The holidays already seem like a distant memory, which means I'd normally be feeling caught in the doldrums of winter by now. But we have so much to look forward to during these cold months ahead: a visit from my entire immediate family (there are 15 of us now!), my sister's Colorado wedding and a trip to Florida to celebrate the 85th birthday of Jeff's grandmother. Instead of sighing and counting the days until next Christmas as I sift through these photos, I'm looking forward to the adventures on our immediate horizon. It's a good feeling.
Above: Just a traditional Christmas Eve...tree vacuuming session?
Below: After a busy year of travel, we opted to stay home for the holidays. I'll admit pangs of sadness at missing a white Christmas with family in Minnesota but, really, I couldn't complain; you'll note the short-sleeves.
We explored old places and new, like Prairie Ridge Ecostation.
We strolled along the creek and drummed our hearts out at the museum.
We baked, decorated and ate cookies. So very many cookies. And the toddlers decorated the Christmas tree.
My uncle made us each a beautiful monogrammed stocking ornament. Cricket immediately took charge of hanging them ever so gingerly...all on the same branch.
We got obsessed with cameras(!) and tractors.
We decked ourselves in new garb and discovered the joy of tearing open gifts, whether they were addressed to us or not.
Two of my DIY gifts for the girls included a sign for their play kitchen and a felt board. I'll be posting more on these items over the next few weeks.
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I'm Julia Soplop, writer and photographer. I believe there is something profound in bearing witness to moments of joy and pain in others’ lives. My husband, three girls and I live outside of Chapel Hill, NC. You can read more about me here.