Tuesday, June 20, 2006

6 boys, a half dozen monkeys

Tonight, Jonathan and Kristopher went home.
I love Kristi and Dale, and I love their boys.
They truly, truly were not any trouble.
In fact, they were sweeties.
But I now know FOR A FACT (not that there was ever really any doubt), that I am simply not cut out for having a gaggle of kids around all the time. Those of you who have more than three, my hats off to you. Really. I don't know how you do it. Today, even though the boys were precious all weekend and Kristopher only bit once and then asked to be put in time out and Jonathan fell asleep in the playhouse with all the doors and windows sealed shut in 100 degree heat and scared the bejeebies outta me when I finally found him, even though they both gave me hugs and kisses and said please and thank you all weekend and smiled for my camera, EVEN SO... I was glad to send them back home. And for the first time ever, I'm glad that Kristi is anti-computer and never reads my blog. :D

Somewhere along the way today, I had the bright idea that Cara and I should take the boys to a nearby park and take their photos. BRILLIANT! Two Mommies with cameras, a 12-year old assistant, and 6 boys. What could go wrong? SURELY between the two of us, we could come up with ONE good photo. SURELY.

Shirley who? And what does SHE know?
Mayhem ensued. Our subjects were not amused with our little plan. Even after we bribed them (like all good Mommies do) with Slurpees from the 7-11 next door, they wouldn't cooperate. I'm ashamed to admit that MY two boys were the worst of the lot. I heard about a t-shirt today that says "My children think I'm the papparazzi". Hmm. Maybe I need that. Maybe I should take the hint. 'Cause this was the best shot of the day:


Nah, just teasing. But it was the LAST shot, 'cause after that, I whisked my 4 monkeys boys to the car and floored it all the way home where they all went down for naps. Hmph. Is now a good time to admit that just prior to that shot, I screeched, "BOYS! I said we're gonna have FUN and take some PICTURES, so you better LOOK AT THIS CAMERA and SMILE. SMILE! i. said. SMMMMIIIIILLLLE!! Argggg."

*sigh*

I'm worn out just reliving it all.

So. Between Cara and me, we came up with 5 so-so photos. None are knocking our socks off, but surely there's one here that you guys will think is good enough to enlarge and hang on the WE LOVE OUR KIDS wall at Fortress. SURELY. Help us choose, please. Drum roll....

Rats. Blogger is being a brat and won't let me upload more photos. So follow this link and then come back and vote. Thanks!

29 comments:

Christy said...

Hi Stacy- I like number 2. I've said it before and I'll say it again, you are a brave woman!

Denise said...

I like #2 as well. Looks like they are chuckling over some shared secret. And yes, you are brave... :)

Meg said...

I like #2 the best because they look like they're having a good time and look "real" and not posed. Also I like the crispness of the B&W in that one better than the other photos.

ginger said...

Well, I'm just going to be difficult because I don't like that I can't see Aidan's pretty eyes in #2. And if this is enlarged and hanging for all posterity, I think his eyes should show! I like #3 because they still look like little boys having a good time. Can you do the fun high-contrast look on that one?

Jonesee said...

What a handsome bunch of monkeys!Apparently I am in the minority but I like #5, #3 is a close second. I love Aidan's smile and Ian looks so sweet! I have to admit I favor Ian when looking at your photos and layouts just because I think he looks A LOT like my nephew.

ginger said...

p.s. I also like #5 for the same reasons. Again, adding the high contrast would make it even better. :0)

Jenny in TX said...

I love #2 because it looks natural and I love how a few of them are looking at one another.

I also love #5 because of Ian's expression.

Very Cute Boys!!

Jenny said...

#3, hands down.

What an adventure that must have been!

Anonymous said...

I like #s 3 and 4 with a preference for #4.

Anonymous said...

last comment by me, Darren

Kris in TX said...

My first impression was for #4.

Your comments to the kiddos about taking the photo reminded me of a line from "National Lampoon's Vacation" (oh, man, my dad is SO Clark Griswold!) that we use all the time: "We are going to have so much fun that it'll take a plastic surgeon to remove the smiles from our faces!" (paraphrased)

Dani said...

#2 is definitely my fave.

Beth said...

I vote for #5.

IStandAmazed said...

I vote for #3. Definitely.

Anonymous said...

#2 IS MY CHOICE. wow without reading the other votes.. just natural and they are after all BOYS. bug loving little terrors
Karen

Stacie said...

I vote for #3.

psublue said...

#3 is my fave, #5 is my second choice

Cyndy said...

#3, with #5 as a close second. Love how it captures the boys, esp. Aidan, "on the lookout", seems fitting.

BTW, I taught K for 6 years and now sub K-3, plus teach summer school, Pre-K, and Sunday School(preschool), and I CANNOT handle a gaggle of kids AT MY HOME for any extended periods of time. I am always very ready for the end of a 2 hr playdate to end. And neighbor kids "begging" for drinks and snacks the instant they step foot in my back yard...NUTS. I always tell my friends that I like to leave my work at work. :)

Ginger~InGer said...

I like #2

:)

Veronica in Aus said...

Number 4 - I like that one best

Anonymous said...

I love living through you!! You are an incredible woman.

That being said, I vote for #3. Precious boys!!

Martha in CA said...

I like #2 and #3

#2 because it looks candid, though I don't like the 'line' in the brick wall (which is probably that part of the wall sticks out?)

#3 because they're all looking at the camera...although the stretched out t-shirt bothers me!

Martha in CA - always the critic

Annie said...

#4 is my fav, followed by #5. I would crop the gap between the bottom of the bench and their feet. Changes the pics quite a bit :)

Melissa in AUS said...

FWIW... #3 for me :)

Bobbie said...

#2 or #5

Sorry about the loss last night :(

Nancy D. said...

3

Anonymous said...

#5 OR #3

Becky
bkohio

Debbie ~PPD~ said...

#3 They're all looking at the camera & the smallest boy has that look "we'll teach you to take us all out in public"!!! LOL Cute kids!

Diana Sioux said...

What an adventure! I admire your courage. I like number 3 the best.