Smile, Damn It! Smile!

– Posted in: Memories, Mouths of Babes, No Good Deed, This Is Supposed to be Fun, Worst Mom Moments

Hey, would you look at that? I’m not dead, just a total slacker. More on that later. But for now, before it’s officially the end of the holidays, here’s one last taste of Christmas from Ginger (aka Spicey Mom), one of our all-time favorite World’s Worst Moms. While these pictures probably won’t end up on, she might be able to use them in a martial arts instruction manual.

Happy New Year Everybody!!

I’ve always wondered how my friend with four kids manages to get at least one picture with all her kids more or less smiling, at the camera. I can’t even get the two I have to smile, let alone look at me while taking pictures.

Today I hang my head in shame at the loss of complete control while trying to take the annual picture of the kids in front of the tree. The picture I want to put on our Holiday Cards. I even bought special outfits for the kids. I spent an extraordinary large amount on an elephant dress for Cookie, because I liked it, and I knew she would, too. I special ordered a red sparkly “horsie” shirt for Jelly, whom I am now calling Biscuit, since I heard another Mom refer to her child as that, and thought it would be cute to have a “Cookie” and a “Biscuit.”

The girls were cute, Cookie all dolled up in her Angel halo and hair out of her face for once because she had a “dance” recital in a Christmas play. . . a whole other post on that later. But would these little demon children look at me? Would they stop playing for one minute with all the Christmas decorations that have been out for two weeks? Would they sit still? Will my camera please just take pictures and stop trying to recognize fricken’ faces? After about the 20th shot and not one good photo where both or either are even remotely looking towards me I loose it.


I am now seething. Cookie says, “Mommy, can you stop yelling please.” Me to self, “I am the worst Mommy ever.” To Cookie, “Sorry sweetie, we’re almost done. . . can you just please look at me instead of playing. . .”

And then of course when I tell Cookie to hug her sister. . . the result is  a headlock. And then the tugging of the hair accessories and then they were done, and so was I.

*Photos by Spicey Mom

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6 Comments… add one

Kelly DeBIe December 31, 2011, 11:08 pm

Hmmm, wonder who the friend with 4 kids could be? 😉
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ginger December 31, 2011, 11:59 pm

Not a clue Kelly, not a clue….but I envy your family shots…I could write a hilarious post on trying to get my two with my niece and nephew at Disneyland….and 15 minutes later and not one shot…sigh

JustMe January 1, 2012, 8:11 pm

Well, ya know………..there is always negotiations, right? I always promise candy and Pepsi and other delicious sweet treats. Usually works nicely.

Cindy January 13, 2012, 7:50 pm

Your children are really adorable!They look so cute in their special outfits:) I'm sure they must have enjoyed the shooting;)
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Print Posters April 1, 2012, 11:09 pm

My little brother is also like that, it's annoying. Haha! The only time we get a decent photo of him is when it's for his school ID. I guess it's in the kid's nature to get shy or they just enjoy the attention given to them. Indeed, they's still so cute and adorable. 🙂

Kathryn F. Koopman April 4, 2012, 9:07 am

I know children really have fun and enjoy that is why stolen photos for me are real and I understand why children act this way. I hope they will be seeing these photos in the future.

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