Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Merry Christmas

So here was the picture on our Christmas card this year (although it's much cuter in the actual card, I will say). So to all those who didn't get one, I'm sorry! And we do hope you had an amazing Christmas. I actually ran out of cards this year, and we mailed out 150 of them! We HAVE to quit moving... our list just keeps getting longer and longer! But yes, it was the most successful card yet, only because there was No hassle. No fighting the kids (or my husband is more like it) for the perfect picture. No getting another photographer to help us out. Nothing. 10 minutes on a Sunday afternoon, with the camera remote in hand; and WE'RE DONE. Woohoo! Think it would be tacky to do it again next year?

Christmas this year was good. Quiet. Very quiet. In fact, when it came down to being Christmas Eve, I had a hard time convincing myself it really was. Not that I didn't want it, but just didn't seem stressed enough. Or rushed. Or crazy and loud enough. But it was good to have it nice and quiet for a chance. Very low key, and simple on the presents. And somehow regretfully, I never get around to taking the pictures on Christmas day. Too much of everything else going on. It always makes me sad when it's all done and I realize I missed it. But we did get it all on video this year. So that makes me feel much better. At least, better than the other years. Maybe that should be my New Years resolution. Take pictures of the kids next Christmas. It would be easy to succeed, or quick to fail. Either way. I think I have my winner! :)

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Smart guy

So this morning we awoke, and guess where we found Nicholas.

On top of the tree. Never trust an expression like that. ;) But I think the elf did the trick... because upon finding that he did indeed move and must have talked to Santa....

.....this is what I found next. He was hoping it wasn't too late. And sister soon followed. I was wishing I hadn't done all the Christmas shopping yet, I may decide to have a slight re-do. We'll check the motivation later. For now though, this all just brings a smile to my face. Sometimes I wish we never had to grow up. But most times, I find the other side is just as magical. {smile}

waivering in belief

We had an unbeliever here. We decided we had to do something about it. When posed the question, must felt to leave it that way. But there were still plenty, us included that just couldn't. Not this year. Besides, the risk of it becoming a trend in the home was far to great. So we were on a mission. The very next day we woke up to a small miracle. A package had been dropped down our chimney. Once discovered, the excitement in the room was very contagious. Santa? Sure enough. :)

He left us an elf. Someone to keep an eye on things, since the big guy was getting a little worried. So "Nicholas", as he's officially been named, will be tracking things. Every night he flies home to Santa to report what he's found, along with any secret whisperings he's been told throughout the day. Then before you can wake up, he's back. And hiding in another spot. Or causing trouble of some sort. You never know with these guys. That smile just says they're up to no good. The only rule is, you can't touch him, or the magic is gone. So the kids are very careful to keep a safe distance. And you what? I think it did the trick. ;)

(photo of Nicholas still in the box. Courtesy of Bug)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Just tired

It's been one of those days, and I could use some of this happiness. Maybe tomorrow. Right? I was setting up to take pictures Thurs for a friend, and she hopped in so I could start metering. To awesome to just catch an expression like that. :)