It’s so like me…getting behind on my blog posts….but seriously, with so much Christmasy cuteness running around this year, there was a decision to be made. I decided that blogging could take backseat to family, that the Christmas posts could sit in the draft folder while I played with my boys on the floor in front of our Christmas tree, that worrying and thinking and fretting about writing, editing, and publishing wasn’t as important as enjoying my Christmas. That’s hard for me. Because I love sharing my life with you. And doing it regularly keeps me accountable. But priorities are priorities…and babies are only 20 months old for Christmas once.
So my apologies if this post seems irrelevant….seeing as how Christmas is now over.
And tough Christmas cookies…because you are getting it anyway
Our outdoor decorations were pretty simple this year…
Our newly red doors got red berry wreaths (they were mispriced at Home Depot one weekend and the label said only $5.97 for a Martha Stewart Berry Wreath!!!) Yeah…I happy danced all the way to the car.
And the garland is old – but the ribbon bows help make it pop a little I think.
All the other front doors got one of our old wreaths with red bow. We splurged at Walmart for door hangers. I was just gonna hang it with ribbon…but then Jer suggested these – and this way we can reuse them every year.
We also scored some red poinsettias to flank the front doors….praise the Lord only $3 a piece!
I kinda love it…even the red on red.
Now if I could only get around to painting those lights and talk my boyfriend into painting the exterior trim. Yowza that would be a chore.
We pulled out the giant wreath that we had in storage…this beast looked huge at our last house and here it looks kinda average. Like dollhouse furniture in a castle…that’s all our stuff in this new house. By the way – I hate the bows but I was too lazy to change them.
Okay – and here’s where it gets a little crazy. As in hand me the bottle of pills because I need to be medicated stat kinda loopy. Jeremy got to do the lights. I call it the RING OF FIRE. And THE GRAND TETONS…ya know…because tetons are boobs…and it totally looks like Madonna got buried in our front yard. Next year, I’m in charge.
And yes – the photo of us on the front porch was taken with the red JCrew dress I mentioned scoring at Goodwill in this post for five dollars. You have no idea how hard it was to get that photo. Ridonkulous.
And since I am all about letting you know how hard everything is…I thought it would be fun to walk you through a typical Bower family photoshoot…or three. Sorry about all the photos below – they are all straight outta the camera…no editing.
Here’s attempt number 1…
kinda happened late at night…my sister drove over and we ran outta daylight by the time we were all ready…and yes, when I sat ‘we’ and ‘ready’ in the same sentence I mean, the adults were dressed and the diaper was dry…that’s as far as we got.
Will wasn’t into it.
And the situation just got worse and worse.
So we moved inside…just in time for a crying baby and a nip slip.
We pulled out a chair to act as tripod and hoped for the best.
These are SOOC…and no, I conveniently forgot to put on makeup. Not that it matters because most of these are unusable due to a recent toddler discovery. Will discovered that picking boogers is REALLY fun during photoshoots.
Such a guy.
So after I ran back to see these – and to see that I cropped off Will…I also realized my hair was wonky.
So I ran inside and Jer messed with the camera. AGAINST THE LAW JEREMY AGAINST THE LAW!!!
That’s why we got this amazing shot.
Not that my uber-poof helped the hair situation…because by the time I got back out there…my hair looked crazy and Will was totally over it.
I call these “Check out my poochy belly in the worst slouchy pose for a female ever” and “the Goldminer”
“the cloud watcher” and “the arm gripper”
Please be aware that I asked several times if we could do photos between actual attempts. We kept our clothes ready to go for a moment’s notice photoshoot. We were like firemen…except without the fun sliding pole….and without any fires, smoke or medals for saving people.
Hair in Will’s face…hand on the hip looks weird…
Nose picking AGAIN.
Will finally just wanted to be control of the remote…
Then he picked his teeth while I whipped out my lazy eye.
THIS FINALLY WAS A DECENT ONE! SUCCESS! SEAL CLAPPING…and not Heidi’s Seal – the animal – you know….arr arr arr!
Then we moved to the ground because Will refused to be held.
ANOTHER DECENT PHOTO…even with the toddler attitude up front…
Love this one too…except I am pretty sure there is a booger on Will’s finger.
He was getting squirmy…mostly because I was tickling him
Jer’s butt went numb so he had to get off the ground and then Will whipped out the Joker Face…which is really quite scary on such a little person.
Tried to bribe with candy…
Total fail at this point…
Still chewing the candy…
And that’s it…a few decent photos from HOURS of nipslipping, nosepicking and bad lighting. I assume the future will be just as bad. And when I say bad, I mean frustratingly enjoyable I’m sure in the years to come just having everyone in the photo regardless of what they are doing with their pointer finger will be enough for me.
So that’s it…oh and in case you missed it – Mery Christmas…we love you guys and hoped you unplugged to enjoy your family and friends this holiday season!