Sunday, October 12, 2008

Menu Plan Monday and our family picture adventure

Monday: fettucini alfredo with scallops
Tuesday: Meatloaf, baked potatoes,  brussel sprouts
Wednesday: lasagna, artisan bread, salad with croutons
Thursday: leftovers
Friday: frozen pizzas
Sat: chicken pot pie
Sun: meal with Bear: moose and polenta

(This menu plan graciously planned for you by: Hudbud,  visit him at Hudbud and Hats.)

One of our yearly family rituals is called: taking the family photo in the autumn luster, or some such nonsense.  This is how this goes.

First, we attempt to set a basic color-coded wardrobe plan. Everyone had to wear: red, orange or black with denim bottoms.  I don't specify what they wear exactly; I just let them find their own style.  

Then, we begin the long, drawn-out search for the perfect backdrop.  This year we ended up at Anna Page park.

Then, we have to set up the tripod with the camera attached and plead with our standers to stand still long enough to frame it up.  This is the hardest part.   Loving commands like, "Stop slouching!" "shoulders back and down" "weight evenly distributed on two feet!" are graciously offered by their parents.  ( I felt like I should start the pilates push-up sequence next)
These photos are rough.  We put the fill flash on, which was not really a good idea.  


This shot was pretty good.
Left to right: Hudbud, Jo-with-it, (holding Princess E), Robotdude, and Than.  


Since this is an "every year" ritual, we decided to add a cook-out experience to the event.  We were hoping this would also count as a "camping trip", since we really didn't do that this year either..LOL  We picked a "camp site" near a play area.  This made SOMEONE happy.
The sun was quickly setting..


Dear ole Dad managed to get the charcoal lit, but the sun was quickly descending..
Who cares if it's totally dark by the time we had to eat?
Somehow the food was just as good in the dark..

So, we packed it up and slept very comfortably in our own beds... Aaahh.. the perfect camping trip. 

5 comments:

Kari said...

You have such a beautiful and photogenic family!

Anonymous said...

Hi Bean,
This is so much fun! The kids are sure growing up to be Winsome Webbers. The kids look like they are having fun. I wish I could have been there.
Mom

HDMac said...

Great pics.... A lot of people have meatloaf planned this week... great comfort/Autumn meal!

Mrs. Parunak said...

Your family looks beautiful, O.M.! I think having a family photo tradition is such a great idea. We are rather hit and miss about taking pictures of all of us. My DH was a professional photographer for a few years (still does some work occasionally), so we have a lot of incredible pictures that don't have him in them.

Organizing Mommy said...

We have a tripod. That's the only way it happens. Nobody is THAT patient to take pictures of us.

Thank you Kari, and Mrs. P for the kind words.