Hi! I'm Holly Brimhall, a newborn photographer in Gilbert, AZ. I am the mother of 4 and a lover of ALL things baby. This blog is where I share the life of my family and favorite pictures of my newborn photography sessions.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Christmas was a little different this year....


I guess all Christmases can't be full of cheer...I don't know. Maybe they can. This year was different for me. For our family. And as I spent lots of days in bed, some days deep in sleep only waking when my fever would spike or the chills would rack my body, other days wondering if my head was going to explode each time I'd roll over in bed....I kept hearing Savannah's voice playing over and over and over again in my head, "Mom, it's so weird. It doesn't even feel like Christmas!"



Sure we did lots of things throughout the season to "make it feel like Christmas". We hosted a big office party at our home for all of Brett's staff and their families, our elf "Murray" (you know...."Murray Christmas" everyone, ha ha) made all kinds of mischief, we had Brett's family over for dinner, we got together with some of Brett's cousins for taco night and a late night of card games (I did win them all....just in case you were wondering), we rented a big trailer, filled with hay, and decorated with Christmas lights and invited my sisters and a bunch of our friends to join us for an evening of caroling followed by roasting s'mores in our firepit and sipping on hot chocolate topped off with homemade peppermint ice cream. THAT felt like Christmas!



But as Christmas came closer and family drama made it's way into our life....suddenly there was no time to just BE with the kids. No time to snuggle under the Christmas tree and read books together because we were spending hours on the phone trying to make arrangements to take care of some family matters. No time to get the grocery shopping done ahead of time so that there would be no last minute rushing around because we were meeting with family members to discuss hard choices and the reality of consequences of years of wrong choices. No time to wrap presents because I was chasing a toddler around, changing diapers, making bottles, rocking her to sleep.



It dawned on me the other day, when Savannah said, "I wish Christmas was in January because it's colder in January. It's supposed to be cold on Christmas," that maybe THAT was what she meant when she said, "Mom, it's so weird. It doesn't even feel like Christmas!"



Because we felt the spirit of Christmas, that is for sure. We felt is as we drove around admiring the beautiful Christmas light displays, as we baked peppernuts and delivered Christmas cards and our famous peanut butter caramel popcorn to neighbors and friends, as we read from the scriptures and acted out the Nativity, as the choir sang beautiful praises on Christmas morning, and as Savannah sang with two of her dearest friends "If I Had Been in Bethlehem". For me, THAT was Christmas!



I did manage to take a few pictures. On Christmas Eve, we acted out the Nativity. Grant sure made a cute little Joseph.

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Maybe I need to get that sweet Jarom of mine into some acting classes. He sure got into his role of the shepherd...
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And then they each got to open one present....
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Then it was off to bed. I was actually pretty surprised at how quickly they all fell asleep....which was great for me as I could feel my body starting to fall apart.

Christmas morning the kids snuck into our room bright and early at 6:30. I felt so horrible I didn't even want to roll out of bed. But I did...
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While going through pictures, I'm sad about all of the pictures that I missed. Santa brought Grant a Mickey Mouse and a Lightning McQueen bike and the Cars 2 movie!
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Santa brought Savannah a camera (which I didn't get a picture of...what?), some fun coloring books, some earrings, and a new wallet.
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Santa brought Bryson the book that he had been waiting and waiting and waiting for, which he was obviously REALLY excited about! It was a Diary of the Wimpy Kids "Cabin Fever" book. Let's see....he also got some xbox controllers and a few games for the Kinect.
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Jarom got an xbox and kinect. Yay!
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When Brett and I were in New York City a few weeks before Christmas, we saw this HUGE Hershey's bar and just knew that we had to get it for him! He is still in chocolate heaven!
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Jarom also got a little stereo for his ipod....
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Bryson got a little electric scooter...
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Grant got a TON of cars: Ramone, Sarge, Sally, Francesco, Finn McMissile, etc.....
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And I CANNOT believe that I did not get a picture of Savannah with her much anticipated American Girl doll....named Julie, of course. The look on her face was PRICELESS! Brett and I had the best time in New York, strolling through the store picking out the perfect doll and accessories!

2 comments:

Makay 7:35 PM  

Oh goodness- you must get better! How are you feeling?
And--- oh my- Bryson's face in the one picture with the book he waited for--- PRICELESS. He looks JUST like my little brother.
Get better,
Makay
www.thebirdssay.blogspot.com

Kristal 3:16 PM  

Uh, I so agree...with all of this post. But it did NOT feel like Christmastime here either. I'm with Savannah, it needs to be cold...but even colder than January down here. I cried pretty much all month this year. Glad it's over and we can move on. But I feel like we did focus more on Christ and read a lot more stories about giving and Christ, so I shouldn't be such a bah humbug. Um, and I LOVE all the pictures of Bryson. He cracks me up. My Jaden usually only has 3 or 4 things on his list each year and one has always been a HUGE hersey's bar. But we just do the 1 pounder, I saw that one...but I knew it would tempt me into his room during the days that he's at school. haha!. Boys are goofy!

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