December 8, 2011

Christmas Cards We are Not Sending

Remember back in September when i was so on top of my christmas cards...

Well Pride Cometh before a fall. I am still missing tons of Cousin addresses. I have exactly 7 cards addressed and two written. Besides which the design and ordering of the card turned into a regular comedy of errors and online promotions.

Initially, I designed a photo card of a beautiful shot I took a few years ago of the Heeter House (our current abode) in the snow. Lovely. I saved the file and waited for a good Photo Card deal to get them printed. My sister said she did not want a picture of my house, she wanted a picture of us.

THEN I got 75 free prints from Shutterfly. Running out of time before my code expired and not having a plan in place and having taken NO cannon photos in Williamsburg this summer (FAIL!)  and my inability to bring myself to place a holiday message over the tractor photo resulted in ordering 75 4x6's of Us on a Tractor with "Merry Christmas from Micah and Stasi 2011" stamped on the back. The plan being to purchase cards from Dollar General, insert photo and call it a day.

Turns out that cards from Dollar General Cards are still kind of pricey and still kind of ugly. But I had 75 copies of the tractor photo and a plan that was turning out to be not such a good idea.

THEN Vista print offered me 100 free postcards. What to do, what to do?  I designed another card from a photo taken at Elizabeth's wedding and ordered the Postcards which those of you whose addresses I have will be receiving in the mail (if I ever get them addressed and written out. But I bought all the postcard stamps the Kossuth post office had today so I'm committed.) 

THEN our recent trip to Boston resulted in a plethora of good shots of us with Cannons and random explosive devices and battleships. So I designed one more 2011 Christmas Card. Just for the heck of it.

And I still have no IDEA what I'm going to do with all those photos of us on a tractor. (let me know if you want one.) I'm thinking of wallpapering a room.

Anyway, here is the card we're not sending this year.

This is getting to be a trend. (Here's the card we didn't send in 2010)

December 6, 2011


Just getting this out there so I can start the Christmas/Advent posts I have bouncing around my head...

Micah and I along with Judah & Meghan traveled to visit Micah's Brother Jeremiah in Boston. It seemed fitting to spend Thanksgiving in Bostin where the whole thing started. First thing on the agenda, was a trip to Plymouth Rock.... not quite as impressive as I imagined it. But it is, as Micah said, "an important rock"

After seeing the "very important rock" We returned to Jeremiah's to take the beautiful turkey out of the oven. Meghan helped cook the side dishes, Micah and Judah napped (that bean bag may have been the awesomest thing of the whole weekend) and I took pictures.

Friday we visited profile rock. do you see it?

And Battleship Harbor or bay not sure which but it had many ships multiple explosive things and a Submarine. We drove past on our way in and Micah almost drove off the overpass trying to look so of course we had to go. We also visited the Lizzie Borden Museum (I didn't take any pictures it was just a bit macabre for photography) where a certain husband of mine locked the keys in the trunk of the rental car and we walked to a Portuguese restaurant for lunch while we waited for AAA to send a locksmith.

Saturday we Headed into Boston and walked part of the freedom Trail....

Down to The USS Constitution "Old Ironsides" the oldest commissioned BattleShip in the world.

We saw all sorts of sights in Boston. Rode the MTA beneath the streets of Boston where none of the boys would sing so we eventually got off.

We also rode in a taxi, bought cannoli and Boston CreamPuffs at Mike's Pastry on the north side of town (Where I did not take any pictures because by the time I figured out Where we were and what we were doing, we were in the middle of a mob of people seeking pastry with no room to turn around) We got Gelato and saw Paul Revere's Church and the rest of Boston.

I declared that we could not leave until we saw that place where they dumped the tea. This is it:

Fun was had by all. Even (we think) by Jeremiah who refuses to smile in Photos.