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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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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!