Capturing Contentment in the Everyday…
November can be pretty. The last leaves falling in the rainstorm today was very pretty. This kind of weather always reminds me of Thanksgiving anyway. Can you believe Thanksgiving is a week away? Not to mention Advent?
Speaking of which….
Our Christmas cards are ordered and I have the requisite amount of stamps!!! More on this down in “Real.”
Oh, the look on Miss Munchkin’s face! It fits well with their relationship. Sunshine only gives bear-hugs–at least, hardly anyone gets a regular hug from her. Miss Munchkin was no exception, we found, so they got off to a rocky start from the baby’s point of view. Until Miss Munchkin can fend for herself, scenes like these are very much supervised. 😉
Why, you ask, am I so on top of things with Christmas cards when only 5 of Miss Munchkin’s birth announcements were actually sent?! Besides the fact that I’m a fanatical Christmas nut? Well, because 85% of the people in my address book either don’t know that we moved or know but still do not have our new address. Mass e-mails don’t cut it there because I don’t have everyone’s e-mails, nor do I want to be on Facebook. So, I’m trying to kill three birds with a stone here: Wish everyone a Merry Christmas, deliver the announcements, and inform the recipients of the new address before our renters get about 60 cards at the Old Haus addressed to us. 😉
But ah, we have gotten in the habit of sending photo cards, and Snapfish had a sweet deal running on cards that ended yesterday. I determined to claim it and so we dressed up the kiddos a few days ago–after the sunshine was masked in a three day cloud cover, of course–found a festive backdrop of holly bushes, and proceeded to launch the chaos that is family photo shoots. I wasn’t expecting to be in the photo–if I had, I wouldn’t have worn my postpartum/transitional tent shirt and jeans. And I would have worn festive earrings that no one would see in the picture but would have made me feel better. 😉 As it was, my efforts were needed to rein in Sunshine, who once outdoors was infected with William Wallace syndrome (“FREEEEDOOOMMMM”). Trooper did a little round of musical chairs himself, but not to Sunshine’s extent. Princess and Miss Munchkin were prim and demure. Dinosaur dodged the camera for 27 shots. Rascal stuck out his tongue for four and made faces in three. And afterward I looked mournfully at the pictures and thought of all the ones we were going to receive from people showing well-organized, perfectly poised children. Haus Meister reminded me to laugh about it, and then we did. Oh, we did. We’re a fun set.
So of the 35 pictures we took, 2 were potential for Christmas card use. This is not the one we used, but this was the second best.
Keeping it real, folks. Keeping it real. 😉