Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Pictures

Hello, all.  Thought you would enjoy some fun pictures of the kids.  We went to a wildlife park to see Santa (aka Father Christmas).  This is one of the things that is quite different for us here in England.  Seeing Santa is definitely a different experience.  First, you can hardly find a place to visit the dear old man that you don’t have to pay, and it’s not cheap!  They did get some fun face painting done, although Kate wasn’t keen on a stranger touching her face so she opted to have a flower on her hand :)  IMG_0036

Jackson isn’t sad our uncooperative, that’s just his contemplative face :)  It was raining pretty good, but we still enjoyed seeing the roaming peacocks and lots of different birds, a few reindeer resting up before the big night, a very sweet Christmas fairy in a gypsy caravan, Santa in the tiniest house ever (I had to stoop to get in), and the beautiful lights decorating the trees and paths through the park.  We made the best of it, despite the rain.  I’m not sure why there was no photo op with Santa, but the kids did think it was pretty cool to be in his sleigh.  The reindeer, whose horns you see in the background, was made of metal, mostly horseshoes … interesting! 

Hopefully, you’ve received our Christmas picture, so I thought you’d enjoy seeing a few of the 397 photos we took to get a good one :)  We did this over two days and four different set ups.  We had to get as much light as possible and it gets dark here at 4:30 so I couldn’t wait until Bard got home.  It was pretty crazy, but so worth it.  I love these outtakes!  The winner is the last picture, if you want to skip to the end :)

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Notice Kate’s smile in the photos below?  She was soooo happy to get to hold Eliza!

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If I forgot to send you one (and it’s completely possible), here’s the winner …

use this one


  1. O my goodness!!! I love these. The one of Mathis yawning is hilarious. Is that baby crawling???? This post made my morning! Thank you!

  2. Oh, Eliza and that laugh! Adorable.

  3. She can crawl four "steps" then stops for some reason. She mostly pulls her self up and scoots around. Definitely moving.

  4. It's soooo hard to get good pictures with so many children!! Your card was so cute. HOpe you get ours soon!

  5. Love the outtakes! Hilarious and so cute!