Posted on December 28, 2010
We were sitting at the dining table after all of the presents had been opened. Wrapping paper was everywhere, toys boxes were ripped open, tons of barbie shoes were in every nook and cranny, and everyone was getting a little bit hungry. The leftovers begin to line the counter tops and the second feast of the day was about to happen. We took turns heating our food in the microwave, so really, no one got to eat at the same time. I had the pleasure of getting to sit down with my nephew at the dining table and eat some yummy turkey and dressing. It was just as good as the first time.
My nephew is 8. He’s almost to the age where he will be too cool for hugs and kisses and sitting in my lap. You know, the things that mean the most to me? All of my hopes and dreams will soon be crushed by an elementary school graduation. LOL. I just try to cherish all the moments I get now, but it’s hard to think about what might be different next Christmas. But this Christmas, I got the chance to share my chair with him in the dining room. We were shoveling sweet potato pie into our mouths when Eric asked him, “Hey buddy, what’s your favorite present you got for Christmas?”
My heart was not prepared for his response.
He paused from eating for just a moment to say, “Um… I think it was that I got to be with all of my family.” Then he went back to the sweet potatoes. He wasn’t trying to be a hero. He was just just speaking out his heart. He pretty much made me want to jump up and down with excitement and squeeze him to death and kiss his cute little cheeks. I love him. And I love our family.
Each of my family members will probably want to kill me for posting this picture because it’s not really flattering to anyone, but I love it with all of my heart. I cherish this moment that I was able to capture on Christmas Day. What makes this picture even better is the sign in the kitchen. Can you see it? It’s so perfect. I’m pretty sure I want to hang this picture in my house. It was such a Merry Christmas, even if our family is a lot like the Griswald’s.
Posted on December 24, 2010
We had such an amazing time in Mexico (we had a hard time leaving!)! We are so thankful that we got to be a part of both Arlene & Derrell and Ashley & Kris’ wedding days. They are both incredible couples and we were so blessed to finally get to meet them in Mexico and capture their special days for them!
In order to give our loyal blog followers a little Christmas cheer, we wanted to blog just a couple of sneak peeks of each of the two couple’s Day After Sessions. Both of the sessions were completely different and completely wonderful. Looking back through all of the pictures makes us a little teary eyed. What a blessing to be able to do this for them!
Feliz Navidad everyone! Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your families this season! Blessings!
The lovely Arlene & Derrell, Excellence Riviera Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Mexico
The lovely Ashley & Kris, El Cid Spa & Resort, Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Posted on December 14, 2010
Christmas IS the most wonderful time of the year! I (Micah) LOVE hot drinks in the cold days of winter… yummy! There’s nothing like cuddling on the couch with a warm drink in hand. Last Wednesday at our small group I fell in love with the apple cider. I tend to ask too many questions, but I couldn’t hold myself back. I picked Salania’s brain until I knew EXACTLY what made her apple cider so tasteful! Would you like to know?
You will need 1 gallon of Apple Cider. Salania used the Gala Apples Apple Cider, but they were out when I went to the store. Buy some cloves found on the spices section and a medium sized orange. Lastly, grab a box of Red Hots!
David always makes me laugh in the kitchen. As I read Salania’s instructions to poke the orange with cloves, David asked, “Are you sure you’re doing that right?” I can’t say I have ever “poked” an orange with cloves, but this was my interpretation of Salania’s instruction to not overload it!
Pour the cider into a big pot, place the Red Hots in the pot and put the orange in the mixture. Bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling, turn down to medium heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Wha-la! It tastes amazing. To spice the drink up a bit, add some extra Red Hots! Enjoy . (Thanks Salaina!!)
David (my husband) thought it was only fair that I blog about his favorite holiday drink . Cheers to Egg Nog?!? (I definitely won’t be drinking it!)
Posted on December 13, 2010
It’s always fun to photograph old friends from our hometown. We get to see lots of people we grew up with at the weddings, but even more exciting is that we feel like we have some sort of “small town family tie” to the couple! Cole & Kaylee feel like an extension of family to us! We had such a blast with their engagement session, so we knew the wedding day was going to be wonderful! Our prediction was correct, since their wedding day was flawless and between Cole & Kaylee and their awesome wedding party, the whole day was such fun and a total success!
Cole & Kaylee, congratulations on your marriage! Thank you for letting us be a part of your day and getting to celebrate with you! We hope you enjoy your images!!
Posted on December 10, 2010
Remember Leah? How about now? Ahhh, we loved her creativity!! Her fiance Matt – now husband – is a fire fighter in Itasca, so we drove to meet her! It was a L-O-N-G drive from Abilene, but worth every minute! We loved all her ideas . Leah, you’re one of a kind! Feast your eyes on this amazingness!