Little Firecrackers!

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It’s no secret I love dressing the kids up in matching/coordinating outfits for the holidays. I’m not going to lie, it can be a huge ordeal. The cajoling, pleading and begging to get them dressed up, stay neat, to behave and look at the camera, smile, etc., well, it’s a lot. But when I pull up the pictures and start checking through them and have to wipe tears away because I can’t believe how beautiful they look and how sweet they are, I know it is all worth it. I can only imagine how much I’ll appreciate these as they get older and older and eventually have their own families. I only hope at least one of them is crazy enough to do this with their own kids!

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But for every “perfect” photo that I manage to capture, there are tons (and tons) of outtakes that look like these:

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Dad may have been messing around with firecrackers in this one…

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Middle child mutiny…even making sure her arm is right up there so Mom can’t crop it without it looking weird.

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And we had to get a few individual shots too:

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In front of the chalkboard sign that Mom changed from “Happy 4th”.

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Nothing is going to hold this kid down…nothing!

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This one…he’s kind of my spoiled little baby!

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Anyway, we hope you have a wonderful, star-spangled, fun-filled Fourth of July!