This is the photo we'll have on our Christmas card.
The photo I imagined looks nothing like it. The boys all three have matching plaid shirts. And, L has a solid red shirt that goes well. Curtis would wear white. I am not sure what I would have worn.
When the photo was taken, there would have been that cool angelic glow you often see in photos now. So, we'd look, you know, young and vibrant and beautiful. Okay, so I would look that way. Everyone else looks fine in this photo.
Of course we don't match. In real life, we almost never do. We seldom dwell in the angelic glow. The glow I have here is sweat. My hair is horrible because we'd been in a hurry, and I didn't take time, and well, sweat.
I have been trying to pinpoint why I wish this photo looked more like pretend, perfect life and less like real life. Probably, pride.
Because this is pretty much what we look like. I am too heavy, and look tired all the time. Elijah and Jonah have gap tooth smiles. Laurel is not smiling naturally for the camera very often, but she loves glittery shirts and hair accessories. Curtis has a Duck Dynasty beard. Jonah gets most of the new shirts, and his favorite shirts are aways being worn by brothers.
And, along with all that real life, this photo was taken on a really good day, in a really good weekend in one of our favorite places by one of our favorite people.
It was a stunning day at Turtle River. It was totally a gift day for ND, where it is all blue and golden and at its best.
Here are the boys in their matchy shirts. They wore them for the wedding we attended in ND, which was another sweet, wonderful time.
All of which should mean that I can swallow my pride, right? Not just for all these reasons but also because the cards are ordered. The picture will be the one that represents our year.