Oh the fun we had with the self timer on the camera once it was balanced on the tripod. There were so many out-takes that will forever stay within the privacy of our pc! This was the one that showed everyone off to their best.
What don't we see? We don't see the messy bathroom and the piles of things on the stairs waiting to be brought up. We don't see the challenges of parenting three kids with boundaries that have to change and flex to suit the personalities that are within them. We don't see the things that have tested us over the previous 12 months. The changes in employment, the preparing for exams, the ferrying kids to and from school, part-time jobs and sports. The teaching a teenager to drive, to reverse park up a steep driveway, the burnt toast or the how-many-times-do-I-have-to-ask-you-to-pick-your-dirty-clothes-off-the-floor...
Oh what a photo it would be if it told the full story of our family! Luckily this photo has caught us on a good day. A day where we spent time together putting up the tree, singing out of tune carols and laughing and being silly in the safety of our own company.
We are very blessed to belong to each other. We are far from perfect and like every family we have our joys and our challenges. This last year has brought change and I'm sure 2015 has a few surprises in store too but together we will do our best to support each other and to capture the best days on camera.
As my Dad says when we raise a glass in celebration...
"Go mbeirimid beo ar an am seo arís"
"May we all still be alive this time next year"