I made this video 2 years ago when I first bought my 5D mark ii. At the time Jillian was 5, Cooper 7 and Jake 9. The funniest thing is to see their teeth…Jillian with all her baby teeth and the boys with their big ole teeth growing in. Jake has already been through braces and Cooper is in the middle of it. Oh and their squeaky little voices…don’t you love video to bring you back to those little baby voices?
Anyway, I wanted to share our Christmas with you. I love to see all the excitement of the month of December culminate into one blur of fun on Christmas Day.
With Christmas being on a Sunday this year we had to be out the door by 9:30 for church. Of course Brent was speaking and Jillian and I worked in the 3 year old class. So, we were on a tight schedule for cinnamon rolls, egg casserole and opening presents!
I started taking pictures so early that there really wasn’t much natural light. My camera ISO was at 3200. I was makin’ her work!
I love the big surprise gifts and equally as much I love the heart-felt ones. Cooper shopped for Jillian at the school Christmas store and asked me to wrap her gift. It was the cutest thing ever!
Brent is such a thoughtful guy…he got me a few perfect gifts like the scarf I’m wearing in the photos and this new kitchen knife. I may look a little too excited about it.
Jillian is really into art and we got her an easel and some supplies. I love that she has taken such an interest. I can’t wait to see where it leads!
Sometimes I’m not able to get my big camera out quick enough to capture the moment, or maybe I’m just too lazy. But, I do take a lot of my iphone..and most get uploaded to instagram. Here’s a little highlight of some of the more mundane moments…food prep (prime rib, scalloped potatoes, proscuitto wrapped gorgonzola stuffed dates, homemade apple pie and vanilla custard ice cream) also Christmas eve AKA operation find all the hidden Christmas presents and the family starting to gather for dinner.
Lucky lucky us…the weather was nice enough to hang outside later in the day. Jillian the “hooly-hooper” entertained us…
I was in church today filled with excitement about the coming year…all the possibilities in front of us. It’s amazing how as you get older the years seem to flip like pages of a book. But, each January is a like a fresh start. A time to look back at your blessings and make the changes to live an even better life in the year ahead.