Our Christmas journey was a little bit crazy this year. It was our first long distance road trip with both of the girls in tow, but it actually went shockingly well thanks to our only Black Friday purchase -- a DVD player for the car. All of our surprises would surface after we arrived at our destination. Our car got a flat tire (which had been repaired before we left), the plumbing under the kitchen sink at my in-laws was massively leaking and they scrambled to find a plumber open on Christmas Eve, my grandfather got a stomach bug so he missed meeting Hannah for the first time, and then Hannah & I got sick with bad colds (were both running fevers and placed on antibiotics by the time we got to an after hours clinic) so we missed seeing our friends. My head was a total fog for almost all of our visit.
But amid the hustle and bustle, we had a great time just being together with our families and watching the little ones delight in the magic of Christmas. Lucy woke up next to me on Christmas morning and whispered, "It's Jesus' birthday party!" Wow. I thought that the real meaning of the holiday had really sunk in and was so proud -- I mean, we have been reading Christmas books, singing carols, attending children's time in church, talking about the nativity scene, etc. for weeks. But... then she continued with, "It's Daddy birthday party! And Hannah birthday, too!". At least we're getting closer. :)
Lucy really took her time opening each gift and would exclaim, "Mama, look what I got!" with a huge smile and an expression of sheer joy. And my happy baby Hannah was thrilled just to crinkle wrapping paper and to have a seemingly endless supply of arms available to hold her -- her very most favorite thing. Santa was very good to me this year... I finally got a DSLR camera! You can see the evidence of my new present (major props to the hubby) in these two shots and in the slide show below. The first couple of pics in the slide show are from my old camera and the rest are from the new one -- you can really tell the difference in picture quality. I am so excited about learning how to use it to capture the unique expressions of my beautiful subjects. Yay!
Merry Christmas to all!!!
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|Trying on Pop Pop's reading glasses|
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