This morning I went through my photos in search of any and all pictures I've taken that include all three of my children. Preferably photos of all three of them sitting relatively close and still, i.e. any picture with two children and one blurry background schmear doesn't count. (Neither do professional or Santa photos, just to up the challenge even more. Surely I was capable of cobbling together a few decent candids.)
My goal was to have enough of them at different ages to print out and frame. And also maybe to successfully cover a small patch of wall in the stairwell that I don't feel like repainting.
What follows is every single photo since the birth of Ike* that meets those criteria:
*AKA my personal favorite from a batch of 25 mostly-identical shots
NOT PICTURED: The television screen, just off to their left.
NOT PICTURED: The warming glowy moving picture box of cosmic wonder.
NOT PICTURED: The Wipe-Out marathon I let them watch in Williamsburg because the hotel didn't get Nick Jr.
ALSO NOT PICTURED: Me and Jason hiding in our room, binge-watching House of Cards on a laptop.
NOT PICTURED: A poorly-thought-out screening of Scar Me For Life, Why Don't Ya (aka Disney's The Fox & The Hound).
NOT PICTURED: Active brain function, critical thinking, etc.
At last! The whole family, screens included, together in a single photo.
I am pretty sure the lesson here is that I should let them stare at screens more often. You know, for memories and posterity and shit.