Yesterday my mother came over and we were able to coral the children long enough to get a pic for Christmas cards. Since most you aren't on my mailing list, I can show them off! :) We placed a skid proof mat on top of the dining table, and then my wee daughter's Bumbo, and then placed a tablecloth over everything, slid the table towards the mantle and voila! we had a mock photo studio! The kids didn't move very far once they were on the table because I think they were afraid they might fall off. Or it was because I was yelling so loudly at them to behave, sit still, leave each other alone, look at me! and smile! Hello!?? Up here!! I need you guys to look up here!! It only took twelve pics to get this one. Some cropping, light adjustment on the computer and the cards are already ordered from Snapfish.com.
Here is the same fire place as above, just from the other side. Still a little bare, but symmetrical and neat. (the way I like things) they don't often stay that way.. but I try!
I also took some pics of my son. The school pictures always seem to come out either awful or hilarious and I wanted something this year that reflected him, not the photo company machines that stack and shuffle the children. I took about thirty and got 4 that I really like. We sang the Macho Man song and I got him to smile and laugh in a couple. Above is my favorite.
OK.. I've been tagged to share with you three things about myself.. the random, the weird and the funny.
the Random.. My father was in the Air Force and I grew up in Europe. Mostly Germany, but I also lived in Italy for a spell. I was able to visit Russia when it was still under Communist Rule. Wow. that opened my eyes.
the Weird.. when I was in college I had a partially shaved head, blue hair (what was left) and a pierced eye brow and I got a tattoo.. (I still have the tattoo)
the Funny.. we are a middle class family, very comfortable and secure. If I have $20 dollars, I take a trip to the local junk shop instead of the clothing store. I only have two pairs of pants (one of which I bought a week ago!) Almost all my socks are worn so thin they have built in air conditioning and most of my clothes are hand me downs from my mother and grandmother. (perhaps I should ask for some clothes for Christmas.. NAAAAHHH!! I want a gift card to Micheal's and some cash for my junk shop addiction!)