Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Christmas Memories 2007

Ok, so we're already into the New Year, and I'm just sharing our Christmas fun. But, from where I sit, our tree is still decorated and sparkling, the stockings are still hanging, and there are still Christmas cookies to be eaten! So, I figure I've got a few more days until we un-Christmas our house, and thus, I un-Christmas this blog!

Our Favorite Memories from Christmas 2007:

Before we left to travel back East, we built and decorated a Gingerbread house...

Here is our finished house...

One of the first things we did when we arrived at Grandma and Grandpa's was to visit a train garden. It was amazing...

Max was completely enthralled; he maintained this expression throughout the time we were there. Here he is with Jason's sister, Emily and her boyfriend, Justin.

Jack marveled at it, too. This boy LOVES trains...

Christmas morning was so special this year. I awoke to the sounds of a trumpet. When Jack heard that Grandpa had a trumpet like Quincy's from Little Einsteins, he desperately wanted to see and try it. Of course, Grandpa obliged...

But, trumpets are heavy for 3 year olds. That didn't stop Jack...he just balanced it on his foot! (We crack up every time we look at this picture!)

Jason's parents decorated their tree with pictures of all of our family in miniature silver frames. It was an awesome tree! And, just look at all the presents...

But, first, we have Christmas breakfast. Only one dish will do...Stuffed French Toast! Jason's mom is great at the details...she makes each of us feel special!

After breakfast, Grandpa read the Christmas story and the kids opened their gifts. I have always loved the excitement and anticipation of Christmas. I got married at this time of year because I love it so much. BUT, my own feelings pale in comparison to seeing the joy and excitement through the eyes of my boys...

We enjoyed such a wonderful Christmas this year! We weren't sure we'd be able to make it home to visit with family due to the approaching date of our little bean's arrival. I think the surprise of being able to go home made this Christmas especially meaningful to us!

As another Christmas fades from present into memory, we are most thankful for our Savior...who has poured out His grace into our lives. Among His most precious gifts to us are our family and friends who encourage us, love us, and enrich our lives.

SO, from our house to yours, dear friends...Merry Christmas, even if it is a little late! :)


  1. I love photo journeys, Sarah! This is such a special post!

  2. Those are great pictures! I love the one of Max looking at the train.
    PS - I was in Jenison Saturday and thought I may be driving behind you. I could see it was a woman with dark hair driving and a young boy in the back seat. The license plate said "Shorty". I had to wonder if it was you, but when I passed I could see it wasn't. :)

  3. How sweet. Looks like you guys had yet another time with the family. The boys look to have really enjoyed it. YOU look wonderful, can't wait to meet little bean :) Luv u--- San

  4. Looks like you all had such a wonderful and relaxing time - you are just glowing! Can't wait to see you guys!

  5. Looks like a grand, wonderful time.

    Happy New Year to you :o)

  6. Special pictures of special memories! Thanks for sharing them with us!

    What does it mean if I haven't posted my Christmas pictures yet and I took the tree down last week?


    btw ... Just Dad has a trumpet like Quincey's too. We haven't told that to Just Son yet.

    Great gingerbread house.

  8. What great photos! Happy New Year Sarah!

  9. Thanks for sharing! Looks like you had a wonderful time. I am glad you were able to make the trip home to visit family for Christmas.

    The pictures were so fun! I like the one of Max intently reading his books - so cute!

  10. thanks for sharing some of your Christmas fun with us. it looks and sounds like you had a great time. i'm glad you were able to travel home.

    i love all the pictures, too. i agree with you, Christmas needs to be seen through the eyes of children.

    i hope 2008 is a great year for you and your family. may it be filled with love, hope, and joy - and a healthy little bean :]

  11. Oh, that was fun to see & look at! You have a beautiful family & looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!

  12. Not feeling too bad then----our tree is still up too.

    I am glad the trip was worthwhile. I loved the photos---especially of he one of the foot and trumpet. How funny and cute wsa that?

    I like the idea of the silver frames on the tree too. And love the table setting for the yummy french toast!

    Glad you are back.

  13. Thanks for sharing your Christmas memories with us, Sarah. You look beautiful, and your family is precious!

    I really like the pictures of the boys opening their gifts. They're so cute!!

    I'm happy for surprise trips home, for a table setting that makes you feel special, for stuffed french toast, for trumpet playing, and for the Christmas story!

  14. It's never too late, I say. Especially since I have yet to post about our Christmas ;-)

  15. What great pictures! I am amazed that in that last one you dont even look pregnant......I look more pregnant than you and I definitely am NOT pregnant........I think I am mad at you for that :-)