Several people said that family portraits weren't really a thing that happens over here in the UK and I wondered if the ubiquitous School Photographs were what stopped us going to a photographer's studion to have a special picture taken. After all why fork out to a studio when you know that your children will be photographed every year from the time they start school. The more I think about it the more I am certain that the school photograph is the reason I never took my lot to a studio. They were photographed together from the time that the youngest started school.
The closest we have come to a portrait picture is when Miss Em took a picture of us on holiday
Now when you consider that she is only eight and a half I think, with a little photoshop to remove the people behind us and stop the pole growing out of my hat, we'll have a picture that could grace a Christmas card. Although Mr M hated the top I was wearing so perhaps it'll just go in the album for this year.
I told him I was only intending wearing it until it was worn out and he said "I decree that top worn out and no longer wearable."
"If he hates it that much," I thought "I'll put it in the charity shop bag right after it has been washed." And I did.