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Family portrait

  • Jason

    2005/01/24 at 4:52 am


  • Shlee

    2005/01/24 at 4:53 am


  • H in Chicago

    2005/01/24 at 4:53 am

    So cute! I love your highlights! 🙂

  • Jonna

    2005/01/24 at 4:53 am

    That is a sweet, sweet photo. Love Leta’s hair!

  • Dee

    2005/01/24 at 4:53 am

    Third! See Emily is good for something!

  • Jason

    2005/01/24 at 4:54 am

    huh, first to post for the day with my first comment on

    It is a very cute picture.

  • minxlj

    2005/01/24 at 4:54 am

    Aw bless. Mischief in the making.

  • Badger

    2005/01/24 at 4:56 am

    Aw. AAWWW! Just aw.

  • gwen

    2005/01/24 at 4:56 am

    Cute photo. Where’s all the snow?

  • Marcia

    2005/01/24 at 4:57 am

    what a great photo

  • Cheryl

    2005/01/24 at 4:57 am

    I love this picture… Your mommie-ness is showing and it’s awesome! Thanks Emily!

  • Scott

    2005/01/24 at 4:57 am

    I like Chuck standing stoically in the background. He looks like he is on guard duty.

  • Bucky Four-Eyes

    2005/01/24 at 5:00 am

    Leta’s tiny fist in the thumbnail says only one thing to me:
    “Mama said knock you OUT!”

  • Em

    2005/01/24 at 5:02 am

    Oh, cuteness! You all look great. And you look happy!

  • maura

    2005/01/24 at 5:03 am

    great picture! Her hair is really getting long!

  • Honey Bunny

    2005/01/24 at 5:04 am


  • Chloe

    2005/01/24 at 5:05 am

    Ugh! So *not* cute.

    Yeah, totally obvious that was a lie, huh?
    Is that Chuck in the background or some other dog? Does his tail do that?

  • Circus Kelli

    2005/01/24 at 5:08 am

    Oh! That is the bestest family portrait evah! Lovely! Sweet! Just plain wonderful and heart-warming!

    Happy Monday, Armstrongs!

  • Mojo

    2005/01/24 at 5:08 am


  • Jennifer

    2005/01/24 at 5:08 am

    What a cute picture! You look truly happy!

  • Tiger

    2005/01/24 at 5:13 am

    Hmmm… was browsing backward to the “Help Me Name this Photo” and… had to smirk at the
    “Burning Bush” and then “The Burning OF Bush.”
    …I kind of liked *those*…
    (& this photo is very sweet)

  • red

    2005/01/24 at 5:13 am

    awe, i love this!! you guys are so precious.

  • Wicked H

    2005/01/24 at 5:14 am

    Great pic but where is Chuck?

    He is part of the family too?

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Visvoice

    2005/01/24 at 5:15 am

    Oh, the power of an image to bring a smile to the face!

  • becca

    2005/01/24 at 5:16 am

    I love the maternal aspect of this photo, too… We almost never see you and Leta together (usually because you’re the photographer). Totally adorable.

  • Danielle

    2005/01/24 at 5:19 am

    um… scott, I don’t think that is chuck. too yellow and too big.

    When I saw this photo I said “Awww, that’s nice.”

    Then I looked lower and about bust a gut at the ads for
    “Louis Armstrong doll” and
    “Armstrong books”


    Louis Armstrong doll, indeed.

  • shaunacat

    2005/01/24 at 5:19 am

    I am so glad I am pregnant already, because if I weren’t my ovaries would be screaming for mercy right now.

    I love the pictures of the three of you together. 🙂

  • Tabbie

    2005/01/24 at 5:21 am

    I’m kind of mad right now that when its cold men can grow beards to keep themselves warm. Where was I when they were handing out beards!?!?!

  • MyChelle

    2005/01/24 at 5:23 am

    Almost all smiles on the Armstrong family…how luurrrrvvvleeee!

  • Smark!

    2005/01/24 at 5:24 am

    Love it when we get a pic of *almost* everyone together.

  • SaraJane

    2005/01/24 at 5:24 am

    Great pic!!! Makes me smile!

  • Mir

    2005/01/24 at 5:25 am

    Wow, you have such a beautiful smile, Heather. Love the photo!

  • e

    2005/01/24 at 5:26 am

    happy happy joy joy!

  • mouse

    2005/01/24 at 5:28 am

    Thess peeshir iss 1 gud metiforr 4 Shuck’s shrenkeeng rul en yor 1 famlee. Thatt bebe iss tikin up 1-therd ef thi furgrand. Por Shuck iss berly vissibil. Andd luk haw yew R miking hem 2 walkk outsad en thatt skirry beeg yardd wit nu lish!! I wul haf 1 hart attick iff thatt happin 2 mi. My hart briks 4 hem.

  • Geremy F

    2005/01/24 at 5:30 am

    Where’s Chuck??

    Oh… there he is.

  • Taya

    2005/01/24 at 5:33 am

    Dooce, she has your eyebrows.

  • gordon

    2005/01/24 at 5:34 am

    Leta: “Ok mom, I did my part…I acted cute for the picture…now wheres my bottle…per contract.”

  • Sarah

    2005/01/24 at 5:35 am

    You are SMILING!! What a beautiful picture of your family (helps that you are all so beautiful, too).

  • andrea

    2005/01/24 at 5:36 am

    Yeah, what kind of dog is Chuck anyway? Just curious.

  • Laura C.

    2005/01/24 at 5:37 am

    Dooce, I love your chin. It looks…elegant.

  • maxigumee

    2005/01/24 at 5:37 am

    OH MY GOSH. This is like the cutest picture EVER!

  • kari g

    2005/01/24 at 5:37 am

    great – very cute. Chuck watching over his happy, healthy, beautiful family!!

  • Moxie

    2005/01/24 at 5:47 am

    Leta: ” Mother, could stand back a bit…you are blocking my light.”

  • BerryGirl

    2005/01/24 at 5:48 am

    Sooo cute!! News Flash:
    Boobah’s are on sale at Target for $6!! Collect them all.

  • closet metro

    2005/01/24 at 5:49 am

    Perfect Picture. Or you could call it “Fred II”

  • Colleen from NJ

    2005/01/24 at 5:50 am

    Does anyone remember “Where’s Waldo?” books?

    Where’s Chuck?

    You should definitely frame this one. Definitely.

  • Mary

    2005/01/24 at 5:52 am

    Obviously you all look cute in this photo, but Heather, I think you take the cake for the cutest in this photo–which is hard to do, considering that your daughter is so adorable. Nice work.

  • kim

    2005/01/24 at 5:53 am

    it makes me really happy to see you three so happy..

  • JuJuBee

    2005/01/24 at 5:53 am

    This would look great in black and white…beautiful.

  • jules

    2005/01/24 at 5:54 am

    “Look, we can’t ALL do big arms.”

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Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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