Finally this year we might send a holiday card after all

I will let you on a little dirty secret of mine. I haven’t sent a New Year’s card in 6 years bad isn’t it? I could blame it on the fact that i had tiny babies or that my photography skills were lacking. The truth is much simpler I just lacked the energy to get everyone ready and wrangle them into giving me a decent holiday picture. 

We had the year I couldn’t convince Samy to wear pants instead of sweats, or the year Tarek had the mother of all meltdowns or maybe the year the Mr. lost his marbles and was ready to duck tape them so I could take a picture….

I started working on this picture back in November by mentally preparing everyone especially the Mr. Then Saturday morning I explained it would be for the next day and Sunday came. I was ready for the battle.

I was expecting to struggle for the bath, argue about clothes and have to resort to threats to get the picture of the smiling kids. I know I know the irony is not lost on me. Instead I chose to bribe them, $5 each bought me eough good will to get the picture I wanted.

These are some of the outtakes but the third is really one of my favorite. It might not be the best choice for a holiday card but absolutely shows my children personalities.

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