For the past 6 years- I have been painting a family portrait for our Christmas card (although I did miss one year- when I was pregnant with Moses, and we had moved a few weeks before Christmas- something had to give). One of my many "goals" for this past week had been to complete the Christmas card for this year. I am almost done- but I thought I'd share the cards from years past in chronological order.
Here is me, D and Beau - our first Christmas together- the year after we got married
Here's the second year- us standing in front of our new house!- with Beau and Miss Kitty (she was Donell's Grandaddy's cat that we inherited, she, more than anyone loved the new house- she only lived there for a couple years- but she was so happy!)
Year #4- Zella's first Christmas!
Here is the preliminary drawing for this years card. All of the pictures above are of the original watercolor paintings. I typically use a recent photo of us as a family for the first part of the drawing- to lay out the space, etc. Then I use recent close ups of the kids to get the faces as close as possible...some years I capture us better than others;)
I'm almost done with the painting part- then off to the print shop (Typically, I print them on card stock, trim on my handy paper cutter, and then, with a little arm twisting- I get The Hub to write a message on the back, while I address the envelopes.)