Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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Last night I did a few digital pages. I had some pictures I really wanted to use, and my printer isn't printing well now, so digital it was!
I simply love this one.
Friday, December 25, 2009
From our family to yours!
A little video to share the Christmas Joy (hee hee)
And here's the mug shot for future reference :P
I'm writing this Christmas Eve, we just got home from the Candlelight service at our church. It was a lovely service, nothing showey or fancy, just a bunch of believers gathering together to sing songs of praise and share our Joy of the Season. I managed to sneak in a few shots of the kids by candlelight though. I didn't feel too irreverant because well, I had to really pay attention to the kids because, well, they were HOLDING LIT candles!!!!!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
How sweet to catch those innocent moments of expectation.
Sweetly playing under the Christmas tree.
Ah, the Christmas yummies! I love to make Christmas cookies. I usually make at least 100 dozen throughout the season. These are chocolate cookies, the recipe is from foodnetwork.com and it's called Top Secret Chocolate Cookies. They are SUPER yummy!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
oh, wait....that's the wrong song!
Every year we make gingerbread houses. It's tradition. Usually I buy a kit. But this year a good friend talked me into trying to make my own.
Next year we're buying a kit. LOL!
I guess I'm just a perfectionist....and I almost fried my mixer mixing the very heavy gingerbread dough.......
Anyway - here's a few pictures of the event. I assembled it and let the kids decorate it all by themselves. Sometimes it's hard for me to let go of that aspect, but I've learned to love imperfection and their interpretation! :D
(oh and for anyone with an SLR camera, I found this awesome tutorial at Kevin and Amanda on how to make your own Bokeh (a little contraption to make lights turn to shapes). My example below of my Christmas tree is very very poor (it's stars, but it just kinda looks blurry), I didn't have enough light in the house to make it work, but check out her site and photos - you'll definitely want to try it yourself!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
I love this first one. As we were getting off, the steam from cars was coming in the window that was left cracked. It was so pretty over the red velvet seats.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
While we were in Sedro-Woolley, we took Cody on a very special train ride. Like most little boys, he loves trains. We've been trying to take him on a train ride for a while, but because of where we live, and our schedule, we've not been able to make it work. In the little town of Wickersham (I'm not really sure it's a town, rather a sign on the railline), there is a small hobbyist railway. Every year The Lake Whatcom Railway runs a few special trains with Santa as the special guest. It was a wonderful event, definitely a must do for a great family activity.
The rail cars are vintage (I can't find the year) but are very reminiscent of The Polar Express. I remember when I was a kid we'd always stop on the overpass and listen to the train come through on the way to my Grandparents house in Acme WA. Then they used a 1907 Steam Engine. Unfortunately, for political reasons, they can no longer use the steam engine and now use a diesel engine. We were able to look at the steam engine in the engine house though. It was amazingly huge.
The Santa on the train was fabulous! Just look at the pictures and you'll see what I mean ;). And his personality was just as good! I'm sure he was blind by the time the train ride was over though with all the camera flashes he had to look at lol!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
As I'm updating my blog, I'm listening to Josh Groban's O Holy Night. One of my favorite three Christmas carols. Could not be more wonderful listening to this, editing photos in the twinkling light of my Christmas tree next to my computer.
What a wonderful life!
This picture is not my tree, nor was it supposed to look like this. In all honesty, it was a total accident of a picture. I was getting ready to take a picture of a family at church and taking a couple pictures on differen settings for lighting checks and somehow wound up with this picture. But I was delighted. I loved it! So I'm sharing my happy mistake with you!
Enjoy and may you have a warm and Merry Christmas!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
But that's not the miracle. When you live on a mountain in Eastern WA, to not get snow would be the miracle.
THIS is the miracle:
Yes, folks, she is IN the snow!!!!!
I had to take pictures to document it in case it doesn't happen again, EVER! LOL!
Oh, the things she'll do for shoes................we keep telling her she is not getting snow boots until she proves she'll play in the snow.
Guess I might have to go buy those pretty pink boots afterall..........
Wishing you a snowy white Christmas!
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