Tuesday, December 20, 2011

we play dress up.

christmas card pictures can sometimes be extremely normal. which they should be. actually.
but i can't help but take the opportunity to be silly. it's like a grown-up form of playing dress up. plus my sister does my makeup(and took these pictures! superwoman) and it makes me feel like a super star (said like mary catherine gallagher). plus i wore a dress i stole from my youngest sister(and still haven't given back, nor do i plan to). and this fur coat that used to be my granny's. it smelled like mildew with a touch of moth balls. which inspired me to create a fragrance line(since that's what everyone is doing these days). it will be called touch of mildew. it's descriptive, yet will keep people guessing.

i'm not really sure what that means.

so anyway... enjoy. a complete false depiction of reality. 
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front of the card.
my children hate life. as you can see.

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and back of the card.

and just some extras for your viewing pleasure.
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no we do not own a classic mercedes. said like MER-THEY-DEZ.

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here's a great one of me looking really awesome. like a chipmunk or something. i can't explain why i make weird faces...except that i just get so uncomfortable in front of the camera that my face doesn't know what to do. and so it makes a chipmunk face.

and no, that is not a milk dud nesting upon my breasties. that is a mole. that i have since had removed. much to my sister's dismay. she loved to make fun of my mole. in the middle of conversations she would yell, MOLE! which i take as more jealousy than anything.  when i had it removed she was like, wow, do you feel like a person without that thing? like did you lose weight? and so on and so forth. but it didn't hurt my feelings.  i put the mole under her pillow to teach her a lesson. ok that's really gross that i wrote that. i will stop.

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anyways, all that to say...merry christmas, intranets! may your holidays be mole free. 

64 comments:

  1. Is it possible to be any freakin cuter then the Natos?! Then you have to go and do this...not fair.

    XO {i guess}

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  2. Beautiful photos! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  3. I Love your family photos!! These are adorable, and you are all matchy matchy which is so cute!! :)

    Merry Christmas Natos!!

    Ngaio May xx

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  4. Oh My WORD!!
    The most adorable pics E.V.E.R!!!!
    So very creative...
    Christmas Blessings to you & your family

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  5. As always they rock! And you could probably sell the perfume for sure. Merry Christmas to ya'll!;)

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  6. Lol...mole... I actually really {like REALLY} want that dress you're wearing and I've been meaning to ask where you got it. :) Great photos as use (usual). I too get uncomfortable in front of the camera which is why my photographer is my friend and will tell me things like "yeah, don't do that with your hands." or "don't make that face."

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  7. Can I just say how GORGEOUS you look? Seriously! Your complexion is flawless...I must know your secret! The pictures look so great - I would love to do a fantasy shoot with a mertheydez one day!

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  8. These are so adorable and hilarious! Love it. I love Christmas cards. Probs because Audrey takes mine too and they always look so ridiculous bc my hub refuses to smile. But its just good clean Christmas fun!

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  9. the first picture and lila's scowl made my entire christmas! Too cute

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  10. What a cooperative family! Teach me your ways sister! AND....that close up of you and Nato----YOU BETTER BLOW THAT UP LIFE SIZE! I love the happiness in both of your faces! What a testiment to God's mercies!!!!!!!! I have chills. LOVE THESE!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  11. i love that penelope is driving.
    AWESOME!

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  12. Fantastic photos! I looove your dress :)

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  13. what a cooperative bunch you've got!!! Teach me your ways sister!!! these are so cute!!!!! Ok, so the close up of you and Nato...AMAZING! You better blow that up freaking life size! I love the happiness in your faces! Such a testament to God's power and grace! LOVE THESE!

    Merry Christmas!

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  14. 1. Have you seen the Kardashian's Christmas pictures? They're pretty much like yours.
    2. My sister has a mole, but I don't make fun of it. Maybe I should start?
    3. Your family is too too cute. Love them. And your husband is a trooper for participating so sweetly!

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  15. Just so you know, you look absolutely stunning in the one where you are holding up Penelope in the background. Beautiful!

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  16. You guys are adorable.
    Merry Christmas!

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  17. Fantastic shots--but I gotta tell you, the pipe TOTALLY Makes this fun!

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  18. gorgeous, gorgeous!! Love your fun take!

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  19. Oh my gosh, I love these so much. Great style and gorgeous pics!

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  20. tots adorbs. (yep, that's your line) I am pretty sure you put a smile on the face of everyone who opened your card this year. so congrats on that effort.

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  21. prettiest pictures accompanied by the funniest post...ever.

    mole.

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  22. You are so funny~
    I love that about you, so real.
    love the photos, you all look stunning, what a gorgeous family!
    tara

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  23. things i love...
    1. nato family photo shoot
    2. things that smell like grandma's house
    3. mole removal
    4. pipes

    that's all! maybe you won't accidentally delete this comment (laughing like we're friends in real life and we have inside jokes).

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  24. Love your craziness, carefree ways. You make me laugh! :)

    Oh, and the pics are awesome! Merry Christmas.

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  25. Awesome.
    That dress is fantastic!
    As are the pictures. Especially the one of you and the mister leaning on the front of the car.

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  26. omg your family kills me with the cuteness. and i continuously snort when i read your posts. that sounds awkward. oh well.

    we should meet sometime, i would love to see your craziness in person.

    and then you would know how incredibly lame i am...

    whatever, happy holidays! :)

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  27. Your card = too freaking cute. I kind of wish you would've sent me 2 so I could display front & back.

    And if you don't freaking 24 x 36 canvas that b&w of you two then I will not be your friend anymore.

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  28. Love these pictures! Wish I could get my brood to dress up for our family photos. But alas, I married an old, boring man and produced four opinionated little men.
    I had a benign tumor called "my twin" (said in Greek accent) removed from my arm. Maybe my twin and your mole have met up in the great beyond and are frolicking in slow motion through fields of toe nail clippings and post partum shed hair.
    Ok, I think I'm gonna throw up now.

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  29. SOS! OH NO!! I love you and your blog-a-roo lady, but something happened and I can't view your B-E-A-utiful pics anymore :( What's the deal-i-o?

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  30. Super fun photos, adorable kids, pretty pretty dress, & that close up pic of you and Nato - blow that sucker up NOW!! For real.

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  31. It's really unfair how amazing your family photos turn out... Some might say it's rude.

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  32. Hilarious. Also, beautiful pictures. So fun! Merry Christmas to you all!

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  33. Awesome awesome AWESOME pictures! You have a beautiful family!!

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  34. I've already told you how much I love it. Trav and I couldn't stop laughing at the look on Lila's face on the front...HILARIOUS. If I had been at the shoot she would have been smiling. Remember that for next year.

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  35. Love this. One day I will ask aka con my husband to do this type of photoshoot.

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  36. Those are the greatest pictures. Next year we might have to get a little creative. At this point, just getting all five kids looking at the camera equals success for me.

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  37. these pictures are great! and i love your new blog look!

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  38. aww I love all of these SO much! Thank you for sharing!

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  39. Love the photos! Such a beautiful family. That sister of yours is so talented. Can't wait to have a family and pose them in completely unrealistic situations, too. :)

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  40. Love the photos- hilarious as usual!

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  41. omg. the milk dud mole. yafh. (an acronym i have created in your honor...you are freaking hilarious.)

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  42. i would like to be you when i grow up. these are awesome and so clever and everyone is stunning!

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  43. hot family alert! these are insane in the membrane fabulous~ your dress is bananas too! i love~

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  44. bwahaha! your pictures are beautiful, but the mole thing is hilarious. my sister had a mole that we also mocked, and we would do the "moley moley moley moley" from austin powers to her all the time. we all had a good laugh over that, i think she still hates us for it.

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  45. TOTALLY love! you guys are the cutest! merry christmas!

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  46. this is a wish.
    and i love it.
    christmas is for wishes.

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  47. oh girl, these came out incredible! I love them!!!!

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  48. you totally look like mom in that one picture. your mole needed a burial ceremony...i won't stop saying that. it's true. it had a heart beat. haha. that made me SLOL.

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  49. My husband would kill himself before he let me take such awesome family photos! Too extreme?! But true!

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  50. loving the new blog look!
    these photos are beautiful, and you are hilarious.
    always. you're the jam.

    merry christmas!

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  51. Oh so beautiful! Mashallah! (That's what we say to protect from the evil eye. or something.) Some day, when I have a family of my own, I will do photoshoots for eid cards. I've decided.

    Except we don't have eid cards with family photos. Or eid cards at all, usually. =[

    Your sister is an AWESOME photographer!! <3 Merry Christmas!

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  52. WOW~ These are awesome! I especially love the one of you and your hubby's feet. So fun! You have a great looking family!

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  53. Beautiful! I especially love the one of the two of you sitting on the hood of the car. Too cute!

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  54. While I do think this is probably the best Christmas card post in history...I actually just came to your blog to listen to your music player while I sew! lol! Thanks for the music, too! Love it!

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  55. A Friend just told me to read your blog. I already love your honesty-- and I already feel like I should tell you that I had a mole removed from the same spot last week before Christmas.

    We already have so much in common.

    Anyways: love the blog! Can't wait to read more.

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  56. beautiful, mole and all.
    and you look almost asian in the pic with you and Nato, the profile one.
    what? are you turning asian?

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  57. HOW adorable and cute are you! And this blog, my goodness gracious, happy to run into you and your cutie patutie fam!
    Merry Christmas and Happiest of New years! I am Gina, nice to meet you!

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  58. you are HYS.TER.I.CAL.

    Oh my goodness...Im here for the first time and cannot go away:). (Should be doing so many other things right now!)..Anyways, each post is so fun and enjoyable to read!!

    Now just need to make a coffee date with your blog and get caught up!! Love this place!

    Krista.xx

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  59. you have a beautiful blog, beautiful family, and great music! i am enjoying my stay :) i'm going to try to make those bean desserts...did you know that koreans (i'm korean) use beans a lot to make sweet treats? i think you'd really like them. red bean bars (ice cream treat) and rice cakes with tons of beans...also, something called paht bingsoo...all yummy!

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  60. and one year later, your milk dud comment is just as hilar.

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