Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Crazy Nut!

These days it takes a special occasion for me to get dressed and made up enough for a really good photo opportunity with Libby. Most of the time I head to the gym first thing in the morning and then walk around the rest of the day with sweaty hair pulled up in a clip. On the few occasions this year that I have really wanted to have my picture taken with Libby, she has proven to be quite the crazy nut making it impossible to get a pretty princess smile on her face. 

I've tried everything  - including bribery - ha! - to get her to smile, but no -  she just keeps on making funny faces. To make it worse, she smiles really pretty as if she is going to do it right and then just before the click of the camera she makes one of her funny faces.  

The following photos are not posted so you can see me a hundred times (boring!).  I have posted them in this order for you to see just what I'm talking about when I call her

This (above) was the most "normal" look we got out of her today. But she was just getting started....

It looks like she's crying or scared, but she's just trying to get her hand out of my hand so she can be silly (or, maybe a better word would be rebellious!)

Completely silly has begun.

Full on.... still going...

Silly lips.... and she just kept going, but it would be silly of me to keep posting them. 
So - here are some from another try on a completely different day...

I mean, really, can't we just smile and get the photo!!!!

Oh, no. That wouldn't be as interesting or memorable. 

Her silly faces say way more about who she is than the perfect photo would. 
(That's what I keep telling myself so I can feel better about the situation. But really, my smile hides some incredible frustration with the crazy nut!)

She does this with her daddy too!

Still maddeningly silly!

Oh... but with her precious friend, Maliah, she'll smile pretty any day....
And here are some other adorable moments in the perpetually fun life of Libby:

Here she is showing off her "Cars" fishing rod that she practices casting in the back yard.

The other day Libby was so tired that she fell asleep in mid-draw.

And here, finally, is a sweet smile. Of course, mommy and daddy are not in the photo
 so it doesn't count.
And lastly, for our readers she presents a "Bubble Pie".  Because simply washing dishes would be way too boring and productive!


Holly said...

She's a KEEPER, that Girl!

Lots of love and prayers coming your way!!

Jen said...

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Alli said...

Love these pics. Treasure these...they capture Libby at this exact age that you will never be able to get back. ;)
Ava Love and Libby ARE SO MUCH ALIKE! Man, I wish we lived closer! Lovey loves to make silly, I mean psycho/crazy faces right at the click of the camera. As she has turned 5, it has gotten more managable, so there's hope! Maybe try this...Let her do a silly face pic and then tell her to do one sweet smile and that after that one she can do a really super crazy face picture. That might talk her into cooperating! It helps us with Lovey! Or she can pose with a stuffed animal of her choice or something. What about chocolate?!...M&M's always helped us for pics.
Anyway, good luck!

Aunt Becky said...

Libby may not be smiling but all the silly looks she gives makes everyone else smile. Actually, they make me laugh. She is so expressive. I'm seeing a little of Libby in Camryn every day. I'm scared!!

Elissa said...

I agree that silly pictures are way more fun than 'perfect' ones. You will absolutely treasure these later, like I treasure the Christmas card of my brother's family when my nephew is screaming his head off. It's absolutely hilarious! (though it's never funny at the time!)

Love you and that sweet girl! (even though Lily likes Billy best ;)

Janee said...

Yes, Parker is getting too big too fast!! But so is Ms. Libby!! She was younger than Parker when I kept her at Camp Zoar!! Praying for you guys and excitedly waiting with y'all for Lulu!!