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winter family photos

January 9, 2012

You all saw the awesome family photo I posted on Christmas?  I am in love with it.  Thanks so much to my friend, Denis, for coming over to take the photo, and also thanks to him for not leaving when the shit hit the fan.  Seriously.

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You might have noticed that two family members were missing from the photo – Barley and Jezebel.  We haven’t forsaken our furry children for our human one.  They chose not to partake in the photo this year, instead running through the woods the second we took off Jezebel’s electric fence collar.  We managed to snap a shot of the three of us humans as we watched Jezzie wander through the woods.  When she took a turn towards the street, Jason went sprinting through the snow-covered woods.

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They were gone a while, and we had no clue where they went, but our photographer friend just kept snapping away.

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Which, I’m quite pleased about since he got some seriously amazing shots of me & my girl.

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And there are very few other baby-mama shots around these parts.

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But still, it’d be cool to have a few shots of the entire family.

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Jason returned about 30 minutes after he left.  And you know that when Jason finally caught the naughty wandering dogs, he was angry.  There was practically smoke coming from his head.  (I suggested our photographer friend take a photo of that for our family Christmas card, but he did not.  Instead, he asked whether he should leave?  To which I said: No!  Definitely not.  But I think our photo shoot is over…)

I could barely contain my laughter when Jezzie came back looking like this:

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As it turns out, Jezzie walked down the street a bit, where she discovered the neighbor’s cows.  And Barley followed, which would have been fine because he usually brings her home… but then he started sniffing under the neighbor’s deck, and his sniffing caused an entire troupe of chickens to emerge and high tail it toward the coop.  Jezzie chased.

She’s pretty fast, but Jason managed to grab her during all of the ruckus.  Thank goodness, because judging from Jason’s expression upon his return, I’m not sure he was up for much more doggy nonsense.

At the end of the day, we got a great family photo.  One.  And, truth be told, I photoshopped Lilly into that one perfect photo so that it would actually be a perfect family photo.  Shh.  I know that’s like cheating at family portraits, but babies are hard to photograph.  They don’t always like to look at the camera…

As for Jezzie, we still catch her staring longingly down the driveway toward her chicken friends…

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2012 9:34 am

    The pictures are all fantastic! Are thoes chicken feathers sticking out of Jezzies mouth?

  2. January 9, 2012 11:30 am

    You guys are so stinking cute, I love all the photos! And the photoshopping her in? Awesome. I would have never guessed!

  3. January 9, 2012 1:15 pm

    Loved the photo shoot story. I can envision the whole episode, even without a post-chicken coop photo of Jason. You will remember this one for a long time! 🙂
    PS, I never would have guessed Lilly was photo shopped in. Wish they had had that when our kids were little. I may have actually had a few shots were ALL three were looking at the camera at the same time.

  4. January 9, 2012 1:18 pm

    PPS…did your photographer/friend have something to fill in or reflect light on you and Lilly? Doesn’t look like a flash…..

    • January 14, 2012 12:22 am

      He did use a flash! I think you can only tell (because there’s shadows) in a few pictures… not bad!

  5. January 9, 2012 2:07 pm

    Hah! Jason’s lucky she didn’t catch one of those chickens! lol I have no doubt that if Gidget or Dozer ever caught one of the bunnies or squirrels they love to chase, said furry creature would be no more. Ick.

    Why is it that things like that only seem to happen when you’re trying to accomplish something or go somewhere?

  6. January 11, 2012 12:53 pm

    No problem with a little help from our friend Mr Photoshop at all 🙂

    Great photos, and great memories too (including the chicken feather!)

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