Our Family Picture {the “outtakes”}

Our friend Ryan did family pictures for us a few weeks ago. You can see some of my favorites on the original post. Ryan was nice enough to give us hundreds of the images he took.Β  I had to order some for our adoption dossier so I went through all he gave us. So many that might be deemed an “outtake” made me smile. I thought I’d share some here. Thanks again Ryan.

Ryan got so many of FireCracker smiling…when the reality was she was not in the most cooperative mood that night.


I remember when my oldest was a toddler and I was appalled by all the toys guns and weapons available to little boys.

Now I am appalled that lightsabers don’t come in turquoise.

I love both of these. Chris and I laugh at the response we get when we go out. If it is all 6 of us, people usually say something about our hands full or we can see them counting kids. When we go out just with the little two, we get lots of “ahhhs” and “oh what a cute little family”. So this picture of us walking is our “Oh what a cute little family” picture. It didn’t dawn on me how similar my outfit & FireCracker’s were until I saw this picture. This was the 2 seconds of the whole evening that she would have anything to do with me…and she obviously wanted away.


Darth Vader was using The Force on them.

My mom taught them a song about a butterfly in Italian. They sang it for Ryan. For a minute I thought about pretending I teach my children to sing in foreign languages as a little choir, but as you can tell by my face I am obviously not that mom.


If I had spare time I would make these two flash back and forth. Made me smile to see them doing the same thing.

I brought swords out for the boys, but forgot hers. She is asking where it was….

Fun times. Fun times.

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  • Jennifer - I completely agree about the turquoise light saber!

  • Nicole - LOVE these! I love the “where is my sword?” look!!

  • ashlee - I love the outtakes. And your comment about guns and swords is so true! I thought the same thing until I had my boys. Now I realize its how they were created:) great memories here.

  • The Lady - Very cute. Outtakes are the best!

  • Mariah - I think it’s harder work to be in front of the camera than behind it… Wouldn’t you agree? Fun times… Fun times indeed.

  • Amanda - precious precious family!

  • Abigail - these are great! I love the “where’s my sword?” look!

  • danielle - Love them!

  • Holly - You have the sweetest family.

  • amanda torres - I love the comment about your hands full, and what a cute family. That is funny!

  • Alicia @ La Famille - ahhhh family pics…it’s always fun isn’t it?! our boys would be besties in no time…mine love s.w. and they use the force on us allll the time. i caught my 6 year old secretly doing the force on my when i was scolding him. they also use the force to open the doors at target…very useful πŸ™‚

  • Christen - the “outtakes” are always my favorites. I have one of my kids that makes me giggle every time I see. And some days, I need to giggle when I look at my kids! πŸ˜‰

  • lindsey - so cute!!! love the mason jar weights πŸ™‚ these are the best!!! good memories πŸ™‚ can i ask where/what brands your outfit is? i’m looking for a fun fall outfit as a go-to for different events and i love yours πŸ™‚ thanks!

  • Mary Lemon - My favorite is the last one of Firecracker wondering where HER sword is. I saw the original post too. Great pix. All of them.

  • emmybrown - awesomeness!

  • giozi - Ha ha ha is really funny

  • Dana Horton - Ashley – the photo with the empty chair and balloons. Got me. Oh my….must go dry my eyes! Beautiful family, girl!

  • Allison - even the “outtakes” are fantastic! but then again, i’m not surprised πŸ˜‰

  • Mellie Butterfly - the boots. where did you get firecracker’s boots? love.

  • Cassie - I can’t tell you the number of times I walk out the door, only to notice that my son & I are in coordinating outfits. Ha.

    So many cute outtakes!

  • Rebecca - That last one is my favourite! “what the heck mom!”

  • Jessica P - These are so much fun. So much personality shining through.

  • tengku - hi. may I know, what lens did you use?

  • FreeBird - I love the balloon idea! Super cute!

  • Brandy Jane Mabel - Adorable! Made me laugh..

  • cynthia - The most adorable pictures! We’re overdue on ours. I’ve got to come up with something creative for teenagers. They’re no longer as cooperative, especially with a Mom who’s constantly taking pics of them. Hmmm….

  • Ryan - The outtakes are always my favorite! I smiled looking back through these – such a fun time!

    tengku – These were taken with a Canon 35MM L lens.

  • Chelsea in MO - Once again, completely overloaded by the cuteness, thank you for sharing! I smiled a lot looking at these pictures, such fun personalities. Have a good a day!

  • Nicole - HAHA! That last one made me laugh out loud! I have a 2 year old and I get that same look all the time!

  • Christie - So cute! I’d love to have the details on your outfit:). You look great!

  • andy - those are awesome. love her expression in the last one. πŸ™‚

  • Alice H - “where is it” is so very cute! How dare you forget her sword πŸ™‚

    And I spotted a bag from Christmas Gathering! I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve on the 17th!

  • Melissa Evans - I heart outtakes. The last photo…with the firecracker…priceless! πŸ™‚

  • angie - first time i noticed the balloons tied to the mason jars! LOVE. also, hoorah for outtakes! thanks to you, pictures of my kids that i would normally delete are now kept right alongside the ‘good’ ones! it is so nice to appreciate capturing their personalities- the good along with the grumpy, mad, and pouting.
    not to be too heavy, but said a little prayer of thanks today…for you. πŸ™‚ reading your blog is a moment of grounding for me. you help bring focus to my crazy, chaotic mom life. i am thankful God gave us not only Himself but each other. I am thankful for His life in you. I am thankful for Him reaching others and encouraging us through a small space on the Internet.

  • Laura - Your props are incredible. Always in awe. πŸ™‚

  • LeeH - I love the one with the balloon blocking Firecracker’s face.
    Too funny

  • amber - Your family is awesome. I am so grateful for the simple reminders from you (that I should remember on my own) to enjoy my kids & their quirky ways before they’re over with. So, thanks.

  • mosey - I love these, pictures, out-takes especially (those really are REAL life anyway right!)

    I loved your idea of the empty chair so much I had to use it for my own family!!!


  • Mandy - I just wanted to tell you that I LOVE your blog posts. I read a lot of blogs and I’m always so excited to read your posts. πŸ™‚ You are such an encouragement, light, and blessing!

  • Liz Lovi - You whole family is adorable…love the outtakes!! (and I have to say I LOVE that you tied the balloons down with {blue} MASON JARS!!) love it!

  • Bernadette - Love these. I think you should definitely have an outtakes section in your adoption dossier. Let the little one what they are really in for!! :)Thank you for sharing your story.

  • allison - I absolutely love this post. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kathie McAuliffe - Love them…just so precious! πŸ˜€ Looks like you had fun…and the memories made will last a lifetime.

  • Rebecca - I am sure someone already mentioned this and I didn’t see it, but you can make your own light sabers through Disney… you could probably make a turquoise one if you really desired to. πŸ™‚

  • heather - bwhahahaha…turquoise light sabers!!
    i’m so with you.
    and that last photo of firecracker tells such a great story.

  • Beth ann - Wonderful pictures. I always like the outtakes best!

    I have 3 children in 4 years and people often comment about my hands being full, I always respond “you should see my heart”

  • Victoria / Justice Pirate - These are so sweet.