I am not a perfectionist but I do have standards. Hair can be blowing, shoes might not match dresses, muffin tops and double chins might even make the cut. My only real wish for our Christmas photo is to have one (ONE!) photo with four faces smiling, preferably showing teeth but I'll even settle for half smile with no teeth.
On this one occasion, I try to capture my kids personalities so I can share them with friends and family in the form of one beautiful, shiny Christmas card, courtesy of Costco online.
Maybe that's my problem. I want to capture the happy, playful side of my kids. But they each have depth to their personality, that goes beyond a glint in the eye and a smile. And, being human as they are, they get grumpy sometimes. It could be brought on by a beautiful dress that's more snug than my lovely broad shouldered 3 yr old is used to wearing. Or the fact that there are kids nearby ready and willing to play with a 5 yr old that is being forced to stand still for a photo. Or maybe it's brought on by hunger... with so much to plan, I totally forgot to account for the fact that my hypoglycemic daughter hadn't had a snack in a couple hours and might melt down. Duh.
As I looked through the less than perfect photos last night, my own mood changed a few times in a matter of minutes. First, I was angry - why couldn't I just get one measly half way decent photo??? Then I was sad - poor me. Then, I must admit, I got a chuckle out of it and a creative idea for a Christmas card. I think the photo I will end up using is the one where my 3 yr old looks her grumpiest. The tag line on the card will read something like, "Don't be an angry elf this Christmas". Or maybe, "have you been naughty or nice this year?".