Friday, December 14, 2012

Help Me Choose A Christmas Card Capture?

Dear Readers,

I am need of a some help (Oh really C. Jane? We've known that for a LONG time!) Last week Jed shot our family Christmas photos and I'm having a really hard time choosing one. My photogenic family is making it nearly impossible to narrow things down! !!! !

So here's what I will do, I am going to post a few (or ten!) candid photos with a number and a caption. Will you pick your favorite one--the one that paints a perfectly posed position of family bliss and joy--and tell me in the comments? You could also tell me on facebook or twitter if you "don't do comments."

As a "thank you" I will post a soundcloud production of Ever's human goat voice exclaiming, OHCHRISTMASLIGHTS at the bottom of this post. You might find the Christmas Spirit biting you in the soul after you listen, so I think it's worth some trade value.

Ok, you ready Readers? Here we go:

1. Eyes Wide Open, Lips Pursed
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2. Merry Christmas! We're Getting Divorced!/Anson Eyes Wide Open, Lips Pursed
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3. It's So Hard To "Pick A Winner"
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4. Not What We Meant About "Showing Our Natural Side"
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5. You're Not Getting McDonalds If You Keep This Up And That Makes Ever Mad
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6.What Do You Mean "Favorite Child"?
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7. "Favorite Child" Is Fed Up
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8. Where Did I Go Wrong?
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9. And I Am Having Another One
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10. Love At Home! Happy Holidays!
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Well, thanks! I hope it wasn't exhausting. You can take a day or two to decide. Don't think you are above hand-wringing and nights sweats with this choice, I'm over here experiencing the same thing! Good luck!

And now, to reward your diligence, I present:
Ever Kendrick's Human Goat Voice While Looking At Christmas Lights


Happy Weekend Everybody!

186 comments:

Kelly S. said...

It's a toss up between #5 and #6, so hilarious!! :)

Kelly S. said...

Wait, I'm back...I really love #6, ha!

Salmon Tolman Family said...

#3 & #6 are my favorites: they both feel so appropriate and funny! Merry Christmas Kendrick family!

Maddy said...

#4 or #5, I can't commit to one, so funny! xo

Laurie said...

10.

cspokey said...

Love #5!

Angela said...

#4 Anson is the loudest cutest reindeer!

Erin said...

I love them all, but I think #6 has to be my favorite!

Lea Anne said...

#4!

tharker said...

4, 6, and 10. I am so decisive.

Dana Rae said...

#3 or #10

Scott and Rachel Ellis said...

#8 is awesome

hillary said...

Oh, Ever...

I sincerely hope that you include a link to these outtakes in your actual Christmas card.

Erin said...

#10, definitely. Also, I would propose that Ever sounds more inebriated than goat-like. Super adorable, though.

Wendy Woodall said...

They are all hilarious! I think I like six and ten the most!

KelliSue Kolz said...

You're right. I'm laughing because I raise dairy goats, and Ever DOES sound like a little goat.

pppaaaiiigggeee said...

I pick #3!

Emily said...

haha these are great! 3,4,10 are my favs!

Lori said...

After much hand-wringing (but no sweating), I choose #8. The caption, the mild, resigned sort of despair--so funny. I'd be tempted to send them all together, they really do tell the best story!

Laura said...

I like 6 and 10 the best!

Katie said...

Oh show your "natural side" and go with #4... So cute!! Happy Christmas to you all!

Diana said...

I like #6. So cute!

momofcmhl said...

Love #10

Kirsty said...

#4! :)

Kimberly P. said...

#6!

Rae said...

#10, titled "may your days be harried with fright"

Laura Waltz said...

It's a toss up between 3 or 6, both are great and humorous. If you choose 3 you can see most of everyone's faces (yes Anson's is 1/2 hidden by what he is up to), but you get a clear shot of Squishy's face. Adorable! Then 6 is awesome because you can see everyone again, although Ever is a bit upset. Still cute as always though!

ClancyPants said...

#5

Cait said...

#5! Super cute!

Amanda said...

#10

jill said...

#5, for sure ❤

Unknown said...

3,4 or 10... Why not create a montage of the best ones?!

Martha said...

#6 is the one. also, #10.

The Circus said...

#4

Chatty Natty said...

#4 and #6

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George said...

#4!

sschwieger said...

I LOVE #4. But they're all so great!

Jenny said...

I actually love #4! And Ever couldn't sound any cuter! PANTS!

l i z said...

nine! totally. it's a no-brainer, guys.

Amy said...

I absolutely love the last one! (#10) It is sure to get a laugh. But I agree with another commenter...why not do a series of them?

mindy said...

#5 lol

M said...

#4

Jessalee said...

I love four!

Our Family said...

#5 #6 or #10...These are hilarious. I love them all.

the mortensen's said...

10

Scouter's Wife said...

#4, fo' sho'!

Casey Brinkley said...

#3! You're hysterical and your family is adorable, even the nose picker. ;)

Kelly Alley said...

I like 3 and 10! hahaha :) Keepin' it real!

Alex said...

#4 or #6, I'm having a hard time deciding, too!

Michelle said...

10 is my fav!!! 6 is great!! Merry Chirstmas!

Kelm said...

#4 or #10....so much character in your little family. Love it :)

Stephanie Confer said...

#4, and #10 is a close second. Maybe a collage of top choices on one card?!

Erin said...

#5 and #6... best faces, and all faces are visible. And everyone looks... as beast as they can.

Megh said...

I vote #4!

Danelle M said...

You need to find one of those Christmas card templates that lets you use multiple photos. Because really, how could you leave one of these out?

bestgrandkidsever said...

This was hilarious! I think you should do ma collage of all of them!

marisaib said...

#4 or #6!! They're all great!

Katie said...

#4... It's perfect!!

Greg and Janet said...

#7 or #10! Looks like you all had a fun time!

Beatific Ponderances said...

oh please, #10, #10, for the sweet baby Jesus!

Natasha said...

3 or 10. I really love 3.

And I did a whole post on Holiday Card Outtakes last year because ours were priceless!!! Kind of like these.

Rynell said...

10.

Domestic Diva said...

Okay if you want the whole family in it then I say Pick a Winner or Favourite Child. If not, I LOVE the one of you alone laying on the couch - so freaking funny! Especially after all the others!

Seth and Natalie said...

#6 is so cute! Good luck picking one out, they are all better than mine are!

Melinda said...

They're all funny, but I choose #10!

carla thorup said...

I say a 10 page card that really captures the essence of the Kendrick family in 2012. Or just go with #9.

Jenny said...

#4. Hands down.

kameron leigh said...

#4 #4 #4!!!!!

Shannon said...

4 is my favorite!

melanie said...

4! love it. maybe next year just send out a photo of you and chup with a note that says, "oh yeah, we also have a bunch a kids." :)

Sell...Party Of 5 said...

really, you just can't go wrong with any of them. my personal favorite is 9. :)

Charlotte said...

Have mini flip books made so you can enjoy the whole progression. [Flip books, with recorded sound :) ]

Jana said...

#1 or, #5... although ALL of them are hilarious! Maybe you should send a story book card with them all.

Chrissy Jo said...

#5 or #6 are my very favorites. Love!

Angela Porter said...

Wow how clever and witty you are, tricking us into thinking we would be choosing from some "normal" shots.
Wow how down to earth and real you are, showing the reality of family pics.
Why have I never been so witty and brave like you to post the "out take" side of picture taking. You are just so darn hilarious, you make it look so fun to be you!
Has there ever (no pun intended) been cuter kids on the planet than yours? I think not!
I have never seen kids doing cuter things than yours. How original!
How come my kids don't look that cute picking thier noses or making a face?!
You two look like the best parents ever (no pun intended). Even despite all the horrible pain you have gone through.
#8. all the way baby!

Just a thought... said...

Definitely #4 ...looks like Anson has reindeer antlers! Merry CHristmas!

Heffalump said...

So hard to choose. I pick #10 though because it covers the broad range of emotions we all feel during the Christmas season...

Fresh Hell, Texas said...

#5.

But I think you should include #9 as an annoucement!

Laurie said...

I love #9 and #10! So much fun.

Oh, and all the best of the season to Angela Porter. I hope you enjoy that lump of coal in your stocking on Christmas morning.

Megan said...

so hilarious! I vote 10! :)

Tambra Coons said...

5, 6 or 10

Juliet Roxburgh said...

They are all so great. So true to life. If I had to pick one, #3 is my favorite,or you could just pick your top 3 and put them all on a card. That would be even better.

sunshineyou said...

I love #10!

Arika A. said...

It's So Hard To "Pick A Winner" gets my vote.

Christine said...

#3 or #4! But it could also be #6! If I was a recipient of any of those, it would seriously make me smile every day just looking at any of them. Classic and real! :)

Shelly Cunningham said...

"And I am having another one" wins. Hands down. That was hilarious! Gah, you just make my day every time you post!

Kara said...

5 and 6 are my favorite ;)

wisegirlies said...

Love #4

Bradford said...

I love 6

MindyElias said...

FIVE FIVE FIVE!!! #5 LOVE IT :)

Lulea said...

Definitely #4

Chrissy said...

Number 4!!! They are all cute, though! :)

Alisha said...

5 or 10!

Heather said...

I love #5! You guys are adorable! I think candid pics are so much better than super posed ones.

Sandi said...

Go with your natural selves- I say #4 jingling all the way.

Brenick said...

tie between #3 and #10! nice to see a normal family ! :D haha

Kimberly said...

#4 - 100% - 4 4 4. It's the BEST. Close second place is 10, though.

Crystal said...

4 or 10

Eva McGann said...

I vote for "pick a winner". My second choice is "Natural Side". I understand why you have such a hard time choosing! They are all funny!

Pam said...

#2 reminds me of sitting in church! but #6 is best to me!

Becca said...

angela porter needs a hug

Karen said...

4 & 10 - Fantastic!

bookette said...

6! I love 6!

K Silvestro said...

FOUR!

Rachel said...

#3 is awesome!

Lillie Mae Acres said...

LUV 4 and 5, 5 the best!!!

Lillie Mae Acres said...

LUV 4 and 5, 5 the best!!!

Kim and Preston said...

#5 or #6

Lisenn said...

I love the 10...
C'est tellement réaliste !
Très belle photos !
Have a nice christmas day !

Lindsay Jane said...

10

Kamian said...

Number 10 is classic. That's it.

Richelle said...

How hard! It is a toss up between #10 and #5.

Maya said...

definitely #10!!!

Bessiemae said...

Do a montage! They are all absolutely hilarious. Seriously.

Steph H said...

5 or 10!

Sara K.S. Hanks said...

#4, by far and away.

julie said...

10 or 6.

Brandon and Bethany said...

I vote 4 or 5

sage said...

10 or 4

Heidi said...

They're all awesome. Merry Christmas.

mandbrid said...

I love #10! It's for sure.

Aimingforswanlike said...

Love 5,6 and 10 - hilarious!

tarynn said...

Mcdonald's! But you really can't go wrong!

Heather Lynne said...

3 or 4!!!

Evan and Holly said...

I like #6 and my 2 year old cannot get enough of Ever's "Christmaslights!" He is now imitating it.....thank you C Jane. Thank you.

C. said...

Definitely #6 or #10. But really they're all pretty hilarious/wonderful!

Latu said...

i vote #4!

Derek and Sharice said...

#3 PICK A WINNER HAHAHAHA Love it! CHRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSTmas Lights! hahaha

Megan said...

# 7 is so cute! I love it.

emilia. said...

hands down = 10

Erin Bigler said...

"You're not getting McDonalds."

Delirious said...

I'm going for number 4. It's definitely not boring. :)

Vanessa said...

Hey...#9 sure looks familiar. I think that is what I looked like for 9 months a little while ago.

Janel said...

I like number 10 with a caption "we're having another baby" Merry Christmas or something like that that....

They are all fantastic though!

Ps. Number 10 is just so honest about life raising littles... Precious.

Laci said...

10!!

kiki said...

4, 5, or 10

phylly3 said...

10 for sure!

Colleen said...

And this is why I'm not sending out cards this year! My two-year-old gets angry and runs away every time I pull out a camera. We're shooting for next year.

Geo said...

I'm thinking I'd like the whole deck of Kendrick Christmas trading cards.

Belladonna said...

This is just laugh-out-loud funny!
So great to show us the out-takes - rather than toss them in the virtual digital rubbish bin (as the rest of us do) [And, I'm speaking here as the Mama to a 5-year-old who's response to the camera is instant 'fake grin'- any 'printable'
shot is the consequence of surprise]
And a valuable reminder that all those 'perfect' blog images we see are the result of 100 less-than-perfect shots.
Happy Christmas to you and your menagerie - from the other side of the world - where we are coping with heat-waves, sand and sunstrike.

Lisa Awe said...

#5. Great pictures - they all really capture everyone's personalities (or what I know of them) so well!

Whimcees said...

Hello!

I loved #5 right away! What fun! You have such a wonderful family! Her little voice just makes me smile - thank you for sharing! I love you all! Wishing you a great weekend!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Redspecklisa said...

Def. #3 or #4.

Netti said...

They're all so cute. #4 or #6 are my personal faves. :)

Kimber said...

#1 for sure. Love the divorce one, though! haha

Amber said...

4 or 6

Stacey said...

4, 6 and 10... all on one card!

rcbe1 said...

3 or 4 so glad to see my family is not the only one that makes getting a family photo a hair pulling experience:)

Sammi said...

5 :) love it and love Ever's little voice too XX

Happy said...

#4!

Robyn :) said...

The first or last one.

kshannoka said...

#4

alicia said...

Oh man, I needed that! How could I possibly choose, they are all amazing!!

Heather Fretz said...

#10 for sure

ellen said...

They're all great but I'm picking #5.

Meliss said...

#10 for me. no doubt about it.

Bethany said...

#6 is amazing :)

Jan S said...

Can i just say that Ever kills me?! She not only has the cutest, most adorable, little voice, but her facial expressions are AWESOME!! And guess what, I'm going to be no help because i seriously love them ALL. So here's my idea...Can you do one of those cards with multiple photos? It would be hysterical if you had one of those with those series of pics!! (Or some of them, even.) Oh, CJane, they are just the cutest! Love your darling fam. THANK YOU for bringing a smile to my face! After the news this week, I think we all really needed it...

Me said...

Me showing the pics to 3 of my kids (9,7&6):

7yoD: Wo, they are NOT good at taking pictures. (I guffaw having just picked the LEAST horrible of our own 100 takes of family photo for our own card)

6yoS: Expecially the parents. (I spit some coffee out of my nose . . . SERIOUSLY?)

9yoS: Yeah, the dad has his LEG crossed! (WHAT?)

7yoD: And the mom's not even paying attention. . .

As they all begin to walk away,

7yoD: muttering, "They need to take another picture"

FINAL consensus is they would go with #6.

Alison said...

#10

Ashlee said...

#3 or #10!

<3

Wendy Williams said...

I like #6. So cute!!

Kelly said...

Number ten is my favorite!

Allison said...

Love these...

Teresa said...

#5 is my favorite!

I.D said...

In this order here are my favorites...

Number 1 I love it!!, Number 2 its a crazy one and I love it! and number 3 Genius!!!

Erin L said...

4 or 10. real life, man.

Amanda Cherry said...

Number 1.

Andi said...

5 or 6 is my vote. Super cute!

Julie said...

#10, priceless!

Hlt955 said...

I vote #10!

kara said...

#4.

merathon said...

i'm kinda loving #5-- mostly because of ever's face!

Fee said...

4 and 5. Love them all.

Livyb said...

4 or 10! Love them all!

Emily Heizer Photography said...

MCDONALDS! #5! I laughed out loud!

Janelle said...

Natural all the way! Love it!

Carolyn said...

THIS is cute for sure, but lets cut to the chase here...did you wear the pants or not?? Did anyone else?? Didn't notice any pants in my ward, but I don't live in Utah...come on, I KNOW I'm not the only one wondering this. C Jane, tell us please!!

melanie said...

Where is the Kendrick family painting from? love it!!

Megan W said...

Definitely a tie between 4 and 10. So great.

Jackie said...

5 Ever's pout should be mass produced and distributed as a tutorial on HOW to pout.

Ambs said...

7. Favorite child is fed up

Wan Family said...

I really like #6, isn't it accurate? Next year you'll be looking past three kids at the new favorite ;)

Wan Family said...

I really like #6, isn't it accurate? Next year you'll be looking past three kids at the new favorite ;)

Sue Z said...


2, 5 and 6 are my favorites!