Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Cheese Face: A Retrospective

Yesterday Alec turned two and a half. (Yes, I'm that mom. I know these things.)

And in his honor, I'm doing something I've been meaning to do for the last six months.

Right around his second birthday, we saw the emergence of Alec's "cheese face." It's his tried and true camera pose: eyes squeezed shut, mouth wide open. The cheese face is like Alec shorthand, a perfect manifestation of the impy, sunny, spirited little munchkin he is.

The seasons have changed -- the balmy summer nights awash with fireflies have given way to Halloween costumes and then, to four foot piles of snow. But, like death and taxes, the cheese face endures. And so, without further ado, I bring you, in roughly chronological order, the Cheese Face: a Retrospective.

You know what they say -- beware of Greeks bearing gifts. And toddlers bearing asparagus.

Please, no more pictures.

OK, that one's a little gross. Sorry. cocoa!
This one almost looks painful.
Best he could muster after a long day in the snow.
So long, cheese fans. Happy Half Birthday, my little man.


  1. You have captured splendor. I am now a huge cheese fan. Happy Second Birthday. Alec.

  2. So sweet! I especially love the hot cocoa eye shadow.

  3. Hi! I don't know you but I followed Todd Barry's tweet at you here. Just wanted to say your son is adorrrrable. Mine just turned 8 & 5. WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? /end cliche
    Anyway, you seem rad! Hope you've dug out of the snow by now.

  4. This would make the coolest gallery show. Just hang them on all four walls & name it "Cheese: The Permagrin Years."

  5. You, Jen, are like my daughter, Jen. She counts half birthdays and sneaks in to take the kids' pictures at exactly the time of night they were born. The first time I saw a picture of Alec, John Lennon's song "Beautiful Boy" popped into my mind. I adore the cheese face! Dani ddh77

  6. so cute... My husband, at 39, is UNABLE to smile for the camera without saying "cheese" thru clenched teeth. When I first stood with his brothers at a family get-together, a "CHEESE!" in unison rang out from the 4 brothers. I was the one hysterically laughing in the picture.