It is that time of year again Christmas Card Picture time, as you all know it was once again Keith’s favorite way to spend an evening. He loves getting the pictures taken. He loves to plans out outfits, and shops for new clothes, he likes to organizes schedules, he makes deals with a friend to come take our pictures. He works so hard to make this a reality for us.
so in reality, yes he is awesome, but he just barely tolerates these pictures. He smiles and plays along, he does not complain, at least I have never heard him complain. That is why he is awesome.
Getting schedules together was almost more difficult than getting coordinating clothing for everyone. Well, actually, now that I am thinking it was more difficult getting schedules together. C works, O was away at college, we had to wait for her to get home, for C to be off work and for R to have a night with out activities.
I went through the kids closets and realized that if we went with the red/black theme than the boys were the only ones needing new clothes. On black Friday, I went shopping. Not super early I just did not even care that much, and I only went to one store! Score for easy shopping, and sales! Belks had just what I needed. After literally an hour and burning up my phone battery trying to find shirts everyone would agree on, and in the correct sizes C walked in the store. He was a huge help since I was really struggling. Now we all coordinated but no one “matched.”
We met at a lake downtown for our pictures, if you have read all my Christmas card posts, than you will recognize this background for pictures. This used to be the old paddle boat rental area, the boats are long gone, years ago the city began to revitalize the down town, this area is beautiful and much safer than when I was a teen.
We tried for the organized family look.
But the darn tree was just too awkward and spacing was off…We tried the album cover.
Which I was a fan of but everyone was worried that PS was going to fall…We went back to the gate with the Christmas banner
but you can see how that worked…
We laughed and the boys made fun of me, We tried and tried but just were not feeling it that night. Thankfully the friend who took the pictures works with college age students, she was not annoyed by the big kids who could not stop messing around.
After the sun started to set and we were about ready to give up THIS is what we ended up with. I love it! When we were done getting the shot little A started to cry and asked NOT to be turned upside down anymore.
We did it, we survived another year of Christmas Card Chaos. We lived to tell our story, I cannot imagine what next year will be like.
Go hug your kids, and take a minute to plan a family picture. It is likely you have not done one in a long time, and life is just too short to miss the opportunity to make another family memory, and get another family picture.