A Saint Patty’s Day Parade O’ Pictures

I STILL have more to tell you about our trip to Atlanta, but for now, I bring you the play-by-play of an extraordinarily adventurous pursuit: a Photo Shoot of a 7 month old and a 2 year old.

I bring you, Ali and Woods:

Woods started out too interested for Ali’s taste:

WAAY too interested:
So of course she strongarmed him in a typical two-year-old fashion:

Which made him say, “ooooh. Pretty Bracelet.”
Nope, she didn’t like that either.
So of course, hold it out of baby’s reach! He giggles evilly with glee at his success in getting under her skin:
And goes for it again. And gets another strongarm:
Since that wasn’t working out for her, she tried to “let me be your friend – will you sit still then?!?” approach:(I love that picture. They look like a little old couple, grumpy at the world.)

So she thought and she thought and she thought. . .. . .and she prayed. . .

Discussing their thoughts:

“Can you believe this woman?!?! SO snobby!!”

First picture of them both looking AND smiling. It’s a miracle!!

Ali busts out laughing. Woods takes this as an opportunity to make his move. . .
Oh yeah. Hand on the girl’s back: achieved.
She’s flattered. He’s proud.

OOH!! I see!!! You just put the bracelet on the other hand!!!

Trying the hand holding approach again, since it worked last time:

Not this time.

Resorting to The Ultimate Strongarm.
(I promise, no babies were injured, or really even discouraged from their mission, in this photo shoot.)

Maybe I can fool her into thinking that I’m asleep. . .

“We need to talk. This just isn’t working.”

Now everyone’s awkward.

Please? Just one more chance?
And then, finally then, I got the picture I was after:


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  1. Christie O. says:

    OK, too cute. I love the picture of the pondering! But the whole story was really funny! What I wanna know is how long this whole montage really took because it looks like you successfully had two babies sitting there for a really really long time without any kind of crying! And that’s impressive!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    very funny. Mom

  3. aww! that is a great string of photos

  4. Michelle says:

    Thanks for sharing all those lovely pictures .I too would like to know how long the pictures took.

  5. Tiaras and Tantrums says:

    those are awesome !! She sat so nice for you!!!!

  6. Simply Sara says:

    Yes, inquiring minds would like to know- how exactly did you manage that photo shoot without any tears?!

    Oh, and I’m super impressed you captured one with both of them smiling- that is a huge feat in itself. I have the hardest time getting all mine to smile at the same time :)

    Love your commentary :)

  7. Okay – in the name of science and due to the overwhelming requests for this information, I went back and looked. The first picture was taken at 10:26am, and the last picture was at 10:33am. So all of seven minutes, people!! Not as big of an accomplishment as it may have looked.

    I told you I had my camera on continuous shot!

    But it sure felt like longer. Seriously – I can’t believe it was only 7 minutes. Wow.

  8. MOMMY-MOMO says:

    great sequence… great pictures! lil cuties

  9. Running mommy says:

    You have two beautiful children! And I love the story you wrote with the pictures.

  10. Those pictures are great! thanks for the giggle!

  11. All those pics were funny and cute, but the ‘Please give me just one more chance’? That one is soooo funny! I had a good little chuckle this morning, lol, thanks!

  12. What a great series of pictures. That dynamic will change over the years, but will stay the same :)

  13. Very cute.

  14. They do look like a grumpy old couple! Those are great pictures and your commentary is fo funny.

    Sorry about your Atlanta hotel adventure. I probably would have waited in the car until hubby arrived. I’m chicken (and lazy) like that.

  15. Brea's Mommy says:

    Great pictures! Looks like you have your hands full!

  16. Great pictures! I love the play-by-play:-)

  17. great photos.

  18. Shannon @ Potamus Prefers says:

    Haha I can so relate. I have an almost 23 month old and an almost 11 month old and that’s how all our shoots go. :) Cute cute!

  19. Muthering Heights says:

    That is such a cute series!

  20. Great pictures & loved your commentary! lol

  21. This is adorable!!! Despite the strong arming, it looks like they play well together.

  22. Rachel@just another day in paradise says:

    too cute! They totally look like a little old couple in that one shot!

  23. Too cute, love your telling of the whole thing. They are adorable!!

  24. saucy salsita says:
  25. Jennifer says:

    Tell Barkley that her son is TOO cute!!! You just want to pick him up and squeeze him!

    This was so cute and funny! Good job!

  26. That was hysterical. I was laughing out loud. They really did look like a grumpy old couple in that one shot. You captured the whole thing beautifully.

    I love Woods’ name. How cool is that?

  27. quick question…

    How do you store the loads of pictures you take? I
    take tons as well, and my computer is slowing down because of it. Argh!

    I have a mac if that means anything.

  28. How Cute. :) :) I like the commentary on the photos. :)

  29. Priceless!! I love your photoshoot story. :-)

  30. Casual Friday Everyday says:

    Just darling. Love the faces they are making… kinda love, kinda annoyed.

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