These are a few of the memories I will keep from the last two weeks of 2009.
This was our fourth Christmas in our new home. I wonder when a home isn’t new anymore? Anyway, we put our tree in the same corner as the first year–next to the “elf shelf”. I like it there. NOTE to shelf: Take a photo of the elf on the shelf next year! (arghh)
I found this toy catalog full of what I assumed were “I want this” flags. I was wrong. Chase had flagged all the things we wanted to give to his brothers and sister. There were notes by each item.
Assisted primarily by Taft and Addie, we constructed a gingerbread house. A few minutes after completion one side of the roof came off. We decided that since we forgot to cut out a front door, we would just leave it this way — easier for munchkins to get in and out!
Took this photo on Christmas Morning at around 1:45 am. Geoff had gone to bed and I just wandered around, feeling absolutely blessed and at peace — nothing more I could do except anticipate. Love that.
A sofa full of teenagers. Frankly, they can be a huge pain in the buttocks. But I still love it when they choose my house as a hang out.
Attending the annual creche display at a local church where there were hundreds and hundreds of nativity scenes accompanied by good music. One of my nativities sits directly outside our master bedroom. When I left the lamp on (which I did most nights) I was greeted by the scene early in the morning.
Having my kids home — they make me laugh!
Ahh … visits from friends you don’t get to see very often. Jenna and Deric came home for the holidays. Everyone who comes over gets to guess how much candy is in the jar by our front door. Deric had to come back and claim his prize. He guessed 276. The correct answer 274 — not bad!
New jammies on Christmas Eve and the reminder that not even Christmas Eve can coax a smile out of Taft.
Just after taking this photo, I took several in low-light so I adjusted my ISO (I’m a total dork when it comes to photography) and then didn’t set it back. All of my Christmas morning photos are …
totally grainy. YUCK!
But this boy … totally yum. So happy that I spoiled him and got plenty of positive feedback. Notice the Nixon watch on his wrist.
We took a self-timer group shot with the group gift we got from Darci’s family. She gave us an afternoon of sledding. Now if it would only snow!
Mom and Dad drove over on Christmas day in time for dinner. They stayed the whole weekend and we were able to relax and talk and play games and relax and talk some more. I loved every minute.
This is most of us standing on top of Liberty Lake. What a freaky feeling to stand where you normally swim!
Be sure to check out the Write. Click. Scrapbook. gallery where I posted 12 favorite photos, selected in 12 minutes on New Year’s Eve.
I’m so happy I allowed myself to completely and totally relax with my family and I’m so happy we are all getting back to a routine.