Usually I write a nice, spiritual paragraph to accompany our Christmas picture, and then I post it here so everyone can feel warm and fuzzy. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Except this year we had quite an adventure trying to get the perfect Christmas card picture.
(I wish I had the emoji with the crying/laughing face to sprinkle throughout this post. It would be SO appropriate. That and the monkey with his hands over his eyes.)
Here’s what happened. I thought about hiring a photographer to take our picture. But then it was nearly impossible to find someone who was available when Paul wasn’t working (and who wasn’t charging more than my entire Christmas budget for one. stinking. picture). So I got the genius idea to just take the picture ourselves, at home, when we we were free (and when I was having a good hair day). The day before Thanksgiving we set up a nice little photo shoot and tried to get some good pictures on my camera. I filmed part of it (which you can see here).
The only problem is, when you take your own pictures there’s no one to tell you that you have lipstick on your teeth. Which I did. Big time. Yes, Paul was there. No, he didn’t notice. So besides the fact that he made a TON of goofy faces when I thought he was smiling, in the ONE good picture we did get, I have lipstick on my teeth. I tried to edit it, but the quality of the picture really wasn’t good enough for editing. I got a good “Thanksgiving” picture for Instagram and that was that.
We decided to try again later that weekend. I checked my teeth for lipstick and set the camera timer. It did not go well. I felt like Phyllis in The Office episode where they try to get the “jumping” picture for the office Christmas card. I just had the hardest time looking normal. What.
Let’s just look at a few outtakes:
Are you wiping tears of laughter from your eyes? I am! I decided I couldn’t start the timer, get settled, fix my vest and smile normally in ten seconds. So I ditched the vest and we FINALLY got a decent picture. I don’t know how you people with kids do it. LOL.
So the next time you see a perfect Christmas card picture, just think of me and laugh. It might not have been as perfect as it looks. I think there’s a life lesson in there for all of us. 🙂
Merry Christmas from the Pendells!