IF you are a horrible parent like I am and don't have a dog... Steal one by kindly offering to dog sit a friends dog for the weekend. (Make sure to plan it right in the middle of family photos) Meet Zoro :)
THEN, choose a sweater for your husband that he would NEVER wear, Even though I think he looked absolutely adorable in it :)
THEN TRY EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO SPEAK ONLY NICE WORDS TO YOUR CHILDREN! I repeat, this is where it can all go down hill... Because you would hate for your children to fight over the dog right before the photographer friend gets there (You may have even had 11 photoshoots that morning and been over talking to kids in a sweet tone) Do it anyway!!!
Exhibit A - How it can all turn in a split second...
If this happens, the show MUST go on, you MUST take family picture for documentation of how "big" everyone is getting this year... So keep trying... Even though it won't work. Bribe, lie, throw all of your parenting tactics out the window, the picture MUST be taken... Just know it probably won't work...
AND if it completely fails, own up to the fact that you are just another ordinary family, with ordinary bad days, you just so happened to capture it all in the moment.
So from our family to yours, we love you and hope you had a fabulous year! This has been an amazing year for our family as lots of things are wrapping up and starting for us. Can't wait for 2016!