I have about 5,000 photos on Flickr, which is kind of a mind-blowing amount, considering I only upload like one out of every fifty shots. That means I have—uh, carry the five ... multiply by the ... well, whatever, I have a crap-ton more on my computer. I never delete anything, which is maybe why my laptop sometimes sounds like a rusty bike chain attached to the engine of a 747 that also has an asthmatic donkey stuck inside it.

Anyway, I try and make use of my photos each year by going through and cherry-picking my favorites to use in printed books, but that leaves a lot that I never revisit. Once an image is thoroughly buried in the archives, it's pretty much out of sight, out of mind.

That's why I spent a recent evening digging through old digital images to find some forgotten gems. They weren't photos I considered worthy of including in a memory book, but oh, they make me laugh now. I hope you get a kick out of them too.


My youngest son Dylan when he was first learning to walk. Look at that wide-open mouth and those little pumping limbs—baby mosh pit!

 


My older son Riley in his first school photo. WTF, right? The freakishly oversized mushrooms! The random pile of leaves! And, of course, the LURKING TURTLE OF DOOM, which he clearly wasn't happy about.



The reason this one cracks me up? That wheelbarrow was totally stationary.

Here's a video that illustrates just how obsessed my youngest used to be with horses:

 


Oh, my sweet old dog, may she rest in peace. Does it not look like she waited until everyone was distracted, then snuck over to the camera to take a self-portrait for her MySpace page?

 


You're going to think I'm a massive asshole for finding this so funny, but my kids had just tried to hug and ended up bonking heads. Haaaaaaaaaaaaa! (They were fine. I swear.)

 


Thanks for the photobomb, Riley.

 


Same kid, several years earlier. I love how the badassery of his expression is totally negated by his teensy little folded ear.

 


I just think this one's so hilarious. YAYYYYYYYYYY BEADS!

 


Giant radioactive mutant toddler vents fury, destroys village.

Last but not least: the time we made our baby into Nannerpus.


What are your favorite oddball family photos/videos?



Images via Linda Sharps