Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Halls are Decked- sort of

Mainly- the only Christmas decor we have is our Christmas tree. Ok, there are stockings on the mantle but that is seriously it. I keep thinking that I need to add to our repertoire but I feel pretty spent- literally- after Christmas when everything is on sale. The up side it that it doesn't take me long to get "everything " out! :)

Our first Christmas together we found a cute tree farm not far from here where we can hunt and kill our very own tree! We have gone back every year since. I really hope that the boys love this tradition as they grow up.

The lighting wasn't great for a picture, but this is real life people!! :)

Went on a hayride

More real life bad lighting :)

Ta-dah!! Decorated!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Christmas Picture Fail

I have decided that taking the "perfect" family photo for the Christmas card -when you have a two and three year old- is not for the faint of heart. My mom came in town for a few days so I figured I would have her take the picture. Easy breezy, right? Not really.

First, because it's the first day of day light savings you have to figure out the best time for lighting. Second, you have to coordinate outfits so that everyone goes together without being matchy- matchy.  Third, you have to get everyone up from their rest/naps, and get them into said attire. Then you have to drive 20 minutes out to Furman University because you know it's really pretty and have gone there with the professional photographer a few times (which just doesn't fit into the budget this year) so you think you know all the hot spots. Finally, you need to REMEMBER YOUR CAMERA BATTERY that is sitting on the charger at home!!! Ugh, so frustrating. Everyone (Jerel) was very kind and not irritated with me at all. I discovered that I have my very old and pathetic point and shoot in my purse, so we thought- what the heck. Maybe we will get the magical photo with this sad camera. Que laughter! The battery on that camera is shot and only takes a few photos and dies. So, here are the highlights!

I did learn a few things during this failure of a trip.
1) I didn't like the boys in their vests- just didn't work
2) My photographer Susan should charge more for all the babies and families she photographs
3) If we didn't take a Christmas card photo, it would save me time and money in the end.

So, I was ready to quit the whole thing, but my sweet husband encouraged me to try again. We went back out last night- took 140 pictures and I feel good about two of them...

I am sure that I can make one of these work. Any votes?

In other news- we had my sweet friend Anna and her family stay with us over the weekend. They were in town for a wedding. I love when worlds collide like that. We were in China together and now she lives in Virginia. I didn't get a picture of us- but how dang cute is her son???

My boys loved having Henry here. He is non stop and full of fun!

Also, I finally took N & E for a haircut. This was Elliott's first cut- so it had to be documented! He did great and looks like such a little man now!

Ok- that should about cover it for now! Congrats if you stayed though the whole thing!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dear Fall:

I love you so much. Please don't leave us!

I finally have him pulling for the right team!

Nolan took this picture. I wish that I could photo shop in some makeup and out some wrinkles! :)

Bob Cat