Our 2nd grader has to complete a family tree project which includes a small report describing his family, as well as a poster containing photos of our family. The poster has a spot for each person, which means group shots wouldn't work.
The project is due tomorrow, so this morning I grabbed my digital camera to get separate head shots of the boys. What should have been a five minute chore was anything but ... and it was all Jonathan's fault.
You see, Jonathan eyes are very light sensitive, and if he knows a flash is coming he cannot help but squint; in fact, he is so sensitive that the last time he had his eyes checked he would not/could not cooperate for the glaucoma test. After repeated attempts the technician taped his eyelids open. I had to leave the room I was laughing so hard.
Anyway, this was the first photo of the morning:
"Can you at least try to keep your eyes open?" I asked, with more than a hint of exasperation in my voice.
This was him trying:
After ten more attempts which the exact same results -- same closed eyes, same expression, same pose -- I had had enough.
"I'm telling you what, you'd better keep those eyes open or else," I threatened ... mean, mean Mommy that I am. And seriously? I was wondering where the scotch tape was.
So THIS was what I got:
Sigh. In the end, THIS is what we settled on: