Monday, November 29, 2010

Santa's Coming! (by boat!)

One of the things I love about visiting the Cape during Thanksgiving, is seeing Santa arrive by boat. The kids are just so excited (and so am I) to see him come waving across the water. They all wait on shore and on the dock to see him run the gauntlet to a waiting police car which takes him to a local department store to meet the kids. Jake was debriefed by his older cousins and their friends on what you have to look for to see if the Santa is "real". I'm hoping he'll be a believer!

After we saw Santa, I was determined to get a good (ok, decent) family photo for Xmas cards. Something fun, casual, and not too "posed". I'm not sure why I'm always so surprised at how difficult this is to achieve! We went to a lovely location...Fort Hill in Eastham with the marsh/Atlantic in the background. And then we froze as the wind whipped our hair in 6,000 directions and we decided to head to lower ground to get out of the wind. Jake was impatient, and just wanted to play with his cousins, and so it goes. Needless to say, we ended up w/ several questionable shots, most of them where I look cold and tired and messy. Like this...


I looked through all the great cards on Minted. And, I played around w/ a great feature the have called Find It Fast™ which quickly lets you see your photo(s) in all the designs. However, their site was a little funky last night, so I wasted over an hour on the project, so I gave up and went to bed. Without a card.

Tonight, I've managed to design my own, and just uploaded the whole thing to Vistaprint. I've never used them before, and a friend recommended them, so I thought I'd give them a try. It was probably at least half the cost of the cards at Minted. And, although I loved those cards, I'm not sure the somewhat odd, blurry photo I ended up using really warranted the extra expense.

And, to make my life somewhat easier, I "splurged", and for about $10.00 I got return address labels so that I may actually manage to get these in the mail this year when they arrive! Stay tuned friends, and check your mail boxes!

1 comment:

Minnie said...

Somehow those casual Christmas shots are the hardest to achieve. I have yet to do my Christmas cards, which somehow become mandatory when you have kids. I'm trying to gather up the courage, yes, courage, to try again for that casual shot.