Archive for January, 2013

Christmas Morning

So surprise a belated post! Ha like that ever happens here!

I love Christmas Morning. I love it. Ella woke up before Ava while it was still dark so I ran her past the tree and into the TV room so she would not see anything until Ava woke up. My sleepy girl. It was still dark so I took a quick picture of everything untouched. LOVE it!!! Impatient I actually had to wake Ava up!

Ava’s favorite gift: Her scooter! Ella: not sure she loved her new toothbrush, a spin top that lights up a lot!
Really though they loved everything. New chairs from Grandma and the new doll house gets TONS of play everyday!

A perfect morning.

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Well I think it is safe to say that I am obsessed with capturing my kids.  Truly.  The perfect moment the perfect outfit the perfect setting.  I love it all. But there are moments when I choose not to have a camera at all.  I leave it behind.  Ironically these seem to be the same moments that EVERYONE else around me is staring through the back of their camera or iPhone.

OK here is where I may sound a little judgmental and condescending.  I do not mean it to come off that way but this is my opportunity to explain to my children why there will not be many pictures of them on stage or scoring their first soccer goal.  I want them to understand that these moments are ones I do not want to miss waiting behind a camera to press the shutter at the perfect moment, angry because the light is wrong or because there are noticeable distractions.  These are the moments I want to live, I want to remember forever.  And despite the fact that we think the only way to preserve something is to capture it either in photos or video our brains are actually remarkable tools we should trust more.  Our heart does not soar quite the same while looking through a camera at the amazement of our children.

This year we went to hear Ava sing for her Christmas program.  I left my camera at home and my iPhone in my bag.  I sat next to Larry, with Ella on my lap and with NO camera.  I sat and smiled at my girl, giggled at the adorableness of her little four year old voice as she introduced herself, listened to each note of song, and watched every movement.  I was present, fully present.  There are no pictures or videos but I do not need them because I was there, truly there.

Here is Ava at home singing her songs.



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I LOVE Christmas Trees

I love Christmas trees. I love the decorations, I love the lights and I am always sad when it is time to take them down.

Meet Wilford our Christmas Tree~

We had such a lovely night of Christmas music, hot chocolate, candy canes and decorating. Ava even wore the santa hat a small miracle all by itself!  Man photographing with no light is not a small challenge but I love tree light pics.

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The Tree Hunt

Our annual tree hunt was blessed with no rain. After a morning of downpours we arrived to the tree farm for about 45 min. of dry weather. Ella did not want to walk at all, until she found the rain puddles! Ava was a wonderful tree scout with Larry and they found the PERFECT tree, Wilford! It started raining again as the last rope was tied to the car. Not bad timing!

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