It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Enjoy it with the most wonderful drink of them all!
We took family pictures this past weekend! Might not seem like a big deal, but we haven’t had family pictures taken since Avery was a few months old. He’s almost 4 now.. so yea. It’s been awhile. Wait. I take that back. We had group pictures taken with my in-laws 2 years ago. But still, it’s been awhile since we had them done. So I was pumped. [The husband not so much, but he loves me so he faked it.]
We all had coordinating red outfits and headed off to Heritage Park downtown. It’s this cool little historic section of the city that has old time-y houses. They are all centered around a small courtyard and even have a pretty rose garden on the side. It’s really a neat place to take pictures. I giggled a little when we got out of the car and could see 4 different families having their pictures taken. It’s pretty popular for picture taking.
I had taken pictures for a friend there last week and knew it was a great place for family pictures. Its shaded by trees so there is no direct sunlight [and no squinty eye pictures!] and there are like 8 different houses in the park. The houses are locked, but they have gorgeous porches and railings that are just perfect for pictures. And when the kids get antsy [because you know they will] just move to the next house. It worked out so well that we loaded up and headed that way for our pictures.
And since I’m cheap [or thrifty, whatevs], I had my mom take our pictures. I took a few pictures of the kids, got the settings right and handed her the camera. It was kinda of fun to be on the other side of the camera. I have been taking pictures for this site for almost 4 years now and just recently started doing family photography on the side. I’ve taken a lot of pictures, but very rarely am I the one being photographed.
She took over 200 pictures in less then an hour. Crazy, huh?! I sorted through them all and we have a ton of good ones! I even ordered our Christmas cards with one of the pictures that same night. I’m so pumped to go pick them up and send them off! I don’t think I’ve sent Christmas cards in 4 years either. Nope. I haven’t. Aw well. Here’s to new family pictures and Christmas cards before New Years!
To make this peppermint mocha I suggest either Torani peppermint syrup or making your own. I’m pretty sure World Market sells it in stores if you have one near by.
- 2-3 tablespoons peppermint syrup
- 2-3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
- 1 cup hot coffee or 2 shots espresso
- 1 cup steamed milk
- whipped cream for topping
- Add the syrups to the bottom of a coffee mug.
- Pour the hot coffee or espresso over. Mix together.
- Add the steamed milk and mix again.
- Top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.