Sunday, January 24, 2010

Our family. Such as it is.

We had Family Home Evening tonight. I know we're supposed to do it on Mondays, but we get credit for trying, right?

We had a lesson from Matthew on the importance of getting our work done before we play. He gets credit for trying too  :)

We had root beer floats for a treat, and then Emma provided our activity: Everyone drew a picture of the family.

Art is short for articulation, it is our personal perspective on the world. I found it very interesting to browse through the family "art" tonight, and have a look at our little family, through each of their eyes. Up first:


This one is full of subtle context. First of all, we're all sort of "bursting" on to the scene -- like something from a broadway musical. I'm on the far left, and I have a "Y" tattooed on my forehead -- but it looks a little like the swastika tattooed on Charles Manson's forehead. Emma is on the far right, and her head appears to have exploded.

This is the most accurate representation of our family.



Matthew is a minimalist when it comes to art -- which is why we look like flowers (or the aliens from Close Encounters of the Third Kind). He's also a little vague about who is actually in the family -- I have no idea who Dan is.

Then there's:


Jordan is our artist. She works the longest, and takes the project the most serious -- she's going to be a fashion designer when she grows up. So, even though we all look like thumbs -- we're impeccably dressed thumbs. And I have eyelashes every man would kill for -- the kind you can pick things up with.

Followed by:

Dad (that's me)

If, while perusing my blog, you have ever asked yourself "Why did Chris start taking pictures?"

Well, this is why. We look like we have Tyrannosaurus Rex arms. And I embellished the amount of hair I actually have on my head. But, you'll notice that my picture is the only one that actually included our dog, Vader.

That's because Vader only exists virtually -- I created him on the Wii Fit Plus. But, I have to tell you, as far as pets go, he's been virtually no trouble at all. Ha ha.

We are a symmetrical bunch though....

And last of all:

Sharon (mom, the boss, numero uno honcho, the big cheese...)

This one is my favorite of all. The girls in the family all grow beards, my hair is some kind of punk purple, pink, brown conglomeration (but at least it's there), the men only wear ties, and the women only wear lampshades.

So, that's our family. Feel free to drop by anytime.


Liz {Learning To Juggle} said...

I am laughing so hard I am crying!! I LOVE this. I love that you have a family fun together night!! thanks for sharing!!

Heidi said...

Rolling! rolling on the floor laughing my guts out! I love your interpretation of you family pictures!
I have several of these hanging on my fridge. Perhaps you'd like to interpret them for me. :)

Corey~living and loving said...

This is just plain priceless. :) what a fun read.

Pam Emmons said...

I just snorted. While laughing, of course.
I was thinking Sharon's looks like the girls are all hula dancer.

You're right. You should stick to photography.

koreen (aka: winn) said...

I can see why Emma's head exploded... she's a thumb wearing a lampshade. Great interpretations of the family. If my guy sat down for more than two seconds, I'd love to try this with him. ;)

Kelly Deneen Raymond said...

I am totally and completely LOL at your post right now. bwahaha! And my co-workers must think I'm crazy. hehe! What a fun family activity. :)

(p.s. is it bad that I looked at your picture and wondered about the cat -- aka the virtual pitbull? ha!)

Emmy said...

Lol! So awesome. You comments are the best. And I love your beard by the way :)

Emily said...

Maybe the purple hair a hint that your wife wants you to change your look?

And I just had to laugh after I read your comments about your son's drawing and then saw yours!

Raise Them Up said...

I'm still laughing! I especially like the mystery man, Dan. What a fun activity!

I'm almost afraid to have my guys try this...But, thanks to you, I'm now too curious not to try it!

Sheri said...

Love it, love it, love it! What a cool family night and your commentary on everyone's artwork is hilarious!!

Anonymous said...

lol those are awesome drawings. Each are beautiful.

kayerj said...

love "your" interpretation of the art. lovely family.

{krista} said...

Bwahahaha... this is hilarious! And here I thought articulation was a "speech" term (which I didn't actually know until I became a speech therapy assistant). I learn something new every day!

Anonymous said...

Haha! I love it! And I love the commentary that goes along with it. Too funny! Love the fact that your son added "Dan" to the mix.

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

Those are awesome. I have to admit that I like Emma's the best, but then your son's strikes me too because it is so nice and laid back.

Your drawing is full of lies, so I'm not a fan. (Hee.Hee.)

Your wife's is lovely as those aren't beards, but their hair!

Suzanne said...

Topless girls and bottomless boys, huh?!? (on Sharon's picture) So, THAT'S how things are around the T-Blads house! :)

Lindsay said...

Oh. My. Goodness. That was heelarious. I especially am fond of the t-rex arms. LOL!