I fell into the Christmas card trap. I don't know why or how it happened, but it's the thing I throw a fit about every year. This year I decided to go through Shutterfly because I love the Erin Codren designs. Then I found 406 coupon codes online which made me justify the price of a tri-fold card, front and back, on heavy card stock, with matching address labels.
Chris questioned the necessity of this purchase... like he has since I made him return that laptop. We have a lot of family that probably know nothing about this blog, who would appreciate a little recap in the mail. Chris's mom writes a letter to insert in her Christmas cards every year, so I was told that this was very "Teresa Stanfield" of me.
So I order the cards on Thursday, December 5th. This was the night before leaving for the St. Jude marathon. So of course, on my top 10 moments of 2013, I list that I completed the race. By the time that my car and I barely returned from Memphis, it was too late to make changes to the card.
Great. I'll just up my notch of tacky and cross out that line on 65+ cards.
Top 10 Moments of 2013:
1. Haven turned four and started preschool
2. Taylor Swift concert with the Stanfield's
3. Chris bought a new car.
Holly completed the St. Jude Memphis Marathon NOT
5. Chris started a little blog design business
6. We bought a new house!
7. Chris's surprise 30th birthday party
8. Chiefs vs Cowboys game with the Smith's
9. We celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary
10. Olive had a successful eye surgery and turned two
But as of this past Sunday, my cards were still in production. My address labels that were mailed out on the 6th, were lost at some postal facility in Kansas City. After bitchin' and complain' for two weeks about these cards, I finally called Shutterfly to see if I would even have them by Christmas. After a god awful wait, a customer support tech, his supervisor, and her manager later, my cards were on a truck.
At this point, I was trying to cancel the order because I didn't think people would have them by Christmas. And if they did, it would be the day before... and we all know that is one day until they-meet-the-trash day. But in order to cancel, I had to either deny the FedEx order or drop them back off at FedEx, then wait for Shutterfly to receive them before they would credit my account 7-10 days later.
I will just say that I lost my shit on the phone.
But goodness prevailed, and the cards were on my doorstep on Tuesday. But the little tri-fold cards I ordered... are not little. It's like three cards, front and back, laid out next to each other. They are big, bright, and over the top in a not-so-flattering way. But I listened to Chris complain for three weeks about how much money I spent on cards, that I was not willing to swallow my pride and admit my ridiculous purchase.
So I folded those babies up, stuffed 'em, licked 'em, and addressed 'em. And that's when Chris, my husband who never has an opinion about this sort of shit, said to me, "I don't want to send one to my boss. People are going to hate us... they are kind of gaudy. I wish you wouldn't have spent so much on them."
And you know the only comeback that you can use when something like this is said... something that pisses men off more than most things in the world...
"Well I don't care. Because I bought them with MY money."
If you have posted a picture of your Christmas card, my home-girl Erin from She's a Big Star is hosting a linkup HERE.
Do you follow Aubrey Leigh from ALG Uninterrupted? She is one of my favorite new bloggers. She is an attorney and mom of two young boys. She is getting back into the best shape of her life and posting updates along the way. I like Aubrey Leigh because she is witty and still trying to find the love for running. Head over and say hello HERE and be sure to add her to your bloglovin' feed HERE.
Billie Jo from The Louden Family is such a badass mom. She is a southern mom of three and has the best variety of posts on her page. She has everything from WOD posts to an amazing looking recipe for mac n' cheese. She also posts a lot about her three kids and just seems like a fun, super mom! If you don't know Billie Jo, please go check out her page HERE. and add her to your bloglovin' feed HERE.
And be sure to come back tomorrow for a $75 e-card to Target giveaway!
The money will be paid out on Sunday morning, just in time to do some last minute shopping!