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I mentioned we had some news that we shared with our friends in our new years card (and a special thank you to our patient friends and family who actually sat down and de-coded the card!). We wanted to share our big news with my parents and our children Bee and C on Christmas morning, so we decided to tell everyone all at once.

I offered to help my parents with their Christmas card this year and decided to do a Family Tree showing how our family is growing (there were 3 new babies in 2009). My parents have six children (I'm the fourth) and between my siblings and I there are 14 grandchildren. While I had everyone together this summer for our annual family reunion, I asked each person to stand against a wall so I could take their photo (mug shot style, with a sideways profile..).  Later I traced the photos in Illustrator to make silhouettes of each person in our family. The result was a family tree chart that we printed on 10x14 sheets of paper and folded in fours and mailed out as Christmas cards.

For a gift to my parents I printed a large poster size version, framed it in a simple black frame, and wrapped it up for them to open Christmas morning. My mom unwrapped the gift with Bee and C sitting next to her. Immediately Bee and C wanted to know where they were in the chart, so my mom pointed to their silhouettes. And that's when she realized that this chart had a new addition (fourth row).

A new little baby for our family. It was perfect. My mom screamed, and the children literally jumped for joy (they've been asking for a baby for over a year now). It might be the happiest Christmas morning ever.

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Reader Comments (114)

So cute. I might use this idea when we have children (years from now). You're just brilliant!

03.13.2010 | Unregistered Commenterleni

A huge and heartfelt HOORAY and CONGRATS!!!!!!! What a special way to share the WONDERFUL news. Hope your pregnancy is beautiful! can't wait to see what kind of magnificent birth ann you design. :):):)

03.15.2010 | Unregistered Commenterkatherinemarie

How exciting, congratulations to your family!

03.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Congratulations! Your blog is a really source of inspiration for many of us.
Greetings from South America <3

03.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterM

Congratulations! I love the family tree idea :-)

03.20.2010 | Unregistered CommenterRosalind

Love the poster and congrats!!

03.21.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Such a clever way to announce! Congrats!

I'm a little late to the game here but wanted to say a) congratulations and b) I absolutely love the way you shared your news via a keepsake. So so sweet!

04.13.2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Lil Bee

This is clever, thinking you could simply do this by vectorizing photos, however old, of your family members. I like how round those baby heads appear. Very charming.

04.20.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbdichtarbeiten

Anytime is a lovely time for a baby! Congratulations to you and your family.

05.5.2010 | Unregistered Commentermelanie

This is the single greatest family tree I have ever seen. I cannot imagine the delighted faces you received!

05.18.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeigha

That is very neat. The idea of a family tree like that is pretty cool stuff.

07.12.2010 | Unregistered Commentertrailers for sale

That is the cutest card EVER!

I am just now finding this site and I love the pregnancy announcement idea. How did you create this?

09.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrittney

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