cow!!! Congratulations! Ezra is gorgeous, and I'm so happy for you and your family. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and wishing you all the best in 2009.

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