Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Cards. Need I say more?

Last night I was solo.  Ben was out of town for the evening.
We went to Chic-Fil-A.
My kids are very used to eating in the car. 
I wish I was the mom that didn't do that, but I am not. 
Take me or leave me.
I can't always manage to control 3 boys 6 and under.
I can manage a classroom just fine.
Don't know the difference, but there is one.
Well, I had the house picked up and the Christmas lights lit.  Point is the mood WAS happy.
(Ben said we have A LOT.  I view it more as festive.)
We went to Walgreens to pick up the picture of choice for our Christmas cards.
I was really excited to pick out a new picture from the beach to smack on the front of them.
The beach pictures weren't the amazing shots I thought they would be.
One child was picking their nose.
Another child was eating what the other picked. You know, that kind of session.  (slightly exaggerated for story purpose.)
Before I sent them to Walgreens, I altered the photos on our computer that is supposed to work miracles.  It is known as a Mac.
I am going to blow that out of the water.  IT doesn't work miracles.  Bad pictures don't become amazingly worthy of Christmas card honor.
Who in their right mind started putting  pictures on the cards anyway?
Well, I spent about an hour trying to pick a bad picture last night.
I stopped two people I know and one that I didn't in hopes of getting a consensus.
They liked different pictures.  So, I had to pick one on my own.  I had the chosen one printed. Quantity-100.  I came back AGAIN to pick them up and they were TERRIBLE.  WAY TOO DARK.  Did I mention that I had the three boys with me?
I was willing to let that go.  I would start over.
I must have had something slipped to me in my Diet Coke.
I came home and bathed my munchkins.
I gave them their much anticipated Christmas pajamas.  It was fun at that point.  Christmas lights.  Clean little faces glowing with excitement.
But then-
We start our second round of Christmas card pictures.  (I re-track my advice Kelley on the portable DVD.  It simply did not work.)  I began to sweat.  I jumped up and down.  I held the DVD over my head so they would look at me.  I tried EVERYTHING.
David started to cry early on.  HE did NOT stop.  
It was seriously bad-from the beginning.  Why did I not stop?  I continued Session #2 for an HOUR and a HALF people.  That meant my children were up past 9:30 for me to take a Christmas card picture.
Out of Control.  I'll leave it at that. 

p.s.-I mailed the cards today.  I ended up with a beach picture.  The picture wouldn't work the direction I wanted.  That is okay.  Life goes on.  Next year,  I will seek professional help-not for me, but the pictures. Hahaha.


Leah said...

HA! Sorry to laugh, but you told it so HILARIOUSLY!! I'm truly with you this year! I'm happy with the pic I chose, but it was by no means PERFECT!! Here's to next year!?!

justabeachkat said...

Thanks for a giggle.

I kinda like the top photo...real life with three very real boys!


Tonja said...

Just so you with 3 boys is going to always be like that! Very seldom will you have all 3 happy and in agreement with what you, as their loving mother, want them to do. So don't plan on it hsppening, I tell just is futile!

Melissa said...

Love those Christmas jammies! Cutest I've seen! Do you mind sharing where you found them? I have two little boys, and I too, struggle with those Christmas card pics! My photographer says nobody can photograph their own kids, and I think he's right!

Brandi Bartee said...

I have done the same thing trying to get that perfect picture with a 2 yr old and an 11 month old. We've tried 3 different days and outfits. Still no luck. Maybe one day I will get the cards out. Our house was like yours last night only with two frustrated parents and kids. You have a beautiful family and I enjoy reading your blog

Paula (SweetPea) said...

You are too funny, Andi. You tell a story well. Poor little guy--he just was not into it at all, huh?

I'm sure the recipients of the cards will love the card regardless.

Kellie Patton said...

You are stinkin hilarious! thanks for a laugh this morning - and keep laughing yourself - it's all good!

Keri said...

Andi, too funny! However, not that I do any better, but you're always welcome to call me to take some family pictures for you! : )

Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!


Dona said...

Take the picture in October- I promise it will make things soooo much easier!

Darby said...

I know it wasn't hilarious to you... but it is hilarious to me! :)

J said...

I think you should've used one with David in know it would've gotten a good laugh...and we've all been there and done that! :)