Thursday, December 31, 2009

A holiday review

Our holiday time has been full. We stepped away from books, computers and schedules and really took time to relax. Staying up late, sleeping in, PJ's past noon. We also sprinkled in lots of time to ski, skate, toboggan, read, knit, watch hockey and play games.
We started with a winter solstice dinner that was simple and enjoyable. The girls asked lots of questions about the solstice and why we have such short days where we live. It was simple informal learning and quiet enjoyable family time.
As we moved into the holidays we spent lots of time together. This Christmas Eve we were all healthy. Last year we had sick kids.
After the girls were in their Christmas Pj's, we spent time reading and singing together.
On Christmas morning we spent time doing our devotions together and reading the Christmas story before opening presents and having brunch.
Of course we eventually got to the much anticipated gifts and stockings. Papaya wore the Santa hat all morning. She absolutely loves it.
With a few dog lovers in our midst, we made sure that there was a special treat under the tree for Jesse.
A few handmades made it into the Christmas mix. Each girl had knit socks in their stockings. They also had one handmade present under the tree. Here is Boo-boo's doll quilt.
This is Bugsy's new bag. She loves it and thinks the colors are perfect for her. Why are we not surprised at her checking it out like an ostrich? Notice the knit socks?
Papaya got a new bag too. This one only got finished on the 23rd! The original one I started got tossed because it simply was not working and I couldn't save it. So under a time crunch, I finished this in 1-1/2 hours. It came together nicely and she has been using it regularly.
Then we had ooohs!
And aahs!
And sheer delight!
Here's hoping that your holidays have created some special memories, helped you find moments to relax and drawn you closer to Jesus, who came as a babe, for our salvation.


Stephanie said...

What great photos. You have a lovely family! I love the girls reactions to their gifts, to be that young again and enjoy Christmas through childrens eyes... how wonderful!

stitching under oaks said...

Looks like a great Christmas! Your family is beautiful! Love seeing all the photos of your day.

Rebekah said...

Merry Christmas! Love your family Christmas photo and seeing all of the great expressions on your daughters' faces!

Christina said...

Beautiful photos, as always. You captured so much of the delight and magic of your Christmas.

Kristyn Knits said...

looks like you all had a blessed Christmas!!
I LOVE your family portrait! how stunning!!
I hope you'll frame that one!