My heart is full.

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."

Christmas time is one of my favorite times because it brings all of my favorite people together. This year I took a lot of candid shots, not my best work, but I want to pause and share these precious moments with you. One of my goals for this coming year is to take more photos of people. So I hope these moments bring joy to you as well.

"A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood."

 

It's not Christmas without homemade cookies. This always reminds me of my great grandma Pat. She would bake endless cookies, and sometimes I would help too.

 

Wiped out pup on Christmas Eve. Sparky on the kitchen floor.

 

Some new big furry friends joined us on Christmas morning. Meet Charlie and Sarah.

 

This one is Charlie.

 

Enjoying Norwegian dessert at Bestemer's

 

Grandma likes to make gift opening fun. Here's Ryan's 50 dollar bills saber.

 

Never-ending gobstoppers?

 

Friends that are family.

"Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values."

 

Such a great smile Ry!

 

Looks like dad got a bag of chips.

 

What you got their Lijh?

 

Sweet Emma reading her card from mom and dad, and soon to open her American Girl doll. Brings back memories!

 

It was beautiful to have the sunlight shinning in the window.

 

"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."

 

 

Can't forget Snowy! Emma is going to make a great mommy.

 

These two lovers with one on the way!

 

Grandma and Grandpa. What a blessing.

 

Be the joy you wish to see.

 

Laughter must always join the holidays.

 

My Aunt Jenn, the beautiful hostess.

 

Your presence is a gift.

 

This was the first year everyone sat around for the entire opening of gifts. Made it so much more enjoyable! We truly enjoyed one another company.

 

My sweet momma and my "little" bro. Love.

"A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories."

 

These two have so much fun together. Cousins.

 

Love.

 

Matching uncles. Who are you talking to Uncle Bruce? And Uncle Wayne, it was so good having you with us this Christmas. (And your cooking!)

 

Cousin snuggle.

"Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us - a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead."

 

Thugs. These two are flame.

 

Huh?

 

Catching dad in the act: using his phone at the dinner table?!

 

"Be the JOY you wish to see in the world."