Feeling Sunny In A Dismal World. Also, Funny Family Pics.

Did you know that Christmas is in exactly 2 minutes? I’ve noticed a lot of you overly joyous and organized people started decorating for Christmas back in September October November. So.very.early

Boy have I changed… Did I ever tell you that when I was about 10 I pulled the Christmas tree out of the shed in our back yard, dragged it into the house and assembled it myself before Mark could call my Mom at work. I still remember it like it was yesterday: “MOM, SUZANNE PUT UP THE CHRISTMAS TREE!” I was told that August was too early. What a blow that was.

Anyhoo, this year I kept seeing all my little elf friends decorating to the nines and I’m over here with my head under a blanket wishing the holiday away. I’m just not feeling it. It’s not that I’m sad. Or down. I’m just not feeling the spirit of Christmas this year. If not for my kids coming over around Christmas I wouldn’t decorate at all. But I’ve decided I’ll put up the big tree this weekend and call it Christmas. There will be no Griswold Christmas or Griswold shenanigans. With that being said, we did take Christmas card pics over our Thanksgiving visit, so those will be happening.

Christmas cards: I always send them and I LOVE receiving them. I always include an updated photo of the family and write a nice note about how our year has been. You know, the highlights. There is never mention of anything bad in my updates. Even the year my Mom passed away, it wasn’t dread and sadness; forever the Pollyanna finding the positive in every situation. I used to write funny stuff about how happy I was that the girls hadn’t been arrested, joined a gang or had a *face tattoo yet. (*I had to clarify the ‘face’ part of tattoo a few years ago)

I always find the SUNNY and POSITIVE and share those points. This year, me sharing the SUNNY AND POSITIVE feels harder. Not because I don’t have any good stuff to share, it’s quite the contrary, we’ve had a good year, (business is great, we’re all healthy, Lolo is getting married) and that is hard to fathom with what I see others going through.

I struggled doing my sunny Christmas cards because my life is good. *sigh* What is wrong with me? Can I ever be happy to just be happy? Damn, my childhood scarred the heck out of me. If only Beverly would have let me leave that tree up in August of 1977, perhaps things would be different….

Or maybe I just overthink things?

The crowd in the back shouts YA THINK?

So, I ordered my cards with my sunny and positive updates on them, so if you think I shouldn’t have, it’s too damn late.

Do you want to see some of our Family photo outtakes? Of course you do, you’re always here for the pictures.

Look at my boots! No, look at ME!

Well, well, look who made it into the family photo this year! He’s officially family and he can never leave because we are the mob and I know his secrets!

Wait a minute–I HAVE CUTE BOOTS too! *Suz doing her best flamingo impression*
We were getting some ‘behind’ pics of Lolo and Nathan & when we asked them to lean into each other, he took it to the extreme.

None of those will make it onto the card this year, but I might add this one of my new boots. I’m obsessed! They’re Vionics, so I can wear them with my sad, but special feet!

(fake snake!)

Do you send out cards? If so, do you use a family photo with an update on your year? I so wish this was similar to FB and you could all drop me a family photo in the comments; that would be so fun for me!


17 thoughts on “Feeling Sunny In A Dismal World. Also, Funny Family Pics.

  1. August might be a tad early for Christmas. Hilarious. I’m one who typically dreads decorating for Christmas on a regular year. It’s a chore and by the time I get it up, I have to get it put away. Does it sound like I could use some elves? Hmm, if only.

    I’m sure friends and fam will be thrilled to get a card from you with highlights of your good year. You’re a caring person so I’m confident they all know you will be there for them if they need a pick me up. It shows – even through the internet. Plus, I love the photos. Too bad you guys aren’t a fun bunch.

    I am doing my normal card. Got up today at 4 am (not on purpose) and I’ve been working on my annual xmas poem. I cover all the nonsense: Milk down the stairs, e-learners hating our internet, resistant drivers, lost parked cars – nothing is sacred . . . well maybe not the misplaced tampon. Will prob leave that out.

    Sorry you’re not ‘feeling it.’ It’s still early – I think. I’m trying to get gifts out of the way, so I have time to get in the mood. All in good time. Hopefully.

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    1. I honestly feel that it does take so long to drag it all out of the storage area, put it up, put all the boxes back, and then poof: time to take it all own. usually, it’s not that big of a deal, but this year everything feels like a big deal. YOU DO NEED ELVES.

      Thank you for your (always) sweet compliments and comments.


  2. We try to send a family picture – but it doesn’t always pan out. This year, I’ve told the guys to take a selfie and send to me and I’ll create a collage. The husband put the tree up last night and now I need to decorate it. I would encourage you to include all the sunny and light – most people will be happy for you and the family.

    Love the boots and the photos!

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  3. Melanie Galliano

    Fun pictures!! We need to take family pics but I have no idea how to convince (bribe) the kids. I tried two pair of Vionics for my foot issues and ended up returning them. I might try a different style and think i need to order a size bigger.

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    1. Some of the Vionics do not work for me. In general, the flip-flops (tide) are the bomb for me and I go down a full size and a half. I’ve found that the boots with lower heels do work for me and I love them cause they are so cute.


  4. OMG, I LOVE YOUR GIRLS SO MUCH. You can see their personalities in those pictures. I feel like your family and my family would get along so well. I love those pictures.

    I am not feeling Christmas either. I mean, the tree is up and every night I sit by it and read. It’s lovely. I may even leave it up for a while after Christmas. But I haven’t been listening to any Christmas music. It’s just not happening this year. Not sure why? I mean we have a lot to be thankful for but it’s just eh.

    Ask kitchen pig what the hell is wrong with us?
    I love 1977 Suz. Give her a big hug for me.

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    1. My girls are so silly and we had such a good day that day; so much laughter it really filled my heart.
      I put on Christmas music the other day and could only tolerate it for about half an hour. Not sure what is happening? Maybe we need to sit and watch a copious amount of Hallmark movies? Will that be the Christmas Cure?

      Kitchen Pig-If he can’t figure it out, who can?

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