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Through the lens

 I had originally wanted to talk about the good side of blogging today, seeing as I had a good vent session a couple weeks ago and you guys picked me up.  But I started feeling sick on Saturday afternoon and definitely have been getting worse, so the lovely post I had wanted to finish last night, didn't get done.  Realities.
So instead, let's take a look at some other realities in my life.  In the past couple weeks on Facebook and Instagram, I've posted some of the family photos we had done during the 40th anniversary weekend.  They were perfectly composed, grin pasted on, beautiful pictures that would likely get framed, but I wasn't convinced I loved them.
Then yesterday I received the USB with the rest of the photos and I instantly fell in love with the not so perfect but so real pictures that it held.
You see, I've never been one to take myself seriously and I think if you would look at the framed photo art around our home, none of it is perfectly poised, pretending life is just that: perfect.
Our main wedding photo is a jumble of a bridal party all crouched together and I'm not even snuggling Dan, instead I'm hugging Josh.  Our previous family photos have us making sand castles and I'm holding a screaming Lucia.
My life isn't perfect, so I don't want my family photos to portray something that it isn't.

This is why I LOVE this batch of photos.  I feel our energy was captured and when I look at them, I smile and remember how fun and adorable (and difficult) the kids were in that moment.
I love them because you can see the true personality shining through each person.
Take a look for yourself of my new favourites:

Look at Jamison!!! I can't handle the cuteness

This one is perfect...every kid is doing what every kid usually does!

Yup.  My mom is likely swearing under her breath because I wasn't being serious. Again.

He smiles!!!

He smiles?


Okay, this one is quite normal...this is a framer for me. 

This is right after Lucia picked her nose and studied it. All caught on film.

Love the shy guy look on Willis

Proof that Kyla and I can still sing and put on a show
that's my man!

Aw, my girl
If you were to come into my home, chances are you would see these photos framed.  I feel that they truly represent who we are and I love it that way: perfectly imperfect.