This past weekend was Torri's high school graduation [she's like my little sister, for those of you who don't know].
Believe it or not, I kept it together [somewhat].
I reserved [some] of my tears for the privacy of my own home.
It was also a great weekend, in part, because Kali and fam were back [she is my for real older sister].
So we used the occasion to snap some pictures.
|Nana and Papa with their girls|
|Blythe with Torri [after T has sweat and chased kids around all day :) ]|
|Torri's older sister, Paige, and bro-in-law, Dan. Ummm, Paige isn't supposed to be in college or this pretty. She's supposed to be about 7 years old. Mmmmkay?|
|All the "sisters" [and my first baby nephew! ]|
|Paige and her "boyfriend" Brent [yes, Paige, I will always leave that in parenthesis]|
|Two beautiful girls, inside and out|
|One of my favorite families [who color coordinate quite well]|
|My daughter missed the memo to throw her hands in the air in celebration|
|Strike a pose!|
And here comes the "reality" portion of this post. We really wanted to get a shot of Torri with the three girls. Torri planted herself and grabbed Blythe, Caroline [age 3.5] was trying her hardest to cooperate, and Ellie [age almost two] was trying her hardest not to. I just kept clicking pictures to document this valiant attempt by a lot of people. Poor Torri was wallered by the end of it:
|"Ellie, go over here…it will be fine"|
|"No, Caroline, you need to turn this way."|
"really, Ellie, it's okay"
|"Just keep looking over here, Torri, we'll get something"|
|Ugh, we're missing one?|
|"See, Blythe, this is how you do it."|
|"But I don't WANT you to TOUCH me!"|
|"Okay, Okay…I won't touch you, Blythe."|
|"Maybe if I move over here…"|
Oh hey, is that Ellie's hair? We're getting closer.
|"Just work with them, Torri."|
|"Caroline, that's a great pose…I mean, the one legged look is REALLY working for ya,… but there is one problem."|
"And WHERE IS ELLIE?!"
|"Are you not having fun anymore, Torri?"|
|"Caroline, just stop touching the rest of them, okay?"|
|"Stand right here…"|
"Umm, Torri, my daughter's dress is riding up."
|"But I just want to HUG Blythe in the picture!"|
"Oh, hey! There's Ellie!"
|"Keep smiling, Torri…"|
Blythe: "Let me outta here!"
"Ellie, we're trying to take a picture, not do somersaults."
|"Okay, you're all in the picture! Quick, everyone look this way!! Dan get out of the way! Caroline, smile! Look at me!!"|
|"Umm…Caroline? I see your foot. Where did you go? And Dan, you're still in the picture. "|
|"Okay, we're getting closer. I think we may actually get this. Caroline, I can't see you! Dan…. "|
|"Alright… this is gonna happen…"|
|"Ellie, just turn around and we'll count it."|
|"BUT WE WERE SO CLOSE!!"|
|"Torri, not you too!"|
Yep, that's pretty accurate.
And here are some other "outtakes" from the day:
|"Oh hey, let's all look at Kali and laugh cause she's pregnant!"|
|It's amazing we got what we did|
|Because it is seriously next to impossible.|
|Although Blythe and Ellie stick pretty close to their Papa|
|Everyone is looking, some semi-smiles happening…we'll count this one as working.|
|Caroline and Ellie are working, but Blythe just isn't so sure about her cousins|
|This picture is so near perfect-- if only it didn't look like Blythe were in pain from being nearly choked out.|
|"But see, I'm not choking her, I'm just hugging her."|
|"Hey man, I'm done with pictures! Got it?"|
And then we all got a bright idea: Let's just try and get a picture of the three girls!
Well that went a little something like this:
|Oh…so close! Come on, Blythe! Get your head in the game.|
And we're done with that attempt. Maybe next year?
Oh wait, there will be another baby to add to the mix. Sheesh!
We will take what we got! And who cares about the pictures when you're surrounded by these cuties anyway?! As Caroline would say, "For realzies!"