Becca's Guide to Creating Special Memories:
First, whenever you are trying to get two small children to smile adorably in a picture, the best possible time to do that is immediately after the older one wakes from an unplanned three-hour nap. If you are also running late to meet your husband for dinner at the pizza place, all the better.
Second, when the older one refuses to sit in the grass he routinely spends hours rolling around in because it is scratchy, move everyone to a chair on the porch. When composing your picture, make sure you include your city-issued trash can and recycling bin so that one day you can look back and remember that this picture was taken on a Wednesday.
Third, HEY! HEY HEY HEY! STOP THAT!
Fourth, Oh Hell. OK, everyone off the chair! Charlie, say you're sorry. Say you're sorry. SAYITRIGHTNOW.
Fifth, decide that if everyone is smiling and no one is fighting it really doesn't matter who has his hand in his diaper.
After all, flexibility will be important when we are outnumbered by our children. In late December. Merry Christmas.