tis the day before Christmas…

and the house is in an uproar. The intoxicating combination of holiday excitement, masses of refined sugar and all six kids out of school has resulted in more fighting, bumps, scrapes and tears than usual. But home is also filled with inestimable sweetness….

dancing to Christmas carols

Ben taking over my camera

playing Nativity

last minute deliveries


cutting and chopping

setting the timer (an act so unusual it had to be caught on film- I’m more of a bake-by-feel-not-by-the-numbers sort of girl)

catching drips

checking for safe passage

waiting by the door while daddy wraps presents

and thinking of YOU.

May you have a blessed and joyful Christmas!

December 22, 2008
December 26, 2008



  1. jennie w.

    December 24, 2008

    I begged my husband to take the kids to a movie today so I can get stuff done without ten million interruptions!
    Your card is so cute! What a gorgeous family.

    Hope you have a merry Christmas!!!

  2. Alyson (New England Living)

    December 24, 2008

    Those photos are all so precious! You did an amazing job of capturing those fun moments of kids just being kids at Christmas.

    Merry Christmas!! And drink lots of Stephen’s for me! 🙂

  3. www.lifetrekkingcoach.com

    December 24, 2008

    Merry Christmas!!

    Enjoying the celebrations, the joys, & sooo many fun memories with you. =)

    Love Cuz’n A.

  4. Blue

    December 25, 2008

    Love it. The one of PirateLucyBellKitty is so sweet. She really did turn out to be the perfect choice. And I’m so glad you took my favorite one! 🙂

    We’re excited to head out to the airport to pick up my sister in a few hours. And I’m officially “done” with preparations. Even though I didn’t get to cards or neighbor gifts this year, I hope you know how grateful I am for you and all you have added to my life this year. and all your family has added to my family. Precious are the tender mercies that come into our lives…and you are a magnificent TM in mine.

  5. Linn

    December 25, 2008

    Absolutely darling! Merry Christmas wonderful friend!

  6. sarah

    December 25, 2008

    What a joyous time of year- especially JUST being with family.
    We had a great trip to UT and is hard to be back in NJ. I wanted to call you before I left but it was CRAZY as ever. I will call you in a few days after things calm down a bit so we can figure things out. So great to meet you and wish I had a friend like you around to play with. I am dying to hear about your new LOVE. Fill me in friend. Have a marvelous day with your family- enjoy the simplicity of being together (that is what has brought me pure joy).


  7. stace

    December 26, 2008

    Merry Christmas…I am jealous of your new camera and the dress your daughter has on in front of capital theatre…want to sell it to me :).

    Hope you enjoy your camera. I enjoy seeing all your great photos!

  8. Erik

    December 26, 2008

    “I’m more of a bake-by-feel-not-by-the-numbers sort of girl” – I remember the days when we used the smoke alarm as an oven timer.

  9. smart mama

    December 26, 2008

    i am such a bake by the feel kind of girl- i always love glimpsing your family life

  10. Glazier5

    December 27, 2008

    Hi Michelle…trying to track down your phone number…we are here in SLC and of course wondering last minute if you are all booked for a family photo session?? I try to reach you sometime tomorrow or you if you get a minute I’m at my parents house…

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