Say “cheese”

This weekend, I took advantage of JC Penney’s “Free Family Photos all November” offer,  and dragged Damyan and the Pepperlings along to Bellevue Square mall, with hair combed, noses blown, and faces wiped.   A rare occurrence in this disheveled household.

I had suspected that the potential for a naff Christmas card portrait was high, but I was still pretty amused to be shown this little beauty shortly after the shoot:

Can you say “Gorgonzola”?!

Oh yes, you’re all now really looking forward to your Seattle postmarked Christmas card this year , huh!?

The worrying thing is, we didn’t even intentionally colour coordinate.  Gah!  We’ve clearly already been bitten by the bug of American cheese, God help us!  Next, we’ll be unwittingly sending you all 3-page family newsletters with our cards, detailing the incredible academic accomplishments and sporting achievements of our 1 and 3 year olds.   You have been warned.

On other news….  we are now onto Day 13 of sleep training Henry.   I’ll not lie, it’s not going fabulously.  I’m still up to him twice a night.  However, he does go to sleep easily enough at 6.30 pm – there is no more pacing, singing and rocking for hours on end – and he does usually give me a good 6 hour stretch before the first waking.  And, in his defense  we have had to contend with the clocks changing in the midst of all this.    At Day 13, I’d say that the pattern seems to be following the “two steps forward, one step back” rule.  But that’s still progress, so I’ll take it!

Oh, and he is also learning to crawl.  I suppose that throws an extra spanner in the works, too.

It’s lucky he’s so darn cute!

And finally…. oh yes, apparently there’s some kind of big election tomorrow.  Who knew?

In actual fact, of course, there’s much excitement – it’s going to be a fascinating 24 hours watching this incredibly close-run race unfold.  And I realise I know nothing about anything regarding American politics, but I can’t help but feel it will be a sad day if  the Land of Opportunity comes to be run by a pro-life Mormon named “Mitt”, famous for such brilliant soundbites as “I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.”


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