Well, I had the genius idea of taking some pictures of the little girls in front of the Christmas tree while we waited for the program to start. I hadn't thought about the fact that they had probably used up all their good behavior earlier that day. (After I had pessimistically given in to my kids' and husband's begging to see Narnia with the little girls in tow, rather than taking the whole gang to the more preschool-friendly Tangled, I was blessed miraculously with being able to sit through the whole movie with a sleeping Janie in my lap, and the red-heads watching the movie like angels.)
Instead of calling the day a success, with returning home from enjoying the movie, successfully painting a Grinch face on Austin, and getting to the Christmas program at the teacher assigned time, I attempted a photo shoot by myself with my big kids off stage somewhere and Kurt saving our seats.
First I had to wait for the dad who was posing his ONE, agreeable, cute little boy for pics, while he snapped shots with his professional looking camera. This is the same man who just HAD to stick around and watch me fumble around with my silly, energetic crew of tired out girls, and my regular old digital camera with cracked viewing screen and missing lens cap... (Incidentally, his presence kept me from using my serious mom voice, and I was stuck in sweet, pleading mom mode- quite the handicap with these little ones at the end of a long day.)
"Okay girls, now, just sit here in front of this tree by the snowman."
"Tessa, don't hide behind Santa, I mean Frosty, I mean the snowman." ( I don't think the girls have seen the Frosty the Snowman TV special yet??)
"Uh, everybody look at me! Janie, look here at Mommy."
Hmm... Janie's not gonna sit still. "Okay girls, just smile for Mommy."
"Good job girls, very cute! Now, I'm going to go get Janie." (aka: chase down the runaway baby)
"Alright, Janie Mommy's going to take your picture, see? Wait! Where's Macy?"
*Quick break to look for where Macy ran off to, and talk to fancy camera dad.*
"I'm going to sit Janie down again girls, but you have to be ready to smile when I sit her down. Macy, stop hugging the snowman now, and just sit and smile. Don't try to pick Janie up when I sit her down. Just smile. And Tessa, stop sitting behind the snowman. Come out from there and look at Mommy and smile, OK?"
"Ready, set, smile... too late."
"Everybody up. Now, one, two, three... stay on your bottom Janie."
"Sit down, Janie. Good girl... for a split second, there."
"Here Macy, see if she'll stay on your lap now. Tessa, I can't see you! Please stop hiding behind Santa, I mean the snowman...
"Oh well, I give up."
"Alright girls, go sit down with Daddy. I'll keep Janie back here for a few more minutes until it's time to start because I don't think she'll sit in our seats very well right now. Maybe once the music starts she'll be OK."
Stepped away from the tree to watch the girls get to our row of seats...
Went back a few steps to see if Janie was around the tree or if she was starting to wander again...
Proud of herself! I guess she wanted to pose alone!
Content little stinker, huh?