September—454 pictures taken (yikes! I think that has to be some kind of record!)
Kaiya and Riley
Originally, the M&M picture was not supposed to be in the calendar. I already had 12 months worth of pictures and we were working on the calendar layout when my friend, Kristen Duke, offered to come take pictures of the quints in their Halloween costumes. The pictures turned out so cute that I decided it had to be in the calendar! I let my family vote on which picture we should leave out so that the M&M picture could be included.
Kyndall, Kassidy, Kaydence, Ryder & Rustin---they all look a little dazed because we got out the portable DVD player to get them to sit still. Kassidy had a huge bruise on her nose (see this post to find out why), which we photoshopped out of the final picture.
The tights were a little on the big side...
November—50 Pictures Taken
The pumpkin patch pictures were taken at Sweet Berry Farms in Marble Falls. Ever since Riley was a baby, it has been our tradition to take pumpkin pictures. We lined the babies up on the haystacks and both my mom and I were snapping pictures as fast as we could while my sister-in-law, Tobi, was trying to get the babies to smile. By the time we finished, there was quite a crowd gathered to watch. The picture that we chose for the calendar was actually taken by my mom.
Ryder, Kyndall, Kassidy, Rustin and Kaydence
No one wanted to have their picture taken--they all wanted to eat the pumpkins instead.
Riley in the first-ever Wilkinson Pumpkin picture (2001)
The Final Result: November 2009 Calendar Picture
December—?? Pictures Taken (Kristen gave me 59 pictures, but I am sure she took more than that)
I think this picture is my favorite one from the whole calendar. Once again, we enlisted the help of super-photographer, Kristen Duke, to help us with the picture for December. We scheduled Kristen to come a couple of weeks ahead of time, but the night before the photo shoot, I still hadn’t decided what I wanted to do for the picture! We had lots of ideas, but nothing that I was sold on yet. I was searching around on the Internet and found this Anne Geddes Picture (see below) and loved it, so we decided to do something similar. The next morning, I got up early and ran to Walmart and Hobby Lobby in search of white sheets, Santa hats and candy canes. Kristen stood on my bed to take the picture and my mom and I tried to get the babies to look in the right direction and keep from falling off the bed. In the picture we used for the calendar, my mom is actually under the sheet holding Rustin into place—he did NOT want to lay still!!
Anne Geddes Picture that was my inspiration
It was a toss up between this picture and the one we actually chose to be in the calendar. I loved Kassidy's smile in this one.
Kassidy, Kyndall, Rustin, Kaydence and Ryder
The Final Product: December 2009 Calendar Picture
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