Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

06.17.17

We enjoyed our second Christmas morning in Portland. I’m so grateful Brian’s schedule had him home for Christmas! I was about 2 months pregnant in these photos. The first couple are from before our Christmas church service, followed by dinner at a friend’s house. Brady asked for a “red speed bike” for Christmas so, that he got (along with EVERYTHING else from the grandparents!)  I *thought* I took a video with my big camera, but I guess not. Ill try to piece meal the iPhone videos and put something together. It’s always such a weird balance to try and photograph the memories, but also be present and enjoy the memories from Christmas morning!

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03.04.16

My heart nearly exploded with pride & joy as we watched our sweet little boy’s first school Christmas program at his new preschool in SW Portland. This school has been a blessing and he’s really enjoyed it.  We dressed Brady in his new “Christmas best” from his RaRa for the big night. Isn’t he so handsome?!

Turns out he was placed smack dab in the front center so, I got up from my pew seat and basically photographed the entire thing crouched in the center aisle. He did a great job and was hilarious. He was full of personality, but also didn’t do what he didn’t want to do. When something was going on behind him with the older kids, he’d just turn around and prop himself up on his elbows and watch- hah. Once he saw me int he aisle, he wanted me to hold him & was asking “where’s my daddy?” over and over again, but thankfully he persevered and finished the performance.

What a blessing that we get to enjoy sweet moments like this and that he’s beginning to somewhat understand who Jesus is and the basics of what He did for us. How cool.

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03.02.16

This was our first Christmas in Oregon. While we certainly missed our family & friends back in Texas, it was nice to be together just our little family in our home without having to travel.  We enjoyed snuggling by the wood burning fire, and made a big breakfast together, and stayed in our pajamas all day. Brian watched a little football, we played outside, and we rested.

As I’ve mentioned several times, the Lord has blessed us immensely with great friendships in Oregon already. A testament of this was one of our first friends (meet  at church) offered up their old train table (they have 4 grown boys) to gift to Brady on Christmas day as if it was from us.  This was huge, as it’s been a tight season (where the cost of living has increased for us, I’m re-building my photography business here in Portland, and Brian was laid off in August & unemployed for several months & is now going back to school at the end of the month). So, our budget for gifts this year was a little more lean than usual.  Though, we’re never really in want, because we’re blessed by friends and family. THIS being a huge example.  Anyway, Brady was thrilled to wake up to his very own train table in the play room on Christmas morning. As you’ll see in the video, we were showered with gifts from our family back in Texas. We are super grateful and don’t take it for granted!

We FaceTimed with each side of my family and called the rest of family on Christmas day. Thank goodness for technology, huh? Brady is so used to it now and walks around with my iPhone or iPad like he’s a pro.  He showed Rara his new gifts (which she sent a plethora of) and played with his new kinetic sand over FaceTime.

We were extended several invitations to spend Christmas day with friends in Portland, and as grateful as we were, it was nice to just enjoy each other at home on Christmas Day.

Here are some shots from the day and a little family video, too.

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