Our 12th family photo this year -- and the end of my December Daily photo project. Hooray! We took this picture when I got home from work. The girls were excited to wear their new hoodies which they purchased with Christmas money at Urban Planet. (Georgia's hoodie says, "Monsters need hugs too," and Madeline's says, "Free polar bear hugs.")
Our family pictures got much easier through the year. The last two were very quick and easy. My tips for a project like this: use a tripod, use the 10 continuous shots setting on the timer, don't pull children into it until the camera is completely ready, and let them act silly for at least one set of 10 shots. Sometimes those are the best shots (like this one). Now that everyone cooperates easily -- because they know it only takes a minute of their time -- I think we'll keep going with these monthly photos. :)
In spite of December being crazy full, as always, this was one of the easiest daily photo projects I've done -- and I've done many! The reasons are clear to me: I wasn't trying to follow another person's prompts (which are fun when I have more time to experiment); and, near the beginning, I roughly planned out the whole month of picture ideas (my own prompts) based on our calendar -- where would I be each day? what pictures did I really want to get? when could I be flexible? This worked well!
For our New Years' Eve, we ate turkey dinner leftovers for supper and now we're all going to watch Brave on the big TV downstairs. Happy New Year to all! I hope you have a fantastic 2013.
P.S. After the movie, we all played a game of Cranium and two games of Clue Carnival (which Georgia won at school recently). Neil and I still had to strain our turkey broth so we were up until midnight. The girls were more awake than I was at that time!