It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Oh Christmas Tree, You Are Drunk

Photography. EVERY TIME.

(Noah and Jason continue to hold on and fight the good-immune-system fight. Ezra has moved on from Pedialyte to bananas and toast, with distinctively mixed results. I am fighting off an encroaching post-stomach-flu sinus infection, because why the hell not? And Ike thinks it's all a bunch of malingering bullshit and would like to go to the playground already, GOD.)

(In other words, hav sum pitchers. Hork.)

PHASE ONE: 

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Behold, a photo opportunity!

PHASE TWO: 

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A CHALLENGER APPEARS.

PHASE THREE:

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A pile-on quickly follows.

PHASE FOUR:

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Poorly-focused and unsynchronized hamming, but still with some promise.

PHASE FOUR AND A HALF:

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Look at the camera and hold still, guys. No, I meant YOU look at the camera, not twist your brother's head like a Barbie doll, I mean...

PHASE FOUR-AND-THREE-QUARTERS:

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Can you stop screaming "cheese" so loud? I think you're starting to freak the ba...

PHASE FIVE:

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Foreshadowing of the inevitable.

PHASE SIX:

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Hold up. That's not bad...maybe just one more second...if you two would just SMILE like NORMAL PEOPLE, PLEASE...

PHASE SEVEN:

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Denouement. Heartbreaking yet oddly LOL-worthy denouement.

EPILOGUE:

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The immediate shifting of blame and innocent stares of "What? Us? That? No."

Comments

Christine

So worth it, just for that.

Hope you're all feeling better soon, immune systems hold up, and your sinuses remember how to behave.

Claire

Chuckles!! Love it!

kellie

You have no idea how much you make my day with these posts!!

Alison Presley

That last picture is the best. I love that they immediately turn back into angels.

Who me? I don't know why the baby is crying! It's the darndest thing!

El

I love the expressions on Ike's face! The whole series made me laugh. Thanks for sharing. :)

Arnebya

The threes of them. They makes me happy. Go wash your hands.

Kari Weber

Love them.

Love that Ike is a stop-motion tantrum the entire time.

Love that the older two are never in focus.

SarahB

I love Ike's expressions the whole way through.

Also, these photos really magnify the differences between 1 and 4, which seem much greater than between 4 and 6 or 7 (?).

Kelly

Phase 7 would totally be my Christmas card. If that were my family. They are even wearing red and green!

Lizzy

I love your documented photo series -- they really are the best. Captions are hilarious.
Laughter's the best medicine, mama! Hope you feel 100% soon!

Korinthia

Well, the whole thing together is your Christmas card.

Jessie

true story- I was schooled by Amalah and googled denouement...I am envious of your vast vocabulary yet appreciative at the same time.

Amalah

@Jessie "Denouement" is one of my favorite words, so you are welcome. It's like a classier way to say "and now THAT clusterfuck is over, OMG."

Sarah

Thank you, this brightened my afternoon.

Jenny

That was hysterical.

erin

ha ha ha ha !

Laylabean

Love it! I showed the sequence to my daughter and she said the perfect caption for Noah's face in the last photo is "...Ladies!"

Kathy

You must re-create these pictures in 15 years! Would be way too funny.

Suzy Q

Noah has such beautiful long fingers. I've always imagined that he will become some sort of artist.

jelourai

Christmas card. Definitely. Everyone will love it.

Jess

Yes, that exactly EVERY time at our house even down to the Barbie head twist.

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