We are collaboratively committing to capture the everyday lives of our families, to photograph things we don’t want to forget, to express our love for our families through our cameras. This is the third of hopefully many installments of “Our Families, Our Stories.” These images were created in December, leading up to Christmas Day.
Your Elf, Star, came home on December 1, as she has for the past 4 years. You anxiously awaited her arrival and enjoyed her daily antics and surprises until she left to return to the North Pole once Christmas was over.
Every year you receive an Advent calendar to celebrate each day of the holiday season. Building with ‘Legos Friends’ kept you busy this year.
We have a stash of Christmas books that only come out for the month of December. I began collecting these books since before Shaw was born and have added to the collection year after year, and you both have received many more as gifts from family members.
It is a family tradition to adorn the tree with a new ornament each year. This one represents Lauren’s current love of music. Shaw’s ornament for this year was one with the Stetson University logo, but unfortunately, mama dropped it and broke it before it was photographed.
One Friday night in December, the school hosted a movie night in the gym. You enjoyed watching ‘The Grinch’ in an unconventional place, but you loved playing with your friends afterward even more!
December means new a new pair of warm and soft jammies and more-than-usual servings of hot chocolate.
Christmas lights are absolutely magical! I very much admire and appreciate the people who go all out with their displays so that families like ours can enjoy the gorgeous eye candy.
-Love and hugs and kisses, Mama Julie
Little Man, This picture tells so many stories for me… you are like your Mama and love to watch life go by outside the window. It also tells me about the excitement and anticipation you had this year for Christmas. Your little body is growing and your feet are getting so big. I wish that I could freeze this Christmas season and hold on just a little longer.
You boys had so much fun playing in the snow. (It doesn’t snow very often around here and it rarely sticks for more than a few hours.) O, you were a little too cool for snow pants or zipping up your jacket.
Our Christmas Fairy, Charlotte, brought Christmas jammies at the beginning of December. Of course, Mama wanted to get a picture of you all. I took a few shots to test my settings and L, you were so upset as you thought I was taking pictures without you.
In our house, the Christmas tree goes up early in December. Once Daddy gets down all the Christmas boxes, he usually sits back on the couch while the 3 of you carefully decorate the tree with all of our special ornaments and treasures. And Mama takes pictures. Santa hats and Christmas jammies were the outfits of the evening.
One night, we decided to write your letters to Santa. We found 3 different letters that would work for your different ages. Middle Man, you needed a little convincing that you could write a good letter but of course, you did it! Afterward, we addressed the letters and walked up to the mailbox to mail them to Santa. Maybe he will answer your letters?
L, you were finished school extra early this year so you got to have a little extra screen time while Mama rushed around trying to finish Christmas cards and baking before the big kids finished school.
We played hooky on the last day of school. Shhhhh, it’s our tradition! We went for breakfast together and then went to see Santa. It was so magical as Santa greeted each of you by name. You were all so excited to see him and Mama was a big old puddle of tears. #mythreeintheframe
Believe in the magic of Christmas! All my love forever, Mama Andrea 🙂
My little son you are growing so fast and you are on the move. There are moments that you still seem so little and so much like a baby and then there are moments when you are striking out and doing your own thing, fearless and happy. Seeing you drag this favorite Christmas toy around makes me think you wish you had a doggie or kitty to walk with you.
These days where you two still enjoy showering together remind me that you all are still so young but those days are leaving far too soon. When you ask why Momma brings her camera to the bathroom, this is why. I don’t ever want to forget that you all were this young and we were a family all together in one space. Before you all grow up and the time comes where you crave privacy and need your space. You tell me that you will live with us forever, would that it were true. ❤
Being together like this means the world to me. Seeing my whole world in one space and one moment in time is something I always want to remember. The chaos of the days with school and then holidays on top of it can be overwhelming, but I wouldn’t trade my life for anything. I am exactly where I want to be when I am with you all. You all mean everything to me ❤
Love you all, Momma Ronne ❤
Christmas is my very favorite holiday! It’s not the actual day that’s my favorite (although Christmas is pretty wonderful), it’s the whole month of December and all of the special and unique traditions that only Christmastime can bring! Snowflake’s arrival usually kicks off our holiday and is the most treasured tradition in our home. Squealing can be heard throughout the house when she arrives. She always brings a breakfast of snowballs from the North Pole and usually includes another treat or two!
Christmas trees are another fun tradition at our house. We lovingly refer to Miss Rowan as the “Tree Nazi.” You have very particular rules as to how the tree should be decorated. You refuse to let us turn on the lights until after all of the decorations are up so that we can have a “big reveal” at the end. This kind of kills your photographer mother, as she would love to get beautiful and artistic photos of you decorating the tree. Lucky for me, we have 2 Christmas trees, so I allow you to have your rules for one and I get to have the lights on while decorating the other. I’m trying to figure out how to have 3 trees next year! Perhaps Emme will have to develop her own set of rules!
At some point during the month Snowflake always brings gingerbread houses to decorate. I’m never sure who gets more candy–the houses or the two of you! Although Snowflake brought 2 separate houses this year (in the past she’s always brought one but fighting usually occurs), they both turned out looking remarkably the same. That seems to be the way with most things these days. Emme sure loves her sister and tries to emulate everything she does!
The live nativity is quickly becoming another favorite tradition. It’s freezing cold (Californians are wimps!!), so we bundle up in our warmest jackets, scarves and hats, grab a starbucks treat with friends and sit with a number of other people from the community listening to the story of Jesus birth and signing old traditional hymns. It’s beautiful and peaceful and embodies the spirit of the season.
One of my favorite things to watch this Christmas was the joy you each had in making homemade gifts for the family. I certainly hope this becomes a tradition! I love giving and receiving handmade gifts and there was nothing quite like watching the 2 of you get involved and excited about creating meaningful gifts for others.
I have always loved Christmas, but being able to spend it with the two of you has magnified the holidays for me. My heart is filled with so much joy watching the 2 of you and experiencing your excitement that sometimes I think it just might burst!
love you like crazy, forever & always! Mom