Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Days of Whine and Runny Noses

Okay, okay.  Enough making fun of everyone else.  
Time for a awkward Larainy family photo.

Back in the pioneer days of 35 millimeter film, cheap frugal families had no choice but to get their photos taken for free as a promotional gimmick at the credit union.  Yes... I said the credit union.

So get out your banjo and sing along with me...

The Ballad of the Bad Family Photo
(Sung to the tune of the Beverly Hillbillies)

Come listen to a story about a girl named Larainy
A frazzled Mom, occasionally insaney
Dragged her unhappy family to a photo shoot
Should have known that nothin' free is cute.

Family photos that is... at the credit union

Well the first thing you know there's a fight in the car
Everybody's mad and it's too dang far
The denim themed clothes didn't quite work out
I look like a plumber or an old cub scout

Frazzled that is
Mother of kitchen help


Dixie Mom said...

Ha! Oh, the good old days. Our photos were from the back of the old Kmart.

Melynda said...

Cool! You had too much fun that day.

Hoosier at Heart said...

I'm willing to bet that someone in the country western music world would buy the rights to that song. The Teaser looks like trouble. Bless your heart.

Pepe Le Pew said...

Those are some serious hairstyles. I'm looking at you Teaser.

Julz said...

Teasers hair takes me right back to my childhood when all 7 of my brothers sported the same do!

Anonymous said...

If Pleaser smiled any bigge4r his head would crack open.

I'm Cindy said...

Funny song but I think you guys look like a great family! Thanks for the giggle today.

Kim Call said...

Ours were taken at City cheap as they are, the innocence they captured is priceless.

Sue said...

What a GREAT post!

1. Hilarious lyrics.

2. Darling family photo.

3. Credit union references.

I love "real" vintage.


JEFritz said...

Okay, I need to stop laughing and catch my breath. Perfectly done! And I think you managed a pretty cute photo : )

Pondside said...

You are one courageous Mum!
I have a similar photos, taken in a grocery store in Northern Alberta (really, we were lucky to have a grocery store, and it filled many roles, including photo studio). I think I had the same hair style - it was 1987.

Emily Widdison said...

wow, that has got to be the greatest strangest family pic yet!:) Who are those weird people? I should submit our family photo when I was 8...I wore a clown jumper with a bow tie, it was adorable.
Today I wanted to get my tubes tied...but only for the morning. In the afternoon I was loving my kids again. Teething babies are NO fun. Not even a little bit.

karen said...

I forget where we used to go as kids - I think it was some dairy that sponsored a photographer. Too long ago to remember. But yeah - the themed look...sometimes the idea looks better in your head. Your picture is actually cute compared to some of the things I've done.

Darlene said...

I really loved your picture! I think the denim was a great idea too. It is so fun to see old family pictures. This one should be a treasure, (I'm sure it is)

Thanks for posting it.

Su said...

You don't look like a plumber OR a cub scout! We're all about the free photo ops, too. :)

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

To use a FB term: LMAO!!!! You don't look like a cub scout. Thanks for the laugh, Lorainy.


It was easy to sing along to that song, btw.

Brittany said...

I loved the captions on everyone's forehead! We have quite a few weird family photo's where our bangs start in middle of our heads, gotta love those hair cuts from mom. Anyway...if you need some awkward family photos, you know who to contact ;)

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

LOL How many different ways can I say I love your humor? Every time I visit you brighten my day. Thanks for a terrific morning jump start. The picture is wonderful, btw, and the captions are a hoot.

R A C H A E L said...

I am humilated. (hiding face in shame) This may be why I became a photogpher, so as to relieve the future suffering of any child in the kmart portrait studio.

Amanda- Hip House Girl said...

I've said it a million times, but your family reminds me so much of mine! We totally did the denim thing for family pictures once. I even had a denim hat... good laws. (At the time I also had a really bad habit of licking all around my lips, so the chapped area surrounding made it look like I had double sized lips.)

One thing I was always sad not to have though, was one of those pictures of me where there's another picture in a bubble? The bubble one usually had you with a serious face.