Holidays: Our Christmas Card 2011

What a prize, winning custom holiday cards from Minted! And what a treasure every family photo is for this blogger since there are always so few!

back of card

My talented sister was the photographer for our shoot in the woods behind our home.

Annie Selke fabric – Shalini

A few older photos mixed in…the back story: the 17-year old island boy wore his hair model-LONG for yeeeeaaaaarrrrs and his 20-year old naturally pale blonde big brother once shaved it all off for a sport, but now he SPORTS wide chunks of ebony color throughout the blonde…wonder where all the creative freespiritedness comes from?

Our guys and baby!

This particular outtake is guaranteed to make you feel instantly more attractive and ‘together.’

(Note the back o’ my weave in all its splendor.)

I hardly ever wear them, and I’ve told you about the extensions b4: real hair sewn with blonde thread on clips (my friends helped me make ’em), and as long as the wind doesn’t blow, totally va va voom,

Farrah gits down in her family photo shoot.

‘Course Farrah lives near the Windy City. Please do not confuse us with the extremely dignified family with genetically superior hair down the street.

(They take themselves way more seriously and did not decorate their holiday tree with Sesame Street plush toys.)

And how are you and yours?

Peace to you right where you are.


back from NY.
holy cow, it was brilliant.



  1. December 22, 2011 / 3:43 am

    great photos & love the card!!
    happy holidays : )

  2. December 22, 2011 / 5:04 am

    Great pictures! They are worth a thousand words. Love the one with you and your boys when they were much younger, it pulls at my heart strings. Now they are taller than you! Yikes! I also have two boys. I am still taller, but I think it's my last year of being so.

  3. December 22, 2011 / 6:03 am

    thank you! i wish they would let me take more pics of them–they're totally cool!

  4. December 22, 2011 / 2:06 pm

    Oh the photos are LOVELY, Michele! Lots of love and laughter, and oh let's not forget, GOOD LOOKS! The cards look absolutely beautiful with your photos!!

  5. December 22, 2011 / 2:12 pm

    You can't take a bad picture girl! I love the these photos~I have big sons myself now…how did they grow up so fast?

  6. December 22, 2011 / 6:01 pm

    Ya'll are adorable and funny, I love your family photos… It's really fun to see you all together too.


  7. December 22, 2011 / 8:27 pm

    Ha ha! You are one special lady!

    I adore you! And I can feel the good vibe and strong bond in your family.

    I am signing off for the Holidays. Wish you lived closer so we could have you guys over for some traditional Swedish Christmas "Gloegg".

    Love to you and yours,


  8. December 22, 2011 / 9:36 pm

    I love these pictures!! You all have so much PERSONALITY and they totally come through in the photos – your sis did a crackin job!

    Your family looks like so much fun and you've made some handsome boys there! 😉

    Happy Christmas sweet cheeks xxx

  9. December 22, 2011 / 11:15 pm

    das sind ganz wundervolle Bilder Deiner Family. Vielen Dank für diese privaten Einblicke.Mein Sohn ist auch schon so groß, ganze 18 Jahre. Bei uns tragen die Jungs auch diese coolen Haare. Yeaahhh.
    Dir und Deiner Family ein wundervolle Weihnachtszeit.
    Sei lieb gegrüßt,

  10. December 23, 2011 / 12:13 am

    Cute post! Love the family pictures and your weave looks fine. I didn't notice and had to go back and look! Merry Christmas..

  11. December 23, 2011 / 1:42 am

    Beautiful card (love Minted) and beautiful family. Merry Christmas, Michele!

  12. December 23, 2011 / 2:01 am

    Love it!! I think you are lucky your boys will pose for a picture, my guys hat having theirs taken!! Such wonderful memories you are making. I posted about my tree today that is full of sweet memories, I cry every year as I decorate it!!! happy sweet tears, but tears only another MOM could understand. Merry Christmas to YOU and yours, xo Kathysue

  13. December 23, 2011 / 2:33 am

    awwww Michele! Such beautiful photographs. I bet you'll had so much fun.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.


  14. December 23, 2011 / 8:34 am

    Signing off for the holidays now so just wanted to wish you and your family a VERY happy and fun Christmas and New Year!

    Lots of love to you, pretty lady!

    Meera xx

  15. December 23, 2011 / 1:45 pm

    What a beautiful family and a beautiful card. I have three boys, 2 grown and one still in high school. I know how hard it is to get a family photo. Have a wonderful holiday!

  16. December 23, 2011 / 9:29 pm

    Lovely photos Michele, and the dog is hilarious! Have a lovely Christmas! Robx
    p.s. I've really enjoyed your blog this year.

  17. December 23, 2011 / 11:50 pm

    Great photos, everyone looks great.
    Happy Holidays to you as well!

  18. December 24, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    What a great looking family you have Michele! I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas Season!


  19. December 24, 2011 / 8:33 pm

    The most beautiful family EVER!!! You look sooo amazing – what's your secret?! Happy Holidays to you and your beautiful family! I love your friendship… thanks for your kindness and support!

    Much love,

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