Sunday, December 27, 2009

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Christmas morning, I sat on my parents couch watching old family video's and we ran across one from Christmas 1997. I was 13 (and as obnoxious and loud as they come at 13), my baby sister was 9, Gwen was 14, and Abby was 16. The video started with all of us girls coming filing down the stairs (an orderly Christmas tradition in my house) and we took turns opening presents, each taking our turn begging daddy to please phulleeeeezeeee open our present to him. There were cups of tea for my dad, various animals drifting in an out of the frame, and my mom...always attentive to the daughter saying "momma look!". That video could have been from any Christmas, repeating itself in years prior and years to come. And then, as we all got older, boys started showing up in the video's, and Christmas day changed more and more. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday of the year. The energy of the season, the songs with bells in it, the carefully hidden presents stowed away in deep closet corners. It just makes me smile. I've always struggled through the years and Christmas has changed and altered in my family...but there is always the one day. One day that we all congregate at mom and dad's and celebrate Christmas. There is too much food, and dad ends up rubbing his head at the end of the night after listening to his 5 women talk and talk and talk all day long. This year, that day is today...and I'm SO looking forward to sitting with my sisters, playing with my nephew, and just reveling in the family that we have evolved into. Christmas may look different this year, but my excitement for it hasn't changed. This years video will be unique in it's own way, and it's going to be a great day.

Merry Christmas from my house to yours!

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Lifestyle:: Jenni

My mom has a magnet on her fridge that her best friend gave to her, and it says "You'll always be my friend...you know too much." This gorgeous girl here would be one of the few recipients of that magnet from me. We have been friends for 19 years (or is it 20 now? I can't remember anymore) and she is in so many ways my heartbeat. She is the friend that has stood by me through everything memorable in my life. She has stoically disliked old boyfriends, commiserated through family disputes, cried with me through the passing of loved ones, shopped with me for yet another pair of shoes, entertained me for hours upon hours, and stood by me as I said "I do" last year. I could re-count for you years of sleepovers on the living room floor and hiding the sweet tarts that were carefully split between us under the cover of our sleeping bags, countless imaginary "restaurant" setups....charging outrageous amounts for plastic eggs and toast, hours and hours of mariokart...which I never seemed to win, and other childhood memories that factor into the makeup of who I am today. I could tell you about the tough discussions we've had about boys, life, love, God and growing up. But what I really want to tell you, is that I hope that you have a friend like her. Jenni is that person that I know without a doubt will drag herself out of bed at 3 am if I need her. She's the one that I know my kids will one day call "Aunt Jenni". She's the one that I know will have to tell me time and again that what I'm doing really isn't the best decision and help get me back on track. I remember my mom telling me a long time ago that she's my Diana (a reference to Anne of Green Gables). She is the one that is steady, firm, loving and really, the more pulled together one of the Anne and Diana team. Jenni - I love you, and I hope that we will really be those little old ladies together that we've always talked about being.

Yes yes....she is stunning.

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Delicious light...

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It's really a good thing I'm funny.

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This is why best friends are so much fun to shoot....It took me close to 5 minutes to get this shot exactly how I wanted it, and she just stood there and smiled and chatted right along.

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Jenni is actually a photographer herself (check her out HERE!

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Jenni - I love you to peices.

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