2011 Thurston Family Photo

We tried to do family pictures again this year... Can I say dysfunctional Family! I asked a friend to come snap pictures for us and that it wouldn't take very long since my kids are all grown, I told her the only problem we would have is the Adult looking at the grand kids instead of the Camera. Boy was I wrong.  See the three on the end together? Well apparently they still can't stand together without the boys giving their sister a hard time. So this is like the very first shot we got without time of finishing the setup I wanted for pictures. I think if I had the strength to strangle one of my kids, this would have been that day. It took me a good week before I could decide if I even like any of the pictures even a little bit. No fault of Amy, but because of the one who thinks their the funniest one in the family. After a few tries and lots of time I finally let Amy go home, she had two kids sitting in the car the whole time patiently waiting for this very short photo shoot. Then I took some myself, and then had MaKayla's friend snap some too. He had a hard time holding the camera still so we got some camera shake going on. But here is what we ended up with. Maybe after all the threats to my loved ones, next year's picture will work.

My most beautiful Grand Daughters!
This was suppose to be a photo shoot of the girls together. 

 The happiest one of all, Lydia

  Andi wouldn't hold still for 2 sec. 
We feed her too many fruit snacks while her mom curled her hair. And no way we we're going to get them in the picture together.

Field of Flags

The City did their annual Field of Flags for our past, present and future service men and women, and their families. 

I'm am so thankful for all that they do for us and our freedom that we enjoy every minute of the day. And to those many who have served but we also have Alex who has volunterred his life to the service of his fellow men.

We took advantage of such a great backdrop to take a few pictures of our Soldier and our new official EAGLE SCOUT!!!  After two year since Hunter's eagle project has been finished, he finally decided to finish the paperwork and get his Eagle. I'm so proud of him for finishing it. I was not going to do it for them, People would always tell me to get it done. I would just tell them it's not my Eagle, it's his. Besides he might want to drive one of these days, he'll get it.
He finished his paper work 100% just before School started this year. 

Hunter choose to wait for Alex to get home from his AIT training and Airborne school for the National Guard and have his Eagle award on 11-11-11 it was his dad's choice to do it at 11:00 am. I know it stopped family member to not be able to attend having it at that time but it made it so his two sisters could make it due to work schedules. We felt it was most important for them to be there. It was a wonderful day.

Feild of Flags

Frisby Photo Shoot

This had to one of the easiest photo shoots I have done. But what could go wrong with such cute kids with great smiles. They made thing so easy for me.

Maturity Photo Shoot

So I have never done this before, Jessica called and asked if you could come take some pictures of one of her good friends that's having their first baby soon.  Wasn't too sure about it, most of the time you photo shoot someone your trying to hide the belly and make it look smaller, not make it your main focus. We gave it a try and here is what we came up with.