This is a very special holiday season for the Pyon family. It is our first Christmas as a married couple and it is Henry's first Christmas as well. For those reasons, I am excited to share our first family Christmas card! Like most things in my life, this one comes with a story.
When I told Peter that I wanted to send Christmas cards, he seemed perplexed (why does one need to do this?) and quite frankly, concerned about the bottom line. Normally, this lack of excitement might have derailed my enthusiasm about the project, but I had thought about his response ahead of time and had a plan in place! We would not need to pay a photographer to take photos. We could take them ourselves with the self timer on our Canon. Then I would design a photo card in Photoshop and we would be all set! Simple and affordable...how could he say no? He couldn't and we made plans for a date to shoot the photos.
When the day arrived, we both showered and dressed nicely (always a feat with a baby), got Henry dressed, and set out to take our photos. The only issue? We did not have a tripod. While this would not have been an issue for me (because crazy ideas are what I live for), Peter was not too pleased about waiting it out in the cold while I "figured out" how to set up each shot. Needless to say, "production" was stalled for an hour or so while he ran off to buy a Tripod. As frustrated as I was at the time, I must admit that he was right. A tripod made things 10 times easier and it was worth the wait. About 10 self timer photos later and we got our winner.
And though it took me awhile, I smile when I look at it. Because lets face it ....life is never as picture perfect as it may seem. I am the master of making things look pretty (it's what I do). But we all get frustrated and impatient, especially on busy days when one partner or both feel rushed and slightly stressed. But if you look closely, there is beauty in those moments. There is beauty because you are in it together. I could complain about my husband's attitude in that situation, but the fact of the matter is that he came through for me that day. He got dressed up and joined me because he knew it was important to me. In the end, I got what I wanted...but it also taught me a lesson about patience, being grateful for what I have and most importantly....compromise. Peter, you have my word that next holiday season we do not have to take a photo for Christmas cards! I will use one of the 12,000 photos (not exaggerating) that I will likely accumulate by then.
There is a quote that I saw recently. I do not know the original source, but it really resonated with me. It said, "Create a life that feels good on the inside not one that just looks good on the outside." If I had only presented this pretty picture of our family to you, that would not tell the whole story. But by putting the whole story out there...the moment feels authentic to me. It feels like family.
From our house to yours, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.