One of my many pet peeves

Speaking of Christmas.... (I promise this will be my last holiday-related post.) I need to get something off my chest. (Yeah I know, I can't afford to lose much more there, so I'll be brief).

I HATE Photoshopped Christmas cards. Not the ones where you Photoshop someone in who wasn't, that doesn't bother me. It's the ones in which "oh, we couldn't get everyone to smile at once, so we just took a bunch of pictures and ta-da, look how happy we are." That is not real life. Real-life is trying to take your Christmas photo right before your 18-month-old's dinnertime, right after your dog gets home from dental surgery, while your husband is missing out on football games and daylight is fading in your living room. Did I mention the mother/wife figure in this story wants to do four outfit changes because she thinks "it'd be fun"? (I know, I'm sick in the head).

Put on those things together and this is what you get.

test shot

Howie: "Is this seriously happening right now?"

forgot to suck it in

blurry and why is Faith's diaper showing?

Faith: "I do not want to be here right now."

One of Rob's only real smiles. This was early in the process.

Too dark. Faith looks like she's in one of those depressing 1800s photos.

Howie: "No really, why are we doing this now?"

Why yes, that is actually one of my argyle shirts Faith is wearing. So much for this theme.

Howie: "Damnit, do you want my sweater on or off?"


Seriously, why is this so damn hard.

Rob and I are getting further apart. How poetic.

This was a front runner for a while.

Is that a hint of a smile, Faith?

No, we're not done yet.

Rob's pissed the doorbell rang.

Are we giving up?

This one's actually good. Quit while you're ahead.

You just HAD to blink, Rob. Take one for the team next time.

Rob's smile is getting faker.

Another potential keeper. NO really, quit while you're ahead.

Me: Take the damn picture.
Faith: How's this, Mom?
Rob: I'm wearing a freaking Santa hat...get this overwith.
Howie: Why today of all days?

I'm happy, really.

The only photo we ended up using on our Christmas card. Oh well, there's always next year.

If you need to laugh at another family, here's one of my favorites and their Christmas card outtakes.


  1. Hahaha... I needed to laugh for such a gloomy today! Awesome post!

  2. Ha..I love the test shot... I have several of these and I am thinking of making an album of just test shots, most of which end up being pretty hilarious. My Husband and I worked really are for our new years pic which is at the end of this post

    Great post. And what a beautiful family you have!

  3. Loved the commentary. I found this through YHL. I remember once I wanted to take a family pic, and then my husband and I got in this huge fight right before the first pic. Our smiles were just so fake. Hilarious now, but not back then when we were taking it. It was just freaking frustrating.

  4. thanks, everyone! it was definitely like Nancy said...way funnier AFTER the fact :)

  5. I just laughed so hard. ( I found you through YHL,by the way). Thanks for your honesty and keepin it real!