Friday, December 9, 2011

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

With this being my most favorite time of year, it was time to kick myself into gear and get decorating. The big kids helped me over the last two days spread Christmas and Advent cheer to the barrenness of the ordinary in our home. The outcome is somewhat minimalistic compared to what I have done in the past, but I added more to the tree and focused more on the main rooms-living room and dining room. Honestly, that was about all the energy I could put into the effort.

And I like it this way.

{pretty} above the dining room table

{happy} little girl who is less than eager each morning to let daddy leave for work. Some days she cries when she notices that he is getting his coat and shoes on to leave for the day. We do our best to entertain her and keep her busy as he slips out the door, but we still stand at the window and she waves good bye most every morning. While the parting is tough, she loves her treasured morning moments with daddy and I think he does just as much.

Too bad my Christmas photo cards have already been ordered and are printed. Otherwise, this photo may have made it on the front. It's {funny} because it was such a real and heartbreaking moment for Gianna, but we were trying to make the best of it.

The tree was up and decorated and we were celebrating, but Gianna did not feel very celebratory at the moment. I will not share with you another photo taken the moment before that certainly could have told a different story and would have made it under the {real} part of this post. Let's just say that a certain older child was very much more crabby in the previous shot.

A {real} moment during decorating. Each child has a photo of their First Christmas and hanging their first ornament on the tree. Thankfully, I remembered to have my little photographer snap this one.

Happy Weekend to all of you! I am hoping to manage some more baking with all my helpers, rest a bit and just enjoy the Advent weekend.

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  1. I love the look on Jonah's face on the "funny" picture, along with that sweet little Gianna's crying!

    Your home look beautiful. I've not been in the mood to decorate either, when I came home from one of my many doctor appts yesterday, Katherine had put the stockings up and part of the nativity set and some other things!!

    Not much baking from me this year, too much standing for too long, just have to give some things up this year.

    Have a fun baking weekend!

  2. Ha ha! We do have one of those priceless photos of the three girls (Mabel is one and sitting on Santa's lap). She is frozen with mouth open...the kind were they want to scream but can't catch their breath?! A total classic!

    Super sweet idea about having baby's picture putting a first ornament on the tree! And I see your tummy poking out there. Such a pretty picture of mama and bab(ies).

    Your dec's you showed are so pretty. Love the light one!!!!


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