Now, I fully understand the purpose and usefulness of the things, and I do appreciate the work that goes into them. They're just not my style. I prefer personalized letters. And I know that some may be thinking, "Ugh, that's too time consuming!", which it is if you send a bunch of Holiday cards out. I send out a small smattering.
smat·ter·ing/ˈsmatəriNG/ n. 1. A small amount of something.
In fact, I composed one (1) such letter last night. There will be a few others, and that will wrap up 2011 as far as our mailings go. And I've never really even been tempted to do the mass mailed newsletter thing, but if I were...
Dear Friends, Family, or Current Resident,
Christmas greetings to all you all! We would like to write personally to each of you, but it’s much easier to lump you all into the same one-line salutation and send you a form letter with obligatory photos.
The kids are doing fine. Chaco apparently made a boat since I found this photo in a pile of stuff that was left to rot on the rec room table. I deemed it Holiday Newsletter worthy, cropped out the other boat builder kid and show it here because Chaco can't find the school pics I paid for at the beginning of the year. I also remember purchasing a boat load (pun intended) of blue duct tape. And he bowls.
Wolfgang still enjoys track and cross country and wearing loud clothing inside of putt-putt golf course caves. He's also teaching his out-of-touch parents some teen lingo phrases such as "smash or pass?". He has a school photo, but we like to keep things uniform.
Meego is a fine example of how being the third child results in having next to no individual photos. He's enjoying middle school and his liberation from the chains of elementary school.
We enjoyed a family trip to the mountains last summer, after cancelling our epic Arizona trip since Arizona was on fire.
Magnum and I celebrated 21 years of marriage in August, and we marked the occassion by ending the three-month fight over how to load the dishwasher.
Merry Christmas and happy 2012, with much love from the AbbyNormals! :)