Try as we might, though, the picture always seems to turn out as unprofessional as they come--this lack of quality itself has nearly become part of the tradition. In the first year, Remi, our oldest, was only a few months old. We had been taking pictures of the lights and decided that one with the Temple in the background would be nice. We asked a passerby to do us the favor of pointing and clicking, and she obliged. Sadly, though her kindness is appreciated, she probably should have given the opportunity to someone else since the final product was a crooked, fuzzy mess.
We laughed about it and decided that we would try again next year. This time, we brought along a friend that we knew was familiar with a digital camera. Remi was now about 16 months old and there was a second (at this point "unofficially") on the way. When we arrived at Temple Square, it started raining. A lot. However, this was going to be a tradition of ours...we set out to start some Christmas traditions, and, by golly, this was going to be one of them! Needless to say, despite our friend's proficiency with the digital, there was no overcoming the heavy rain. The picture was straight and crisp...except for all the Heaven-sent water streaking through it.
So this year, I think that we made a little bit of progress. Now, Remi is nearly 2-1/2, and we have our second, Isaac, who is 6 months old. Although we weren't able to make it until the very last day that the lights were on, we did still make it. The weather was clear, and we had another good friend (not that the last friend didn't do a good job, you know--we were just a little more confident this this new friend's ability to not attract rain...) who knew how to get a straight, crisp shot, and so on. Nothing really went wrong except that it was freezing cold at 10:30 at night, so we might have looked a little rosy. You be the judge...
Being New Year's Eve, we, of course, went home immediately afterwards to make sure that we were in time to bang pots and pans, which Remi did with gusto. He stayed up entirely too late--about 2 am, and was up right at his normal time (7:30 am) with enough crankiness to last him for all of 2007. Ah, well, it was fun to ring in the new year as a family.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2007!