Friday, January 17, 2014

Christmas in review

This was the first year we stayed home for Christmas. It was so special to be just us and to enjoy the excitement of Hailey and Casey. It was such a lovely Christmas, completely peaceful and relaxed. We went to Mass on Christmas Eve, the kids loved the manger set.

When we got home, I had to capture them all dressed up in their Christmas attire. 

Her new thing is to pose as a ballerina for all pictures. I love how even her little fingers are shaped!

After dinner, of course came the rituals of putting out cookies (and beer) for Santa and laying out of our stockings. My grandma (and now my mom) knit all the Christmas stockings for each person in the family - Owen and little cousin Hilary were the ones to get stockings this year! They are such beautiful works of art and I treasure them. My Grandma taught me how to knit when I was little and I even made a Christmas stocking (they are not easy!) but I gave it away as a present in a Secret Santa exchange in our youth group! I don't think the male recipient fully appreciated it at all! haha, maybe I will make them again someday.

Believe it or not, I only have this one picture from Christmas morning! I think I have a video too, but really all I wanted to do was focus on them, and cherish the morning, not distracted by snapping pictures.
This was her new doll stroller. And she is wearing a new outfit she got and wanted on right away, and pink shoes, that rarely leave her feet. She calls them her "peepee toe shoes." I think she is trying to say tippytoe.

Just three days before Christmas I got mastitis. Horrible, horrible timing, and just as bad of an experience. Now I know what other mom's were talking about. But it made me slow down, let stuff go I wanted to get done and rest a lot. 

These silly monkeys came and found me resting around bedtime after Christmas....

Reading my new book from Luke, "The Temperment God Gave Your Kids." Highly recommend.


This little man is too precious for words.

One of my gifts from Luke was a date to see the Nutcracker ballet! It was in DC, performed by the Washington DC ballet company at the Warner. It was exquisitely beautiful and breathtaking. We had Owen with us and he loved the music. Didn't make a peep the whole time :::sigh::: I still play it over in my mind...such a memorable night.

And that, was our family Christmas of 2013!


  1. Oh Megs, it looks like you had a wonderful Xmas! Those kiddos of yours are so sweet. I especially love the picture of the two oldest together by the tree - now if only I could coerce my own to do something like that next year :)

    Blessings to you!

  2. 'Love all these pictures! Hope you're feeling better soon.