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 ;)