Monday, January 04, 2010

Holiday Highlights

I so enjoy being caught up in the whirlwind of the holidays each year. The festive spirit in the air, the time spent with family and friends, the making and giving of gifts. The little and big traditions that add brightness to the season.

A few favorite moments captured on film...

Drinking hot cocoa on a positively frigid night, at a packed-out Oregon Zoo bedecked in lights...


later, standing with a certain train-obsessed 4 year old, as the Zoo Train whooshed out clouds of steam around us, blew its whistle loud in our ears and chuffed away...

hearing a certain almost 2 year old exclaim, "Mama! Chrish-ish!" each and every time her eyes spotted colored lights as we went about our days...

a frosty Christmas morning, pure and crisp, remembering and reflecting on the birth of our Savior...




barely-contained joy and excitement from my two sweet children, helping me to once again see the Season new and fresh...

silly-ness and laughter on many occasions for no particular reason...


and many, many more moments and happenings that would take too long to share here in this one little blog post. I am happy to have entered the new year, and am looking forward to some exciting things that will take place, some that I know of, and others yet to be discovered. There will be hard times too, I know, but the joy and festivity of this past Season will linger, adding its spark to the other sparks from holiday seasons past.

May you live each day of this new year with a spark of remembered joy!

12 comments:

Jennifer said...

Oh, how precious!
Your children are so cute!
So glad your Christmas was fun-filled.
Stay warm and cozy!
Jennifer
Feathers in the Nest

Nancy said...

Happy New Year!

Your winter photos are beautiful and really capture the beauty to be found in this cold season.

Your little ones are so sweet, and I can just imagine the joy they brought at Christmas!

Catherine said...

What a lovely holiday you all had! Thanks for sharing!

Tracey said...

and you as well! What sweet pictures!

Lois said...

What wonderful pictures of your children as they enjoyed the holiday season. Beautiful pictures of your frosty Christmas morning - stay warm!

Kathy said...

What wonderful photos and sweet memories they will always bring to you.

Thank you for sharing them with us.

VickieV said...

What wonderful pictures! I love the ones of your children, the one with the big nose and moustache is hilarious! Thanks for sharing!

Jeanne said...

wonderful pictures !
can't wait to see your winter-themed Blackwork band sampler..the little photos have me curious.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What a wonderful post with the most fabulous pictures! The kids just couldn't be cuter! Happy New Year!

Marie said...

A great post!! I love all your pictures. And I love you and those darlings "little ones", who aren't so little anymore!
Looking forward to time with all of you again before too long, I hope.

Karan said...

Another truly heart-warming post. May this New Year be filled with many more such moments for you. :0)

Johnson Family said...

I thought the hot chocolate pictures were going to be my favorites until I got to the last one...Jack, you crack me up!