I tried, I really tried this year. But it just didn’t happen. I was so, so close.
A few days before Thanksgiving, I realized it was time to start thinking about this year’s Christmas card. I made my brother take a few family photos for us on Thanksgiving day, as I had to take advantage of an occasion where we are all dressed somewhat nicely, groomed, and polished. We are THAT family-the one that has never had professional photos taken. Part of me thinks I need to get with the program, force everyone into coordinating outfit and hire a professional. But then there’s part of me that has no desire to frolic on abandoned train tracks (why are so many professional photos on train tracks??) or spend hours trying to catch that perfect, and by perfect I mean completely contrived, family moment. But then I receive friends’ holiday cards with their perfect, professional photos, and they are so dang cute. My internal dilemma continues…
Anyway, we got a decent shot of the three of us. I spent a few evenings on my computer designing a few card options and trying out some different photo arrangements. Finally, I made a decision. I proofread and proofread, previewed and previewed. And then it came time to order. I was completely freaked out to place an order for seventy-five cards. What if they arrived and looked horrible? So what did I do? I ordered just one. Yes, just one Christmas card. I figured I would check out the final product and then place my full order. Totally smart, right?
A few days later, the card arrived. I liked it, so I went online and completed my big order. I still had plenty of time to get them in the mail on time. I was feeling pretty proud of myself.
Fast forward two weeks. My cards had not arrived. I got online to check on my order and the status of my shipment, and felt the full force of my blondness when I saw that my order had never gone through. The card I had on file had expired somewhere between my single card order and my full order. There was no way to get the cards on time. The Parkinson Christmas Card of 2014 was not to be.
I called my friend Christa and she suggested I do New Years cards. I considered it for a moment, but then realized what a New Years card really says is “Happy New Year from the woman who can’t get her crap together in time to send her Xmas cards out in a timely manner.” So, without further ado….here is our 2014 Christmas Card-you’ll only see it here! Enjoy and I hope everyone has a wonderful day with their friends and family!