Every year since having Graham, we make an effort to take a family photo so that we can send it to family and friends and have an annual record that I am, indeed, part of this family. I love going back and watching our family grow.








Last year we also included a photo I had taken of all three kids, as we thought it kind of captured their personalities perfectly. It’s framed and on our fireplace mantle as well.


Last weekend, I took one of the three of them as I was setting up my tripod for our annual shoot.

It, too, captures their personalities but I’m not sure if that one will go on the mantle.

I managed to grab a photo of the five of us that we all liked with less than ten tries.

(We tried to get a photo with the dog included in it but he kept facing the wrong way.)

We sure have come a long way. Happy holidays, folks.

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  1. Hannah December 2, 2010 1:42 am edit

    Awesome!! It’s so fun looking at this timeline of pics. Love this year’s offering also! :-)
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..Completely overwhelmed … =-.

  2. mapsgirl December 2, 2010 5:59 am edit

    You have a beautiful family! It’s neat to look back and see how things have changed :)

  3. annabelle December 2, 2010 6:24 am edit

    Beautiful! Gorgeous! So very lovely!

    Merry Merry to you and yours!

  4. alimartell December 2, 2010 7:14 am edit

    I absolutely love looking at your family pics.

    we got our first family picture EVER this summer. I am so angry that we’ve never taken them! They are such a treasure.
    .-= alimartell´s last blog ..While You Were Doing Something Very Important Tonight… =-.

  5. Kami's Khlopchyk December 2, 2010 8:17 am edit

    Gorgeous! I love this post, so fun to see your family grow and change!
    .-= Kami’s Khlopchyk´s last blog ..Spontaneous Photography Field Trip =-.

  6. Mrs. Wilson December 2, 2010 8:26 am edit

    In the 2004 photo, Graham TOTALLY looks like Daniel! Also, you look like you haven’t aged a day since 2003. I love this year’s photo and I love that you posted all the years, so awesome to see the changes in the number of kids and in the kids themselves.
    .-= Mrs. Wilson´s last blog ..five hours and seventy dollars later- I am now a professional defensive driver =-.

  7. Sharon December 2, 2010 9:09 am edit

    So gorgeous! I love all your family photos. :)
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..Thanksgiving wrapup =-.

  8. mommyknows December 2, 2010 9:22 am edit

    It’s so much fun to see the kids change through the years! Happy Holiday’s to you too!

  9. Kristabella December 2, 2010 10:21 am edit

    Adorable, as always!
    .-= Kristabella´s last blog ..Cynical Or Just Smart =-.

  10. Karen December 2, 2010 10:29 am edit

    Love seeing the family history. Gorgeous photos!

  11. Kerri Anne December 2, 2010 10:51 am edit

    I got all excited just now, remembering I took 2009’s family photo!

    Also, I have that picture of your kiddos framed and on my mantle, too. Though I suppose it’s less “mantle” and more “console table.”

    Also, you are beautiful, A.
    .-= Kerri Anne´s last blog ..You Should Watch This- 127 Hours =-.

  12. Lisa December 2, 2010 11:28 am edit

    Aww Love it! The timeline is awesome. Happy Holidays to your beautiful family.
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..A few words on inspiration =-.

  13. hillary December 2, 2010 11:46 am edit

    love it!
    .-= hillary´s last blog ..Mountain Tops Seem Nice From A Distance =-.

  14. sizzle December 2, 2010 12:16 pm edit

    I can’t see the final two photos. POOP. My computer won’t load them. Without seeing them I still know they are adorable.
    .-= sizzle´s last blog ..I Got Yelled At In South Philly =-.

  15. heidikins December 2, 2010 1:43 pm edit


    .-= heidikins´s last blog ..the study of daydreaming about new leather knee-high boots =-.

  16. Sherry December 2, 2010 1:51 pm edit

    How is it that the two of you have not aged in all those years?! Only the kids are getting older!
    .-= Sherry´s last blog ..Advent calendar day 1- plus zombies! =-.

  17. Jennifer Kirk December 2, 2010 2:03 pm edit

    it’s AWESOME!
    .-= Jennifer Kirk´s last blog ..Noemi and Russ =-.

  18. Elaine December 2, 2010 2:40 pm edit

    I love watching the family grow too! Such fun to see the changes. Y’all are gorgeous every year.
    .-= Elaine´s last blog ..Thanksgiving is evil =-.

  19. Mary-Anne Bittner December 2, 2010 3:55 pm edit

    These are absolutely gorgeous. Would love to meet them all someday. Miss you my friend.

  20. Domestic Extraordinaire December 2, 2010 4:45 pm edit

    LOVE the family photo!!!
    .-= Domestic Extraordinaire´s last blog ..Pineapples arent just a fruit =-.

  21. Danica December 2, 2010 5:15 pm edit

    Woo! You’re getting good at this. Looks great! (Who am I kidding – they always did.) Happy Christmas Friend!
    .-= Danica´s last blog ..Regarding Blogging =-.

  22. Kate December 2, 2010 8:04 pm edit

    And Merry Christmas to you!

  23. Victoria December 2, 2010 8:36 pm edit

    I love this! So much fun to see your family over the years. And to see the snow/non snow years too :)
    .-= Victoria´s last blog ..My Time =-.

  24. Tamara December 2, 2010 9:16 pm edit

    You’re purty! :)

  25. Ashley December 3, 2010 2:36 pm edit

    That’s a beautiful photo! Wow, have those guys grown :)

    Also, I’d totally have inlcuded the one with the dog butt – somehow it seems appropriate for the species.
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..Let me tell you =-.

  26. Colleen December 3, 2010 8:51 pm edit

    You have a gorgeous family.

    And a great family photo is less than 10 tries??? You are truly awesome.
    .-= Colleen´s last blog ..Picture the Holidays – All You Need Is Love =-.

  27. Sarah December 4, 2010 9:37 pm edit


    Also, the fact that all your kids have blond hair gives me hopes that when Vahid and I have a kid (ya know a LONG time from now) that maybe they will have blue eyes. (His mom has them so they run in his family and I obviously have them. One can hope right?)
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..It’s cold outside And white But it’s not Christmas =-.

  28. Barbara@TheMIddleAges December 6, 2010 10:51 am edit

    We do the same thing every year. I’ve never tried to look at them year by year. You’ve inspired me. (love your shots and your respective ‘tudes)
    The Middle Ages
    .-= Barbara@TheMIddleAges´s last blog ..The Grateful Alive =-.

  29. nicole December 15, 2010 12:56 pm edit

    Your kids are SO AMAZINGLY CUTE. All of you guys, really :) Happy holidays!
    .-= nicole´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday- Jan-April 2010 =-.

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