I braved the cold the these 2 lovely girls this past weekend … so worth it! Such troopers
It’s that time of year again… Holidays cards! I LOVE THEM!! I love designing them, sending them, receiving them in the mail, makes me sooo happy! Thought I would post a template giveaway. Just click on the link below and it’s yours. Enjoy…
5×7 flat card– front and back side
fonts not included (if you google them you will find them online for free)
Click HERE to download.
I know photo sessions with kids are stressful! There is nothing more stressful that taking your own kids out— the rules are different. In fact, there are none! There is crying, craziness– seriously they run around wild and they do. not. listen., lots of bribery, and yelling— and subsequent guilt. Let me just tell you about our clothing debacle. Clothes are everything when it comes to a session, so I had some work to do to get it right. I preface by saying I can only share this on here because 2 of my 3 can’t read, and the 1 who can doesn’t read my blog- hehheheheee!!It started with me running all over town searching for coordinating clothes and decent shoes because, of course, I waited until the last minute to get organized. Chase is basically a walking advertisement for Under Armour AT ALL TIMES. Seriously, they should be paying me!! So his wardrobe simply will not do. I accidentally bought size 6 pants thinking they were 9– oops! Duh– do they even sell size 9 (it’s 8-10 right?); secondly, the shoes I bought (and they were awesome!) did not come close to fitting. Not that he even came close to wanting them to fit. Argggh. We settle on a pair of size 8 high water jeans that we bought year, and his Under Amour shoes—- he cried for about 30 minutes over the jeans. Seriously, I would not make this stuff up. Could not believe we had tears shed over clothes!! I gently (kinda) reminded him about those who are homeless and wearing dirty, hole-y clothes—– bet they would LOVE those high water jeans, I’d even throw in the shoes… that way someone would appreciate them!
Let’s move on to Mady… I accidentally bought 2 size 5 pants. Not sure where my head was that day. Oh yeah, I was dreading the upcoming drama coming my way. Photos are really that fun for us. Eeeeekkk. Yes, this happens every year. Back to Mady, I made her squeeze into them anyway! After all, they were perfectly coordinated with her sister’s– she had no choice other than to leave them unzipped and unbuttoned. (They were the epitome of extra super skinny cords– I can laugh about it now.) After what went down with Chase, she knew she was wearing them. AND to be happy about it Her shirt was WAY too big so we threw our Matilda Jane jacket over it— turns out it was the perfect addition to the outfit. Awesome.
Ella was easy. She loves everything I pick out for her. I’m her fashion idol I’m sure my days are numbered. Soon enough she will think the things I like are lame.
Sooooooo off we went to our location. All 3 of them cried for 20 minutes of the drive. Why was Ella crying you might be wondering– I have no idea. I think Mady was on her side of the seat in the car. I knew I had to turn things around or I was going to be photoshopping smiles and editing out tears. Definitely not how I want to remember our session. Sessions really need to be fun– because if they aren’t, it shows. No matter how great someone is at Photoshop. There is so substitute for real happiness. So what did I do….. I bribed them! Passed out candy on the spot, promised to go out to dinner, and my golden ticket—— dessert. Junk food works for my family.
We finally arrived at our location. During the drive, the temperature dropped from 63 to 46. Could things possibly get worse? I had about 10 minutes to get what I needed. 3 kids- 10 minutes, impossible you are thinking! The forecast was rain for the next several days. The weekends following were booked with sessions. I had no choice. So I let them run wild and crazy, after all, I just got them to stop crying. This is what I got:
As we got in the car to drive to their restaurant of choice, Chase sarcastically announces, “Epic Fail.” I think not. And yes, Mady wore the pants to the restaurant in case you are wondering… ahhh the art of distraction should not be underestimated.
Happy Friday, Friends!!
Check out these fun new products… I’m LOVING the framed ornaments!
Also super fun are these pop-out cards…
If you had a session in 2013 and are interested in ordering Christmas cards– please contact me! The cards this year are AWESOME!!