Moms are pretty fantastic but let’s face it, mothers make ridiculous requests.

Like nicely asking her entire family to spend an afternoon of their holiday visit getting all dressed up, driving across town, and posing for photos. OH THE TOGETHERNESS!

I desperately wanted to help this mom by making sure the crew actually had fun so that she wouldn’t have to hear about it later. And I knew I had finished the job when someone said with glee (and I’m not kidding) “Actually that really was enjoyable!” as we were walking to the car. Perhaps it was because I encouraged snuggles, adult snuggles. And we as adults don’t get to snuggle nearly enough with family. Like it or not, hugs from mom still rock.

Take home message: Go hug your mom and tell her you love her. If that includes a photo session, I promise to make it as pain-free as possible.