Christmas Cards, Saint Bernards and Waiting

I’m just sharing a few minutes at my place today.  Do you know that awkward time when a big change may be about to take place in your life, but it hasn’t yet? Those times when you’ve done all you can do, it is completely out of your hands and you just have to WAIT? Well, thats where I find myself. And to say that I am severely lacking in the patience department is the understatement of the year. “Worlds Worst Waiter”. Thats me. Lets talk Christmas cards!

It is definitely feeling like Christmas here in Colorado. The snow is here and the mountains are just beautiful. I always tell people it’s like living inside of a Christmas card. Speaking of Christmas cards, do you guys do the family picture Christmas cards that are so popular here in the US? My whole family has always done them. To be sure, just getting everyone together and looking in the right direction at the same time, has made for some really funny memories. And remember, my sister is a professional photographer. She says we are her toughest gig all year. Surely she exaggerates. We are a super fun loving group- after its over (an over abundance of patience doesn’t run in the family, apparently).

This is one from several years ago that I really love, because our Uncle is in it with us. As I look at this photo, I can’t believe how many changes have taken place since then! image

I find sending Christmas cards to be so relaxing. I like to find a quiet time to do it, put on some Christmas music and pull up all my addresses on my lap top. I enjoy writing out the cards and thinking about each of the families.  I find a bit of Earl Gray goes exceedingly well with Christmas card writing.Christmas cardsChristmas cards

This year I have Winston too keep me company as I address all the envelopes. So, if your card has a teeny bit of slobber on it- sorry- I’m doing the best I can here. He is VERY loving and likes to sit right with/on me. He has personal space issues……he doesn’t realize that there are any.

And for the record…it is VERY hard to ignore a saint bernard.

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Look at that sweet face. So what if he takes up the whole sofa? No judging.

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HOW can you not love him?

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This right here? This is why my caps lock is always on. Winston likes to lay his head on my keyboard to get my attention.

To get a family photo this year, we had to travel to Winter Park, Colorado. Our boys live and work there. Its such a beautiful little Colorado town. At this time of year, you will find our sons, either working…. or on the slopes. Yep. Thats their life up there. They seriously hit the ski slopes as soon as they get off work. Not a bad life, for sure.

We all huddled together for a picture, as we got Winston to stop trying to greet and after one phone dying , my sis snapped a pic for us…..just as a big snow storm rolled in. It was freezing and windy and we all have our hair dusted with fresh blown snow. But we did it. Mission Accomplished. I’ll be sure to post it as it gets closer to Christmas!

How is it at at your house this week? Do you send family picture Christmas cards? I wonder if it is as popular in other countries as it is here?

As always, thanks for reading. Forgive me if I am a bit scattered……waiting does that to me.




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  1. December 8, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    Wow your Christmas card photo is quite a commitment! I love that you include everyone though. I really don’t like when people send Christmas cards of just their kids. I’m like, what about the parents, they’re part of the family too!

    • melissa
      December 8, 2016 / 6:32 pm

      Right?! I so agree! I think they are wimping out! Ha! Ha! Thanks so much for the comment!

  2. December 8, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Well, we are both in a waiting phase, huh? We did one of those mannequin challenge photos at Thanksgiving. My mom is officially the worst at it, ever.

    • melissa
      December 9, 2016 / 4:10 pm

      Yassssss on the waiting. Oh thats hysterical about your mom! Id love to see the video. I wish we had thought to do that! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  3. December 9, 2016 / 3:51 am

    Ahhhh! Your dog is absolutely adorable! <3 Glad you managed to snap that one picture–photography with pets is so hard, hahaha.

    I've been meaning to send out Christmas cards but sadly haven't gotten around to it yet. It's been ages since my family's taken a picture together because I'm almost always on the other side of the country. I'm planning on rectifying that when I go home next week though! 😛

    • melissa
      December 9, 2016 / 4:14 pm

      Oh thats great! Family photos are important, I think- and fun to look back on.I must admit that I am now thankful for my moms iron fisted insistence on the family photo over all the years. They are really a treasure to all of us now. The dog, Winston is an absolute ham for the camera. And hes a saint bernard, so luckily they don’t like to do many things very quickly, lol. Thanks so much for reading and commenting…….and I’m totally getting that lip stuff!

  4. December 9, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    Love reading your blog. Love your pictures. You make me want to write Christmas cards, which I’m terrible with doing. Patience is so hard. Hang in there. Things have a way of working out. God is good. ~Camille

    • melissa
      December 9, 2016 / 4:17 pm

      Thanks so much for the encouragement and for reading and commenting, Camille. I LOVE seeing your art pieces and photos from Alaska. Your talent and creativity really leave me awe struck. Working on my patience. The dog helps, because he is the slowest, most patient living thing on the planet, lol. My sis over at is the genius behind the lens. She really knows how to capture what is true, and yet also what is original.

      • Camille Hurst
        December 15, 2016 / 1:51 am

        You are so kind! Thank you so much. I follow your sister on FB. Love her photography!

  5. December 10, 2016 / 6:30 am

    We’ve only occasionally done a family photo – not the best at planning it ahead of time! But I love saving the ones we receive from our friends. We always host the New Year’s Eve party at our house, and last year I displayed them in order so everyone can see how each family has changed over the years. I think that will be a new tradition!

    • melissa
      December 10, 2016 / 11:26 pm

      Oh I think that is a fabulous tradition! What a great idea! I may have to check Pinterest for some display ideas. I am sure it was a major conversation starter at your New Years Eve party! Thanks for reading and sharing that!

  6. December 14, 2016 / 2:46 am

    Until last year, I have always done a card/funny newsletter. Suddenly, life isn’t that funny and I didn’t do anything last year. Still not too fun this year and I’m torn about what to do. No chance for a family photo this year. 8( I think I may ask for a St. Bernard for Christmas (Or not, I can’t imagine him being happy in Florida) Love all the pictures!

    • melissa
      December 14, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      Thanks for the compliment on the pictures. I definitely think that you should ask for a Saint Bernard for Christmas.He’d love the AC. Life would be funny again. But also kinda messy (the stream of water left after he drinks! GAH!). But most good fun IS messy, isn’t it? Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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