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.
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!