'tis the season.

Okay, so maybe it's a little early for The Season, but it's 2 months to Christmas. We're close enough.

And 2 months to Christmas means it is The Season: It's Christmas Card Season. Actually, open hunting started today. I got a concealed photo permit. Don't worry, this is all legal.

As I said earlier in the week, I lobbied and I lobbied hard for the 300 picture of my family to be used as the Christmas Card Picture (hereafter referred to as CCP where I see fit).

I was reminded that for a photo to be The Family CCP it would help if the entire family was in said picture. I needed to add my brother (Eric) and Stacia.

Fine. Fine.

I resubmitted this tonight:

I feel it really captures the whole family.
And, as PK noted, Chuck as Uncle Eddie really is the icing on the cake.

I presented this as a joke.
They are taking it seriously.
As in, this is seriously in the running to be my parents' CCP. It was recommended, however, by The Father, that perhaps (persmaps) we might consider taking a regular CCP for some on our Christmas card list who might miss the humor in my doctored photo.

Again, fine. Fine.
We'll take an Alternate CCP (should this hereafter be referred to as the ACCP? Acronyms are confusing.).

You may be wondering why would we take a CCP or ACCP so early. Well, see, Eric and Stacia live in another state. And in that state Eric is a police officer which means his schedule is different to say the least. And it means we don't actually see Eric for holidays so we can kiss November goodbye. A picture taken at the end of October will have to do. Hopefully no one changes much by December 1. Lucy might get cuter and Chuck might get taller and skinnier, but other than that we should be good to go.

I forced my family onto the staircase for the photo (no one will disagree that I forced them).
Because I'm a slave to lighting and I refuse (REFUSE) to use my flash. I could milk enough lighting out of the surrounding rooms to Tim Gunn make it work.

I needed to test my theory that this lighting would do so I took a quick test picture of the family as they were getting set.

I'm gonna throw this out there: This is my hands down favorite family picture ever. There's so much going on here that I love. Soak it all in, people. My family is one giant gem.

The next few pictures were taken rapid fire by Shelley's friend Jay (who came over thinking he was getting dinner, but really was getting roped into photographing our family and being yelled at about composition by me).

Eric managed to ruin the first set with impressive skill. I didn't know you could change your face that quickly on the rapid fire setting. Four pictures in a second and his face is different in them all. Subtle, but there. These were my two favorites.

My brudder.
He makes it interesting to say the least. If he's going to act like that then I vote for picture number 2 to be the ACCP. It also marks the only time in the evening that Lucy found him a)humorous b)approachable or c)interesting. She was a wee bit taken a'back by Eric and may have used Bubba as a humor shield on more than one occasion.

Then, we decided to take our turn at The Lucy Pose (two fingers in the mouth) as a possible picture. Like a visual shout out to Lu.

Again, Eric. Fantastic.

One out of 27 pictures taken is definitely "appropriate" and "typical" and could be the ACCP.

But I'm still pulling for the Griswold Picture to spread our holiday cheer when the time comes OR even one of the other fine specimens that we took. Looks like Fe has some tough choices to make.

What will she pick?
Tough to tell.

Good thing we have time to mull this over.


  1. Hey There. It's me. A stalker. Well, not really, but I've been reading your blog for quite a while on my teeny, tiny "Crackberry" which will NOT let me comment. I finally have a tether for it and so I can. I CAN! Love it.

    Rebecca (the chica who's been reading your blog for long enough to know that Chuck looks super-awesome in your white size-4 pants!)

  2. Eric here... The one Allison/Bunday that never comments... All I will say is that Susan (I named her, so I will call her by her proper given name. And I don't understand how she was able to get married; she's only 9 years old!) may be the one who professionally takes pictures and plans weddings, but I'm the one who professionally ruins them. So, as evidenced by my every-six-months-or-so appearances in this blog, I've got mad skills and I'm for hire. Family photo need some spice? Call me. Best friend needs to be knocked down a peg in her bridal/baby shower photos? Text me. The only photos I won't ruin are the ones I can't legally be in (ie., DMV or passport photos), but I am available to coach you to an epic photo disaster. I'm running a fall special right now, also... For an extra $10 Jamie will appear with me and the twins separated at birth (and by about 5 years) will do their magic together! (By the way, Sues, epic blog... I'll make a few more appearances...)


    The Brudder


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