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.
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.
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!