a very Roach Christmas card

Monday, December 12, 2011

About a month ago, Grahm turned to me in our one bedroom home and said, "What are we going to do for our Christmas card?" He was completely deadpan. I almost laughed, because I hadn't even thought about it. 

Cards were always a hit or miss thing in my family. If there was a good picture of all of us (miracle) from sometime that year, mom would be all about getting cards. Usually there wasn't such a picture, so we wouldn't send out anything. But my dad would always laugh at all the encyclopedia-esque Christmas letters we would receive every year from different families wanting to "fill us in" on the current on-goings of their lives -- aka they wanted to mail everyone their "brag sheets." A whole novel's worth.

"OH, Billy got ANOTHER promotion! Can you believe that? That's his eighth this year!"
"And June, well she graduated with honors from Yale's most difficult degree program and was named student of the decade." 

Christmas cards are a huge part of Grahm's family tradition, just like eating is apart of mine. His dad (Papa Roach) makes these super amazing pop-up cards every year. That's right, folks. He hand makes over 100 fantastic cards. I'm at a loss as to how I'm supposed to compete with this crafty engineer. After hot glue, I'm out. Forget 3-D hand creations.

"I just don't want ours to be borrring, babe. There's nothing worse than a boring Christmas card," Grahm said. This was news to me. But again, he's doesn't exactly have normal standards on these holiday pains joys.

It IS our first Christmas together (talk about pressure!), and I didn't want to disappoint hubs right out of the gate. I began frantically searching (Pinterest) for something that I could do that wasn't completely "borrrring."

A little while ago, I was reading the [LifeofLove] blog. I'm a big fan of Sarah. She posted about what she's doing for her annual card this year. And because nothing about me is original, I stole her idea. What are blogging friends for? :)

Her idea was a Madlib! I think it's such a fun way to inform your family/friends about what's going on (just the facts, people) without putting anyone to sleep. (Sorry I have no idea how to zoom it for y'all to see it better.) Yesterday afternoon we made up our short lil madlib and took a photo on our stairs outside the apartment. You can't tell, but we're freeeezing.

Bear in mind, these pictures were taken with our janky camera's set timer on top of our garbage bin. We like to keep it classy over here on 2301 Pleasantville Road. I printed our card off at Wal-Mart, and addressed all our cards in my childlike scribble last night. I found myself wanting to send a card to everyone we sent a wedding invitation to! Unfortunately, postage forced us to make some cuts. So if you don't get one in the next few days (we still love you), 

Merry Christmas from the Roaches!

P.S. Just sent out our cards, and I found a typo about .0005 milliseconds after putting them all in the mailbox. Go figure. Luckily, there are only (about) two people that I think will notice. Yes you, Uncle Kirk ;)


Sar said...

Bwaaaahahaha that turned out AWESOME! Did your husband get a new lung? Kidney? False eye? I'm so curious!

Also, here is a link to the letter where people can zoom in: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gXDdFAqz9u4/TuZaQAOeQgI/AAAAAAAAAR0/CRROaN3x1QQ/s1600/photo.png



Tara Peddicord said...

yea... what body part DID grahm get?!?

Recently Roached said...

Thanks, Sarah! Ha ha. He didn't get one?! The letter says his new position as a _____ _____. lol.

Sar said...

Ooooooh, you mean got on a knee and proposed. I thought it said he got a (body part), not ON a (body part). Bwaaaahahah awesome.

Matt and Chelsea said...

Hehe that's a cute idea.....sadly we wrote the letter you were talking about. I hope ours didn't sound braggy... :( Our families both live super far away....hmmm...now I am second guessing if I should do that again or not. Oh well! Merry Christmas!!! lol

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Lauren said...

what a fabulous idea! I think it's perfect! and those photos are adorable, even if they are self-timer portraits! those are the best!

Kaity said...

Too cute! Christmas cards are one of my favorite things to do. Unfortunately, I'm making them my incentive to finish my final projects of the semester :)

Lauren said...

I love this idea! I so know what you mean with the boring christmas letter (read: essay) Oh and the christmas pics are ADORABLE!!

Kaili said...

Sooo cute! Very creative idea!
Thanks for the comment :) My birthday is the 9th of February!

Hope all is well!

Ashley said...

What an awesome idea! You crack me up!

Kristen Danielle said...

I love this! Definitely a cute idea!! And ... Pinterest is all about stealing ideas! Just sayin'!


Anonymous said...

Great post, Jena. Marriage evidently agrees with your writing as you're really finding your voice here. Very entertaining! The Christmas letter idea is a good one--definitely worth "borrowing." Oh, and thanks for the shout-out. I'll keep any typos I find to myself (more or less).

Uncle Kirk

Mariel Torres said...

You two are absolutely adorable! Loving the Rudolph head band darling ;)



ErikaAnn27 said...

Love the Rudolph headband as well :) Too cute!


Nagehan said...

Holy Crap! This is such a neat idea :) Love the pearls and the red lipstick! You know how much I love pearls and red lipsticks!!!!

Mckenzie Jean Lund said...

what a fun idea!
This is David and I's second christmas together, and last year we didn't send out a Christmas card. This year I fully intended too, but I never got to it. This makes me wish I had!

L-Kat said...

You should make a contest out of the typo! First ten relatives to discover it, circle it, and mail it back properly corrected get a prize. Like they get to be your photographer for next year's Christmas card so you dont' have to depend on the garbage can. Win-win for everyone!

Mandy@OrangeAutumn said...

Very cute, I love the mad lib idea! My family feels the same way about the "brag" letters. It made me laugh reading that section :)

Jamie said...

You two are ADORABLE! I love the Mad Lib idea! So fun!

Hannah said...

Madlib Christmas card...brilliant!