Monday, November 30, 2009

On the Naughty List

Last night, my family and I went to Bella Terra in Huntington Beach to take our annual Christmas photos. I'll say it right now... I am not a perfectionist. Nor do I care if my Christmas card photo looks like a professional took it. That's why every year we get together with our good friends and trade taking each others Christmas photos.

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?".


  1. I love the angry elf picture.... A quick snapshot of an average day in our lives. :)

  2. I finally figured out how to put photos in the blog! Yay me!!!

  3. I love the angry elf picture. So cute. You look so playful too. Perfect! So glad you figured out how to get the pictures on. Have I told you how much I love your new layout??? Love it. xoxo N

  4. I've got Devious Elf in my Christmas picture. Nancy took our family pics last week, and out of over 100 pics, there was not one where my 4 yr old was actually looking in the right direction.

  5. Summer - I had a great laugh and love ALL of these photos because they make me giggle. Your little one tugging on your dress is probably one of my favorites. The next one is everyone smiling except for your one in the red dress with the angry 'I'm not going to smile' look. I think a montage of a few of them on one card would be awesome! Costco doesn't do them but I think other places let you put a smaller photo inside a big photo.