Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words

As I was going through my various holiday pics tonight, I realized that the below photo, which was taken immediately after Ashley's preschool Christmas pageant, describes my children's personalities to a T right now. 


As you can see, Owen is acting crabby.  And that about sums up Owen at the moment.  Oh, the hard life of a two year old...being asked to smile for the camera, having your teeth brushed against your will, having to listen to your mama sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider when you already told her telepathically that you wanted to hear The ABC Song instead.  The egregious slights!  The lack of dignity!  The disrespect of personal boundaries!  How will he ever survive?

Moving on to Aidan....oh, look at how happy and jolly he is.  And, he's saying "ho ho ho!" just like I asked him to before I snapped the picture.  See - this is one of the problems with having twins.  They are never in a good mood at the same time.  My guys tend to go in phases...two weeks on, two weeks off.  Just about the time I'll be ready to ship Owen off to boarding school, he'll turn all sweet again and Aidan will begin his fast descent into the inner circle of toddler hell.  By my calculations, we currently have about 6 days left of Ornery Owen before Angsty Aidan begins to take his place.

And then there's Ashley.  Oh, my Ashley.  Full of verve and pluck and joie de vivre and manic arm movements.  Which sounds like fun, but can get awfully exhausting after about, oh, ten minutes.  Tonight I had to threaten her with a time-out to get her to stop singing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" so her brothers could finally fall asleep.  Damn that Barbie karaoke machine!!  Although I must admit I was humming along under my breath.

So yes, the picture above really does provide a snapshot of my children's personalities at the moment. And although I probably won't frame it or use it as next year's Christmas card, I will look back on it fondly as I remember how we survived this crazy time in our lives.  Either that or I'll tape it to my cubby at the asylum.


Kim said...

"Ornery Owen", "Angsty Aidan"

love it!

I have a friend who has female names for his boys- and calls them such when the whine and act up.

Kiley E Photography said...

I think that Owen and my Landen are twins at heart. I get that look all the time and my L loves his mama too and pretty much no one else.

BranderPaul said...


The Lane Family said...

This post is so funny and it could be my house we would just switch Aidan and Owen for Kaylee and Avery and Aidan would be Ashley!!! It would fit right on :)

f14boyle said...

Such a cute picture! It's amazing how you can just look at a picture and see just how different their personalities are, isn't it? I was looking for some pics of M&M for their birthday to show how much they've grown this year and they were cracking me up!

Anonymous said...

I love when you get a photo that just sums up the kids' personalities. That is adorable. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Very cute!

mrs. buckster said...

HAHAHA! that's awesome. personality capturing photos are the very *best* photos. those kiddies of yours are stinkin' cute!

Sadia said...

My girls take turns being grouchy too. I've always thought it was competition. Whoever gets to grumpy first spurs the other sister into proving that she could never be THAT grumpy.

Great photo.