I asked for a smile...

November 25, 2007

I asked for a smile, and I got this:























I was like, "James, come look at this picture. Does that smile look pretty?"

"No" he said, shaking his big, puffy head. "Es an upside up smiyo." (translation: No. It's an upside up smile.)

"Then why did you smile like that, buddy?"

"Ummmm... To make my moyee fewo cwazy?" (translation: To make my mommy feel crazy?)

Well, once he put it that way, the smile didn't bother me quite so much. After all, I still smile like that every time my mother tries to take my picture. Seriously, I do. You should have heard the lecture I earned before my sister's wedding--it was major. And since the wedding photographer cost almost eleventeen-thousand dollars an hour, I only smiled like that in seven or eight of the family shots.

But my cousin's wedding? Now that was another story. My aunt understands that I'm a grown woman, expected more of me, and spared me the drawn out lecture. So, in appreciation for her kindness, I provided my signature smile in almost every single shot. It was really awesome.

26 comments:

Hilary said...

Dat chiyode es bootyfuyo! ;)

Jess said...

That's your Christmas card pic right there!

glitterangel said...

He is just so cute! And he's obviously inherited your sense of humour!

Grandma said...

that is darn cute! I looked through the saved photos I have and he usually has a serious smile or he's having a snack! look at the picture I just posted from his 1st winter:)

Anonymous said...

Amy - your "signature smile" is just part of the beautiful person you are inside and out! Love, Super Auntie Cheryl

chattypatra said...

Richard Simmons would be proud. Keep smiling, buddy!

Ali said...

he is too cute for words ... and look at those eyelashs!

Rob & Katy said...

i like the upside down smile. :)

jadine said...

Ha! My youngest (he's 8) does that exact same smile! And my oldest does this thing with his eyebrows (he's 10) where they go up, up, up and end up on the back of his neck, I think. ?!

For my wedding photos, I planned ahead and practiced in front of the mirror --- a LOT --- so I wouldn't look hideous like I usually do in pictures. Sigh.

Sue said...

My kids like to "pose." It's hideous.

Love the babytalk SO much...

Anonymous said...

That is too cute.

Anonymous said...

response to hilary:


that WHAT is beautiful?

Hilary said...

anonymous.. chiyode = child

jkrunning said...

That child is just too cute.

Amy said...

Oh, that's funny! I understood Hilary's line immediately!!!! She did and excellent job of writing in James language!

Anonymous said...

WHAT

Hilary said...

Thanks, Amy. Toddler-speak is reasonably easy. Wait till he's a teenager. That's a whole different language. :)

katieo said...

That is my 5 year-old's smile!!

(anonymous. chiyode=child, lol...)

Anonymous said...

Oh... okay, I got it now.

jahowie said...

What a funny kid. :-)

ally said...

Anonymous- chiyode=child

P.O.M. said...

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I love how he's already trying to make you feel crazy. hee hee.

J~mom said...

Awww!!! He is a doll!!!!!

The Carrie Collection said...

Your kid might be a genius. This is the youngest documented case of a child fake smiling and being well aware that it was a fake smile. Congratulations. Start saving for Harvard.

Penny said...

He's a cutie even with an upside down smile.

John from Grand Haven, MI said...

my 3-year-old son has a great big curly mop like your kid does. how many times a day do people say something about how much they love his hair? if i had a nickle for every time....