The Kinsella family? Yeah, we totally want them at our next party. For the past 25 years or so, whenever the clan gets together, they engage in what is arguably an interesting tradition: They take a photo of themselves all posed in the same -- dare we say weird? -- stance with the brothers on the outside and sisters with legs crossed in the air in the middle. It's something they started doing in 1988 and they've struck "the pose" at weddings, multiple Major League Baseball games, their mother's funeral, home gatherings, a tattoo shop and the penultimate photo for this baseball-loving family: the Field of Dreams site. The four siblings -- three of whom live in Houston and one in Nebraska -- even traveled back to their childhood home in Brick Township, N.J., to pose for a photo there.
Last year, brothers Mike and Tim Kinsella and sisters Sharyn Bauer Kemper and Eileen McFarland all got identical "pose" tattoos. Well, why not? How did "the pose" originate? Ask four people and get four different answers. Let's just say, it did. Want to quibble about dates? The Kinsellas can do that too. "Remember," said Mike, "we started taking them long before date-stamped photos."
Put quite simply, these are four siblings who grew up loving each other and haven't stopped. How close are they, even though they are now adults? "Absolutely very close," said Mike. In fact, when Mike left New Jersey some 30 years ago for Texas, the others all followed.
"Maybe I should have told them I was going to Michigan?" he joked.
The Original, 1988
The original Kinsella family photo was shot in 1989. The four adult siblings take one every time they get together -- always in the same pose, assuming they remember it correctly (a few times, they didn't). From left, they are: Mike, Eileen, Sharyn and Tim.
Posing in "the pose" in 1992. The photo was taken outside Sharyn's house.
Taken at sister Eileen's house in Houston.
The family gathered on the occasion of Tim's new truck.
Just another family get-together, this time at Mike's place.
Taken at a family gathering. "We get together a lot," says Mike Kinsella. "People always ask: 'You really like your family that much?' Yeah, I do, I tell them."
The four siblings posed on the beach on the day their mother died in Galveston.
At Tim's new housewarming.
The Kinsellas attended the very last game at the Houston Astrodome.
Striking "the pose" outside sister Sharyn's new veterinary practice -- cats only. Brothers Tim and Mike are involved in dog rescuing. And sister Eileen? She doesn't much like either.
The Kinsellas, all baseball fanatics, attended a game at the Minute Maid Park -- aka Enron Stadium.
At the Sugar Land Cornfield in Texas, a warm up trip for the one the family made to the Field of Dreams. Baseball fanatics, all.
Taken at Mike's Houston house. The black dog in foreground was named Banner, after the "Star Spangled Banner." Mike adopted the rescue dog on Sept. 12, 2001 -- the day after 9/11. Mike and Tim are involved in dog rescues. Sharyn is a veterinarian.
The family trip to the famous Field of Dreams was, well, a dream come true.
Visting the Dixie Chicken in College Station, Texas, after Mike's niece got her college ring.
At Mike's 50th birthday party
Sharyn and Jerry's wedding
Taken at the birthday party for Jim, Eileen's husband. Jim and Tim look alike and as a gag, Jim has played a cameo role in some Kinsella family photos -- but not this one, they tell us.
The Kinsellas grew up on Crescent Drive in Brick Township, N.J. It was a street with a ton of kids, who came back to join them in this Crescent Drive Reunion.
The Kinsellas made Mike's new floors a family project. Here they are after they stripped the carpets and before they stained the wood floors.
The siblings at Joe's Crab Shack in Houston, a favorite restaurant for get-togethers.
Sharyn's daughter Abby's wedding was the occasion of this Kinsella family photo.
Making it official: The foursome got identical tattoos of the pose.
Sister Sharyn had Kinsella University tee-shirts made up. But wait! Why aren't they in "the pose?"