Photo-a-Day 2014: Day 5

This is a personal project I commence in January where I take a photograph of my children each day.  This exercise stretches me as a photographer, as a mother, and as a journalist.  This is my 3rd year on this project and I hope to continue it as the years pass.

Today at lunch, we got a little carried away at teasing Mallory.  She's an easy target for a tease and before we know it, we've hit a soft spot in her heart where she can no longer hold it together and then starts crying.  Sometimes, we don't even know she's taking what we say personally and her tears end up surprising us.

Like today, for instance.  Ethan said that we should get an X-Wing and tie it up on the roof and at Christmas, we'll string lights around it.  Soon, one extreme Star Wars decorating idea after another started pooring from the lips of my boys.  Finally, Patrick announced that he should buy a Storm Trooper costume for Mallory and she can perch up on the roof for the PERFECT Christmas decoration.   Once he said that, Mallory was so offended that the tears started flowing.

Adam, in his ever cute self, started imitating her, putting his hands over his eyes and boo-hooing a long with her.  This, of course, caused us all to laugh.  After Mallory realized we weren't laughing at her (though we were somewhat laughing at her, too, unfortunately), she saw the humor in the moment.  I asked her if she would put her hands over her eyes again to see if Adam would mimic her, and behold, he did!

Day 5
***I am a firm believer in not humiliating my children in photographs.  I would not take a picture of my kids during a temper tantrum or crying fit and post it socially as to offend my children.  At this moment, we were all in good spirits and Mallory was fine.  :-) 


  1. Aww... poor sweetie! I'm glad it ended up being a laugh for the WHOLE family in the end. How empathic of Adam to cry with her. :-) Love & Hugs to all of you.

    P.S. - Extreme Star Wars Christmas decorations sound very cool, but very expensive. I'm sure Ethan had some AWESOME ideas to share.

  2. He was funny!!! We all had a good laugh at what his imagination came up with! :-) Love you, Amanda!