Lauren joined the Eastside YMCA’s swim team and Saturday was her first ever competition — a dual meet with the County YMCA.

Because our team was hosting the event, the Eastside Y team parents are asked to fill a variety of volunteer duties. I signed up to be a timer, which meant I was on the pool deck with a clipboard, a stopwatch, and flip flops because it’s a wet job.


Ignore the Jr. High FootBall clipboard…and also the outrageous capitalization of “Ball” in football and the fact that I — the subject of the photo — am not in focus.

Timing is a job that requires full attention (when not posing for photos!), so I handed the Cannon SX50 to Dan with strict instructions to get photos at one (or more) of the three events Lauren was swimming — 50 free, 100 free, 50 back.

Later that night, I review the photos in search of a good one to post to Facebook (because…you know…this is the social world we live in now) and this is what I find:

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Needless to say….I did not post anything to Facebook, except these adorable photos I took of my friend’s daughter while she was warming up:

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Moral of this story: Do not leave photography to the husband.

He redeemed himself, though. This was waiting for me after I got done working out on Sunday morning:


I guess I’ll keep him…even if he is, literally, the worst photographer in Erie.