The REAL Holiday Card 2015 Edition

Welcome to the yearly edition of “The REAL Holiday Card”.

Forget the lovely professional photos where everyone is clean, looking at the camera, and wearing coordinated (but not matchy-matchy) outfits.  Real life looks more like this:

Card design is "Jovial Holidays" from Tiny Prints.

Card design is “Jovial Greetings” from Tiny Prints.

 

Key to photos:

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Cards from past years are here:

The REAL Holiday Card 2014

The REAL Holiday Card 2013

Here’s hoping your holiday preparations are proceeding as planned!

With love from, The Tartlets

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Boo! A little bit late.

Halloween 2014 – A Recap, about ten days late

The Costumes: Batman (with muscles!), a lamb (pronounced “yam”), and a bat.

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The Numbers: 60 Trick-or-Treaters visited our house. So I suppose the 480 pieces of candy I bought was a bit excessive.

The Good: A really amazing tree costume.  He may have actually been a tree stand, now that I think about it.  And his buddy was a squirrel. The best part?  The costumes were clearly homemade, and the kids were 9-year-old boys.  Nice. 

The Bad: The mom wearing her costumed 14-month-old and trick-or-treating.  Really?  She’s too little and you’re too big. I give the kids 3 pieces each, but you? You get ONE.

The Icky: Plum thought the carving was vastly overrated.  Pumpkin guts? Ew.  Pickle loved it.  Pistachio? He munched on some chicken and puffs and watched us, amused. 

The Strange: A 50-year-old woman trick-or-treating with her dog.  The dog wore a cape. The woman wore a Mickey Mouse costume.  She pushed a loaded up baby stroller.  No baby, just lots of stuff.  Still confused by this one.

The Philosophy: Eat it all, as fast as you’d like.  It gets rid of the candy faster, only coats those teeth with caramel for one or two days (sorry dentists!) and perhaps helps with the “you eat too much candy, you feel ill” self-restraint lesson. 

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The Boss: Pickle liked his costume and his candy, of course.  But I think he liked handing out the candy the best.  “Take two!” he would instruct seriously.

The Awesome: The very concerned 8-year-old who seemed so sad that Pickle was handing out candy and wasn’t out in costume, having fun and trick-or-treating.  I assured him that Pickle had already made the rounds. Three cheers for caring, thoughtful kids. 

The Verdict: Halloween is awesome. Thanksgiving?  Not nearly as cool.