Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Self-Timer Incident

How was your holiday weekend? Good? Let me tell you who did NOT begin her Easter on the right foot: my friend, Amy.

Note: Before we discuss this any further, let me just tell you that this may get a little disgusting. But if you've dealt with small children it's pretty much par for the course.

Amy had a really extra special weekend planned. Besides having two small children at Easter (which, as you know, means a lot of built-in fun and excitement over eggs, bunnies, and candy) it was also her younger daughter's 1st birthday. So Amy decided she was going to be the hostess with the mostess and have a fantastic combo Easter/Birthday party at her house this past weekend. She planned. She shopped. She scoured Pinterest. Even while managing her household, her two kids, and working overnight shifts as a kick-ass nurse, she was ready! Everything was prepared! She was so excited to celebrate her sweet baby girl!

Then disgusting disaster struck: everyone in her house got hit with the dreaded stomach virus 3 days before the party. One by one, they dropped liked flies. So, overwhelmed with disappointment and anger, Amy cancelled baby's party and resigned herself to a holiday weekend of quarantine.

But wait! That didn't mean they couldn't still have some family fun decorating eggs, right? So on Saturday evening she sat down with her gorgeous family and they did the classic egg dyeing project. When they finished their beautiful eggs she decided to set the self-timer on her digital camera and get a family photo to capture what little fun they actually got to have this weekend:

When I sent this to Kate at first she thought the baby was drinking out of a really long straw...but no....

Has a self timer ever captured anything more glorious in the history of ever? I think we can all safely say no. In Amy's words:
"This was our first "healthy" day. We had taken 2 others photos and she was on my hip. I flipped her forward for this one and right before the camera went off I noticed her belly felt really distended. I look at this picture to stop myself from crying. SERENITY NOW!"

You're my hero, Amy! But maybe we should wait a few more days to meet at the playground...

(c)Herding Turtles, Inc. 2009 - 2011

39 comments:

  1. Oh sweet goodness- that's so awful & hilarious at the same time. My favorite is how dad is still smiling, oblivious to what has just happened!

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    1. Typical Dad move. lol My hubby never knows what's going on until long after. I think he has the attention span of a squirrel.

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  2. Best family photo EVER! Captures the glory of motherhood very nicely.

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  3. The exorcist, coming to an Easter near you.

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  4. That certainly blows... chunks! Poor family!!!

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  5. oh lord this is beyond amazing, so many uses! christmas cards, 21st photo boards..the list goes on

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  6. Oh gosh I feel for you! This happened to us when my 3 month old son (now 10 years old) was baptized...the pastor put the water on his head and said the prayer, and then turned him around and lifted him up in front of the congregation, only to have him spew baby formula all over himself and the pastor...and yes, I have a picture of it. Just like I can now, you'll be able to look back at this and laugh about it...someday. :)

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  7. PLEASE ask Amy to submit this to awkward family photos!!! This is absolute greatness!!

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  8. I love how Mom's hand is out like she is going to catch it. That's how you know it's love.

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  9. Man... Amy's face is priceless. I have a picture of my son throwing up and having that stream coming out of his mouth, but he is wearing a Santa hat. He's the only one in the picture and I was clicking away and got the shot. Not nearly as good as this family shot!!! I hope they get to feeling better... and soon!!! :)

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  10. OH, goodness. that happened to us too, My 5 year old hid & ate the WHOLE box of peeps, Luckily we had no self timer to capture the lovely event.

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  11. Oh my gawd. I can't stop laughing. Seriously. Although I emplathaize, it's is SO wonderful to know that happens to someone other than me! My daughter is 10 months old and is a total puke machine. And always at the most inopportune times...like at a nice restaurant or most recently...the middle of Easter dinner.

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  12. I'm sorry, but I laugh because I love. Poor, poor Amy! The look on her face is the kicker. This couldn't have been timed better!

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  13. I have never seen a more true to life family portrait. With little ones, you just never know what's going to come out of their mouths!!!

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  14. I am so sorry Amy, but I am laughing so hard I am crying. It's the dad that is making me laugh so hard, so oblivious! Puts it all in perspective doesn't it? I too thought at first she was drinking out of a really long straw...duh! hang in there mama, think of the stories for when she brings home her first boyfriend!

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  15. so funny,definitely one to be cherished in the family album!

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  16. I'm laughing so hard I'm crying. I hope Amy will be laughing with me soon. We just got over the stomach bug too- no fun! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. I'm home with a sick kid, frantically sending emails while she's asleep trying to get work stuff covered since I'm staying home - and this photo is what I believe you all so accurately call, PERSPECTIVE. Now I have it.

    Your suffering has not been in vain, Amy.

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  18. I love how Amy is about to try catching the puke...why do we do this moms? It never works! Lol

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  19. hahahahaha!!! I have to laugh! My youngest had gerd and have countless memories of her barfing...usually on me! btw...was totally eating breakfast while looking at the pic.

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  20. SO amazingly awesome. Please send this somewhere and make it famous. :-) Amy should be a millionaire for catching this moment.

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  21. That is the best picture ever! Hands down.

    I will never again complain about trying to take a family photo (http://www.momintwocultures.com/2012/04/family-portrait.html).

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  22. The only thing that would have made this even more classic was if it was videoed too; almost a guaranteed funniest video winner!

    My 30th birthday was last month; I was up the ENTIRE night before with my youngest (2 yrs) who was sick...literally every ten minutes he was heaving and trying to throw up. The first time he did it, my kids were out of the tub and PJ'ed, I'd just gotten out of the shower and blown dry my hair...and it was ALL OVER my chest, and left a trail from the couch to the kitchen. Thank goodness that first time was the worst, and after that it was mostly spit/mucous.

    THE JOYS OF MOTHERHOOD, huh? Feel better Amy & family!

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  23. Dad's sh*t-eating grin is the best part - so clueless of what's going on!

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  24. I can't stop laughing... only because as moms, we have all been there. I'm crying!

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  25. Best. Family. Picture. Ever. This is the one that will be cherished years from now.

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  26. Oh...My...Lord. Pictures are worth a thousand words, right? I feel your pain Mamma, been there, done something similar :P

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  27. Poor Amy.

    But OMG what a priceless picture!!!

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  28. oh my gawd. i snorted (and it's a total sympathy snort - i have four and we have all been down and out with a stomach virus at the same time). this is a photo for the prom date, the wedding table, and the keep-for-all-time memory books. this is the BEST motherhood/parenting/lindablair child photo EVER. and i agree with the commenter above, dad's grin and total oblivion is THE BEST. love. it. hope everyone recovered quickly and you amy is an awesome mom for having the nerve to dye EGGS on the heels of a stomach "thing." ;o)

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  29. That is awesomely gross. I think you gals need an 'awkward family photo' contest. I have a great submission:)

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  30. Poor gal! Poor everybody! I sure hope they are all feeling MUCH BETTER now!

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  31. Amy is our kick-ass nurse tonight, and we're glad to know she has such pertinent experience! Funny stuff!

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  32. Oh, I am crying. I guarantee for at least the next week I will think of this picture at wildly inappropriate times and snort loudly, and then have to pretend I'm coughing. It's that good.

    Also, the baby chicks in the first picture are terrifying monsters. And that poor kid only has some some sort of branch to beat them back.

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  33. I am glad she maintained enough sense of humor to know how freakin' hilarious the whole thing is and to share it with us. Thank you!

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  34. Omg - I laughed so hard I almost peed! Sorry Amy lol!

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  35. I am laughing so hard, I'm crying. I have such a bunch of pukey children (they puke at random times... they have no particular health problems, they are just pukey). I'm surprised I have not got this picture somewhere in *my* album. Send it out for next year's Easter card (Hi! Hope your Easter is better than this!). Poor child, Poor Mom, hope everyone is feeling better. But OMG this is so so funny, I'm sure I will be waking up laughing tonight.

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  36. Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha. That's classic. Oh children, how you make every moment special.

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