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Christmas Eve 2017

January 6, 2018

I spent the morning of Christmas Eve feeling very blessed and so thankful for time with my girl. She wore nothing but her Santa Claus rattle socks and a Ham puppet on her arm. We played and sang Christmas songs under the light of the Christmas tree.

Later in the afternoon we got all dressed up and went to church service at Delaware Grace where Keith’s dad is now pastoring.

Adry did not wish to join the family photos, so we had to sneak attack when we could.

 

When we got home from church J, Becca, and Reese joined us for the night. <3

 

Categories: Ciao Bella Vita : Daily Journal

Memories Reflected Through Tinsel and Light

Our Annual Trip to Timbuk Farms

This year I kicked off the new Sanders Family Tradition of opening up my modest, humble home as the focal gathering point of the family for the holidays. And you know what? It turns out I actually kind of loved it. Preferred it, even. Granted, I’m not the perfectionist of a hostess that my mother is… But I think she actually preferred having a break as well! And frankly, I’m pretty damn proud. I pulled myself up by the bootstraps, determined to make the most of the circumstances in order to give my children the same kinds of beautiful and wonderful Christmas memories that I have. And I opined that meant carrying on the Timbuk tradition and putting a REAL Canaan Fir Christmas Tree in my living room. So that’s the first thing we did this Christmas season.

Ella loved Santa Claus. She sat and contentedly talked to him. Later, after she picked out her annual tree ornament (a sparkly snowman), she couldn’t wait to run up to him and tap him on the knee to show him.

Then we enjoyed hot chocolate, nachos, popcorn, and candy.

She’s admiring her ornament on the bus on our way out to the Canaan Fir field.

We ended up backtracking and cutting down the first one I saw.

And we spent the rest of the evening listening to Christmas music and decorating.

 

Categories: Ciao Bella Vita : Daily Journal