Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Time is Here

Christmas is one of those Holidays that really sticks out to me when thinking about my childhood .  I remember picking out the tree with the family, trying to figure out who's presents where who's(my mom used codes on our presents), and most of all I remember Christmas Eve night.  My mom and dad would make a big feast and then as we were letting the food settle in our tummies, my dad would read the story of Christ's birth from the scriptures.  Back then, I was just anxiously waiting to open a gift on Christmas Eve(one of my favorite Christmas traditions)so I didn't really pay attention to the story being read.  Now that I'm older and much wiser, I have had more time to think about that special story.  All the sacrifices that went into having that sweet little baby boy, and traveling far to meet him.  The spirit that must have been present in that stable.  I bet even the animals were crying.  I hope I'm able to tell that story well enough to my kids that they can feel and understand the significance of Christmas.  Yes, we still talk about Santa in our home but Christ is always the reason as to why we celebrate Christmas.  Santa to me is just a symbol of giving.  Christmas time is about Christ but it's also about what Christ would do.  He would be giving of his time, money, and blessing those around Him.  That, to me, is what Santa does.  So, Merry Christmas to all of you, and for those who are curious, this is what Christmas looks like in our home.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Family Photos by Courtney Bowlden Photography

I've said this before and by golly I mean it, I am one lucky gal to have such a talented sister.  I'm always asking her to take photos of our little family when she's in town, and she never ceases to amaze me.  Like the fact that you can't tell from these pictures that we were all freezing our butts off.  Or that Jade had the snottiest nose this side of the Mississippi!  I'm feeling blessed.  Life is definitely good!  All photos done by Courtney Bowlden Photography.   

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Jade's Forest Birthday Bash

Jade turned one last week and I'm still amazed at how fast that year went by.  At the same time I feel like I barely remember the day of her birth. 
We celebrated with lots of family and friends.  I feel blessed to have so many in my life that care so much to make an effort to come out and celebrate with us.  Jade loved her birthday party.  It was forest themed, and I worked on this party for months.  Trying to figure out what food to serve and the decorations and such.  When it really came down to it, some of the food didn't turn out so great and I was too tired to finish all the original decorations I came up with.  However, I think it ending up looking pretty freakin awesome!!!  All the kids got a felt mask to play with.  I worked long and hard on those darn masks, and the kids loved them.  Success!!!!  We partied hard and had a great night.