The making of…

January 3, 2009

Just so you don’t think it’s all fun and games at the Groah house, I included some outtakes from our Christmas card photo shoot.

Check out the evil glare on my youngest- he looks like a lead singer for a death metal band.  If Connie would have shown me this picture before I gave Cayden authentic ornaments (to include hooks) to adorn me with, I probably would have put him in charge of decorations which were a little more benign- like marshmallows, cotton balls or dryer lint.

This photo was taken a few seconds after.  As you can see from my facial expression I was caught a bit off guard by the placement of Cayden’s first ornament (note the one hanging from my testicles). If I remember correctly, Cayden told me to “Suck it up Dad, you’re being a Nut-Nut-N-Dut Head”.

In the meanwhile, I patiently wait (30 minutes) for Connie to run through her litany of parenting skills (aka bribery) in an attempt to get the shoot back on track.  Mack was as temperamental as a Pop Diva- the slightest insult to his creative genius would set him off.  You can catch a glimpse of him to the left, I believe he was about to throw his Santa hat to the ground and stomp out of the room.


If you’re wondering why I no longer appear to be in pain, it’s because the tinsel was wrapped so tightly around my waist that it not only stemmed the blood flow resulting from the multiple hook puncture wounds, but it also caused my lower extremities to go numb. Awesome.

Connie was hoping to capture at least one tender, serious moment for our holiday card- I did my best to oblige.

She snapped about 45 images trying to get one of me not acting like an idiot.  This shot was actually the runner-up.  That being said, you can’t even imagine what the rest of them looked like- friggin’ hilarious (at least I think so).

To note- Connie didn’t think I had the “stones” to post such an unflattering photo, but I let her know that in 2009, “goofy” is the new “sexy”- I’m cutting edge in all that I do.

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Susan posted the following on January 3, 2009 at 8:09 pm.

That is too funny! I love the pictures -especially your expression in the last one. By the way, your son does look like a lead singer in a death metal band. I think he is destined for greatness.

Love your blog, Shane!


Jennifer posted the following on January 7, 2009 at 7:44 pm.

Oh my golly. You look exactly the same as when I last saw you more than- ok- who cares, no need to admit that. I love the pictures (Connie) and the blog is just great. Your boys are darling- who knew this is what would turn up? I can only imagine your children are far more well behaved and orderly. Not one bit devilish. Glad Connie sent me the link ! JBA

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