I'm still convinced that every smiling family photo is a facade. It never comes as easy as it looks. This year's smiles are covering up battle wounds from a stick fight, a blistered foot that apparently makes it impossible to stand, let alone walk and an equal number of threats and bribes dished out through gritted teeth. We finally discovered that band-aids are Maddox's currency and that did wonders to put a smile on his face. My friend was so nice to come take our pictures, she did an awesome job (and once the rain and throw up stops hopefully we can take theirs before Christmas!) and I think we were both drenched in sweat by the time our 122 picture photo shoot was over. But it was worth it, we got some great shots and I'm pretty sure I've got the cutest kids around.