Parenting in Two Photos

by Brittany on March 5, 2013

in lowercase b, Parenting

Some days I call Andy at work and just make, like, a series of animalistic grunts and whines.

Wheeeeeezzzeeeeee.

Yeeeelppppppppp.

Mew mewwwwwwww.

Hisssssssss.

Click.

That is my best description of parenting. He always assumes I’m exaggerating. I now have photographic evidence.

Fantasy
What Andy thinks our kids are like.

Reality
What our kids are like.

Andy, come home soon.

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Kimberly Smith March 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm

True that

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Rachel March 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Gigi’s pose in the first one kills me dead!

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Jamie March 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm

for. real, lol.

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Dawn_ewords March 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm

True Story!!!!! Shut the front door…. I’m right there with you!

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Tawny March 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Gigi’s toe point is divine!

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stephanie March 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

yes her pointed toe is great, but we all know she is the ring leader…my crazy hooligans would fit right in..

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Brittany March 5, 2013 at 1:17 pm

She IS the ring leader.

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Jules March 5, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Very cute. Love the girl pose. Boys are NUTS, aren’t they?

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marcia March 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm

When I look at pics of your kids, I can see them 20 years in the future. Sassy, frassy, little she devil, breakin boys hearts. The techy frat boy, and the serious family man. You are such a lucky momma!

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Kathy March 5, 2013 at 4:19 pm

The classic sears-Roebuck catalog outfits are awesome!! The fact you had them change wardrobe for the second ” real life ” picture is brilliant !! As a mother of 3 teens ( 1 of them technically an adult) you gave me mom flashbacks!! Lol!

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Stacey March 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Adorable. I love Gigi’s sass.

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heather March 5, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Haha.. too cute!

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StrongerMe March 6, 2013 at 9:56 am

My ex likes to take photos of the kids and post them on FB. Like EVERY time he sees them. It’s not very often – holidays, award ceremonies, and funerals, but when that’s the only thing you post on FB, you look like a Super Dad. Since the only time he sees them, they are at functions requiring more than casual attire, the kids always look amazing in the photos.
I LOVE the kids in those photos. So well groomed. Looking well-behaved. One child with his arm around the other one in a loving fashion.
The kids that I actually live with on occasions other than holidays, award ceremonies, and funerals do not possess the power to match their clothing. I have to beg them to brush their teeth and comb their hair and bathe. And the pictures that we take are usually just capturing a prank that one has pulled on the other. Or they are making horse faces at the camera. Or IS THAT YOUR DIRTY UNDERWEAR ON THE FLOOR IN THE BACKGROUND? Get off the roof.

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Megan March 6, 2013 at 10:46 am

OMG. Your daughter. I love that pose in the first picture. She is a rock star, isn’t she?

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Megan March 6, 2013 at 10:46 am

Oh, and be glad you can even get your kids to smile. My son always looks like he has a stick up his ass – even in school pictures.

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Brittany March 6, 2013 at 10:48 am

It’s a FINE line, as in, it goes from good smile to ugly smile fast. So to get them to relax, we go through a variety of emotions… SAD FACE. MEAN FACE. SCARED FACE. HAPPY FACE. annnnnd CLICK. done.

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DeltaJuliet March 6, 2013 at 11:35 am

My first son (9) has adopted a psycho killer smile. In every.single.picture. I haven’t had a good picture of him in at least 2 years. My second son (3), refuses to give a normal smile. It’s either psycho smile, or fingers-in-the-mouth-show-all-the-teeth, or tongue sticking out. On the off chance that he gives me a good smile, his brother is right behind him with the rabbit ears. I figure it’s all photographic proof that I should be a saint when they reach adulthood. One day, they can look at all those pictures and think “No wonder poor Mom is crazy.”

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Jennifer March 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm

This is exactly it.

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Theresa Blarek March 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

I would definitely have had children if I knew that they could’ve been like yours! Adorable, Brittany!

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Jill March 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm

True to life. Love it and can totally relate.

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