Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
|A special dinner in Bethlehem which looked a lot like the Johnson's living room floor; new tradition we hope!|
|This year Grandma Richman's elf found a home on our new wreath under the mistletoe ;). My cousin in Maryland sent me pictures of their elves from Grandma hiding around their house. It made me so happy!|
|Lucky me! BD surprised me with The 12 Days of Christmas. I loved being spoiled with something small and fun each day.|
|Lisa hosted another beautiful (after) Christmas Brunch for us ladies. Liz was here from Vegas. So fun! Move back!|
|And AJ and Bee were finally able to meet Glenn! These little ladies were born all within a few months of one another. YUM.|
Just two years ago Brad and I spent a hot sunny Christmas Day by the pool in Brazil. It was an amazing-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I wouldn't trade for anything. But, even in the warm sun of the tropics we knew that deep within our hearts we would rather be back in cold snowy Utah playing Santa Claus for our imaginary family to be. This year it would seem all our dreams are coming true. Our little miracle baby is finally here, babbling and singing and scooting around the Christmas Tree mesmerized by the twinkling lights. Not to mention our other little miracle on the way. Life is full of surprises. If I had a crystal ball that day on the beach two years ago, I would never have seen this coming. But I'm so happy that this is our life today. Throw some tinsel on me, I'm a Christmas Miracle!
Christmas EveThis was the first year that my mom and Ed combined families and traditions on Christmas Eve. The partying kicked off early in the evening with Chinese take-out and an elaborate game of bingo. When we arrived there were oh, about 4,000 people crammed into the kitchen, living and dining rooms with someone calling the bingo numbers over a microphone. It was quite a sight! After the unwrapping of presents from mom and Ed we started our traditional Christmas Eve fondue and families started heading out one by one. Eventually it was whittled down to just my family (the diehards!) and we attempted to finish off the night with our favorite family traditions.
Brook read from Luke 2, under the glowing light of Ed's lovely leg lamp, and after 3 attempts we finally had our peaceful "Silent Night" moment by the Christmas tree lights. Although at one point I think I yelled "be quiet and think about Jesus!" That's usually my mom's job, but she was breaking another rule by talking on the phone and receiving her Christmas wish from the favorite child (Tom, obviously). We always tease my mom about her traditions, but when they were threatened to not happen, we all threw a big Christmas tizzy fit until they did :). Thanks mom, for always making Christmas special.
|Dancing with Daddy|
|Christmas Eve diehards, plus KJ looking mighty dapper in that pose|
|Bee's First Christmas; a few things we already had, a few things from grandma, and a few things mom couldn't live without.|
After attempting naps, calling Grandma, and Skyping with Jana and Russ it was eventually time to head over to Marci's house to finish off our Christmas Day festivities. I remember there were cheesy potatoes that rocked my world. I try to stay away from such temptations, but apparently not on Christmas. We exchanged gifts between my siblings and mom. We made some funny videos. Mom did her old cheer-leading dance moves. It was too fun! Bee was so exhausted by the end of the night she finally gave up on us during the always long drawn-out goodbye syndrome we all suffer from.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Some out takes:
We've been teary and sad this weekend praying for the families in Connecticut who are suffering from such a tragic loss. This morning, looking at these two rosy faces of my loves has me choked up thinking that anyone could ever take them from me in such a senseless way. There just really are no words. This father's statement about his beautiful daughter Emilie has literally shaken me to my core. As my feelings fluctuate between anger and devastating sadness, his words focus on absolutely what's most important and bring a small sense of peace.
|Poor kid...this happens, like, all the time.|
Saturday, December 08, 2012
Monday, December 03, 2012
We had so much fun sharing this little video with our families over Thanksgiving. My side of the family was a bit scattered this year, so BD threw together this video announcing Phoebe's BIG Promotion the day we left for Arizona so everyone could find out the same day, same way. The video, starring none other than Ms. Bee, is darling, but I wish I had a video of everyone's reaction as they watched!! Because it would be priceless.
Sunday, December 02, 2012
This year BD's family caravanned to Arizona to celebrate Thanksgiving with Grandma Nona. We took our chances and decided to drive straight through the night with fingers crossed that Bee would sleep the whole way and we wouldn't have to stop for nursing or otherwise. You guys. Arizona is far. Not exactly as far as say, Guatemala, but still it's far. Bee did surprisingly well on the drive down, considering she was strapped in a 5 point harness for 10 hours straight and couldn't roll over. I would be confused and a little ticked too.
|Jana: Do you guys ever play Ninja? R&M: UM YEAH, we do!|
|The Duncan gang with Grandma Nona, minus Amy|
|The hand holding was most certainly held together with bribes of jelly beans!|
|Snuggling Gwampa Lee|
And that's a wrap! Whew!