The tree is decorated. My posting has gone from every few days to maybe once a week, but I continue to peruse and be inspired by the blogs of many dear friends. I'm in awe of your busy holiday schedules and the cards and mail you manage to send out. I have chosen to let MUCH slide this year. Much that I would love to do, but have neither the energy or time. It is amazing how dramatically one little life can change your own. Craig is taking the last part of the beastly boards test today. I wasn't about to let yet another beautiful Phoenix winter day go by cooped up in a house that isn't even clean. So we loaded up a sack of picnic goods and headed to the train park. The kids were grateful for the break and Hazel and I enjoyed the sunshine.
The cute blanket that keeps appearing in pictures with Hazel is from my "oh-so-stylish" dear dear friend in Nashville--Sara B. All my kids yawned crooked like this when they were little--I love it.
Lucy has a love/hate relationship with birds and dogs. She loves them but they scare the snot out of her if they invade her personal space. This is a picture of her as a black crow approaches, probably eyeing her fruit leather.
Inspired by my brilliant friend (I really mean that, she's a genius) Rebecca S., we did the snickerdoodle thing yesterday. As Seth stirred the dough he noticed an image of a horse on the side of the bowl--can you spot it?
First of all, this Santa is so photogenic, don't you think? We found him (on a friend's recommendation) at a home down the street covered in lights and all sorts of holiday cheer (the house, not SAnta), including hot cocoa and sugar cookies. We were light-seeing in pajamas and decided now was as good as anytime to get the token sitting-on-santa's-lap photo. I thought it turned out spectacular. I LOVE Lucy's face.
We love curling up on the couch to bask in the Christmas-tree-glow. So, we are enjoying the holidays, just in a mellow, spontaneous sort of fashion. It's a merry Christmas at our house regardless. We'll be opening gifts on the morning of the 18th (since Craig has that day off and we are driving up to Utey on the 23rd. Keep up all the jolly-making!!