Wednesday, November 26, 2008

It's that time again!

It's time again for the annual Christmas picture. With Fitz and I both coming from big families, there are many, many aunts and uncles that expect this picture each year. Every year I plan a day of torture picture taking, and get the kids dressed in their matching outfits. They all whine and complain smile and hug, and just make it such a ridiculously difficult wonderful, easy job for me!

But seriously, we've got some good shots over the years... The last two Christmas cards having all 7 kids together.

So at my Mom's recent party, all my aunts and uncles were asking about this years card. I feel like I have upped the anti, and am under pressure this year to come up with something good. So Monday night, with some last minute scurrying to get things together, we did it. And I wish I had a video camera going at the same time. I don't think there is anything more comical than trying to get 7 kids organized for a picture. It's like trying to lasso a herd of cats. And with one of those cats being Charlie, it makes it that much more interesting. Honestly, out of about 30-40 pictures last year, I think I got 2 or 3 shots where Charlie was standing relatively still and looking in the general direction of the camera.  I am glad we can all laugh during and after the process, because if not, we would all (me) go insane.

So now you will just have to wait till the card shows up in your mailbox.  And when it does... please think of me... of me and my sanity.


Kathy said...

I had enough trouble taking four to Walmart. Had one good shot where they were all looking at the camera--and the guy order the wrong one!!! They tell me it' too late now to get the right one. Sigh. Oh well. It's the first time we've taken all the kids (who are home, not all total) to get a Christmas picture taken somewhere like that. I think you're smart to take your own.

Becky said...

I love it. We do the same thing...but only with less kids. This year I got them cute Christmas pj's for the shoot. I think I'll have some wine before the fun begins;)

JourneytoFamily said...

Love those past Christmas pictures! Last year we took almost 200 pictures and only came up with one "winner", and that's just with three kids. This year, we're doing individual shots and stitching them together in photoshop. ;)

Chapter Two Manmi said...

Oh I can't wait to see'll post it on your blog right? After all your loved ones first get it in the mail?
We are getting our first family "portrait" done next week. I think we're finally at the point we can get everyone to cooperate and smile.