The Little Boy Who Couldn't Take a Normal Christmas Photo

Remember The Little Boy Who Never Wanted to go to School?  Well, he's up to his old antics again, but this time he just can't sit still long enough for his mommy to take his picture for the family's Christmas card this year.

Jack is still a seven year old little boy who lives in a small, picturesque Mexican village.  And he's still a very active (and healthy) little boy who loves to play soccer, basketball, baseball, and tazos.   Jack's only problem is that he can't take a normal photograph.  It's not that he doesn't like to have his picture taken, it's just that as soon as a camera is pointed directly at his face, his face starts to twitch and scrunches up into a thousand different poses, preventing him from taking a "normal" photograph.

Jack's mommy knows that "normal" is seriously overrated.  It's just that she's gotten used to Jack's three very photogenic siblings, who rarely ever take a bad photo.

Take Jack's oldest sister, Hope, for example.  She's a seasoned professional at having her picture taken.  As well she should be, especially considering the insane amount of self-portraits she takes every other day in search of the perfect Facebook photo.  One shot and we were done!

Jack's other sister, Ashley, LOVES having her picture taken!

She gets extra cute and playful in front of the camera, giving Jack's mommy lots of great shots from which to choose.

Jack's big brother Nick is just as photogenic as his sisters.  But he's currently suffering from a strange case of teenage separation anxiety, and can't bare to part with his iPod.  So wherever Nick goes, the iPod is sure to be there.  Even in our Christmas photos.

But with Jack, it's a whole other story!

Jack's mommy has to take at least a hundred photographs to get one "normal" shot.

And even then, she doesn't always get what she's hoping for.

But Jack's mommy is an incredibly smart (and beautiful) woman who knows that it's much better to be "unique" than just plain, ol' dull and boring "normal".

Jack's mommy think these photos capture Jack's personality perfectly!

What do you think?


National Blogging Day of Remembrance


Tonight, Tonight

I'm obsessing over....

Whether I should ask Santa Claus for a laptop or tablet this year for Christmas.  Not that he's actually going to give me either one of those THIS Christmas, but a girl can dream.

I'm working on...

  • This blog post
  • The Food 'n Flix: Julie & Julia Round-Up for my food blog.
  • Editing the second draft of Hope's 10 page book report.  
  • Making my weekly planner for 2013. 

I'm thinking about...

  • How inviting and warm my bed looks.  
  • How cool it is that I can make the minor headings in this post match my post title. Very, very cool!  


  • Hope's 15th birthday party this weekend at the ranch.
  • Waking up an hour or two later every morning for two weeks during Christmas vacation.
  • Christmas.

Listening to...

  • Hubby's snoring.  (Our bed is right next to my computer.)  
  • The West Side Story Soundtrack that's been playing in my mind since I wrote the title of this post.


It's 10:30pm so it's kind of late to be eating.  But I just finished drinking a cup of coffee, decaf so I'm not up all night, to help keep me warm while I finish up a few things before going to bed.


  • Santa brings me a laptop or tablet for Christmas. 
  • That my loved ones' Christmas wishes come true this year.


New Addition to the Family

Since it's been a while since I've updated this blog and filled you in on all the details of what's going on in our lives, I think now would be as good a time as any to introduce you to the newest member of our family...Little Miss Lucy Lou Limon.

Our new puppy.  We adopted her 2 months ago.  She's almost 4 months old now.  She is cute as a bug's ear, playful, and pretty darn sweet.  Just don't go near her when she's eating!  What's hers is hers, and no one is going to convince her otherwise.  Besides eating, and playing fetch with the kiddies, Lucy's favorite pastime is sleeping.

We're all crazy about her and feel blessed to have her in our lives.

So now that we're catching up, what's new in your life?


A December to Remember....

I cannot believe that today is December 1st.

The first day of the last month of 2012.

I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I love the first day of each month.  To me, the beginning of each month is like celebrating New Year's.  I'm always so full of hope and inspiration, which really helps to get my creative juices flowing.  The beginning of each new month is another chance to do all the things I didn't get to do the previous month, plus new goals I want to accomplish. Not to mention all of the special occasions, like holidays and birthdays, to celebrate.  Of course, things don't always go according to plan, or turn out the way we hoped, but still I can't help but get excited excited anyway and hope for the very best.

Some of the things I'm looking forward to this month: 

  • Christmas.
  • New Year's.
  • Las Posadas.
  • Spending time with the family.
  • Yummy holiday food.
  • The kiddies getting a 2 week vacation from school.
  • Not waking up at 5:30am for those 2 weeks.  

That last one, sounds like heaven to me right now.

Oh! There's one teeny, tiny thing I forgot to mention...  

The biggest and most important celebration that I'm looking forward to this month...Hope's Quinceañera (15th birthday party)! 

Long ago, Hope decided she didn't want a big traditional Quinceñera, with a big, puffy dress, a chambelan, and a waltz.  She's always said she would much rather have a BBQ at the ranch with her family and friends.  And well, since it is her Quinceañera, which is the most important day in a young girl's life, she's going to get her wish.  Next weekend!  

We also have a little something special planned for Hope the day after the party at the ranch, but for now it's a surprise.  I promise I'll share more about it later.     

What are you looking forward to this month?