Friday, December 11, 2015

Our first attempt at a family Christmas card / 2015.

I actually thought about sending some of you guys our holiday card...but then I realized that might border on being creepy. Like asking someone you only know online, "what's your address???" like a crazy person might warrant a blocking or something, haha. Who knows, we could all just be catfishing!!! Just kidding, but you know what I mean. 

So this here internet friends, is for you - Merry Christmas!!

It looks slightly better in real life, like the black part is darker and the whole thing is glossier, but still not the greatest Christmas card in the world. I know it and I'm okay with it. I've done cards in the past from John and I but I usually get literally the cheapest ones from Target or something, but this year since we're married now and have a dog baby and all, I figured I would attempt to do a family card. 

Ok, so don't hate me for saying this...but whenever I see a couple or a family on a Christmas card I usually eye-roll and think, "COOL, YOU'RE PERFECT!!" It just seems a bit fake to me. The smiles and the matching outfits and the family standing in front of the perfect tree...ugh. So hopefully ours doesn't come across that way, because this was about as far from a perfect moment as it gets. Truthfully, it looked something like this...



And then just imagine Johns Mom going, "TED! TED! TED! OVER HERE! TREAT! TREAT! TREAT!" And me going, "don't get his penis!!!" And John going, "that's it, I'm done." And walking away after 30 second, hahaha. 

So I had this idea (stupid Pinterest setting unrealistic expectations all the time) that we would just hold Teds hands and make him the focus (because no one really wants to see our faces, but people love him) but Ted did not cooperate nearly as well as the Pinterest dog did. He is so lazy he kept falling over, haha. And his paws were dirty. And he wouldn't close his mouth. And I put this stupid Christmas bow around his neck that he kept trying to get off, haha. It was a real mess. And then because I knew I had about 4 seconds with John, I just let him wear what he was wearing and I threw on a green sweater and called it good. If the shot went down any further you would see I was wearing converse and John had on flip-flops, haha. And this was first thing in the morning, so no makeup or no hair was done either. The image in my head was of us standing against a plain brick wall, but that was near the staircase and in the shade...so I had about 2 seconds to pick out this wall before everyone gave up and left me outside standing by myself, haha. So really I'm just lucky that I ended up getting 1 out of the 8 shots that was good enough to actually use. I would like to think that even the perfect family cards secretly have 90% outtakes of everyone cross-eyed or something. If I ever got a card like that I would personally call that person and thank them for being real.

But I've already gotten a few texts that "your Christmas card is so cute!" Which makes me feel like I didn't totally screw up our first family card ever. And hopefully it comes across the way it was meant to - to be kind of funny, and just so say Merry Christmas from our mess of a family to yours ;)

xoxo. 

12 comments:

  1. Awh that's so cute!!! hahaahh and cat fishing, Jason is always a skeptic and if he read that he would be like "I bet she is cat fishing you!!!" (joking of course, but he loves to tease me :) ) Love the card, love Ted, love the perfect imperfectness. The behind the scenes is the best part! :) Technically we already have each other's addresses becasuse you ordered a sign but I promise I'm a REAL person ;) haha Merry Christmas early!

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  2. Okay that is adorable! It seriously looks professional. And I love the story of the outtakes and stuff behind it haha. We're not doing Christmas cards this year because we have to write thank you notes...boo. And who knows if I'll even want to do it next year. I'm super lazy and I know Michael won't help address them. Ha!

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  3. STOP how cute is this picture?!?

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  4. LOL this is hilarious. Before I even read the post I was like, I want a Christmas card from you guys! We did one very similar to this for our card this year because I didn't want the commitment of having my face in the picture. LOL Seriously though, email me your address and I'll send you one!! BrittaneyAllen@hotmail.com

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  5. I LOVE it!!! What a perfect Christmas card! You did sooo good!

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  6. Y'all's is way cuter than the Pinterest one, I love it!

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  7. OMG TED?! Really? I love him. That is probably the most hysterical name I have ever heard and I love it so much. Plus, this photo is just awesome! I love dogs (clearly)

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  8. I think it's perfect!!!! I love it! And I love the outtakes - thank you for the laugh this morning, lol! We had a Groupon for a little photo shoot and I'm telling you, the dogs make it so so so hard. I think we got like 5 good pictures out of the hour long process!

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  9. hahaha the only people i really send christmas cards to are blogger friends! it's not creepy at all. i think the same thing when i see some peoples cards, but yours is awesome! i think it is way better than the pinterest one. i wonder if i could get my cats to do this haha.

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  10. I LOVEEE this card! It is so adorable and Ted looks like a perfect Pinterest model! When you asked on Instagram I didn't even hesitate to be like I want one! So maybe that makes me even weirder but dogs are just too cute! haha! This is how I feel about blog photos, getting Bill to be patient enough to help often takes some bargaining, normally the same way as Ted, with treats!

    xx,
    Susie

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  11. I LOVEEE this card! It is so adorable and Ted looks like a perfect Pinterest model! When you asked on Instagram I didn't even hesitate to be like I want one! So maybe that makes me even weirder but dogs are just too cute! haha! This is how I feel about blog photos, getting Bill to be patient enough to help often takes some bargaining, normally the same way as Ted, with treats!

    xx,
    Susie

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