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After much begging, coercing and snapping silly photos, I got one of Avi smiling her natural smile. Sure, her hair's a little wild and messy, but that's real life right now. She loves the camera, the problem is, she acts goofy the second I pull it out. I think this one will be her new photo for the wall in our living room.

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I like this one too. The hair in her face is so classic. That very lock of hair used to hang down her forehead 
when she was a newborn. We used to say she looked like Elvis with that one stray curl 
hanging down.

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And yes, she was actually up in the tree. Having her climb  the  tree and hang on (her idea) was one of the only ways to keep her still long enough for some photos. I told her to let me get one good smile, then I'd photograph her being silly.

And it worked.

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14 thoughts on “Avi”

  1. I LOVE the photo with her hair in her face. My kids’ hair hangs in their faces and it bothers some people, but it doesn’t bother them or me. Natural curls are crazy wild and when you try to control it too much you just miss the beauty of it.

  2. We’ve used the same strategy with our kids for getting great family pics. (One nice pic, then a silly pic). Funny thing is, sometimes I like the silly pic better! But it has definitely worked to get what I want out of them instead of fighting it! What a darling smile Avi has!

  3. She’s beautiful! I’ve never left a comment before, but I do enjoy reading your blog- thanks for sharing your life with all of us!

  4. Hey everyone – I have an URGENT prayer request! Kara W, a long-time friend of Renee & other Cub Scout moms needs PRAYER! Her baby boy was born a couple days ago and is now @ Children’s Hospital. Through a series of tragic events, Owen was deprived of oxygen for at least 10 minutes. Mom is physically fine but the whole family needs LOTS OF PRAYER! Please take a moment or two (or many) to lift the W family up in prayer! Prayer warriors unite!

  5. She is so cute! could be so much older than she really is in these pics! She looks so much like you Renee up in the tree xx

  6. Gorgeous smile. I must say, I wish I could do one sensible for one silly pic with my friends’ kids. I always have to offer about 10 silly pics to get one good one! (And trying to get them all to smile nicely/naturally at the same time…that is the challenge!)

  7. Your blog is beautiful. Your photos are beautiful. But actually, your family is beautiful (thus the great photos and blog). Thanks. I\\\’ve so enjoyed reading and peeking into your life.

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