December 22, 2011

misty watercolor memories

Perhaps a better title for this post would be, "How to torture your children and make them cry right before they get on the bus.....two days in a row."

But my blog design doesn't allow for lengthy titles, so we'll go the Streisand route.

Back in the day, I went through a brief black and white photograph hand tinting phase.

Which naturally led to a brief let's make our own Christmas card featuring our precious boys phase.

Before school one morning, we staged the perfect warm and loving scene, where-in we pretend that our grade school aged children are decorating our front entry with the help of our adorable toddler.

Totally believable scenario, yes?

We were in a rush, we only had a few minutes before the school bus came, and as a result, the first photo shoot involved both crying and threatening.

I cried, they threatened.

With high hopes that my children possessed the ability to repress traumatic memories, I ran with them to the school bus, glowing with the knowledge that my mission was accomplished.

"Have a wonderful day, boys! Mama loves you! And if your teacher asks you why you're crying, just tell her you fell down while you were getting off the bus! Mama loves you!"

This was going to be the best Christmas card in the history of the world. I just knew it.

I took the film to a one hour photo, and in the following one hour, they lost the negatives.

Awesome.

Never one to give up on a dream, the next morning we lovingly awakened our adorable children with the news that we would be repeating yesterday's fun-filled photo shoot.

Yay!

Having learned from the previous day's disaster, we bribed with ice cream and candy this time, (hence the gleeful look on my baby's face), and while some eyes may have been a little on the misty side, I don't think tears actually fell.


Awwwww. Doesn't that picture just warm your heart?

"Meeeeeem-ries, light the corners of my mind........
....misty water color meeeeem-ries, of the way we were."

"Scattered pictures, of the smiles we left behind.....
....smiles we gave to one an-uuuuuh-ther, for the way we were."

Have yourselves a Merry Pretend Happy Family Christmas Card day!

31 comments:

  1. Christmas greetings to you, I love this story and the photo is incredible! We once made a Christmas video for out of state family members, with our girls decked out in their finest Christmas dressings, sharing favorite ornaments and songs with so many takes because of arguing and fighting-brings back memories. Loved the finished product but my dear hubby taped over the vcr tape and we never got the original back.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Noreen

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  2. Ok... this is hands down, my favorite story to date! I have conveniently forgotten about the whole one hour photo thing... and being disappointed with the results!

    I think a "mama" was responsible for the creation of digital cameras for mainstream use... probably after something just like this!

    ~Chris

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  3. Oh my - love this. AND the "keeping it real" story that goes with it. Oh the way we were! Let's never go backward! LOL Love you girlfriend. Merry Merry to you & yours! ~Sal

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  4. I have almost these exact memories with my kids! Doesn't it make you want to ask Norman Rockwell some questions?

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  5. What a super great Christmas memory complete with picture!!
    Annette

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  6. I totally remember that picture, it's so cute! I have already learned Christmas card pictures with kids are stressful. Merry Christmas!

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  7. What a great Christmas memory and story! I love the picture even if it is staged. I only had one rambunctious boy, I would not have even dared to do something like this with three. Brave woman.

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  8. Ahh the illusion of a photograph, it captures so much more than what we see! ;-)

    Merry Christmas to you and your adorable, albeit older family! Not you of course, but your boys!!

    Kat :)

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  9. Love this post! Picture came out great and the good news is they are still young enough that when they are older you can TELL them that it was all real and that it was your tradition to let them decorate the front door all by themselves! lol.

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  10. Well, I get it. If you were my Facebook friend you would have gotten a message from me in the last week stating: "Sorry we won't be sending our annual Christmas card with a picture of our children, because we can't allow our two children in the same room with each other because someone could get injured ... so let this FB message be your wish for a very Merry Christmas." So, really, I get it. However, your picture looks awesome and does indeed bring back meeeeemries of the days when we did take pictures and ... well, that was a long time ago, before they became teens :)

    Hugs,
    Mary still in Virginia, if you were here we would go antiquing together and then eat ice cream outside, no make that fudge at the table, or wait, warm chocolate chip cookies while standing around the kitchen island and talking 100 miles a minute ... oh well you get the picture. Meeeeery Christmas, whatever happened to Barbara anyway?

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  11. So cute and that is one of my favorite songs. My kids always had tears in their eyes if we went to a professional for photos.

    Merry Christmas

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  12. Love the story and that picture is actually really cute!

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  13. It is a totally cute picture! And I bet they don't remember anything about crying. Or maybe, like my youngest, they remembers EVERY time they were mistreated!

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  14. What a hooooooot!! I love reading your writings.. you're funny. We all try to make the picture perfect holidays.. and then reality sets in.. :-)
    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
    *M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  15. The best part of this? I believe every word. "Mama loves you!" ha ha. I can't get enough o'you.

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  16. It really did turn out beautifully. You didnt tell us though, do they remember? You should send it out next year and just wait and see.

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  17. Norman Rockwell eat your heart out... oh that wasn't very nice was it? Eat-your-heart-out? It looks and sounds horrible in print! sorry Mr Rockwell.

    Dear Teresa, I have missed you too! I have lots of catching up to do here, lots of posts to read and laugh about!! I can always count on you to cheer me up! This one was a wonderful start! Blessings, Julie

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  18. HILARIOUS!!!! Thanks for sharing the cute memories and your Thursday Funnies with us!!!

    Merry Christmas and thank you for all your thoughts and prayers! :)

    I love all your posts, your words, your pics. They help keep me sane like I'm enjoying a good magazine with my cup of tea!

    hugs,
    Michelle

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  19. Charming Christmas story and photo, it has a Andy Griffith/Norman Rockwell quality to it.
    Love it and your entire blog!
    Merry Christmas

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  20. That is just way too cute Teresa! The story of how it came about sounds like something I would do around here. LOL!!! Gotta love those memories.

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  21. Absolutely gorgeous.....love what you did with the picture and the vintage quality there is to it, fabulous!

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  22. Ha! Very cute. I TOTALLY see this a Hallmark card! Love the story behind it too :)

    Katie x

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  23. Haha! Your soo funny! I totally love that staged Christmas card photo! Great story! I'd blow it up and hang it every year. Adorable!!

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  24. Ahhhhh, makes my heart happy!
    I'm leaving tomorrow for Montana! 15day!!! Where is the snow? It better snow!!!
    Merry Christmas....

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  25. Don't you love the meeemmorieees? Staging a picture with the kids, family and the dog too must have been the "Holiday Art" of before . . . Your post stirred it all up for me and I was smiling and misty eyed all at once.

    Thanks for the memories . . . (now that is my era!)

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  26. that's awesome.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  27. I not only wish I could take pictures like you but I wish I could write like you do:) Merry Christmas!

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  28. that was too cute! thanks for sharing! xoxo and Merry CHristmas!

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  29. haha! and precious! pre-cious mem-ries how they linger...wait that's not streisand oops.
    there's a slight possibility this may have been us this year...only the dog didn't cry & we weren't clever enough to bribe the babies with ice cream.

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  30. Absolutely adorable post. Life is not always as rosy as it seems but we fake...um I mean plow through as best we can. The card is just darling by the way. Merry Christmas!

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