2006: We came close to not having a Christmas picture this year; life was now moving again at break-neck
speed. We used this snapshot from a fall trip to the mountains. I was grieved by their everyday clothes and the fact that although she denies it to this today, it looks like Reagan had snipped the left half of her bangs right off. But for all this picture was lacking, the mountainous backdrop and the proud big brother more than made up for it.
This year? It hasn't happened yet. But I'm feeling inspired to overcome the whining, fighting, dressing, and pretending to smile for the camera. It's worth the effort to capture a perfect moment, to look at the picture of a perfect family, and know that behind the scenes it's not so perfect after all. But it's ours, and how I love it, every wonderful moment of it from year to year.