There is a corner in our living room that has a built-in ledge and corner shelf. I suspect it was designed for a television, and we did put a tv there when first we moved here.
The kids would stand too close when watching, however,
so we soon made other arrangements.
Now the ledge (and under it) is the ideal place to throw store all the sockscandy wrapperscoatsbookstoys in the living room they don't want to actually put away.
It's also the perfect place to put your heads together and color, play, conspire and dream.
This was an elaborate game involving Littlest Pet Shop critters, Polly Pocket Princesses, wooden cars and Spiderman. It lasted about half an hour, and I wish I had the audio for it. They play so nicely together at this age.
You may have heard me gripe about how unpleasant it can sometimes be to get my family to sit for a family portrait. However, now that the kids are getting older (and the oldest two are of college-age), it is getting more challenging to orchestrate a family picture. It's nearly impossible to get everybody together AND happy at the same time.
I felt very fortunate indeed last year to get a group shot (in under five minutes!!!!!) while Scott was home on Thanksgiving break.
However, the baby was born two weeks later. Smooth move, baby.
I have been naggingthreatening reminding them almost daily for the duration of Christmas break that WE WILL BE RETAKING THE CIRCLE SHOT. It was foremost on my mind. And with 17 hours until Scott returned to Rhode Island, the little dears granted my Christmas wish.
Without one tear.
Last year's circle shot: Circle shot 2011:
I would have used this one for the banner, but apparently Natalie thought we were still doing the silly face.