They can boast about their enterprising "Scentsy" home business and their child who nearly was a Sterling Scholar but I can't tastefully mention my daughter's new dating life trickling because I keep asking the young men to return on Monday nights to teach a lesson for Family Home Evening on virtue?
Still, I can't quite give up the family picture but there is always the issue of an acceptable picture with all family members in the frame looking respectable. So I bought a mini-tripod and gave myself the one minute lesson on camera timers on our last weekend vacation to Mirror Lake.
Notice anybody missing?
Three kids not looking at the camera and the photographer is still missing.
All family members accounted for. Four of the six not looking at the camera.
5 seconds is not nearly enough.
Four kids. Two adults. All six looking at the camera with a pleasant expression.
Yes, I did climb onto that rock and balance myself in the allotted 5 second window.
On the other hand, if I were to write the Christmas card right now, I might mention all the positives we are accomplishing and they are many and varied!
11 year old boy is perfecting his attitude to line up with the dictionary's definition of "surly."
6 year old boy talks non-stop unless he's asleep.
13 year old girl is teaching me how easy I had it when her older sister hit her teenage years.
16 year old is trying to shield her friends and dates from meeting her mother.
The father of the family is practicing patience and long-suffering. Emphasis on long-suffering.
The mother is working tirelessly to mortify all members of the family.
There you go. My Christmas card in August.