I don't do a family  picture Christmas card — there I said it.  Never have.  It's not that I don't want to do it, it's just I've never gotten around to it.  And now that one of our girls is married and the other is way cool 16, I doubt I'll pull it off.

Every year I get these wonderful family picture Christmas cards and think….what a great picture, look how cute the kids are, oh and look at that they have a dog now.  Then it hits me  —  we should do this.   But it never happens.  It's not that I don't think my family is adorable — oh, they are, it's just I'm not much of a planner.  To get the whole family picture Christmas card I would have to get everyone together and picture happy (which means the girls would have the makeup and hair just so and the guys.. well, they don't care).  Getting the three girls in this family picture happy is a rarity.  So, that means I have to use a picture from another occasion and make it Christmas – festive.

Well, thank you Picnik — this is a bang up site that is like Photoshop for the challenged… I have PhotoShop and it just intimidates the crap out of me.  So Picnik and I are becoming close buds.

So, I decided that today — December 15, 2009 I would CREATE a Christmas Card… oh but of course I don't have ONE photo of all of us – unless you count the wedding photos and well, that just seems strange to send out our daughter's wedding photo for a Christmas card.  So I did the next best thing.  I used  a picture where we're all dressed up – and it's me, my girls and my Mom.  Sorry guys, you didn't make the photo cut this year.  And the reason we're dressed up — Paige's school pageant! It's from January 2009, but that's still 2009.

christmas-2009So, I look like I have NO eyeballs, but everyone else looks pretty darn cute.  I had a blast adding little stickers and stuff, because No, we did not wear Santa hats to a pageant in January — even I'm not that strange.

And you have to LOVE Paige's cute expression!  She takes after my Mom, who's also doing the head-tilt.  Please notice my dark-eyed beauty of a daughter…. I have to put that or the princess feels left out!

So there you have it — Christmas 2009 — Merry Christmas to All!

I would love to mail these to people, but please… just making it gave me a headache.  I can't focus long enough to actually get them printed AND put them in envelopes AND address them AND then mail them.  Well,  we could just change that 2009 to 2010.  If I start right now, I just may get them done in time.