Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Card Love

Although I understand they can be quite a chore, I really hope the tradition of sending Christmas cards never dies.  I just love the fun of opening a card from someone I love.  My favorites are the cards with family pictures, then the cards with pictures of kids only, then the good 'oil traditional Christmas cards!  

Oh wha fun it is to receive Christmas cards!

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards weren't high on the priority list this year...but I still managed to get them done.

Here's how things went down:
1.  Turn on the Christmas tree lights.
(This photo doesn't have the lights on, but you get the point.)

2.  Pull up a dining room chair and an ottoman.
3.  Tell the kids to gather together.
4.  Say cheese!
5.  Snap about ten pictures and hope for the best.

6.  Load the pictures onto the laptop.
7.  Open Picasa.
8.  Crop, brighten, boost colors.
9.  Add background patterns and position my three favorite snapshots.
10.  Add text.
11.  Order 4x6 prints online from CVS.
12.  Pick up prints later in the afternoon.

13.  Peel and stick photos onto the front of our Christmas cards.
14.  Write a message inside each card.
15.  Kick myself for buying cards that required me to write inside each one.
16. Address each card.
17.  Take the girls to the post office.
18.  Buy stamps, Sarah's choice.
19.  Spend 20 minutes letting the girls peel and stick the stamps onto the envelopes.
20.  Sing a silent Hallelujah that I'm finished with that labor of love!

And lastly,
21.  Take note to use all-in-one photo cards next year!

Merry Christmas, y'all!

Monday, December 9, 2013


As I wrap gifts to go under the Christmas tree, I remember a time when I wrapped gifts in paper based on the Christmas celebration at which they would be opened.  Some were were wrapped in blue snowflake paper, some in black damask, some in red and green polka dots.  I don't know which I miss more, being more organized, or seeing all the different wrapping papers under the tree!