Monday, December 8, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like. . . .

Christmas!!  This is one of my favorite times of year!  No, I don't love the hustle and bustle, pushing and shoving or crowds.  But I love all the smiles and friendliness this time of year brings.  I also love the meaning behind the season - the Lord came to earth as a baby boy to save the world from eternal damnation.  And I love that my kids know what Christmas is all about - not just presents.

This Advent season, our church is looking at Advent from a different perspective.  We're reading John 1:1-18 instead of the story from Matthew, Mark, or Luke.  And it's really eye opening.  I never thought of John 1:1-18  as being the Christmas story, but now I do.  And the scripture verse we chose to put on our card this year is John 1:14.  

Now on to the layouts that I've been working on.  I have three "Christmasey" layouts. 




This LO was created using Pamela Donnis's kit, Merry and Bright.  This the first year EVER that both my kids would sit on Santa's lap together.  Hannah sat on his lap until the winter she was 2.  Cayden sat on Santa's lap his 1st Christmas and not since.  Last year,  there was no sitting with Santa.  Both kids screamed and cried.  It was mad chaos, so this photo delights me!  Santa is the magical and fun part of Christmas that helps us to remember what it was like to have Christmas as a child.  It's magical, and yes, I still believe.





This next LO was created using photos from our "Christmas Photo Shoot."  We did not go to the mall this year; we did not have Uncle Kenny take our photo."  This year, I shot the photo of the kiddos, and our dear friend, Jill, too the picture of our family.  And it's beautiful.  I just LOVE it, standing in front of the big Christmas Tree at the Ruby Ranch Lodge (where our church meets).  The photo is great, the one of the kids is perfect, and the others were just fun to shoot while trying to figure out what we were doing.  In this LO I, again, used Merry and Bright by Pamela Donnis.  This is a great Christmas kit!!



And finally, our Photo Christmas Card.  I used Christmas Time by Claudi Designs and a template I created last year.  I'm very pleased with the card.  I cannot wait to have them printed.


Okay, I'm out.  I've got lots to do, including make 2 fleece tie blankets this evening. 



Amanda said...

Your layouts and photos came out great! I've all but sworn off the photography store type places after our experience this year.

KJ said...

Love the Christmas pics - so adorable!

Kari ~ Relocated Dixie Girl said...

Your LOs are always beautiful Rose! Tell ya what...I'll come down there & freeze my tooshie off with you, k? Nick & I helped friends pack up & moved all weekend (they're going to Dallas) & it was 3* when we left to go help. I'll GLADLY take your version of freezing over this mess ANY DAY!!!!!! I seriously thought about hopping in the back of their truck. They are on their way down as I type this.