Ordering Christmas Cards

Christmas Pictures – check!  Ordering Christmas Cards – almost!  Taking family pictures is my favorite, most stressful Christmas event every year!  Favorite, because my little babies are growing up way too fast and I totally want to be flooded by precious memories from this stage of life.  Stressful because despite how incredibly precious and sweet my babies are…they each have a mind of their own (which I’m grateful for most of the time)! We love meeting our friends at fun new locations for our family portraits.  This year we took our pictures at the oldest railroad trestle in Tarrant County.  This spot was a gem!  The boys had some amazing rock throwing competitions and the girls kept us laughing as they took turns being models for the camera.  There was LOTS of laughter…and a few tears (no, not from me this year) — I’m not mentioning names, but the last picture may give it away!  Wink!  When it was all said and done…I was all smiles!  This is by far my favorite Christmas gift each year! Our outfits were pretty much from Gap and Gap Kids.  And Little B and I’s accessories were from Forever 21 (including her cute bows…one for the necklace, one for her hair).   Option 1      Option 2     Option 3

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  2. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    Your pictures turned out absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the fun train track background and the colors in your outfits are perfect for a fun fall shoot! My favorite card option was #2.

  3. Lugene says:

    You know, even though your picture subjects are beautiful, you are putting a whole family in danger by trespassing on private railroad property. A train could have come along a any time. It takes a train traveling at 55 mph over a mile and a half to stop. Please visit this website, http://www.oli.org Operation Lifesaver and reconsider the next time you think about trespassing on private property.

  4. Amy A says:

    I love Shutterfly. I’ve been using them for multiple photo products over the years. I really like #3 best. Happy holidays!

  5. Gianna says:

    Banner Of Greetings Christmas Card.

  6. Betty C says:

    I like #3

  7. Angie says:

    The Bubbles of Snowflakes card would be perfect for our family!

  8. Lyndsey P says:

    I vote for option 3!

  9. McKim says:

    I like option 2 best.

  10. Gloria says:

    My favorite card is the Now and Forever card!

  11. Cassandra M says:

    option 3

  12. kathy pease says:

    i like option 3 🙂

  13. Jill L says:

    I love the Joy To The World card.

  14. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    Love option 1

  15. Michelle Mills says:


  16. Debra Ford says:

    I love the Cheery In Plaid Holiday Card

  17. Amy DeLong says:

    bubbles of snowflakes

  18. diane Baum says:

    Love the pics and single family idea

  19. jeanne conner says:

    Option #3 is fun…

  20. Jenny says:

    I love it! Option three is my favorite

  21. Heartfelt Blessings
    Christmas Card

  22. Carmen says:

    I like Option 3 because you get more pictures with it.

  23. Kathryn says:

    I like them all, but #3 is my pick. I have also used Shutterfly the last several years and have never been dissapointed!

  24. Whitney Lindeman says:

    I love option 3!

  25. Kristy says:

    I like option 2 the best

  26. stony says:

    I like 3, you get more more pictures

  27. SHAYNA says:

    I LIKE THE Bubbles Of Snowflakes Holiday Card


  28. Erica C. says:

    Option 3!

  29. Mary Cloud says:

    Option #3

  30. Emmy says:

    Here is my order:

  31. Samantha Meyer says:

    I like option number 3

  32. Kelly says:

    No, votes from me. But please, please, please do not ever hang around the track ever again. It’s extremely careless thing to do. My husband works for the Norfolk southern and I know more stories of people being killed on the tracks than I care to admit.

    For the love of God, stay off next time and no more pictures. Actually, you can get into a lot of trouble the the federal for doing such thing like this. Look it up!

    Have a great day.

  33. Melissa VandenBerg says:

    I like option #3

  34. I like the third one best. But I don’t think you can choose wrong!

  35. Melanie Montgomery says:

    #2 is my favorite!

  36. Adrienne says:

    Option 2

  37. Shirley says:

    Nice pictures! I did this same thing with my children about 15 years ago for Christmas card pictures. You brought back a lot of nice memories! Thank you!


  38. Lanicsha Wynn says:

    I like Option 3

  39. Laurie says:


  40. Tammy says:

    I vote for #3.

  41. Grey says:

    Number 1 is my vote–

  42. Amanda @ Burlap and Denim says:

    I love the pics! Especially with the train tracks and bridge. Really cute.

  43. liz l says:

    I like any of the puppy ones

  44. Tara says:

    option 1

  45. Lawanna says:

    I like option 3 because it shows a variety of pictures of your family.

  46. Maryanne says:

    option #2

  47. Melisa says:

    What a beautiful family you have!! I love Christmas card number three!

  48. Ani says:

    I like Option 2, they’re all nice though.

  49. jessica says:

    i love the third one. super cute outfits! we’re taking ours this weekend 🙂

  50. sheila says:

    Definitely option 3! I love Shutterfly!

  51. jackie says:

    what fun!! like them all but 3 lets you all shine

  52. Pam F says:

    I like number one for sure!!!!

  53. Kathy (Kangaroo Mama) says:

    I love option #3 but #2 is a close 2nd. I love that all the personalities are displayed of the kids along with a family photo! So cute!

  54. lucas nelson says:

    option 3

  55. Kellie says:

    Love the outfits! Great photos. I’m torn between #2 and #3.

  56. SalBug says:

    I like option 3

  57. Becky U says:

    I like option 3.

  58. Renee Gabbard says:

    Option #3 for sure!! Love the collage.

  59. Kristy Thiel says:

    I love the Heartfelt blessings card. Thanks for hosting!

  60. Terri Mc says:

    I would choose #3.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  61. Tamar says:

    I like #3

  62. Stephanie O says:

    I like #2!

  63. jessica edwards says:

    heartfelt blessings

  64. Lynda says:

    Best of Wishes is my fave!

  65. Dwayne Berry says:

    Option 3

  66. Wow!! Whatta giveaway!! I am going with option #3 🙂
    Thanks for this awesome chance to win!

  67. Courtney Hoffman says:


  68. Tarah says:

    I like the Happy Always Collage

  69. Ellen Casper says:

    Number 2!

  70. Meritssy says:


  71. Meritssy says:

    I would have to go with option #3. I came across your blog and I’m enjoying every bit of your stuff. Thanks so much for taking your time and sharing with us all the wonderful things. May God bless

  72. I like number two but they are all great!!

  73. Shelley D. says:

    I think that they all look great, but it is a toss up between 2 & 3.

  74. Erin says:

    I’m a fan of number 3…variety is the spice of life…

  75. Priscilla DeVizia says:

    Love option #3….it’s fun!! 🙂

  76. i like option 2… it’s classic!

  77. Theresa C says:

    I like Option #3 the best – I love seeing the kids’ personalities shine in their individual pics.

  78. Patricia says:

    option 1 is my favorite

  79. Lydia Wagner says:

    And P.S. I would use that prize in a heartbeat! I give photo books away to the grand mommies every year!

  80. Lydia Wagner says:

    I really like #3 because it shows the different personalities of the B’s. I love love love the one of little B posing and laughing! Such a model! But was there another pic of you & stud? You are kind of off centered in that one in the corner. Totally knit-picky, though! Do you need my opinion on anything else? I am obviously offering it up!! 🙂 Haha!

  81. Sue says:

    As a Mom who would plan vacations around train museums, would walk with my little guy ( now 35 and an Amtrak employee) to watch the trains go by and have a N scale in the basement for our grandson I appreciate your choice of site for these portraits. However, it looks like this is an active track,and SORRY,I have to say CAUTION for anyone replicating this. Not only for the potential danger, but also because you are trespassing on Railroad property and could be charged. Sorry to be a killjoy, just passing on a reality check.

  82. beth shepherd says:


  83. TaraO says:

    I like option two–the design is simple, which allows your beautiful family to shine!

  84. Samantha says:

    they are all pretty cute, but i like #3! 🙂

  85. Denise S says:

    I like the Picture Tree cards.

  86. Love the location and cute pictures of your family. Thanks for the opportunity.

  87. Hannah says:

    My favorite is #3! What a beautiful family!

  88. Kara says:

    I liked option 3, close second was option 2!

  89. Betsy @ Anna Nimmity says:

    I like #2 the best. I like the “L” in #1, too. I think simple is best. Less is more.

  90. Nici ~ Posed Perfection says:

    Beautiful family on the inside and out! What a fun photo shoot location! Your pics are always adorable…must be the subjects in them! Have a great day!

  91. Brenda Payseure says:

    I love Option #2!

  92. Tari Lawson says:

    I like the Dear Santa Claus Holiday Card.

  93. renee walters says:

    I vote for Option #3! I do love the photo of your daughter bent over laughing. It is darling!

  94. Leena Lanteigne says:

    I like option #3. The pictures are so good and this option allows recipients to get a look at all of them! Cute kiddos! Hugs, Leena

  95. Kristen says:

    Option 2 and 3 are my faves

  96. Jenna P says:

    Option 2 – but all are cool =)

  97. Terry says:

    Option 2!

  98. jj says:

    I love number one. First I thought 3 but love the simplicity of number one!

  99. I like #2….adorable children and love your little girls outfit…precious family pic…enjoy your memories. They grow up quick. My one and only son turned 18 on Friday. Sob!!! Visit me sometimes over at my royal blog. Tiffany

  100. Alex says:

    I like #3! It’s fun to see all the fun the kids had while taking the pics 🙂

  101. trish T says:

    I like 2 because it doesn’t take away from the beautiful picture. 🙂

  102. Lisa S. says:

    I really like #3.

  103. Jenn says:

    Like no. 2

  104. Amy K says:

    I like the 2nd. Thanks die the giveaway opportunity!

  105. Sherrer says:

    I like option #3

  106. grace says:

    Oh my .. I like them all but I think my fave is #2, it’s a winner 🙂

  107. I agree, I like #3 since it has the most pictures!! So cute!!

  108. sarah says:

    I like the Greet The Season Christmas Card

  109. Lynn says:

    Dang. I was going to skip the family pic this year (just wait til your cuties have college, jobs, cars, sports, college apps, etc and TRY to find time for a photo shoot!) butnnow your gorgeous family has inspired me!!!

    • Oh my gosh and it seems busy now! LOL! Thanks for the perspective! Good luck coordinating your family pics! XO, Aimee

  110. I love the Home to Heart card! Thanks for the giveaway!

  111. Diane says:

    Option #2. All are great though.

  112. Marie says:

    I like #1.

  113. Sandy says:

    #3 definitely. Your children are so adorable.

  114. Stephanie says:

    They all look great, but I vote number 2. The words don’t cover the photo, and the photo is close enough to see details of each person.

  115. Margret says:

    I love option 3! It includes everyone’s personality! 🙂

  116. Merri Jo says:

    What a beautiful family you have–your kiddos are adorable. What great photos! 🙂

  117. Brenda says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I like number 1. Simple but beautiful!

  118. I like them all, but I love the fun and color of number 3 – the other two are very classy, but don’t reflect your joyful spirit quite as well!

  119. janice muegge says:

    I love the third option

  120. Vanessa G P says:

    Option 3 is the most fun I think 😉 Plus…it’s nice to see more than one photo!

  121. Netty says:

    I like #3, the more pix the merrier (especially if your sending to family who hasn’t seen the kids in a while!)

    Would love to win 🙂

  122. Emily says:

    I like #2.

  123. I like #1 best!

  124. rea says:

    what a beautiful family you have 🙂

    i am voting for option 3 because it looks bright and merry!


  125. Connie says:

    I like #2 for its simplicity.

  126. Shauna @Satori Design for Living says:

    Tough to choose, but 3 catches my eye and is the most fun (and it seems like your family is pretty energetic)!

  127. Anne says:

    I like option 3 the best!

  128. Erin says:

    i like Flourished Elegance Christmas Card

  129. I love them all but I like Option 2 the best!

  130. Kristina Frisk says:

    I LOVE all of them, but I LOVE LOVE option 3 – – I like that you get all the pictures in one card.

  131. Option 2 is lovely but I’m drawn to Option 3 because it gives more of a glimpse of each of the kids personalities. My only suggestion would be to swap out the busy backgrounds in Option 3 and change them to black so you focus on the photos and sentiments. Love the memories made during family photo shoots not to mention the great photo results.

  132. Hollis Miller says:

    LOVE the pics!!! railroad was such a great idea!! i have gotten my christmas cards from shutterfly the last couple years and love them!! would love to win them this year 😉

  133. Pam Lapere says:

    I like the single family photo idea…easier for these tired old eyes to see!

  134. laura@Top This Top That says:

    I always order from shutterfly. I love how quick they are and the quality. I think all of your options are fantastic but I would have to say that I like option 2 the best. Good luck deciding!

  135. Elizabeth says:

    Love Shutterfly and I love option 3.

  136. Kacie says:

    I love shutterfly!!!

  137. carol jane says:

    I love #1.

  138. ColleenB. says:

    Was going to ask; where are them train tracks located at? Sure is pretty back drop. My daughter (lives in Arlington)enjoyes taking pictures of different areas and know she would be interested in this location for taking pictures of her kiddos.

    • Hi Colleen. The closest cross streets are North St. and Vanworth St. Fun that your daughter isn’t too far away! She’ll have fun with this location! XO, Aimee

  139. Cranberry Morning says:

    What a cute family!!! I love the setting for these photos. I’m a big train and train tracks and train bridges and train trestle fan. 🙂 Looks like everyone had a great time. And btw, I like option #2 far better than the others. The monogram on the first one covers up too much, and the third one has so much on it that it detracts from the simple beauty of the setting and your lovely family. IMHO, of course. 🙂

  140. SusanHJ says:

    You leave us a difficult decision! I think I like #1 the best. They’re all fantastic pics!

  141. ColleenB. says:

    All great pictures but I also vote for option #3
    Alvarado,/ Lillian Tx.

  142. I love the 3rd one! so cute 🙂

  143. These are such beautiful pictures. I love all the outfits too. 🙂 Megan

  144. Sara says:

    I love Shutterfly and have used them for Christmas cards the past 3 years! Great giveaway!

  145. kesha says:

    I like the Heartfelt Blessings Cards

  146. I vote Option #3!

  147. Rae says:

    I like them all, but I like option 3 best as the recipients get more pictures.