Filipinos treasure family ties. It's why many of us we grew up having that traditional "family outing” with the whole clan -- complete with tito, tita, lolo, lola and all the cousins. And no family outing is complete with our games and, of course, the family photo where we try to one-up the previous year's theme. For our next family outing, we've found our peg, and we're stealing this brilliant family photo idea.
In a now viral post on Facebook page Love What Matters, mom Chrissy Roussel shared the photo her family took on a trip to the beach. In the picture, her six kids (which includes triplets!) and their cousins are standing in line with the ocean behind all 17 of them!
The cousins are arranged according to birth order, which is indicated by the number printed on their shirts. The oldest cousin, who was born first, poses at the left of the photo and the little, youngest cousin poses at the other end. The shirts are color-coded according to sibling set, too. Precious!
“The kids really enjoy spending time together, and being able to capture that on film is quite special,” Chrissy told Parents. “They have so much fun together, and they wore their numbered shirts with pride. When we were lining them up for the picture, we shouted out each number, and each child proudly marched down to his or her spot, smiling ear-to-ear!”
Chrissy, whose kids are wearing bright pink in the photo, said the idea came from her sister, Maryellen. She and her siblings, five in all, each decided on a color for their respective families, and Maryellen made the shirts the kids wore. “It was so inexpensive and easy to do!” she said in a post on her Facebook page Roussell Six Pack.
There's another thing that makes this photo specia. Near Father’s Day, Chrissy dedicated the photo to her father who passed away three years ago. “…those 17 kind, thoughtful, funny kids are my Dad's greatest legacy. A beautiful legacy of love, indeed. We miss him so much, but we feel his presence every day through the love and joy of all these kids,” she wrote in the post for Love What Matters.
Here’s to making more beautiful family memories and keepsakes!