Smile Massage

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The Husband has severe smiling-for-the-camera troubles.  He’s one of those naturally happy-go-lucky people who freeze up the moment a camera turns on him.  Kristien’s smile morphs into super fake, extra-wide mode, and he panics the moment the shutter goes click.  So, obviously, today’s maternity photo shoot was a challenge.  Smile massages were required after an hour or so.


Smile massages are the best.


We also went on a long walk. Eight months into pregnancy, and 3.0 miles in the sun is exhausting (how do some women run up to delivery, seriously?! Tell me your energy secrets…).  Even poor James looked back at me as if to say, “Speed up, you slow poke.”  I think I need to get back into water-based exercises – swimming, here I come!  Floating sounds quite nice. Smile 


Today’s eats, in Instagram photos…


Post-walk smoothie (coconut milk, orange juice, frozen pineapple, raspberries):


An entire box of Annie’s macaroni and cheese.  It was freaking amazing.


Our photographer brought us cookies – and the dogs got little bones.  Smart photographer!  The dogs were very cooperative for all the family pictures.


And we had a date night at a local sushi bar.  Salty edamame to start off with:


And five different types of veggie rolls, which we shared.  One of was a spinach roll – never had it before, but it was good!  Just steamed spinach wrapped in nori.


Any other camera-shy folk out there?  The Husband is pretty bashful (that’s why you rarely see him on the blog).  I think it’s so strange that he’s shy now because his mother says he was a total ham as a kid – always putting on song and dance shows for strangers at the grocery store and whatnot!  Hah.



  • Lindsey April 21, 2012, 9:15 pm

    Me! My husband always bugs me to do a real smile versus my fake smile for the camera…but I cannot smile on command! For our engagement pics we had two “shoots” and after the first one our photographer brought us shots for round two. haha

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb April 21, 2012, 9:17 pm

    my husband HATES pictures. he’s a saint at taking them, but refuses to be in them. drives me CRA-ZY! on a brighter note, those smoothies look delicious 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 21, 2012, 9:24 pm

    My brother would refuse to have his picture taken and now that he’s married, he only let’s his wife force him into photos. He hates it! haha.

  • Leslie April 21, 2012, 9:41 pm

    I hate having pictures taken. I don’t like being center of attention, put on the spot etc. I can’t seem to smile naturally so I look like a gober. I also have the issue of closed eyes so the shot must be done over. Best pics of me are candid ones where I was not posing at all. Telling me to relax is useless! I do have a tiny tip for your husband, tell him don’t try to look into the camera but just slightly above it, not sure why but this helps me. A good photographer will be able to get good shots, I’m sure the pictures will be wonderful.

  • Laura @ She Eats Well April 21, 2012, 9:46 pm

    I am not big on getting my picture taken but oh well. That sushi looks delicious. What is the gorgeous deep-red colored one? I love the variety!

  • Earthy Nicole April 21, 2012, 9:47 pm

    I am SO excited to see your maternity photos! I absolutely treasure mine, still! My husband isn’t really into posed photographs so it meant a lot to me that he cooperated for our maternity session. Having a great photographer really does make all the difference though and it sounds like you guys got a good one… I mean, cookies!?

  • Michelle April 21, 2012, 9:53 pm

    My hubby smiles the exact same way for pictures! I make fun of him so much for it. In all of our 14 years of marriage, only a handful of pictures of him look even remotely natural 🙁

  • Hannah April 21, 2012, 10:11 pm

    Your description of your husband in front of the camera reminds me of Chandler!! Friends, anyone?

    • kristina April 22, 2012, 2:25 am

      hahaha that was my first thought!

    • Christine @ BookishlyB April 22, 2012, 12:44 pm

      Hahaha- YES!

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) April 21, 2012, 10:19 pm

    I am currently 17 weeks along and have a TON of energy…I just dragged the family along for a 4 mile walk today for total of 12 for the week and hoping for another 2 miles tomorrow.

    My secret? Four green/protein smoothies a day made with chia seeds. Take a nap when you need to and drink lots of water! Ummm…so far those are my secrets that are working out great for me.

    My goal for April is to walk (and partly run) 50 miles this month and I only have 17.5 miles left to reach that goal!

  • Kelly April 21, 2012, 10:22 pm

    Oooh, although I’m not an avid sushi eater I’ve never heard of a spinach roll. It sounds and looks good!

  • Rebecca April 21, 2012, 11:18 pm

    The woman who took my senior pictures told me I have a natural smile, which I guess is good… But I’d rather be caught smiling naturally than be made to pose and all of that. I prefer being the one taking the photos, honestly… I don’t hate being in photos, but I’d rather be taking them. Which was what I did at church youth stuff a lot and people thought I was nuts. Haha.

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras April 22, 2012, 12:30 am

    I’m so unphotogenic. I’m an actor, and since my career requires I can have gorgeous-looking pictures of me (hello, headshots), this is a problem. I think I’m smiling blissfully and realize I look like a coked out pageant queen. I think I look pensive and wise and realize I actually look constipated. It’s an issue.

    • Caitlin April 22, 2012, 9:46 am

      i just spit out my tea

      • Kyla April 22, 2012, 11:11 am

        Ha! That made me laugh a lot!!!

  • Luv What You Do April 22, 2012, 12:31 am

    Is it hard to drink your smoothie out of a Hoegaarden glass? I just love the beer!

    : )

    • Caitlin April 22, 2012, 9:20 am

      Haha I close my eyes and pretend it’s a Hoegaarden.

  • jassy @ Healthy Egg April 22, 2012, 1:13 am

    a good photographer should capture a genuine smile 🙂

  • Leila @ Spinach and Skittles April 22, 2012, 1:20 am

    My husband is the same way. He has a really nice smile, but whenever a camera comes out he gets this really goofy grin. We call him Chandler, because of the engagement photo shoot episode of Friends, haha.

    • Caitlin April 22, 2012, 9:20 am

      Haha i must’ve missed that Friends episode because everyone is referring to it!

  • Britt @ BalancedBritt April 22, 2012, 8:22 am

    My guy is the same way. There are few pictures of him on my blog. It’s like once he gets in front of the camera he has some kind of a seizure. His smiles become very creepy. 🙂

    I dont think I’m following you on Instagram. What is your username?

    • Caitlin April 22, 2012, 9:19 am

      I’m not public on it 🙂

  • Tanya April 22, 2012, 11:03 am

    For a shy guy, your husband is a pretty good sport-like letting you post pics of him having a smile massage 🙂

  • JenATX April 22, 2012, 11:04 am

    we had a sushi date last night too! ate far too much fried rice hehe but the bf agreed to get a veggie roll which he has never wanted to try before. he actually liked it!

  • Miladybowen April 22, 2012, 1:06 pm

    Haha, my hubby is the same way – most pics from our wedding have this sideways half-smile thing going. Cameras just make him unable to smile naturally. Now, I make jokes right before we snap a pic.

  • Nena April 22, 2012, 5:30 pm

    I have two sisters who are sooo pretty! Every time the camera goes toward either of them they try to insta-pose which fails! lol. Their smiles look fake and they look stiff. Sooo funny. I try to guide them and than we give up at some point. lol 🙂

  • Marie-Sophie April 23, 2012, 6:58 am

    I can SO relate to your husband. I also don’t have any problems smiling and laughing … until you turn a camera at me!! I don’t have a “camera smile” as I simply feel like a total freak… my boyfriend who loooves to take pictures has given up on me and I accept the fact that I look like a pretty humor-less kind of person on pictures 😉

    And yes, I was also a VERY camera-loving kid when I was little!!

  • Rachel April 23, 2012, 12:13 pm

    My dad can’t smile for a camera, and instead he says “hey”. It has become a family joke, and every time we have a family photo we say “hey” instead of “cheese”.

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