There is only ONE time of the year that I crave the perfect snapshot of my two beautiful, little angels…. and that is CHRISTMAS! ONE time….. just wanted to make sure I was clear before.
My kids love the camera, and the camera loves them (do you blame it?). They have a really strong and healthy relationship considering I take pictures every time they blink an eye.
So with that being said, riddle me this…… why is it that the ONE time of the year I want to capture their beautiful angelic faces to construct the perfect Christmas card… that they decide the camera is no longer their homie?
I have finally figured it out…..
BECAUSE kids keep it real! They know this is the one card mom sends out, so they want to show the world the true life of the Barhams (we should so have our own reality t.v. show by the way). Plus, the more I push… the more they will push back.
What happened during our Christmas photo session?
-The kids were bribed with candy (way too early)
-Kids crying hysterically
-Floor soaked with tears
-Mom’s hair begins to fall out
-Dad trying to keep it together
-One child is finally good… while the other one loses it
-Neither child will stand by one another because of possible germs
-Smiles are suddenly extinct
Three days so far I have tried to snap the perfect shot, and I have been defeated. The kids win. I bow down to them.
What have I learned from this epic fail?
-Stick to my tips (my Christmas tips) : Give the kids a festive activity they will love and snap the picture (it is a win for smiles). NO PRESSURE!
-DON’T push too hard…. They are at the age they will go the other way. They are toddlers… testing the limits is so their thing.
-Have fun with it. I went into it full force.. “Okay kids… let’s take pictures!” I could hear them laugh at me in their minds. “Girl, you think we are taking pictures. We’ll show you pictures.” Finally when my husband and I made it fun (wearing the wreaths and laughing… we noticed they were more relaxed).
-It may not be smart to give them the bribe BEFORE the perfect picture. If you notice, we snapped pictures with the bribe. Not smart mom…. not smart.
-If all fails, use another picture taken previously… it is okay if it isn’t in their Christmas attire.
By the way, www.minted.com is my favorite when ordering Christmas Cards. So classic!
Proverbs 13:9- The light of the righteous rejoiceth; but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. Only by pride comment contention, but with the well advised is wisdom.
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