Monday, April 12, 2010

The Self-Portrait That Never Was

It was a lovely evening. Dinner had been finished, shoes had been laced, jackets had been tossed aside, and we were out the door for our last fresh-air stint of the day. The sun was setting slowly in the western sky. The spring-wakened birds were trilling from the woods around our house, making the most of the last light of the warm day. The wind had picked up, tossing our hair in unruly directions, but we didn't mind a bit. The evening was perfect.

Perfect for a self-portrait of Mia and I, I thought. We hopped on a swing together, anchored our arms around each other, and....

Made the wrong face. Cut off too much forehead. So we tried again.





The wind picked up at the wrong moment, tossing hair around to obscure an otherwise pretty picture. So we tried again, again.




I made sure to tell Justin, who was pushing Lauren's swing, to stay out of the back of the shot. I should have known better. I think this picture will give me nightmares. Neither memories of beautiful birdsong nor a colorful sunset can erase that frightening face from my dreams.




And if that doesn't do it, my chapped lips and bushy eyebrows are sure to do the trick. Blech.

I gave up after that; the self-portrait was futile. I couldn't take a picture for laughing at Justin, and Mia only wanted to duplicate his crazy expression, anyway.

But the evening was still perfect.

This post is included in Mommy and Me Mondays at Really, Are You Serious?

14 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, those are SO,SO funny! I LOVE the face in the first one, lol! Not so much the third... ;)

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  2. Amazing how your handsome husband can so quickly become the object of your nightmares! :) Great pictures.

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  3. I looked again and suddenly realized that in these pictures I see more of Justin in Mia than I'd ever noticed before...hmmm...

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  4. Those are fun! I think the second one is pretty wind and all.

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  5. That last pic is sooo funny! The men are out of control, aren't they :)?? Cute pics, hope you had a great weekend!

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  6. 1. Mia's hilarious...

    2. I think this picture's really sweet and her little blowing tendrils only make it sweeter.

    3. Ack! Justin!...suddenly I see where Mia gets it! Now I think you need a portrait of THEM!

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  7. I think Mission Accomplished! You got a great set of pictures!!

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  8. I really like the middle one :) They're all cute though!

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  9. Keep the one of the 3 of you close....on bad days it will crack you up! :)

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  10. Such great pictures! The first and the third are hilarious, and beautiful because of it. The second is just sweet, hair blowing or not.

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  11. Love it! I can never take a self portrait that I'm satisfied with. Although, the hair in the face one there looks pretty perfect to me. And she DOES look very similar to him in these pictures!

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  12. These are too funny! I really like the 2nd one despite the hair, she looks so sweet :)

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  13. Awww....I think it's fun. It captured the mood and the silliness of it all.

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