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Wonder and Joy

I need to say thank you. Thank you to the internet for inspiration. Thank you to all the people who do the holiday season up big. Thank you to the Heather Lands of the world who make me belly laugh about our silly traditions. Thank you for the conversations of dear friends as we eat… Continue reading Wonder and Joy

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Flow

Like any good road trip/family vacation, there are nuggets of joy tucked in amongst the agony of the drive, the "are we there yets?" and the hustle and bustle of traveling during the holidays. We've been able to see Eric's family, celebrate Christmas, and even Santa came and delivered his goods in our hotel room!… Continue reading Flow

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Merry Christmas!

When I was around 6- or 7-years-old, my parents got me an entire bedroom set. It wasn't furniture under the tree or in the garage. We went to bed just like any other night. After I was well asleep, they transferred me into their bed and set to work. When I woke up Christmas morning,… Continue reading Merry Christmas!

Faith and Personal Growth · Family

Bah Humbug

I've been fighting it for a while. I just can't seem to get into the holiday spirit this year. Part of it is that we are far away from family and in a new state. Part of it is the weather. It's kind of hard to feel festive about Christmas sweaters when it's 80 degrees… Continue reading Bah Humbug

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Making Memories

I have visions; ideas about the way things should go. I'm sure we all do to some degree. I thought it would be fun to drive around looking at Christmas lights, which is something we do every year. We'd drink some cocoa in the car, I would introduce the kids to more Christmas carols while… Continue reading Making Memories

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Holiday Hiatus

I "decided" to take a holiday hiatus. It wasn't really planned, but just sort of happened! Now that the family has left and the after-Christmas calm is settling in, I thought I'd sneak in a post before I return to my unscheduled break. This year we were fortunate to be able to spend Christmas with… Continue reading Holiday Hiatus

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More Crazy Ideas: Christmas Edition

I get these crazy ideas and then halfway through I am wondering what the heck I was thinking when I thought whatever it is I'm doing was a good idea. Today was a classic example. It usually begins with a day with nothing planned. Hmmm, what can we do today? Ah! I know! Let's put… Continue reading More Crazy Ideas: Christmas Edition

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · Photography

Christmas Lights!

Eric has attempted to get us all down to see the Christmas Lights display in Honolulu and we finally made it! They have huge scene displays, a Christmas train and more lights than we could count!  Jake and Daddy on the the ride!  Mele Kalikimaka!!! Merry Christmas!  Hannah was enthralled by the lights!!  Jacob, Hannah… Continue reading Christmas Lights!

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Christmas Craft

Jacob decided that he wanted to paint some ornaments again this year...  It was quite comical as every time Jake gets a dot of paint on his skin or on the newspaper, he shouts, "Wipe it off Mama!!!"  He is definitely my clean child... 🙂 Hannah painted for all of about 10 seconds before deciding… Continue reading Christmas Craft