Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Attack of the Toddlers, Part One.

Shepherds need to be properly attired in towels. One-year-old shepherds  especially!

Beth and I decided to do a Nativity picture of my little friends as a Christmas gift for moms and dads...

Did you ever try to coordinate five babies?

This is why quintuplets are NOT the norm.




This is before cropping.... Note that the shepherds are not exactly engaged as one would expect in the wonder before them. Also note that Brooke is holding a REAL baby... That's Xavier. And Nolan is a totally cool Joseph, lovin' on that mama and baby. Not exactly how we 'envision' Joseph in our more artistic manger scenes, right?

Oy.


Mary is obviously losing interest in her new role... Joseph is umm... picking his nose.  And the shepherd looks stoned.

This is not going well. And the other two shepherds????

They BOOKED OUT OF THERE WHEN THE CAT CAME ONTO THE PORCH.

Oh ye of little faith!!!!

Get back here you shepherds!

Sigh.

So we went to Plan B.

Separate shots. Angels... (you haven't seen them yet, three 16-18 month old girls, and that was another exercise in go-with-what-you-got seat-of-your-pants photo ops.)

Shepherds, watching their flocks.....


And a cropped Mary, Joseph and baby where all is calm. All is bright.

Instead of one big nativity scene like we did three years ago:


We did three separate shots and put them into a large frame that accommodates three 5 x 7" photos...

I will not tell you how many days it took to do this right, but let it be said the project was filled with love.

And starry-eyed angels.

;)

8 comments:

  1. Hysterical. Anc cute! One-year-old shepherds are easily distracted.

    This is good information to have for future reference!

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  2. Ah Ruthy, the shepherds weren't distracted - they were just doing their job of protecting the sheep from wayward cats, right?

    Very cute pictures...I can tell it's never boring at your house!

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  3. LOL -- maybe the shepherds were trying to recruit the cat to be a sheep! Lovely pictures even if some of them are more like out-takes. Makes you appreciate Anne Geddes' photos, doesn't it?

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  4. Very cute pictures! =)
    Happy Holidays!

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  5. Adorable Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus and shepherds!

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  6. Oh, Ruthy, this is so adorable!! Love the nose-picking shepherd!! LOL You're such an amazing babysitter.

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