Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Oh The Pressure!

We got dumped on last night. Six inches of snow was deposited in our city and it is still snowing. Another six to eight inches is expected today and a few more inches tomorrow. School has been cancelled and Todd just left for work to tie up some loose ends and call all the other employees to tell them to stay home. When he is done there he is going to run out and buy some sleds so that we can hit The Bowl and take the boys sledding for the first time. I feel like a kid this morning, excited about the snow and anxious for daddy to get home with the sleds.
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I'm not sure how long the boys will last outside in the cold and snow but we'll stay as long as we can. Then it is all hot chocolate, Christmas movies, and coloring in our Christmas coloring books for the rest of the day. I may even get around to finally sending out our Christmas cards while the boys color.
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I am making it increasingly difficult to send out Christmas cards each year. The pressure is intense.
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The last few years I have been incredibly fortunate to be able to get a "money" shot. Beautiful smiles, cute poses, everyone looking at the camera. It just doesn't happen often. And every time we visit family they have our Christmas card prominently displayed and they gush when they tell us that our Christmas cards are always their favorite of the year. Pressure!!!!!
Christmas 2005
Christmas 2006
Christmas 2007
How can I compete with that? It is just too hard.

We tried the poses on the stairs. I didn't like it.We tried the couch. But that didn't work either.We tried posing on the floor again,and again. But none of them were working for me. They all just felt too posed. Finally, Ben fell to an exhausted and frustrated heap on top of his brothers (notice they tried to hold their smiles!).When he looked up, I got my shot. This is my money shot. It may not be the cutest photo, or the best posed. They may not be smiling their prettiest smiles or even looking that happy, but it sure does make me laugh. This looks like my boys. They are buds. And this is them.

Christmas 2008

Now if I can only find the motivation to send them.

43 comments:

Rebecca Ramsey said...

That is the cutest photo! Pajama pics are the best!
Becky

Tammy said...

Very cute Christmas cards. I have mine printed...I hope to send them soon. I was hoping for a snow day today...mostly rain here and now it is slushy...maybe 2-4 inches later. Have fun today.

Mom24 said...

I think they turned out great. Good job. I'm impressed you can even find the energy to do them.

I have a friend who sent her cards with a picture of the five of them (herself, the hubby and their three kids) being goofy with the caption "it is what it is" Happy Holidays. It was awesome.

Very cute pictures.

Allison said...

Isn't it great when you get that money shot when you don't even plan it! Cute boys! And also, congrats on your big news!

Cassie said...

Those are really cute Christmas cards! I love all the photos, your boys are so adorable.

Kelly said...

I stress over the xmas card every year and drive myself crazy with it. But I'm happy to say mine arrived in the mail yesterday and they are awesome. So I just need to address them and mail. I'm going to post mine close to xmas b/c too much of my family reads my blog and I don't want to ruin the surprise!

Laura said...

LOVELY!!!!! Simply lovely!!!

Wait till you have to get 4 to cooperate!!! It may be like hearding cats!!!!!

Brittany said...

OHHHH I love it! :) SO cute!

Tam said...

I love The SHOT tooo! Yeah still waiting for my MONEY shot...it is not going to happen...LOL

Chrissy said...

that shot turned out wonderfully. My good friend has four kids and has dressed them up on five different occasions to try to get a good photo; she even paid someone to come and take pics, and they all turned out wrong. You're right, it is a lot of pressure.

Pinky said...

Oh, those sweet faces!!

Congrats on blessing baby #4!

What a wonderful Christmas gift for you. :-)

Krystyn said...

Those are adorable pictures (all of them..even the ones you didn't like)...but it's hard to not be adorable with those handsome men.

Have fun sledding and drinking your hot chocolate.

Musings of a Homeschooling Mom said...

Very cute pictures! I love them! The cards look great. I'm still waiting for mine to come in!

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Cute, cute pic!

Oh how I have snow and sled envy. We've finally gotten cold here and there are rumors of snow sometime in the next ten days. I hope, I hope, I hope . . .

Blessings From Above said...

Sounds like you are going to have the perfect winter day today. Enjoy!

I love your Christmas card. You have such a beautiful family!

Cyndi said...

Those are hard to follow up. They are such cute pictures. Especially 2007. This years is great.

Dawn said...

You did well...how could you not with those adorable little boys!

lime said...

oh, i am with you...i've started my cards today but i'll be lucky to get them out by the end of the week....plus we have a december birthday in the house and our anniversary....december is nothing but pressure.

i think a day sledding followed by cocoa and christmas movies sounds just about right though. enjoy!

Stephanie said...

You have the cutest little boys. I love how they are modeling for you like that!

Addressing them is the worst part. Once they are mailed though? Accomplished!

Tonya said...

Those are too cute not to send out girl! So get on it. I just mailed my this morning after dropping off the kids at school...great feeling to be done!

Nissa said...

I think it's an awesome photo of them! I'm sure your cards will still be the ones all the family is gushing about!

I'm still waiting on my cards to arrive so I can start sending them. I'm really slacking this year!

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

What gorgeous pictures!! They are all great. I love the one you decided on for this year! :)

tweetey30 said...

That is cute. I have sent mine already.. I should put up a post with the photo's I sent in my cards this year.. They were taken over the 4th of July and one of our hikes we do..

CC said...

Super cute!!!!

I bribe with candy. It's about all I can do. And I only have 2 to deal with ;)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Great work on those pictures! It's so tough to get things "just right" to reflect everyone's personality AND be acceptable to send out!

Hope the sledding was grand--it was windy here, but out of the wind it felt okay outside.

Cara said...

I love it, the accident shots are sometime the best. Like you said they look like your boys and that the best part. I do like the one were Ben is falling and Joey and Tommy are trying to continue to smile.

ewe are here said...

All great pics, but I like your choice.


The bar is high here too... the last three years I've taken fabulous Christmas pictures... haven't even started yet this year! Ugh.

Haley-O said...

Eeeee! Pajama pics! So cute. Your boys are so beautiful! Those EYES! It's, like, RIDICULOUS! ;)

Fire Hunt said...

Very cute Christmas cards!

CissaLynn said...

Awww! You did good, girl!!!! It is an adorable pic!!! I am gonna have to email you so I can give you my address 'cause I want on your Christmas card list!!! :))

P.S. Where did you have your cards made 'cause I really like it?!

Jewelgirl said...

Tooo Cute! Mine doesn't want to
have a photo greeting anymore.. :(
and all the poses have that goofy
weird face they all want to use on
their Myspace/Facebook profiles!
blah! Great photo of the boys!

coastrat said...

Such great images of the children!

Danielle said...

That is an awesome Christmas card!!! How did you make it?? Did you use snapfish or one of those types of websites?? I had our done at JC Penny's and it didn't really seem worth it after we waited and waited and waited. I would love to create my own for next year!!!!

Chris said...

I love your money shot. The boys do really look like buds.
Your cards look great.

I'm sending two different cards out this year: The first has some nice shots of the family, with a nice greeting. The other has a picture of my youngest attacking a pumpkin with a knife, and the caption "Peace on Earth, Good will toward men."
That one's for the "special people."

abritdifferent said...

The look on Ben's face is priceless! Excellent shot.

Bethany said...

I love that picture!

I find it nearly impossible to get a shot of my two kids smiling and looking at the camera, so I can only imagine the pressure of three.

Kat said...

CissaLynn and Danielle- I did the photos online at Walgreens.com and they were ready to be picked up in less than an hour. Pretty cool, huh? :)

Elaine A. said...

You're a lucky duck to get such great pics every year! Merry Christmas Kat!

imbeingheldhostage said...

They are wonderful!! Just the fact that you made it this far has me beat... by about two years :-)

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Christmas 2007 is quite possibly the cutest thing I've ever seen.
I like the "stacked" pictures, but I LOVE the one you ended up with. Cute as can be!

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

How can you think that isn't money? It is TOTALLY money. I love it.

maggie's mind said...

Perfect shot! Your boys are just so adorable.

4 Little Men and Twins said...

too cute! Great pictures! Cute boys! :)

britt

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