Wordful Wednesday-{Scary Mommy Guest Post}

Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, only WITH words. It’s for those of us that can’t contain the chatter, but in a good way.

{Please give Jill, my good friend and not-so-scary-mommy a HEARTy welcome.  I’m so excited she’s here!}


As a mother to three young children, I spend a great deal of time trying to capture the perfect picture of them. I know how fleeting time is and I just want to catch them all at their best. I’ve tortured them again and again to no avail.

Last month, we attended a family wedding. The kids were dressed to the nines. My daughter was is the sweetest little sundress and the boys were in matching seersucker suits. Did you hear me? Seersucker suits on my two and four year old boys. I died from the cuteness and, of course spent the whole day torturing them with my camera. Yes, I got some cute ones, but the perfect picture? No.

And, then as we were leaving, I took one more of the three of them. I was saying “come on, come on, one perfect picture,” hoping for three wide smiles, but they took it upon themselves to show their true personalities.

And, to me? It’s perfect. Smart kids.

{Insert commentary from Angie here:  Jill’s kids are smart.  And funny, and just plain gorgeous.  As is Jill.  And, not to spill the beans, but all of you BlogHer attendees will get to see her in person during her keynote address.  Yahoo!}

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About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}


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    Twitter: annmarice

    i feel you! its really hard to get a good shot. but this one is really cute 🙂

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    Have definitely had a few family shots like this!


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    Twitter: SeriousKrystyn

    Too funny! It sort of looks like they are holding beer cans and they drank too much at a party….just sort of!

    I posted picture of 3 kids under three earlier today…it’s just that there is one kid missing.

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    Muthering Heights
    Twitter: MutheringHeight

    That is so cute!! I like that their little personalities are showing. 🙂

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    That is fantastic! I love it!

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    I know what you mean about wanting that perfect shot but I think when it comes down to it, any picture of our kids is pretty perfect.

    Just call me a big sap.

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    Corey~livingandloving says

    oh my word…priceless. 🙂

    have a happy Wednesday!

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    life with kaishon says

    This picture of Jill’s kids IS positively perfect. I love it!!! So excited for her speech. I know she will positively rock it!

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    Twitter: twoofakind

    LOL! I can never get a good shot!

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    Twitter: ErinsMiracles

    Awww Jill they are adorable! And you are right, what a perfect shot!!

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    Twitter: jumpinbeans09

    lol, don’t you love it when you capture them being that… THEM! cute

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    I LOVE that shot. You have a great one for Christmas cards there! (Beats the shot with the smiley face over the you know what…)

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    Twitter: girlgonemom

    Oh these are the BEST photos – love it!

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    Twitter: _MamaJules_

    I think the perfect pictures are the ones that show their true personalities. And yes, the outfits are incredibly adorable!!!

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    Twitter: GennyHeikka

    Such a darling pic! 🙂 Yay for you about BlogHer.

    Angie – hope you are enjoying your anniversary! Mike and I are coming up on our 15th in two days… whoo hoo~!

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    Honey Mommy says

    I have SO been there! Trying to get the perfect family picture with BOTH my boys smiling is worse than going to the dentist!

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    Paula Kiger
    Twitter: biggreenpen

    In the middle of one sibling Christmas picture taking session several years ago, my son reached out and scratched his sister’s face, leaving long nasty red marks. Bah humbug.

    This picture that you put up as your WW, I love. Perfect!

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    T Rex Mom says

    That is perfect. It is difficult trying to get that perfect shot with young kids. When I look at catalogs with kids in them I wonder how those photographers do it.

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    scrappysue says

    yeah, that’s pretty much how it is for a while, but it DOES get better! still, these pictures are priceless, no?

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    Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation
    Twitter: RachelVoorhees

    Always so hard to get that perfect shot. That picture is just so cute! So glad you are guest posting over here. I heart both Angie and Jill!

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    Twitter: projectalicia

    I am guilty of this too and have many of those photos to prove it. Haha. Happy WW!

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    Twitter: FamilyTrifecta

    I absolutely love that picture. Perfectly capturing their personalities. Those are the pictures that should be on our walls 🙂

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    Faythe @Grammymousetails says

    those are the best kind of photos… and I say that because that is what most of mine look like, LOL! Kids get so used to the camera in their face, they can’t help but mug! I don’t know how many family photos at least one person have bunny ears sticking up behind there head from someones two fingers!

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    Great pic! I love the colours and their faces!

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    Mrs. Marine
    Twitter: mrsmarine

    Perfectly Priceless! and totally cute!

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    Twitter: iambrimful

    That picture is so much better than a posed one. A keeper.

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    Dominique @Dominique's Desk says

    I too get more Fun shots then perfect family shots with my boys.

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    Twitter: PrettyPinkMomma

    As a mom of three boys I have given up on the “perfect” shot. It never happens, not even with Santa Claus, lol! Your picture is definitely a keeper – I love it when their true personalities shine through 😀

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    Robin from Israel
    Twitter: RobinTA

    Adorable, but definitely on the keepin’ it real end of the photographic scale. My kids do the same thing – drives me batty!

    My photography is available for purchase – visit Around the Island Photography and bring home something beautiful today!

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    blueviolet says

    They’ve got fun up their sleeves, for sure!

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    They are so gorgeous! I love their sweet little funny faces, too. I often strive for the perfect picture. *sigh* It’s a losing battle. 😛 lol

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    Terra Heck says

    I think photos that aren’t forced are the best ones. What a fun, silly photo!

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    Dumb Mom
    Twitter: thenagainphoto

    Best. Shot. Ever. Looks an awful lot like my Christmas cards from last year.

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    Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)
    Twitter: RandomCoolChick

    That IS the perfect shot! 😉

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    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner says

    Oh I am soooo right there with you. My oldest is 5, my youngest is 20 months. I still haven’t gotten a pic where they are all smiling AND looking at the camera….ahhh, someday!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What’s for Dinner

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    Jennifer says

    They are definitely beautiful.

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    Twitter: thelucaszoo

    Hilarious! Why do we put our kids through that? I find it so funny 🙂 My have started to smile fake – ugh! Great shot 🙂

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    Courtney(WomenLivingWell) says

    So cute! I love it!

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    Raise Them Up says

    I have to agree. That picture is perfect. 🙂 How can you look at it and not smile??

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    Lol! What a great pic! 😀

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    Twitter: almostcrunchy

    Great pic! I love Scary Mommy.

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    They are beautiful even when they are being silly!

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    I’m heartbroken I won’t be there for her keynote. WAAAAH!

    But yes, that picture is surely ‘perfection’! 😀

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    Twitter: babysmamatimes4

    lol it is perfect, your right 🙂

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    This photo is awesome! I love it!!!!

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    Twitter: aventinehill

    Ahhhh brings back memories of trying to get that perfect shot for the annual christmas card, lol. I think my head spins around during that shoot, lol.

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    Paper Mom
    Twitter: Papermom

    I wish, wish, wish, I was going!!! I wonder what would happen if I just showed up? Is there a stand by line? I am only a car ride away.

    Great photo. Good Luck with the speech

    and Angie, you are still my bloggy idol.

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    Mama Zen says

    Definitely perfect!

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    cat@juggling act says

    Oh, just adorable! So cute.

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    Twitter: adventuroo

    I just love that picture– it speaks SO much more about their personalities than one where they are stare at the camera and smile. When I did my Week in the Life project last week, I also found that my fave pictures weren’t necessarily the ones with the best quality or the perfect pose, but the ones that capture every day life and the story I was trying to tell.

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    Liz @ Loving Mom 2 Boys
    Twitter: lovingmom2boys

    Looks pretty darned perfect to me 🙂

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    Twitter: blogmom221

    I loved that photo! Their faces were adorable.

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    Wonderful guest post. Love children for sure..

    Thanks for all of your wonderful thoughts yesterday..

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    Twitter: FrenchFoodieMom

    Those seem to be the only types of pictures I get of my 3 kids nowadays! But I love how their personalities shine through.

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    Allison @ Alli 'n Son
    Twitter: Alli_n_Son

    I love Scary mommy! I’m also a huge fan of imperfect perfect photos. All for personality showing through.

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    Twitter: paciferpocket

    I *big puffy air heart* Scary Mommy! Can’t wait for BlogHer!

    Adorable photo, such cuties. And that will be one of the pictures your treasure years from now because it shows who they really are, not that you could happen onto a moment when they were all being “perfect”.

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      Scary Mommy says

      Awwww, thanks!!! And, yes, totally. I smile every time I look at it. 🙂

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    Twitter: mellisarock

    Glad to know that I am not the only one torturing my kids with the camera…with 4 – there is always someone looking away, blinking, talking, laughing or just plain being silly – but looking at this shot of your adorable kids – I love shots like this though – you can truly see their personalities shining through.

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    Twitter: 1momof5

    I’ve met Jill’s kids in person a few times, and they are even more adorable LIVE (if that is possible).

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    Imperfect Momma
    Twitter: imperfectmomma

    Love this picture! They are so cute

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    Twitter: christinebewley

    This is my first Wordful Wednesday! I’m so glad that I’m not the only one who can’t resist adding words to the WW posts.

    I love the photo! What cute kids!

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    Twitter: angelicasmommy

    That truly IS perfect. I find I love the candid shots of my daughter that show her personality more than the posed ones too.

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    Kelly Deneen
    Twitter: kelly_deneen

    Kids just do not like to cooperate, do they? 🙂

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    Twitter: jamericanspice

    These are the best photo memories to have! 🙂 They are adorable.

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    The Drama Mama
    Twitter: poopscoopinmama

    I love their faces!!

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    Tara R.
    Twitter: Tara_R

    I love these sort of candid shots. I think they are a more accurate portrait of the kids. Their personalities come shining through and the shot is perfect.

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    Love the photo!

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    Twitter: rudyrukus

    I think that is the perfect picture! You will certainly remember the exact thing you were doing at that time when you see that picture when they are all teenagers and irritating you haha!

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    Euroangel Graffiti says

    such sweet and nice kids! nice post..

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    nice photo of these cute kids!

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    Cascia @ Healthy Moms
    Twitter: cltalbert

    Your children are beautiful!

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    Doing the Mom Thing
    Twitter: themomthing

    It is perfect because, never having met your kids, I get a taste of their personalities. Too cute!

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    Megan (Best of Fates)
    Twitter: bestoffates

    Seersucker suits? I’m now convinced that’s the most adorable kids clothing item in history.

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    Aging Mommy says

    My daughter just hates having her picture taken and if she sees me lurking with mine will scowl and shout “no pictures!” So I know how you feel and on this occasion you got the perfect natural shot and they do look so very adorable with it 🙂

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    Angela @ Nine More Months
    Twitter: ninemoremonths

    That looks a lot like my family pictures!

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    Lauren @ Hobo Mama
    Twitter: Hobo_Mama

    That is awesome! Reminds me of a story from my husband’s childhood, back in the days of (horror) film cameras. His father had one picture left, and just as he snapped what was going to be a sweet, smiling shot of the three kids, my sister-in-law leaped forward and shouted, “Hiii-yaw!” Of course, that was much better remembered than a sweet one would have been.

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    Karen MEG says

    Hiya Scary!!! So glad to see you here, girlfriend!!!

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      Scary Mommy says

      I’m so sad you won’t be in NYC. Loved hanging out with you last year!

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    Twitter: CarissaRogers

    Yo! I’m back! well.. I’ve been back for over a week, but after catching up it feels like I only got back TODAY. 🙂

    How goes it in the interweb world!?

    I’m super stoked to meet Jill at BlogHer (crossing my fingers anyway!)
    With so many attending and um.. her FAME.. yeah… dreaming anyway!

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      Scary Mommy says

      Snort. I can’t believe we haven’t met. I totally feel like we have. We WILL!

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    Twitter: lkwhtmomfound

    i love the pics that capture a child’s true personality!

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    Twitter: XmasDolly

    Well, I’ll tell ya I think you have a Diva, and especially a couple of Divo’s on your hands! They are adorable.

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    jennyleite says

    Some of my favorite pictures are when my girls true personalities come out on.
    They do look Adorable!! Super cute kiddies.

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    Twitter: moxiethrift

    love that picture! so beautiful and natural! i would make a big ol canvas of this one.

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    Michaela says

    Her kids are so cute! Love the picture!!

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    Liz @ Peace, Love & Guacamole
    Twitter: peaceloveguac

    What a perfect, hilarious picture! Freaking adorable. I can’t stop looking at your little guy…I keep wanting to hear what funny sound he must be making in that moment!

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    Twitter: ashatshades

    Looks like life in your world is never boring – just as it should be. People without kids totally underrestimate the pure entertainment value.


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    Twitter: glamamomnyc

    Ah, boys will be boys. Adorable!