Thursday, December 19, 2013

It's Crazy How Much Everything Changes

The tradition has been to either snap a photo or get pictures taken at Christmas to use as our Christmas card.  I love this tradition because we have ended up with some really cute pictures and cards!  So this year, with everything that's gone on with the divorce, the kids schedules, and our school/work schedules, I just wasn't thinking family pictures this year.  Besides, I pondered if taking a family picture (all 4 of us) would be a huge lie any way since we are in fact in the process of divorce.  Don't get me wrong, Ian and I are getting along fantastically and spending time with the kids together for the first time really ever.  So maybe it's not that much of a stretch.  I wonder though if people will think it's weird that we are sending out a card together.  Ian wants and is trying to convince me to work it out.  I'm just not sure.  I'm praying about it.  That's all I can say.

Anyway, at B's boy scout Christmas party we snapped a quick family photo and I thought "Hey, I'll just use that one!"  So yesterday I open up Walmart's photo center and logged in. There was my pictures from the last two years right there.  I started looking at the differences in our appearances from 2011 to 2012.  Then I uploaded this years picture and thought "WOW!  Look at how much my kids have grown!" I mean last year my son was shorter than me!  No seriously! Look at this picture!CF 2012-0114Look at the differences from 2011 and 2012.

[caption id="attachment_269" align="aligncenter" width="72"]Our 2011 Christmas picture Our 2011 Christmas picture[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_270" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Our 2012 Christmas Picture Our 2012 Christmas Picture[/caption]

 

Just the differences there are incredible to me!  I thought they looked so much more grown up in the 2012 picture than 2011.  But wait till you see 2013!

[caption id="attachment_271" align="aligncenter" width="300"]2013 Christmas Picture 2013 Christmas Picture[/caption]

Brennan is TALLER than me!  Like not just a little bit! A whole LOT!  And look where Jaxon stands compared to how tall he was in 2012!

So I thought how cool would it be to use all the pictures in ONE card and show the changes.  If it blew me away, maybe everyone else will think it's cool too.  So here is how our card turned out!  I absolutely LOVE it!

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But seriously my kids can stop growing.  I mean Brennan is ONLY twelve and he is already so much taller than me.  By the time he hits high school, he is going to be taller than Ian!

What do you think?  What does your Christmas card look like?  Do you have a "tradition" as far as that goes?  I'd love to hear it!

Love, Denise

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