Hello, hello…happy Sunday everyone. I come to you from under my favorite blanket on my favorite recliner in my favorite sweatpants and fleece shirt while the snow blows and drifts outside the windows of this little house. The heat is on, the music is playing, the laundry is rolling in the dryer downstairs. All should be well shouldn’t it? I mean, this is the best place to be on a cold and dreary December day.
I just realized it is December.
Like December 9th or something right?
Sweet mercy, it’s almost Christmas!!!!
I’m in crisis.
I have been so consumed with photo taking, eating, working, writing, snuggling, and planning for the arrival of our new house (yeah, that’s happening in like a week or so, but we’ll talk more about that later) that I have completely neglected the whole process of making it look a lot like Christmas around here.
I have no tree. I have no baked goods. I have no lights or tinsel or twelve-foot inflatable Santa riding a motorcycle on my front porch. My gift ideas are still ideas (the inflatable Santa and is one of them…but don’t tell my momma) and I haven’t even dug out Chug’s santa suit yet! I know he’s pretty damn disappointed.
I am very upset with myself. I am. But wasn’t it just yesterday that I was jumping in the lake in my swimming suit? Now I am digging in our chest full of winter gear to find my favorite mittens and scarf. Wow, time flies when you’re working, crafting, photographing, riding horses, chasing cattle, drinking margaritas with friends, swimming in big lakes, walking around aimlessly in the hills, yelling at the pug to get off the couch and planning the house you are going to live in for the rest of your life.
Anyway, today I woke up with every intention of making a dent in this holiday season. And the first item on the list was this:
1) Make and order our Christmas Cards
Pretty simple. Pretty straightforward.
That should be checked off in a good 20 minutes…
All I need to do is find a relatively decent photograph of husband and I. No problem. We’re together all the time. I have a camera I take with me wherever I go. I am sure during the course of the 360 days since we ordered our last Christmas card someone has taken a semi-decent photograph of the two of us in a khaki pants and holiday sweaters by a crackling fire with perfectly placed stockings with our names on them behind us as we smile with the warmth and love of the season.
I am sure someone has captured us clinking wine glasses together in a nearby vineyard as we gaze lovingly and knowingly into each other’s eyes.
Or maybe they caught us on top of a mountain in our Eddie Bauer ski clothes, with cheeks perfectly flushed from the crisp mountain air, arms around one another as we took a moment to sip a hot chocolate and pose as the clouds rolled by in the bright blue sky before we “swished, swished, swished” down the face of the powdery mountain.
I think I have that photo around here somewhere….
Or what about the one where we were caught together in a delightful fall day, raking leaves in our matching fleece shirts and mittens, finding it so refreshing and romantic to be outdoors together that we just couldn’t contain our joy so we began playfully throwing leaves at one another. I could use that one with a card that says something like: “Joy to the world, the yard work’s done…”
Or what about the one with us in that hot-air balloon sailing over the Grand Canyon? Didn’t we do that this year? Didn’t someone document it?
Or on the beach with our perfectly sculpted abs from all of that P90X we’ve been doing. Yeah, I think I was wearing a bikini with one of those sarong things and my hair was blowing in the sea air while husband scooped me up in his arms as the waves crashed against our legs. I KNOW someone captured that moment. That would be a perfect Christmas card photo…
Funny, I can’t find that one anywhere…
And now it has been a good two hours and all I have is more snow, less coffee and thirty-seven thousands photos scrounged up of the two of us either double-fisting drinks at a concert, holding an awkward pose with forced smiles in a scenic place or captured moments of annoyance…
But I have lots of photos of hubby. Gorgeous photos of him riding through the prairies so stoically handsome or standing on a horizon somewhere looking masculine…
Maybe I could just scrounge up a semi decent photo of myself and, well, you know, smoosh them together. People do that don’t they?
Yeah, this ain’t gonna happen is it?
Seriously, if anyone was on that hot air balloon ride with us, can you please send me the photos?!!
Maybe I’ll just call it good with this one this year. I mean, it has holiday cheer written all over it.
Happy Holiday preparation everyone. I’ll be in the bathroom practicing my classy, warm, inviting, Eddie Bauer model smile if you need me…
It might be a while…
Looks like you’ve got a sweet life–these are good problems to have 🙂 Happy holidays!
OMG, I have tears.
Do you have photo shop…put a few photos together and make you own? I’m a procrastinator I guess. Anyway, good luck..I’m sure you will do good. And the craziness begins. Nicole 🙂
Oh I know your problem but mine is worse, I am the only one in this whole extended american family who has a camera. There are no photos of Our John and I together This Year! and yet we have been together the whole time. In fact there are NO photos of me AT ALL, because at every family function I was the one taking the photographs. The invisible one. History in images will prove that john had a invisible wife similiar to the invisible friend i had when i was 8. So I have completely failed the Christmas card test this year.. oh dear.. c
As always, love your photos and your humor! Too funny! And this is just where I am too, although my husband hates to pose for the camera, so I don’t even have much to choose from of non-holiday photos.
Thanks for the laugh! ~ Sheila
I’m sure your fans would be happy with any photos you choose–especially the ones where the cows tore up the yard.
Haha! This is hilarious and how it goes when you are the resident photographer! Lots of beautiful photos of others taken by you! I miss you two. Those photos of you two together are the best!
Guess who has a blown-up Santa riding a motorcycle in her yard…..oh my. A holly-jolly compromise!
Hilarious! Thanks for sharing!
Hey, wanted you to know I am passing the Versatile Blogger award on to you! For rules, see my blog post from today, 12/4/11. Hope you enjoy, and thank you for the inspiration! ~ Sheila
So funny, and true. You are a damn good writer, and photographer too. Now you just need a damn good photographer to follow you about. -kate
So funny. The one of your pug says it all …
FUNNY! I was reading this while my kids in my class were having down time…busted up laughing at your pic. with the toilet paper in your nose… they all thought I was insane! You crack me up! I just read this today, but thank you for making my day a little brighter!!!
So fun to hear from you and visualize you laughing in the classroom while witnessing the absurd photos I chose to share with the world. Good Lord. Hope all is well Amanda. Happy Holidays and hi to the family for me!
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