Monday, August 11, 2008

Annual Mug Shots

Well I am back from my Anniversary weekend to Asheville. It was pure awesomeness. Because the truth is, The Man and I are still nauseatingly in love.
Especially when we are away for the weekend with no kids, and no responsibilities and beautiful weather and wine and hotel housekeeping to come behind us and pick up all our messes.

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The older Chaotic Kids started back to school today. Which meant they were forced to be subjected to their annual first day of school photographs. The pictures are always stiff and it is apparent, I think, that they both find this ritual annoying.

I can't help but think that someday, however, they will appreciate having them.

Brandon is starting is Junior year of high school.
He's 6'1" now and is sporting a tangerine Polo shirt, navy shorts and Brown Loafers. Outfit circa 1983.
His picture would have been outside as well, however he catches the bus at 6:20 in the morning, WHEN ITS STILL DARK OUTSIDE. Daylight Savings or not.

Allison is starting Seventh Grade.
She refused to smile for her picture despite the fact that I spent the twenty minutes prior flat ironing her hair. Pained expression notwithstanding she has been beside herself with excitement at starting back to school. She stands about 5' even and is wearing a 1960's inspired polka-dot baby-doll top with matching blue flip-flops.

For point of reference, and to see what a ridiculous sap I was, last years edition of the annual back-to-school mugshots is here.

13 comments:

Kyla said...

They've both really grown up since last year, I think! WOW.

(I am also circa 1983, ha!)

Lynn Stallworth said...

Great pics! I think there comes a point when you just don't have time to be sentimental anymore!

karen said...

School started for you already? I think I'm envious...but not sure if I'm ready to face the fall yet. My two are without a camp this week, so are currently upstairs "putting away their clean clothes". From the amount and type of noise, however, I would not be surprised to learn they are also building a pickup truck.

Glad you had a great weekend with Shane! We missed you at the lake...

Kandy Gibson said...

Great pictures! I enjoyed seeing them. Joy you look fabulous! Happy Anniversary. The kids are beautiful and handsome as well.

Kandy

painted maypole said...

you ALL look fantastic! and we do the annual picture, too, as we were subjected to as children

Laurel Wreath said...

I am jealous I want to kidnap my husband and go away for a weekend. But not until Football is over will I be able to do that. Love the pictures!! Our school starts on Monday (18th).

Kathryn said...

My hubby and I were so thrilled to find out how much we still liked each other when we took our vacation in May. It sounds funny, but when you don't have a lot of alone time you forget how much fun it is to be alone together. :)

Great pics! I think someday they will be grateful you took those pics. :)

Sister K said...

oh my gosh how mature they both are!!!!! i also love the pix from last yr. and 5 yrs. ago...awwwwwwwwwww...

Lisa writes... said...

I do the same thing on the first day of school, except we take pictures in front of the front door, backpack and all! My kids hate it too.

Love your girl's new do!

Wendy said...

Your "kids" are so beautiful! Brandon actually looks pretty happy in his photo. Allison is just adorable!

Be glad y'all didn't go to Asheville the weekend before...Bele Chere was going on and it gets REALLY crowded. Glad y'all had fun - it is so great to get away without kids!

RAY AND TINA said...

I AM SO GLAD THAT YALL HAD A GOOD TIME. I WISH ME AND RAY COULD GET AWAY! I NEED THE TIME AWAY! THE KIDS LOOK SO GOOD AND TOO GROWN. ALLIE IS JUST SO PRETTY! I HOPE THEY BOTH HAD A GREAT FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! LOVE YALL!!!

*pab said...

Joy - you look beautiful and so happy!

Lori said...

All of the pics are fabulous! You two look so happy and it is always wonderful to hear about another healthy marriage! :)

The kids look adorable, although I am completely not ready to even think about back to school pics yet. We still have three more weeks and I plan to enjoy every single second!