Wednesday, December 31, 2014

the magic of christmas

The magic of Christmas-it's my favorite time of year. I start listening to Christmas carols the day after Thanksgiving and continue listening to only carols the whole season. I don't get tired of them-the fun ones, the silly ones, the ones that give you chills. My favorite carol? I can't say that I have just one because I love so many, but I can say that I love any Christmas song by John Denver. Hokey, maybe, but I don't care. I still love a good John Denver tune.
 I grew up surrounded with folk music from my parents. Either listening to folk artists or listening to my parents playing the guitar, the piano or singing. Growing up, they were the head of the choir at church. They were the ones that were hired for weddings and funerals, they even sang at my wedding. Erik calls my mom the "church lady" ala Saturday Night Live. I have to admit, I get a good laugh from that, but I promise she's a lot better and I am thankful every day that my parents instilled in me a love for music. My only regret is that I don't play an instrument!  If you haven't heard any Christmas songs by John Denver, go listen.  Afterall, December 25 may have come and gone, but it is still the Christmas season! 
Our Christmas season is most complete for me when we travel to visit Erik's family and see the lights at CALM. This picture doesn't do it justice, it's only a small fraction of what you see and it's absolutely gorgeous!
"The light that shines for all to see...
the peace of Christmas day." -The Peace Carol

Anna, of course, was the first one up Christmas morning! She is usually one of, if not the last to sleep in on a regular morning, but Christmas? Where's the party?
"Find your heart...
open up both your eyes." -It's in Every One of us

Sometimes the sisters bicker, and other times be still my heart.

"See how much there is to give, see how strongly you believe...
see how much you may receive." -Aspenglow

Christmas would not be complete without tears (of joy, of course) from my mom.
"The season is upon us now, a time for gifts and giving...
and as the year draws to its close, I think about my living." -A Baby Just Like You

I decided this year we'd use the remote shutter to document that we were here without anyone having to have a camera in their hand. I need a lot more practice, but it's a start! It's the only one that has the six of us and we never did take a whole family photo other than our card-that's life.

"I don't know if you believe in Christmas, or if you have presents underneath the Christmas tree...
but if you believe in love, that will be more than enough, for you to come and celebrate with me."

We actually had a Christmas Eve Eve with my parents before they headed to my sister and brother-in-law's house this year. We have "big Christmas" every other year.

"Christmas is a time to come together, a time to put all differences aside...
and I reach out my hand to the family of man, to share the joy I feel at Christmas time." 

I just happened to steal this moment from my dad and Tatum. According to my mom, she knows Tatum loves her, but she'll drop her in seconds flat as soon as she sees her Nonno.  They have a really special bond.

"For I have held the precious gift that love brings, even though I've never saw a Christmas star...
 But I know there is a light, I have felt it burn inside and I can see it shining from afar."

We had a fairly quiet and calm Christmas morning and celebrated with Erik's parents. Liam loved seeing Papa in his space age ski goggles.

"For the truth that binds us all together, I would like to say a simple prayer...

that at this special time, you will have true peace of mind and love to last throughout the coming year." -A Christmas Wish

And of course, what would Christmas (or any day for that matter) be, without Liam getting into something he wasn't supposed to. I think he ate everyone's chocolate from Santa. #liamstrikesagain

"Perhaps love is like a window, perhaps an open door...
 it invites you to come closer, it wants to show you more". -Perhaps Love

Liam's big gift from Santa was his John Deere tractor, which everyone but Kieran and Erik have ridden so far. I may or may not have ridden it in the garage yesterday.

"It's tall in the saddle we spend Christmas Day, driving the cattle over snow covered plains...
So many gifts have been opened today...
ours is the sky,
 and the wide open range."

Okay, so no wide open range or snow, especially not inside the house, but riding an electric tractor was as close as I could come to riding a horse. ;)

When I was just a wee little boy, full of health and joy, 
One Christmas morning I received The Marvelous Little Toy.
A wonder to behold it was with many colors bright...
And the moment I laid eyes on it, it became my heart's delight." The Marvelous Little Toy 
(lyrics by Tom Paxton)

"That Peace on Earth fills up your time, that brotherhood surrounds you...
That you may know the warmth of love and wrap it all around you." -A Baby Just Like You

Our priest at our church spoke to all of us at family mass on Christmas Eve, he even wore a Christmas bow on his head for part of the mass. His message simple, but so powerful. While presents we give to others at Christmas can signify the gifts that were brought to Jesus by the Wise men, the true presents, the gift, the magic of Christmas is us. It is YOU! Jesus lives in us, in our hearts. We share this love and we give this gift to others. Father gave each child a Christmas bow to take home and instructed them to put the ribbons on their heads Christmas Day.

It's my absolute favorite picture...

"Music makes pictures and often tells stories, all of it magic and all of it true...
and all of the pictures and all of the stories, all of the magic, the music is you." -The Music is You's the magic of Christmas.

"Live, Jesus, in our hearts! Forever"-Lasallian Prayer

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas Eve

Glory to God 
in the highest,
& on Earth, 
good will
toward men.
Luke 2: 14

Merry Christmas Eve!
With Love,
Erik, Kristin, Kieran, Anna, Tatum, & Liam

Monday, December 15, 2014

just one

It's hard to remember what it was like with just one.
I wouldn't trade having four for the entire world, even on the craziest of crazy days, even when I feel like I'm going to lose my mind.
My four are my heart.
On a rainy Monday like today though, it's quiet.
The rest are in school. 
And so, it's a train kind of Monday.
Train tracks and potty training, that is...
with just one.

Monday, December 8, 2014

perfectly imperfect

It's not techically sound, it's grainy, the focus fell on Leo the Lion and not on him. The iso is cranked to the highest my crop sensor can go, and I had one quick shot to get while he slept so peacefully (with poop in his underpants...yes, I just said he was sleeping with poop in his underpants). 
I've taken a similar shot recently, it seems that while I try to keep things together as a stay-at-home-mom, a nap of my first born right on schedule, is similar yet so vastly different than that of my fourth.
My first born mom self would have woken up my baby...the audacity that any mother would leave her child on the floor, in poopy underpants no less.
My fourth born...why wake him? It would only ruin his nap time and how can I move him while he clutches Leo the Lion ever so sweetly?
I'm wanting to do these days differently, I often feel that I did them better as a part-time working mom. Today though, it was perfectly imperfect.
And I wouldn't change a thing.

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