Our office closed a little bit early today, which gave me an unexpected hour and half of free time. I had on good authority that prices on flats at Burlington Coat Factory had hit rock bottom. Since I am not one to miss out on a fashionable, low priced shoe-and I was giddy with the freedom-I swung by the house and picked up my sister, and we headed out to get ourselves some new kicks.
It just so happened that Emily turned out to be very pleasant company because she was in the best mood EVER. She talked nonstop the entire way to the store about Christmas break and her friends and how much she is loving high school and the pink hat her favorite nun gave her for Christmas today and a new cake dessert she enjoys and LOOK AT THE SKY, LAURA, IT REALLY LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL!! And just when I thought she could not possibly be any more cheerful, we walked into the store and got on the escalator and she exclaimed, "OH I JUST LOVE ESCALATORS!!!"
The happiness continued into the evening, when we put the ornaments on our tree. After the decorating was complete, I thought it would be a great idea to take a few pictures next to our hard work. My current favorite picture pose is "popping," and I was sure we could get some winning photographs of Philip, Emily, and I "popping" out of the tree. I introduced the "popping" pose last year on my 21st birthday, and while my family was hesitant at first, the result is one of my favorite pictures ever...
Since Phil and Em are good sports, they agreed to "pop" out of the tree with me. In fact, Phil really got into it. When I heard him say, completely seriously, "Emily, you come on my side, that way we can alternate sides and pop in descending height order," I just about lost it. We were hysterical.
This was our first try. Not great. We can surely do better.
Nice face, Phil.
And finally, the winner!!!
Try a "popping" photo at your Christmas celebrations this weekend. I can pretty much guarantee it will be a hit with your family and friends. Of course, if you don't impress them with your wacky photo posing skills, you could always take them to the mall to ride the escalators. I hear some people JUST LOVE them!!