July 1st, 2009

Recreational - Family Portrait

“This is my family showing that windsuits are not just seasonal apparel. For the years of 1990-1995, this was our default family outfit for weddings, funerals, bar-mitzvahs, and the like. True story.”

(submitted by Kate)

100 Responses to “Recreational”

  1. TJ says:

    My take:: Mom wanted to have a family photo taken and this was the only way she could get husband and oldest daughter to participate! (The other kids couldn’t care less.)

  2. Rachael says:

    This picture screams 1992.

  3. MB says:

    What? No hockey?

  4. Hannelina says:

    I love how the mother is the scorekeeper, the one who keeps SCORE!

  5. VoldemortWearsPrada says:

    Or you sit on the sidelines doing a crossword.

  6. Amy says:

    Aw, that’s not awkward. It’s cute!

  7. Stephanique1 says:

    Is the football glued to the son’s hand?

  8. Shannon says:

    I’m still fascinated by the tapered jeans

  9. Don says:

    This pose ( and props) has been sooooooooo overdone. Who hasn’t done this? Show me Timmy propping up a 8 ft galvanized pole with a tetherball attached and littly Suzie holding two lawn darts and I’ll call it “awkward”.

  10. Lynne says:

    I bet they send a Christmas newsletter.

    I think Mom is just keeping the calendar for all the practices and games……not that I would know or anything:)

  11. Ummm...........Greg? says:

    Asics……….The Shoe for ALL Fathers Who Live Out Their Sports Fantasies Through Their Children

  12. Those who can, do sports. Those who can’t, do sudoku.

  13. Lee says:

    Holy 1980’s- stone washed jeans and block colored track jackets.

  14. Bethany says:

    Too bad the brother looks like he is standing on a skateboard and looking like is about to fall.

  15. MMB says:

    Is stenography a sport?

  16. Kat says:

    Dad was a wrestler in high school too…. check out his wrestling shoes!

  17. Kim says:

    It’s in her face, the little on the right is going to dissent, and become a cheerleader.

  18. MST says:

    Photographer: “…and I have a great idea for a backdrop!”

  19. Amber says:

    The dad is wearing his class ring. How cool is he?

  20. El Kev says:

    Which one has the axe tan from the sport of competitive hay sculpting?

  21. Jennabobenna says:

    Mom: “Dear Diary, Bill had the cutest idea for a family photo…”

  22. Han says:

    I wish I knew this family… they look pretty awesome. Sure beats my family’s matching Catholic-school outfits (we weren’t Catholic, which was the worst part).

  23. Shannon says:

    Sad, so sad. I can actually see me doing this with my own children and husband…Awkward!

  24. Annie says:

    I guess my next door neighbor has to turn in her jeans and track jacket… shes an artist. So sad.

  25. Señor_Citizen says:

    Rayon: The fabric of our lives.

  26. J says:


  27. Insanewiches says:

    Son looks pretty happy…daughter, not so much.

  28. IAmNoOne says:


  29. I also feel compelled to mention that Mom is rocking the bang curl in that ‘do.

  30. Wayneski says:

    I know it’s a stereotype but what’s up with jocks and stone washed jeans? Although it seem to coordinate well with mauve.

    • jeremy says:

      There was a phase when KISS wore the same kind of outfits.

      Not sure if they had the make-up on or off during that period though.

  31. XLscooper says:

    People please! It’s called keeping their stats! And I bet she yells at the refs too. YOU GO MOM! 🙂

  32. BroadwayBohemia says:

    Maybe my liberal, intellectually bent upbringing made me this way, but everything in this picture seems wrong to me. Just EVERYTHING.

    Or maybe it’s because I am noth horrible at sports and too impatient to fill out crosswords.

  33. Maya B says:

    And they all have brand new outfits that coordinate with each other. Not at all contrived!

  34. MCR says:

    Awkward family photography 101: “When shooting a family portrait, suggest that they bring along items that reflect their interests. Keep the background simple: Throw a drop cloth over the entire room!”

  35. grimey says:

    um…how is this awkward again?

  36. Erin says:

    I love how the dad has his class/championship ring front and center in the pic.

    • Stephanique1 says:

      the real question is does he wear that everyday? or was this an excuse to break that baby out?

      • Kattjake says:

        He is super proud of that ring and I am sure he wears it everyday and has a long boring sports story to go with it!

  37. marie says:

    mom’s colored socks- CLASSIC

  38. Michelle says:

    where’s the flood?

  39. steve says:

    Sure beats dressing up like Cactuses… uhhh Cactiis… ummm, oh heck, you know what I mean!

  40. This is the last time they leave out the oldest son Vlad, the competitive Crossbow enthusiast.

  41. joey says:

    id kill for their dads jacket though

  42. Bee says:

    Mom’s sport: wordfinds.

  43. Valerie says:

    The family that plays together stays together!

    • rosamundi says:

      However, only two of them are holding pieces of equipment from the same sport. Which is kind of weird.

  44. Pete says:

    And that track jacket has to include either pink or purple, no matter your gender.

  45. ohbrooke says:

    They must have also been renovating…

    • Doc says:

      Yeah, I think backdrops that look like painters’ drop cloths deserve an awkward rule number . . . like the armshelf, ridiculous chairs, etc., these are an awkward staple of the professional photgrapher’s world.

  46. nina says:

    Mom – taking crosswords to the competitive level…

  47. laurie says:

    This family actually has four children, but how good you are at sports is directly proportional to how much your parents love you.

    Sorry Timmy. Maybe next time you won’t strike out.

  48. maryc says:

    Wonder what sport “note taking” falls under…?

  49. Ash says:

    Is the mother a participant in competitive journaling?

  50. tomjohnbob says:

    Mom’s only talent…keeping score. She couldn’t have held a ball of some kind?

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