Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Photos Gone Wrong

Oh my, we've had quite a morning at the Robert house, which is why this blog is so late.

We are fast approaching December, as you all know. In fact, today is the very last day of November. And so I've been wanting to knock out a few Christmas photos to arrange on a nice card to send out to friends and family this year. It shouldn't be a difficult thing to do. I mean. It really shouldn't. But I have a two year old and a one year old, so...you can probably see where this is going.

I stayed up way too late last night making a "Merry Christmas" sign and arranging a little corner in our kitchen so that we could take a few pictures this morning. As usual, I had dreams in my head of the perfect set up and how cute I could get in at different angles to snap a few shots. That was all dependent on two toddlers sitting still in a box and actually looking at the camera and smiling. Heh. I'll just let you see for yourself how it went down.

Um. This is going to take a while. I took a lot of (bad) pictures. :) I didn't edit most of these at all, because let's face it. Most of these pictures will never actually grace the cover of a Christmas card, haha.




At first things weren't going too badly.  I had two kids actually sitting in the box that I had wrapped and covered in scrapbook paper. Now if only I could get them to look at the camera and smile. "Hey, girls! Say cheese!"





The whole looking and smiling thing never happened. And within about 30 seconds, Gracie simply couldn't stand it anymore. She had to get her hands on some of those tempting dots on the wall, so she attempted her great escape....





Like any other flustered mom would do, I picked up my kids and plopped them back into the box over and over again...I was getting desperate. I knew this was a no-go. I knew they were never going to comply. But I was really trying to earn my mommy scout badge for the day. I just wanted one, please Lord just one, good picture to use.




Instead, the kids began destroying the props. :D


The props I had stayed up until 2:30am making. 


I haven't been doing this mother thing for very long, but I have already learned one important lesson that has saved me a lot of headaches over the past year or so. Things rarely work out the way you want them...so eventually it's time to stop getting frustrated and just start going with it. :) So I just snapped away while they wreaked havoc on our glad tidings.


No one was ever supposed to know my kids weren't wearing pants. Haha.




Mickey Mouse was calling. I had lost them completely. Christmas card shmistmas card. 



I have lots of other picture ideas, so we'll see what happens. Hopefully tonight they'll be in a better mood for posing. Oh, will I ever learn? :)



This wasn't the blog I was planning to share today, but that's life! Despite the fact that I didn't get the picture of my dreams, I still find most of these completely hilarious. And I'm sure when my children are grown and look back at these photos they will have too much fun making fun of their dear old mom. "Seriously? You stuck us in a box and put gnome hats on our heads. What did you expect?" Ah, I can hear it now. :)

There are about 100 more blooper shots hanging out in a iPhoto album as I type. So you never know. Maybe one of these pictures will sneak it's way onto the Christmas card after all. You might just have to wait to find out.  ;) Now I have a completely destroyed house to clean. Oy vey. Hope your day is less crazy than mine! Over and out.

12 comments:

The Pettijohn's said...

Love the photos, especially the last ones. Hilarious!

Cassie said...

i lost it when you said, no one was supposed to know my kids weren't wearing pants. HILARIOUS!!

Anonymous said...

Those are so funny! My mom sent out a blooper christmas card one year. When you have 4 kids all within 6 years of each other, some years you just cant make the magic happen. Could you set that back up but have them facing a tv or a laptop with a funny youtube video? Maybe they would both sit still and look towards your direction... possibly even smile? Or put on some music and let them dance their hearts out by the Christmas tree and snap a few candids? Some of my favorite Christmas cards I have gotten are the candid real life pictures. It may save your sanity. Just a thought :)
-Andrea

Adrien said...

Sadly, the props are destroyed. BUT...I love your suggestions, Andrea, and I'm fairly certain the only shots we're going to be getting are candid ones, anyway! I think we'll crank up the tunes tonight. ;)

sblind2 said...

same here Cassie....as soon as I saw them NOT wearing pants I laughed!!
Seemed like a really cute idea!! =)

Ashley Mitchell said...

I def think you should use the bloopers. Too cute!

Jackie said...

I agree....I think the pictures are all so cute! I think you should tottaly do a blooper card!

Heather said...

I love the one where they are both standing up in the box with their back to you tearing down the decorations...if I got that on a Christmas card, I would pee myself.

Katie said...

For what it's worth, the pictures that aren't planned usually have much more character than the planned Christmas card cover photos :)

Lara said...

Our Christmas picture wasnt a success either but Josh was more trouble than my kids! You learn to take what you get and move on :)

AJ @ Happy Misadventures said...

Wow this was a great post, I just kept laughing harder at every pic. Especially once I saw the first diaper and thought "I bet we weren't supposed to know they had no pants on!" Hahaha! I'm your newest follower, looking forward to keeping up with your kiddo's antics. Btw, what pic did you end up using?

Adrien said...

Welcome! I ended up using a collage of lots of these bloopers. :) When you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Right? Haha....

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