Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Ghosts of Christmases Past: 2009

OK, I think I've ridden the crazy train to the end of line as far as mocking Christmas form letters.  As far as 2009, I would just like to commemorate the greatest portrait sitting in the history of the world.  One that I expected never to be topped, and in fact was not at this year's.  But you'll see what I mean in a few more days.

For now, behold our masterwork from one year ago:





Now that I think of it, I should have just used some of last year's shots for this year's card.  Audrey hasn't changed that much.  If I were more talented, I could have photo-shopped a new outfit on her and voila.  Or viola, as my friend Aimee likes to say.  To which I say "Don't call me Viola".  But I digress.

Do I continue with the portrait sittings to try to have some semblance of normalcy in my life?  So that stupid people will think "It sure doesn't look like anything's wrong with her"?  There could be some of that, but I honestly think that I would be this crazy if she was a typical kid.

I love dressing her.  I love getting a picture of her that shows how cute she is...that shows the beautiful little girl that I see when we are goofing around and I'm making her laugh.  I've been trying to freeze time for over 6 years now when I look into those big, brown, laughing eyes.  But she keeps defying me by continuing to grow up.  At least I'll have these pictures to look back on if my memory ever fails me.

34 comments:

  1. Awww love the sentiment of this post Lyn

    Sometimes the line "It doesn't look like anything is wrong with him" is one of the ones I hate to hear the worst- like they can judge him by his appearance (because yes he is damn cute)- without knowing anything about our lives

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  2. She is SO STINKIN' CUTE!!!! I would never put the camera down. :-)

    Merry Christmas.

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  3. Aw, I come here for a laugh and now you've got me all teary. Audrey shines.

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  4. That is the best photo shoot, Lynn! She is beautiful and those pictures really capture cuteness and laughter.

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  6. I struggle with that too - should we do those routine things that are the stuff of childhood when our kid does not give a flip about them to begin with? The conclusion I've come to is piss on tee ball and portrait sittings. Let those crazy sports parents have the soccer field. I'd rather bake with my kid and follow him around the kitchen with my own camera. The pictures are way better because he's doing something he loves and is not forced to smile in a setting that feels unnatural to him. In some ways it must be harder for kids with Aspergers and their parents because they have a a foot in both worlds and the ultimate goal is to get the child fully functioning in this one - that makes perfect sense to me. But my son will never pass for normal so I get to fully embrace what he lays out before us because I don't have that added pressure. Not that those on the moderate to severe end don't have challenges, they are just of a different kind.

    You are doing a fantastic job Lynn. You are an awesome mom. You both shine!

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  7. I wonder if anyone would notice if I stole some of these pics for our Christmas card...

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  8. And a wild ride it's been! She is absolutely adorable and I think everyone you know should be required to prominently display at least one of those photos in their home. So there!

    Merry Christmas. :)

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  9. She is so friggin' adorable1 I swear, she could be a model!

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  10. you know, i hate that "he sure don't look f-d up" phrase too. I mean they don't SAY that, but that's what they're sayin, yeah? Of course, i DO love the "well, you must be doing an outstanding job" phrase that sometimes follows.

    And you are doing an outstanding job.

    And she is cute as all get out.

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  11. She is beautiful! And there are times when I wish he looked "Different" so that they would KNOW there is a reason for his behaviors.

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  12. yes continue with the pics! She is adorable and who really cares what ppl think. She's yoru child. Its christmas...have fun. take teh pics. I want to schedule some christmas pics here too.

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  13. Awww, the softer side of Lynn. Love this post!

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  14. I know, it sucks that they grow up!

    Relish in these years now. Take thousands of pictures of that cherub smile!

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  15. She is just beautiful and they are brilliant photos. Even if they aren't the best I still look forward to seeing this years one cos she will still be gorgeous :) Jen

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  16. I heard Viola is the new "Ta-da!"

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  17. Your child is very cute. Also, I say viola all the time, alwAys have.

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  18. She's a doll, that's for sure. The 'it doesn't look like anything is wrong with her' always kill me. So that would be better? Just ignorance.

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  19. Who are you? Where's Lynn?

    So sweet. She really is beautiful. Love how you can see her personality in these pics ;)

    If you find the way to stop time and keep her a baby forever, pass that shit on!!

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  20. What a beautiful girl! We let the studio portraits go years ago. I have prints made up of the photos I take that I like best. :)

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  21. These are adorable! Love to see our kids when they're clearly happy. Sometimes I forget those times during the really bad days.

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  22. Beautiful! Adorable! Additional adjectives that mean really stinkin' cute!

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  23. I think I love you. I have a photo-messer-upper too. Hubs and I keep all her proofs just to have a laugh. She either looks 1)away, 2)angry, 3)constipated. Lovely. But at least the proofs and laughs are free. We stick to animoto greetings where the cool music and graphics make up for the sour expressions :)

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  24. You know I think these pictures are SO cute, and her outfit choice is so my style! I think it's good to admit to yourself that you'd probably be photo-crazy no matter what. Some would call me obsessive for following my child around with a camera all day, but I like to think of it as "capturing the moments." Besides, all your photos of Audrey must make for some awesome scrapbooking!

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  25. Yes those are some great pictures! Great post as well...
    This was the first year we went to a portrait studio for a Christmas photo. It got a little chaotic in there as both boys threw fits and ran away. We got a few good ones but I was thrilled that my older son actually let us put his sweater on before leaving the house. I don't think non special needs parents think twice about just being able to put certain clothes on their kids. The photo card we ended up with has both kids smiling, so we'll take it!

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  26. AHHH-DORBS! Awww Lynn she's precious! I know exactly what you mean about freezing time, it's one of the many reasons I blog!

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  27. Kids are such ass holes, with all the growing up and shit.

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  28. She is stunningly. breathtakingly beyond adorable! I would keep up the tradition (even though you deserve some sort of merit badge for it) because you would do it for any child of yours, and because she is so photogenic and these are memories you will treasure. She could totally be a model, except they would have to pay in pink frosted cupcakes, sparkly stickers, and flying reindeer with OCD.

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  29. OMG I love the pictures
    I know what you mean

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  30. @AMR: You so wise! I hope to get there one day...I will save myself alot of aggravation.

    @Ashley: Probably not...after all my teeth-gnashing, people probably barely look at them and toss them.

    @ThisSideofTypical: You must be doing an outstanding job!

    @Anonymous: Who are you??

    @Laurie: I want to get on your Christmas card list!!

    @Lou: Sounds like you got the money shot...I wanna see!

    @Bethany: You've heard of "drinking your paycheck"? Audrey would definitely be eating hers...

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  31. Heather's right...hearing the words "It doesn't look like anything is wrong with him" is one of the hardest things to hear, especially because we secretly WISH there was nothing wrong.

    Also, Autism Mom Rising makes a good point. With kiddos on the "higher" end of the spectrum we kind of do have a foot in both camps, and feel oddly obligated to educate everyone about the reality. Truth is, we so WANT that normalcy but the differences are constantly in our faces.

    Good post illustrating this stuff! :)

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  32. She's lovely. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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