almost here…

last night they slept under the tree

and woke up to a game of Candyland

everyone ate their last advent chocolate– except Gabe who left it for Santa with a note: “EAT the 24 on the calender.”

the angel is in her place

Lucy is obsessed with the sledders– this was my mother’s Christmas village.

Stefan has his gift for me all wrapped up. Hmm, I don’t like that shape. I may be a Utah Republican but I detest guns.

the boys are sledding down the stairs

while Mary watches the snow (OK, this was a blatant attempt to photograph my favorite outfit).

Ben is putting the final touches on a homemade gift.

Dipping Oreos and macaroons.

You want one. You do. Again, more decorations from my mother’s stash.

my favorite red bird ornament– it took me about 50 attempts to get this in focus.

stirring up toffee (a few days ago, but how could I leave it out?)

Watching this over and over.

Merry Christmas to all! May your hearts and homes be blessed.
December 21, 2009
December 30, 2009



  1. jennie w.

    December 24, 2009

    I’m glad that my kids aren’t the only ones who male giant slides down the stairs. Your house looks so magical and loving. I’m guessing it’s not always like that but it seems that way. Jealous.

    P.S. Still waiting to hear about Mary’s clothes 😉

  2. Sara Jane

    December 25, 2009

    Nothing wrong with taking pictures of darling clothes on darling little girls. Your pictures are amazing as usual and I am still always inspired by your writing. Merry Christmas!

  3. Mathmom and family

    December 25, 2009

    Every picture is a treasure as always. Now I want stairs in my house so we can sled, too! Tell your boys that they are wearing my favorite apron.

  4. Tracy

    December 25, 2009

    Merry Christmas my dearest Michelle.

    May you and your family have a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year.


    …p.s. outfit details please. thankyouverymuch

  5. Blue

    December 25, 2009

    i don’t know how you get the lights on your tree to sparkle like magic in your photos, but it’s truly enchanting! <3

  6. Linn

    December 25, 2009

    And yours. Merry Christmas darling friend!

  7. Jan Russell

    December 28, 2009

    So much goodness in these last few posts – I love everything! But especially
    -THAT TREE! Oh how beautiful!
    -Mary and her TDF, TDF wardrobe!
    -Is that Hans? In the apron? Adorable!
    -and you for sharing all these special glimpses of Christmas, and your heart!

  8. Sue

    December 30, 2009

    As beautiful a writer as you are, I may even love your photos more. They just glow!


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