So here’s the story behind our family pictures this year…
They were originally scheduled at the beginning of October. Which also turned out to be the day after Joel got Bell’s Palsy. So I emailed Gina and explained what happened and that Joel probably wouldn’t be up for taking pictures and asked if we could reschedule. Of course she was so understanding so we waited a few weeks to see how Joel was doing. He was getting so much better but his progress has been SLOW so we decided to go ahead and schedule them and hope for the best. Picture day came and Joel still couldn’t smile but he graciously agreed to just go ahead and take them. He is a good sport because I’m pretty sure if it had been me I would have not wanted to be in any pictures. Well, the boys and I look great…but Joel on the other hand… I’m totally kidding. It is just weird to not see Joel’s big smile when that is such a defining characteristic of him, you know? And he wasn’t a big fan. I actually didn’t think he looked that bad. The boys looked adorable, of course!
So here are a few of our family pics this year…
Levi loves Miss Gina. Griffin wasn’t so sure. Can you sense his uneasiness? Haha.
But then he started to warm up.
And then Gina told us to make silly faces and this was Levi’s pose. How can you not smile at that crazy face?
And Griffin was all smiles after that.
I always like to have a picture to remember their sissy too. And my heart always aches a little when I actually see it. I wish so much that she was here, sandwiched in between her two crazy brothers.
See what I mean? Not bad, just not his typical smiley self. We did get one really good family pic where the Bell’s Palsy isn’t very obvious…but I’m saving that one for the Christmas card.
I think this is one of my favorites. Gina told them to go take a picture with their mama and they messed up my hair instead. So typical.
I love these two so much. What a gift it is to be there mama.
Thanks so much Gina! The pictures you take of my family are treasures…even the ones with crazy faces! And next year we will be back with all four of our smiles!
**Photos by Gina Dreher of Gina Dreher Photography**