Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Recap!

Dear friends,
 Thank you so much for following along with Shaped by Grace and my family this year! Blogging has been such a blessing and encouragement in our lives! Thank you!
 This past couple weeks I haven’t spent much time writing posts, but I HAVE spent much time with my boys. What have we been up to? Well, I’m so glad you asked! ;o)
 First we got our photos taken by a good friend that is also a freelance photographer! I haven’t had real family photos taken of us in a couple years and I’m so glad we did them this year! The photographer was David from David Vevia Photography – he did a wonderful job!! Below are just a few fun shots from our day!

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All these photos ended up on our Christmas card (which I posted on Facebook.)
We also enjoyed Christmas parties, looking at Christmas lights around our neighborhood and even a snow play area at our church! (A fun treat for this southern CA family!)

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And then - it was Christmas!! (With school break starting on December 22nd – it seems like Christmas came REALLY  fast this year! Did it seem that way to you?)

We had a very relaxing and fun day, as can be seen by my sweet boys’ smiles. xo

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We have a few traditions we look forward to as well – including reading the Christmas story, opening ONE gift on Christmas Eve and then watching a Christmas movie! (Usually it’s “A Christmas Carol” but this year it was “The Holiday.” Maybe that’s because after the kids were in bed it was just us girls watching the movie!)
Christmas morning, one of the coolest gifts was this vintage viewfinder! Do you remember those toys when you were a kid? This one had words for my boys to read on the little cards and then it lit up on the inside to view the pictures! It was pretty cool – and in addition to entertaining them for quite a while, it was a very special gift from their grandpa.

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And every year, the ‘best’ or most special gift to my boys comes in this box:

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The gift is always something for them to share. The first year this box held a puppy! It’s hard to top a puppy, but over the years it has held a variety of special gifts and this year – it contained a coveted video game. (My how times have changed!) I wonder what it will hide next year… How about you – do you have any special traditions like this for Christmas?

Thanks so much for reading! I hope your family enjoyed the holiday as much as we did! God bless!

no place like home for the holidays chalkboard printable
{Printable from Nest of Posies}

2 comments:

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Look at those photos- so so cute girl! Looks like a wonderful time is being held over in your neck of the woods! Too fun! Cheers to 2013-- and hoping I see you soon again!
Jen

Kristine Foley said...

So glad you've been enjoying!! LOVE all the pics!

Kristine from The Foley Fam {unedited} Blog

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