Hello friends, each year I like to take off the last two weeks of the year. My amazing husband usually has the same amount of time off. I take time to spend with my family and to give myself a mental break, running a business is exhausting (whew!). I always look forward to my husband being off work. It means I get to worry less, which in turn means I get to be a more fun mommy to my awesome boys. We had so much fun in those two weeks. We went to my parents and helped them put up their tree which is always a glitter filled adventure and we watched Christmas movies that the boys had never seen. We had a whole day of Christmas baking and it was filled with the sounds of two boys playing and singing Christmas carols. We spent hours looking at the beautifully decorated houses and of course we visited Santa.
This is the first year that Benjamin has really gotten this whole Christmas thing and let me tell you what, watching Christmas happen through his eyes was such a joy this year. I have literally never seen him as excited as he was when we were waiting in line for Santa. He got these super big eyes and this smile that looked like it made his cheeks hurt. My typically shy little guy climbed up Santa's lap faster than his big brother. Desmond was a little trepidatious this year. The only thing that rivaled his excitement about Santa was all of the Christmas lights. As we drove home one night he saw lights the first time and boy did he squeal with excitement. His joy and elation for the season was so infectious. I'm so grateful for this. Desmond learned more this year about why we celebrate Christmas and he learned several carols at school which he then taught to his brother and I loved every minute of their tiny little voices singing joyously everywhere we went from the store to grandma's house.
All in all we had a lot of family time, holiday spirit, and some good relaxation and it's time to start the new year. Here's some of our fun.
I hope your holidays were as joy filled as ours. We are getting back into the swing of everyday life. I hope your new year is blessed!
I am a mom and a photographer. My love of motherhood led me to photograph all things from bellies to birth and beyond.