Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Cards

Oh how I love to receive Christmas cards!  Thank you to everyone that has sent us one.  December is truly the only time of year I look forward to getting mail.  It seems I can tolerate receiving all those bills as long as they are nestled in my mailbox with those beautiful cards.  They truly make my heat smile.  We display them and the children love to look at them as much as I do.  One year we left them up until well after Valentine's Day.  That was a bit crazy and probably more laziness than anything else.  Oh well, it was still nice to look at, or so I thought at the time. 

I sent out Christmas cards this year but didn't get a letter written.  I know people have mixed thoughts on family newsletters but I enjoy them.  I like sending them and I enjoy receiving them ~ although I seem to get less and less each year.  Which is completely understandable because we are all so busy.  Branden said this blog serves as our family newsletter and I guess that's true, expect I've been horrible at updating this as well.

In typical me (Nicole) fashion I was a bit fugal and didn't order enough cards - sorry to those I was unable to send to.  I also didn't love our cards this year because we didn't have a very good family photo to use.  I ended up making several different versions and sent them all out.  It's hard to get 5 people to all smile at the same time so this is the best I could come up with.  Again, I'm sorry to anyone that I missed this year. 

I'm hoping we will get professional family photos taken for next year's Christmas card.  I never seem to think of it in time or budget for it.  It's silly because we have several good friends who are photographers and take super great pictures.  If you are local to Southern CA and needs pictures taken I highly recommend: Miranda, Sarah or Cielo.  They are all personal friends, but are also really great photographers.  It will be hard to decide who, but it's on my 2012 "to do" list to have one of these awesome ladies take our family pictures.

We hope that your Christmas was filled with lots of love and laughter and that you made memories that will last a lifetime!  
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!