Happy Family Day to all my Canadian peeps. Especially the ones with new little babies (I’m talking to you Larissa!) and babies on the way (you know who you are!).
Family Day is a relatively new holiday for Canadians…and a much-needed excuse to have a mid-winter long weekend (we’re much luckier in that regard in the US). Last year I noticed a few of my friends posted their family photos on facebook and wished everyone a happy holiday. So as a little holiday treat, I’ll post a few outtakes from our big photo session last November when our friend Jonathan came to snap us going about our business for a very informal Christmas card.
One session in and I now know that getting everyone to look at the camera will be near impossible. But that’s OK. Now that I think about it, an imperfect family photo is pretty charming in its own way. When my friend Iva’s card arrived, I laughed because she couldn’t even get her two grown sons to look at the camera. It’s one of my favorites. Tears and pouting can also add dimension to the imperfect photo. Hopefully it’s neither is on the face of anyone over 12, though. That would just be, well, sad.
So here we are, in all our ‘come on, Otto, SMILE, just a few more’ glory. My favorites are #4 and #5 where Adam’s playing a game where we go all wobbly and blubb our cheeks and say “abluhgluhbluhgluhbluhgluhbuhbuh” over and over again. Dr. Harvey Karp prefers to call this sort of activity (along with pretending to fall or any sort of clumsiness), “playing the boob.” I still don’t know what he means by that, but suffice to say, we do a lot of it around here. It usually makes Otto howl with laughter, but this time it just annoyed him. And we looked like fools. And all he really wanted was my sunglasses.
Then he was good and we got this shot and a few more, too.