Sunday, December 27

Christmas Morning Magic

Oh my goodness, Christmas was everything I could have imagined it to be and then some.  I want to replay Christmas morning over and over again.  This year was extra special because not only we were able to have Tyson's parents over to enjoy the fun, but we were also blessed to have Grandma Betty in our home.  I could hardly contain my excitement and even woke up around 4:00am.  I had trouble going back to sleep.  It was like reliving my childhood all over again.

The girls woke up a little after seven and it was all up hill from there on out.  I had to sneak down and take some pictures before the madness began.  I loved playing Santa and being able to lay everything out.  Tyson and I go back and forth every year and how to display the gifts.  My santa didn't wrap our gifts.  We all had our own individual piles and the presents under the tree were from santa.  Tyson grew up with the santa gifts all wrapped and the big gift was always hidden.  Thankfully we are able to combine the two.
^^^ None of my wrapping paper matched this year, but I couldn't resist some of the prints. ^^^
^^^ Gigi waiting patiently to rip into her new toys and treats. ^^^
^^^ Peanut butters first look at her loot. ^^^
 ^^^ Lucy refused to get out of the car.  It worked out perfectly because P was able to unwrap all of the gifts and pull things from her stocking, without any interruptions. ^^^
^^^ I'm slightly obsessed with the girls matching nightgowns.  I first spotted them back in September, at Swiss Days and just knew they would be perfect for Christmas morning.  I am so happy my mom was able to pick them up for me.  I think they might go down in the books as my all time favorites. ^^^
 ^^^ I could not wait to give Lucy her doll pram. ^^^
 I surprised Tyson with some new family photos for his office.
^^^ Turns out we had a bit of a musical theme going on. ^^^
^^^ Thank heavens for technology, we were able to facetime with my mom for a bit and the girls were able to unwrap their presents in front of her.  P named her flamingo "Mango." ^^^
^^^ After ten years, I finally got a new pair of Uggs. ^^^
 ^^^ After all the gifts were unwrapped the girls got to go outside and see their "BIG" gift from grandma and grandpa, a "twamp."  The girls were in heaven to say the least. ^^^
It was such an amazing morning and the day continued like so.  We had German pancakes for breakfast, covered in homemade syrup and strawberries and then went over to Tyson's parents house to open MORE gifts.  They always go above and beyond and totally spoil us rotten.  We went home and cleaned up a bit and then returned to his parents later that evening for a delicious tri-tip dinner with the missionaries and the entire Cleveland side of the family.  We sang Christmas songs and read the birth of the Savior, followed by more gifts from grandma Betty.  After we finally put the kiddos to bed, we snuggled up and watched a movie.  It was seriously the most perfect day.

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas spent with loved ones.  I am so grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ and his perfect example!
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Wednesday, December 23

2015 Photography Highlights

This year I let the ball drop when it came to blogging my photography.  I had to set some things to the side and that just happened to be one of them.  Looking back through this past year brought back so many fun memories.  I have had the privilege of photographing some amazingly beautiful babies, couples and families.  I have only been doing this now for a couple of years, but have really fallen in love with photography.  There is just something so special about freezing a moment in time.  I know I still have soooo much to learn, but am loving the process.  They say practice, practice, practice!  So here's a little look at just a few of my favorites!  It was near to impossible to narrow down my highlights.  

I hope you enjoy and thank you all for your support!!!!
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