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Family Portrait {HELP ME IF YOU CAN}

Erika came this weekend and tried to snap some pictures of our family this morning. This is about as good as it got. She has a dear friend, Marla, who is an extremely talented photographer and I’m wondering if there are secrets to get kids {under 4} to not pick their noses {& it looks as though I may have just finished picking mine too}, not close their eyes, and to actually look 1/2-way decent for a picture. Please share any tips you can for us novice folks… and I’m hoping it doesn’t involve a clown suit.

We’ve had a wonderful weekend! I had a baby shower yesterday and I am truly feeling so blessed by the friendships of the women in this town {& especially our church}. We’ve only been here a year and I honestly feel like it’s been years and years. These women are special women who love the Lord and freely gave of their precious time {& money} to celebrate with us and shower us with some of the most beautiful, thoughtful, & useful gifts for our son. I also had the very rich blessing of having my sister and 3 very dear friends from Tallahassee {1 of which is Gov. Crist’s photographer… if Marla can’t help me, Caroline could you please?} there to celebrate too! It was a big day and the little guy is now fully outfitted in a blue wardrobe and he has plenty of diapers to dirty! I’ll blog more later, for now I’m ready for bed! Hugs to all my blogging friends! Hope y’all had some Sonic ice this weekend… you better believe I did! And LOTS of it! They even had it at the shower!! I’ll leave you with a “somewhat” normal picture (minus a smile from Raiger) of me and my baby girl…

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  • Mandi
    June 8, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Hello! I am a frequent visitor and adore reading each new post. I LOVE your house and crafty ideas. I often tell my husband… “On Darby’s blog…” and then tell him about your latest post. I hope I don’t scare you too bad; I promise I’m an innocent guest. The husband insisted that I inform you of my frequent visits and how much I enjoy reading your blog!

    In Him,
    Mandi Courington

  • The Birds Nest
    June 8, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Even though you might not have gotten that perfect portrait, your family is still absolutely beautiful!!! By the way, I unfortunately didn’t win the HGTV Dream Home, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t come to SC to visit me!!!

  • Grace Filled Home
    June 8, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    thanks for the crafty and fabulous blog! i’m enjoying it from california and love seeing your fabulous house! sorry no help with the girls and photos (i always got bribed with suckers as a kid and it seems to work with my neice) but curious where you get all their so cute monogrammed matching outfits. so adorable…i need to get a few for our neice. thanks darby!

  • Lindsey
    June 8, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Hilarious! All our pics are the same, it’s so rare to actually get Av looking at the camera and smiling. Glad you enjoyed the shower!

  • KricketM
    June 8, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    That is a classic family portrait that you should keep until your little one gets married! Isn’t our job to embarras them?? 🙂
    (Darby – I met your sis at one of Marla’s parties… my husb & i both graduated from Auburn but in mid90s)
    I read E’s blog every day thx to Marla! Now, I also read yours! LOVE IT!

  • Beth G.
    June 8, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    I have no advice. Once Karoline turned two I can’t get her to really give me a good shot. Unless I have Dora cookies close by that is 🙂

  • Shireen
    June 9, 2008 at 6:23 am

    Hey, girl.
    Glad the shower was so good and fun. 🙂 I thought about you and prayed for the get-together to be fulfilling, as I was hiking through Oak Mtn on Saturday morning.
    The pics are sweet, and I hope to see more!! Post them, sister!! 🙂
    Love you!

  • beki
    June 9, 2008 at 6:48 am

    Y’all look great – closed eyes, nose picking and all! I’m happy to hear that you had a great time at your shower 🙂

  • chilly
    June 9, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Hilarious first pic (pun intended). Sure, this isn’t one that will grace the walls of your beautiful home, but it will be a better reminder of real life instead of just picture perfect faces – which we all know never happens.

    I’m behind on the picture poses as we rarely take the entire family shots. I’ve actually noticed looking back since Caroline was born that dad really isn’t in any pictures. I need to work on that one.

    My sister used to bribe her kids to take pictures when needed – $, food, anything that worked – but I’ve always read on my photo blogs that you should never teach your kids to say, “cheese” as it ruins their ability to have a natural pose.

    …Which of course, is what you have here.

  • ragan
    June 9, 2008 at 10:01 am

    This is Ragan again. I don’t know if you remember me, but I “outed” my stalker status a while ago.

    Something that I’ve found really helps with my boys is to get someone to jump out (right behind the HEAD of whoever is taking the pic so they won’t be looking down) and say “peek-a-boo” or something funny. It helps b/c it grabs their attention at the just the right second.(the “photographer” has to be ready to snap on a dime, though)Usually, it elicits a more natural, candid smile/expression rather than those “cheese” smiles. Usually it works b/c they will smile at whatever was said or just at the sheer fact that a grown up (usually their daddy)is jumping out making a funny face or flailing about acting like an idiot 😉
    Hope this helps!

  • HES
    June 9, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Dear Darcy,
    I feel strange emailing since I don’t know you, but *my* sister reads *your* sister’s blog, and she sent me a link to yours because she thought I’d love it for the sewing, which I do! I also admire your graceful and grace-filled approach to your life and family. Not that you don’t have a million other things to do!, but would you be willing to mention at some point what embroidery software you used to create those incredibly beautiful monograms? Or is it something that’s built in to your sewing machine? Anyway, thanks for writing the blog–I think it’s great! Hallie

  • Lindsey
    June 9, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Hey D-have a compliment for you from Av. We don’t actually have any Barbie dolls, but apparently Av has thinks they’re called “Darby” dolls! We got a advertisement in the mail that had barbies on it and Av said “Look Momma! It’s Darby!” So I guess you’re looking pretty good :)!

  • Kelly
    June 9, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Hello. I too am a frequent visitor from Wisconsin-I found your sister’s blog while searching for ideas for our upcoming kitchen renovation and she had just posted pictures of your kitchen remodel (which I love by the way-and reminds me of how our kitchn looks now and I can’t wait to get it looking nice like your’s!). I love reading about your fun DIY home projects as I have done quite a few myself. I also love your hairbow tutorial however I tried and failed miserably 🙂 And I cannot sew to save my life…but hope to learn one day!!!

    My mom used to talk like a munchkin from the Wizard of Oz to get us to smile for pictures and I used to think she was nuts…now I find myself sounding like a munchkin saying “follow the yellow brick road” to my own kids to get them to smile and I sound just as nuts!!!

    Happy blogging….I have a blog you can visit as well. Crazy kids = crazy life= crazy blog 🙂

  • Kendra White
    June 9, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Darby, those are great pics. However I love the Sonic ice theory, but it is only $1 here in Lexington. But I have a new drink of choice for you that I had yesterday at Shellie Embry’s bridal shower. 1 liter of lipton green tea and 1 liter of carbonated mixed berry water. Mix together add in some fresh berries (or not) and serve over pellet ice. So yummy! Enjoy!

  • Alison
    June 9, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    I think the picture is perfect! We wouldn’t know any different in our house – that’s what our family pictures look like as well. Be encouraged – you are not alone!

  • Kristy
    June 9, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    You have such a pretty family. Are you ready for little brother to come?!?

  • Melissa
    June 9, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    funny picture! My girlfriends and I went to Savannah last weekend and my friend Susie randomly said she loves your blog. I added your blog to mine and Susie saw yours (confusing I know). You are SO talented! Good luck on the pictures 😉 I have a two-year old, so I know how you feel! I will have to try this famous Sonic ice, I will let you know 😉

  • Anonymous
    June 9, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Hey Darby, I think we should all try the munchkin “follow the yellow brick road” idea–that just might work! 🙂 You do have a beautiful family! Hope to see y’all at Azalea this week! Alyssa

  • Amanda and Matt Wallace
    June 10, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Hey Darby, Although I don’t have any kiddos…yet, I stumbled upon a trick that might work for the “fingers in your nose” problemo. I discovered while babysitting a friend one day. We were reading a book with a precious 4 year old Ben and he was so excited in the book that he shared what he found in his nose mid way through the book. Gross, yes! So, me and my friend shared for the first time about the “pinchers” that were in his nose. We told him to be real careful because if he sticks his finger up his nose too far, the pinchers might get it and nip it or bite it off. Yes, it is fibbing a little bit, but it fit right along with the “story” we were reading together. A couple of days later while hanging out with Ben and his mom together this time, Ben told his mom not to ever put her fingers up her nose because they might get bit off. So, who know if it will fit with your style, but it worked for Ben! Take care…amanda

  • Jenn
    April 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Hi Darby!

    I just love your blog! I am amazed by your many talents and have been so inspired! I just wanted to ask where you found those beautiful dresses for the girls. I am hoping that you didn’t make them because I would love to be able to track them down somewhere. Just wondering.
    Thank you!