Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Where do the years go.

I mean, seriously.

Have we REALLY been doing this for three years in a row?

When the girls were babies, Carrie and I started a few little traditions with them, and I hope we always keep them up.

The very first, was our annual trip to the Picture People for a BFF Valentine portrait. We’ve always done individual shots of the girls, too, for their own valentine cards, but the pictures I treasure most from these trips are the ones of the two of them.

They were 2 & 4 months old on our first visit.

A year later, so much had changed… they were both walking, and Annabelle had HAIR! :)2

Every trip has been colorful, for sure. This year was no exception. In fact, as Carrie and I sat and wrestled our two two-year olds while trying to choose a picture, I think we both wondered WHY we do it to ourselves.

Getting a decent picture of two small children TOGETHER is not for the faint of heart, I’ll assure you.

I was pretty certain it wasn’t going to happen for us yesterday. Especially when Allie laid down on the floor, through her hand over her face and said, “I don’t want to share”--- we’re not sure where this came from, since no one was asking her to share ANYTHING except a smile with the camera. While Allie was having her moment, Annabelle was having one of her own, with the two bottles of hand sanitizer she’d managed to lay claim to. She was way to busy making sure her hands were clean to be bothered with being in a picture.

Somehow, someway, we got one that kind-of worked. SCAN0001

It’s not the picture I had in my head. But I still think it’s precious. And hilarious. Funny how kids make things that way.

Here’s to traditions and best friends.



SaraBeth said...

Very cute! The girls will cherish these one day:)

Beth said...

So very cute. The girls will simply love these one day.

Carrie said...

My soul, I thought we were not going to make it out of there alive...between Allie's crazy faces and throw downs because she'd only had a 30 minute nap, and Annabelle's issues with sitting on the bench and her great love for the hand sanitizer....not to mention, the oh so pleasant girl working at Picture People yesterday....it's a wonder, that's all I'm saying ;)

Here's to bribery, be it chocolate chip cookies, goldfish, or sweet tea. God bless it!

Immeasurably More Mama said...

Sweet, sweet valentines.
I know those photo sessions are some kind of work for mommas but usually the end result is worth it... of course, you're a sweaty mess when it's all over but whatever it takes, right? :) These photos are all cute but the one with heart-shaped sunglasses is my fave!

Stephanie Heintz said...

O-M-G. I love that yall do these pics. How sweet. BFF-E (Best friends forever and ever). Its the new thing... FYI. :)

Jana said...

Annie, These are just precious. And trust me, when they get older, this will probably be one of your all time favorite pictures!!! SO CUTE! Love IT!

Crystal said...

Super cute!! And this is why we hardly ever go get professional pics done. Individuals are fine, but Heaven forbid we try to get one of them sitting remotely close to each other!! Whatever yall had to do, it turned out great!!

Aleta Kaylee said...

I LOVE the picture. I've loved all of them. And they will always have these pictures to laugh and look back on. :) Such a sweet tradition.

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Anonymous said...

What a sweet tradition. I love traditions...They are both dolls!

Stephanie said...

So Cute!

Heather said...

They are so cute Annie and I love your traditions!! What a sweet, sweet friendship that y'all have!! Priceless!!

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