Remember school pictures? Man those were stressful times and I found myself thinking the same thing when I found out it was ‘picture day’ for our kids. We’ve tried to take pictures of all three kids and without fail, one of them isn’t looking. This past year was the first year we got a decent family picture – most of the time, our family holiday card is a hojpoj of our favorite pictures of the kids. Thanks to a VERY TALENTED photographer (my sister in law), we got a great family picture (below). She has other pictures of the shoot on her website.
It’s tough enough to get good family pictures but when you add autism to the mix. . . . even tougher. My wife also takes photos and here’s a link to her blog (it’s also on the blogroll) and to get the boys to look at the camera, she would tell them to look at the “monkey” in the camera and ~ this is what we would get. An incredibly intense look that had me chuckling everytime I opened a picture up.
This leads up to one of the most touching moments for me this year was getting their school pictures below.
What great looking kids ~ it’s a good thing they take after their mom. We got these and I couldn’t stop looking at them – they both look so happy and we’ve come such a long way and I thought this picture really captured it. I was especially happy to see Twin A’s (left) picture – we don’t have a lot of pictures where he is making great eye contact and smiling so this was an absolute treat to see and a “YES” moment for us.
I love my kids – so grateful for my family so I’ll leave with a final picture of the kids.