Have you ever had one of those days....yes, I'm pretty sure you have...where everything just seems blah? When I don't have something to look forward to, this happens. Or when the weather first turns gross, this happens. Or when I'm being a moody bword, this happens. So this happened on Saturday and it was raining and not even 50 degrees out and all of a sudden I says to my husband I says "Clearly this is the ideal time for me to force everyone into complementary outfits and put the timer on on the camera and get that elusive family portrait we've yet to achieve since the birth of our 5th child."
Except I didn't say it like that. It was more like "Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, I am so boooooooooooooooooooooored. We don't even have any family piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiictures. It's gonna be Christmas agaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaain and we won't even have doooooooooooooooooooooone it and then it'll be, like, snowy and junk and everyone will be in snowpants and hats and complaining that they're coooooooooooooooooooooooooold."
I am pleasant.
Luckily he is so much a better person than I am and agreed to my ridiculous demands (read: insufferable whining) and changed his clothes and told the kids to be happy or else and we set up the timer and this happened:
Yeah, I can tell you're totally impressed. Clearly I have a future in fine family on-location portraiture. Of course, I am mean and unreasonable and made everyone pretend to be happy for six hundred twenty tree more shots which resulted in exactly zero of Mary looking at the camera. So we're just going to send out Christmas cards featuring the side of her stubborn chub of a face and NO ONE BEST BE COMPLAININ', YA HEAR?
Oh man. I read Cari's book from cover to cover in one evening this week but she is not permitting me to review it until next week because she is also mean and unreasonable and that is why we are friends.
Gah! Stupid blogger won't let me make that picture any smaller unless I change the size in the html code and ain't nobody got time fo' math. So you'll just have to stare at an enormous, blurry photo of my head while you read this. You're welcome. Also buy it and read it and then give it to other people to read and laugh and cry and be a happier person.
So I'm giving Birchbox a whirl. $10 a month, if you have it to spend (and I know we don't always. Boy do I know), is worth the excitement of getting a present in the mail that's just for you filled with stuff you'd never be able to try. After two boxes, my very mucho fave thing is this Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel for sensitive skin.
What else? OOOOOH! Thank you to everyone who made purchases through ThredUp and Twice since I first started recommending them. In addition to being able to get my big girls their back-to-school clothes using your referral credits, we've been able to order nice clothes for families in need and have them delivered straight to their door. No cost to me, no cost to you, and a very welcome blessing for the recipients. So thank you, thank you, thank you!
I got nothin'. Allow me to peruse photos....
Still nothing! Ack. Oh, do you use the instagramz? I have an ipod for the sole luxury of being able to use that stupid site without having to pay a smart phone bill every month. Anyway, more photos of poor quality awaiting your perusal.
Now go see CARI, who is hosting Los Take-os instead of Jen today. Bueno weekendo mis amigos!