It’s that time of the year, again, when my thoughts turn to what picture I’ll include in our Christmas Cards. If Costco can start stocking Christmas ornaments and toys already, then I can certainly turn my thoughts towards the holidays.
A few weeks ago we took a drive up into Rocky Mountain National Park, and I realized too late that it would be a perfect opportunity to take a family picture. Too late meaning that we’d already rushed out of the house in non-matching grubby clothes. But not too late to just take them anyways.
So we stopped off in Estes Park so I could pick up a caramel apple and other chocolates for the kids at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and then off we went to explore the national park.
We found a lovely spot hiking around Sprague Lake, and so stopped to snap a family picture there. I wasn’t quite done with my caramel apple, however, and in a choice between taking a picture or shoving an apple covered in caramel, white chocolate and dark chocolate in my face I’ll always pick the apple.
I love this next picture because it shows what is rarely captured on film (and thanks to my little sis Jamie for sereptitiously taking these)…the family dynamic. Golfer is smiling like an angel (in contrast to what he does when he thinks the picture is being taken), Naturalist is cool as a cucumber, Sassy doesn’t want to stand up but rather pretend she’s a kitty cat, I am leisurely finishing off my apple while Hubby gives me impatient and dirty looks.
I finally get Sassy up and the picture taken before realizing that it’s much to dark to use, anyway.
It’s alright, though, because I still had half an apple wedge stuck in my cheek.
Just down the walkway was a more promising space, so we set up once again…this time I let Hubby deal with Sassy.
First picture, and I thought it was the one! And then my sister pointed out that Golfer’s face wasn’t quite…right.
Golfer!!!! In the next picture I’m smiling while talking through my teeth. “Everyone better be SMILING NICELY and LOOKING AT THE CAMERA or I will leave you here for the BEARS! GOT IT?!”
Sassy then volunteers to be left for the bears.
OK, kids, let’s try this one more time at a beautiful overlook.
Or, a better idea. This year will just be Hubby and I. I can crop Sassy out of the corner pretty easily.
Anyone else do christmas pictures? Do you have yours done yet?
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