You'd hardly know that she has been a bear to photograph! When she sees the camera coming she instantly turns surly. She even turns her back on me! It took me a couple tries, my whole bag of tricks and lots of distractions to get these birthday pics of her, which in our family is a tradition. You can't get past your birthday without mama documenting it with a portrait.
Especially when we rolled out her birthday present, a petite aqua-colored beach cruiser! Now she doesn't have to ride Jude's bike any more!
Followed by lots of bike riding in 100 degree temps. Followed by a couple hours of swimming 'cause swimming pools magically erase the stench created by the aforementioned hot-weather bike riding! Followed by they-all-fell-asleep-the-instant-their-heads-hit-the-pillow-at-6:30pm-just-the-way-mama-planned-it sleeping.
(2 more birthdays coming very soon in the Crazy 9 birthday blitzkrieg. My cupcakes making skills are getting a workout!)