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Family Christmas Card 2014 Pictures – the Blooper Reel

Every year, for the Family Christmas Card, I come up with great ideas for the theme of our pictures, and then the kids veto those ideas.  I come up with some more great ideas for even better themes for our Christmas pictures, and then the kids veto those ideas.  Eventually, we come to the happy medium where I tell them they will not be fed until I have family Christmas card photos in a theme that makes me happy.

Normally, you only get to see the polished, finished product – and that’s when I find time to actually address and send the cards after I make them.  But after today’s photo shoot, I thought I’d share my blooper reel with you – the photos my kids would rather you didn’t see, because then you’d be all like, “Oh yeah, I totally see why that woman isn’t right in the head sometimes.”

So here they are – my bad and my ugly.  Stay tuned for the Family Christmas Card 2014 for the good.  I hope.


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Merry Christmas Poop-Poop

Fakesgiving, followed by Thanksgiving, followed by two term papers.  That’s on top of the normal hectic pace of being a mom with three kids, two dogs, one husband, and a great gig with The Mouse.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

In the whirlwind that was the month of November, I decided to pick one of the busiest weekends to order my Christmas cards.  I started, got interrupted, and wandered off.  I came back, started again, and had to go feed someone’s hungry.  I tried again, loaded a few pictures, typed a word, and loaded a dishwasher.

Such is the life of a mom.

After three days with the website up on my computer in various stages of completion, I finally placed my order for my holiday cards.  They turned out so cute, and I was so proud of myself!  I was tickled when I got the email from Walgreens, saying my cards were done!

I opened the box, and just beamed with how cute my girls looked in their pictures.

Then I saw it.  My daughter’s name was misspelled.

Remember the box on the final page of the order that said “Did you preview your card?”  Yeah, I thought I had at some point over the weekend, and I clicked it. But I hadn’t.

Thank goodness it was the kid who’s name is most often misspelled by family and friends, so I doubt anyone would notice if I hadn’t blogged about it.  But yeah, there won’t be a mother of the year trophy on my mantle.  Again.

I’m just worried now that I also didn’t preview the t-shirt I ordered for Pop-pop…..

Time to Plan the Christmas Photo! Fa La La Fashion Sense

I have tortured my children for years.  Honestly, it may be why I had children and why I’m so grateful they are girls.  Through the years, I’ve loved dressing them up in outfits that exploited the fact that I had daughters.  Lacey, flowery, with bloomers, with matching hats – I have so enjoyed dressing my girls.

At some point, though, after the third baby girl, it seemed that I had hit a brick wall when it came to Christmas pictures.  Looking back, one dress seemed so similar to the others, it was becoming harder to tell which kid was in which dress.  I tried to break from the red and green Christmas favorites and moved into black, gold, silver, even brown.  It wasn’t cutting it.

I moved on to interesting poses.  Let’s not have them all sitting pretty, looking like perfectly well behaved little angels.  Let’s show some personality.

And I found my inspiration!  No more boring holiday photos for this mom.  This is last year’s Christmas card photo:

Just wait until you see what I have in store this year!