I would love to be one of those moms that was able to post beautiful pictures of my perfect children having a happy and harmonious day. Exactly how does that work in other homes? It seems that everyone on every social media outlet have this perfection … every single day. The picture above is one of two pictures I’ve ever taken of all three of my beans somewhat looking into the camera. It was a glorious day because there is one other photo that was also acceptable. It has been blown up and printed. It now hangs in several rooms in our home with the idea that there will never be another that comes even close to “print worthy.” These photos were taken eight years ago. Although I try and try again to get them all in one good and happy photo … it fails almost every time. You would believe (as I have fooled myself to believe) that as they get older, this process would get easier. This is nonsense. As they get older they can fight more about the picture taking process. I have great pictures of the girls by themselves and with one other sibling but trying to get all three of them together in one photo (all smiling and looking happy) is something I’ve considered impossible.
There were two other acceptable photos. One from last summer and one from Christmas two years ago. I cherish these pictures because they are so rare. Then I see pictures of other family sibling groups on social media. Their day is filled with sunshine and perfection everyday. They post pictures of their angels smiling into the camera and doing cute things that only perfect children who are part of perfect families can do.
My pictures consist of silly kids making crazy faces doing awkward dances for the camera. The chaos is evident even in the photos. There are dogs walking by, an article of clothing in the background, a dish that did not get taken to the sink … you get the picture? If not, here are typical examples.
The girls decided to put on Dad’s shirt and disassemble their old My Size Barbie’s arms and legs for use as their as their arms (random shoes and water bottle on floor) …
And we can’t forget Wacky Wednesday from school spirit week …
As I look at these pictures, I think that we are a completely normal family and all those other people are liars. Their life can’t possibly be THAT perfect. For me to get the angelic pictures like the ones that others post, I would have to
bribe and scream for hours pay someone else to have their children pose for my family pictures.
I’m so thankful for all these crazy fun memories. We do live in a certain sense of chaos but it’s a happy chaos. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Not even like the perfect people. It’s just not worth it to lie.