I'm going to remove the previous post because I don't like seeing my own grouchiness every time I visit here.
Bit by bit, I'm learning to let go of the perfect Christmas. One day I'll miss that blur of red, even if she didn't make for the ideal portrait!
We all have those grouchy moments, but you're right to let go of trying to get it all just right and enjoy your little blur:) I always feel so much better when I let go of whatever I'm stressing about...I always wonder why I didn't do it sooner!
I thought it captured motherhood perfectly. I have those moments often and it is good to know that you aren't alone once in awhile.
Love the photos!
I have to admit the post on the blur tickled me. Not that I would say so at the time, because I remember how frustrating it is when you're in the thick of it, but a few years later it is awfully cute.
I feel like most of the pictures of our 3rd child are of a blur - that one does NOT like to be still. Sometimes a little Tylenol, Benadryl, or other such medicine (what works for your child) might help in situations like these - for YOU and for the child to sit still. :)
I didn't think you were grouchy...but maybe it is just b/c I have had the same feelings of late and I didn't want to admit my own grouchiness. :)
Either way, good for you for recognizing it, and for letting go of your "need" for the perfect Christmas. I too, am learning that lesson, not only at Christmas, but other times of the year too. It is a lesson I seem to have to relearn and relearn and relearn again...
I didn't see the original post but I empathize! I've been trying since just after Halloween for the "perfect" Christmas card pic and have finally resigned myself to either my 3 1/2 y.o. sticking out his tongue, etc. or my 5 month old looking dazed & confused. Sigh...not to mention that I usually struggle to get cards out in time though I love to do it. I started addressing/signing 10 days ago but now am telling myself to let it go because my husband's beloved brother was killed last Sunday and, of course, life has been turned upside down since then. Just trying to start returning to some amount of normalcy now.
I was surprised you switched out the photos, but I don't blame you. I dislike posting pictures of myself on my blog, too.
Oh your little blur is so cute! How old is she now? Mine just turned 1 and is constantly reaching for the camera or walking away. It's hard to get good pictures - but I have fun trying. :o)
Although I admire your attempts, I myself gave up on those Christmas photos. Jump on over and see my solution. :) We try to make funny cards to help me avoid all the stress.
Here is something I would never have thought of until I had a brother attending art school.. a lot of photography students are itching for (1) any small amount of cash and (2) opportunities to practice their skills. Think of it like getting your hair and nails done at the beauty schools. You can pay them $20 or so to do a photo shoot for you. They will often come up with real creative shots and locations and that equals less stress on Mamma. :)
You're funny!...."grouchy", eh? I just thought you looked kind of serious. But I hear ya. There are some days....
I thought it was such a realistic, funny post! Glad it was up for even a little while. The holding still Elise looked so cute in her Red Riding Hood coat picture.
We have a home video of a grouchy me bathing my blurry daughter in the tub at about that age...she was so active and slippery all I could manage was a firm wrist-hold while she rotated in my grasp and slid around as if on a luge, happy the entire time. The days pass so quickly!
I like the occasional 'grouchy' post. I think that when we remain relentlessly cheerful in how we present ourselves, it can make the world think that being a frugal person (or mother, or homemaker, or whatever) is always easy. It's not, of course! While I'd be annoyed if every post was "Woe is me!" I do like to see a glimpse of the bad days too... :)
Now you are talking. Good for you to realize that. Keep up the excellent work, you ARE an inspiration.
I didn't see the original post. But everytime I look at this photo I love it even more. The background is amazing, and the blur is beautiful.
Our Holidays card had photos taken all year round on it. And we have yet to get a good all family photo. The kids just don't stay still.
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