It has been a while since I have done a Monday Listicles post or any post for that matter. Summer was suddenly here and my usual writing routine went out the window. I have a strong feeling that things will not be improving in the coming month. :(
After reading some fellow "Listiclers", I was inspired to dig out some photos and get back into the game for this week’s topic "10 Photos of Life with Kids”. The first thing I noticed…how on earth did we ever survive before digital!!
I came across some old proofs (circa 1997 - Riley was 3) when we first started having family photos taken. Long story short it was a fundraiser in preschool/elementary school where you got a professional sitting and one 8x10 for $10. Of course they knew you would not be able to refrain from buying at least 1 print of every photo right?? Even still…how could I say no?!?!
Weeeell…at the time of our first ever family photo we were at the very beginning stages of Riley World. It was a time when the word autism was only a word. It was a time though when most everything was SOOOO-O-M-G exhausting!
We had tears almost before we got started. *sigh*
Ahhh yes...the ol' arch the back pose.
Looks can be deceiving...R was NOT happy...
He had progressed to the maniacal screaming at this point...
Let's move to the floor shall we?
At this point I remember telling G & J2 to just keep smiling,
smiling, smiling...just keep smiling (use your Dory voice here)
as I broke out into a sweat trying to keep R seated.
A: R was active so I had to make an adjustment to a
vice new grip.
B: Shirt fully untucked but we would persevere.
Thankfully we got one photo where
everyone was "smiling".
As luck would have it the photographer was the same year after year. We chose to believe he remembered Riley's name because of his charming qualities. :) He did figure out how to get the best shots and 5 years later Riley had it down pat.
J1, J2 & Riley (circa 2002)