*Family members! If you want to be surprised, don't look at the picture below. ;)*
So, we're doing Christmas cards this year for the first time in probably 2-3 years. I won't even get into it...well, OK, I will.
EVERY year, the issue is one or both of the following:
a. we don't have a good (or any) picture of all 6 of us. In my opinion, once you have kids, you need to send out a picture of them for The People. The People do not want a lame card with no pic; they want to see the kids! But I have popular and busy stepkids with better things to do than pose for family photos, OK? And we don't all live under the same roof. AND I'm not a "Kodak moment" kind of person. I often forget my camera and have to rely on more responsible family members to send me the pics that they take. I'm ashamed to say that I currently have more stinkin' pictures of tutorials - my hands putting fabric through a sewing machine, for instance - than I do of my own precious family. How SAD is that? More on that later...oh trust me. More on that later. So there's that.
b. we don't have (read: I don't like to pry open our proverbial wallet to spend) the cash for STAMPS, let alone the cards. I remember when stamps were .22 cents! How annoying that everything is so expensive now.
This year, however, the planets have all aligned.
We have GREAT pictures of all 6 of us, taken professionally at the beach this summer. I got a killer deal from the photographer, who included his print release as a part of the package. NOT that I think we have to have "professional pics or nothing" to send out...we just happen to this year.
Also, when I ordered my kids' school pictures this year, I was so happy because if you ordered them online (which I always prefer to do anyway...writing checks is such a pain) (yes, that is grammatically correct. It just doesn't sound like it is.)...um, where was I? If you ordered them online, you got a $20 credit at Shutterfly. Well, I ordered two packages, so I got a $40 credit! Woo-hoo! That definitely softened the blow of having to drop $44 on school pictures. Ouch.
So after much playing around and trying out different card designs today, here's the one I ordered: