Documenting the past week in pictures

I haven't been blogging much at all lately (posting or reading) and it's because on top of work stuff, I've never been so busy in my life. I'm thankful for not only the technology of cameras and preserving moments, but for my love for doing so.

One week ago Noah participated in his first ever Christmas program. He was a shepherd. I think every student in the school participated, which means pre-school through junior high. It was a really awesome experience for Noah and just as much of an awesome experience for his mommy, daddy and O'ma.

We were so very proud of him. I've never seen him appear so grown up. I've also never cried before for being this proud of him being so grown up. It was bittersweet and so hard to keep from crying. The last time I remember having that overwhelming feeling of love and joy for him was the moment I got to see and hold him for the first time when he was born.

Here is Noah's class right before the program. I took it upon myself to take a pre-school picture and a kindergarten picture. (hehe) :c) Do you see my Noah? He loves to observe people which is exactly what the camera catches him doing here.
(click on the pictures and you'll see them way bigger)

Then here he is during the program, singing. What really got me was when he spotted me on the floor taking pictures and that look he gave me just melted my heart. His eyes sparkled as he was watching me as though he was saying "mommy, look at me being a big boy. I love you so much, mommy". That's how I felt in that moment. Sorry for the cheesiness, but it's so true.

Afterwards, since O'ma is heading to Oklahoma for Christmas, we went out for ice cream and then she came over to give Noah and Maia a couple presents. Here they are unwrapping a few. Noah was mighty excited of his new undies!!

Then Friday and Saturday we got hammered with snow. Lots and lots of it. 9 inches to be exact. I loved it; it was so beautiful. So we stayed in all weekend playing games, decorating the house, working (well, I was working), and making food for Sunday.

Sunday we had our dear friends (Nikki and her family and Leann and her family) over for a Christmas dinner at our house. Neil was given an 8 lb ham as a gift from one of his customers, so we made that along with other yummy fixin's. It was really nice.

Vanessa is 10 months old and has very little hair. So Leann and I sneaked back into Maia's room and put her hair up into this little pony tail. Nikki almost cried when she saw it! Mommy and daughter . . . aren't they cute?!

Then Monday after I picked Noah up from school, I drove out to my favorite park in the world because I just knew it probably looked heavenly after the snowstorm. The main entrance was closed, so I drove around to a side entrance. I'm actually so glad it was closed because I saw some spectacular views back there. Here's just a couple out of many I hope to post later at flickr.

The rest of the week we went to the retirement party, I delivered a 30x40 sized canvas of a photo I took (see below), I goofed around with a reflection in an ornament on our Christmas tree (see below), and then today I had to cancel two appointments with clients because Maia and I are bundles of yucky-wucky-uckies now.

We both journeyed to the doctors today and we were both put on antibiotics for an ear infection (Maia) and a UTI infection (me) which has made both of us feel really miserable. I've been fighting this for a couple months with OTC things, so hopefully it will now be gone for good. I'm praying because they're no fun!! And right before Christmas . . . both of us . . . why of course!
(click on the picture . . . I dare ya! . . . then you'll see me in the Christmas bulb!)

I'm so so so thrilled, though, because last night I finished my last wedding album of the year (honestly, I didn't even think I'd get this 4th one done before Christmas). I delivered it today on the way to the doctors and I feel SUCH a huge huge weight off my shoulders . . . so much so I just want to run outside and scream it at the top of my lungs, but it's freezing outside and I am not feel all so swell, so I'll save that for another day I suppose :c) But but but but but! I can scream it here, right?!?!


5 days till Christmas! Now I can really be excited and happy. I can concentrate on those things that are really important now like my family, friends and remembering the birth of Jesus! :c)

Merry Christmas!


Jennifer said...

Oh Noah looks so cute! your kids are soooo adorable!

thanks for the update! Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Anonymous said...

well done to Noah
I like his classroom
wow look at that snow
we dont get snow here in the Bay
Hope you and your princess are feeling better now

Merry Christmas Val HUGS

Jen at http://my3boysandi.wordpress.com/

lil ole' me..... said...

This post just warmed my heart. It is so obvious how proud you are of Noah! I can't wait for Christmas programs at school!!!

Oh, and my mom used to always tell my sister and I- "you only get underwear for Christmas when someone loves you". :)

MP said...

Cute Noah...too fun.

I missed getting great snow pic's..it already all melted here :-(

Have a VERY MERRY Christmas!!

MP said...

I thought you might like to see this.. http://www.shootsac.com/index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=1

You have your own way I'm sure..but thought this was cool!!

it's me, Val said...

MP, that is really funny bcz I just ordered a shootsac, actually, and JUST received it today! It's awesome!!!! You must've been checking out Jessica Claire's website?! :) Wanna guess which cover I chose? :)

Michelle said...

Oh yay, Noah! Your classroom looks so neat and it looks like you had such and awesome program! We are so thankful that Mommy took lots of great pictures so we could see how well you did! Way to go! And, Miss Maia (and Momma too!) we hope that you are feeling better very, very soon!

Excellent work finishing up all your work, Val!!

Merry Christmas to you all!! We love you and miss you!

And, holy moly on ALL that snow!! Wow! It's actually snowing here right now!! :)

oh amanda said...

Yay, Val! I hope you're having a restful Christmas week! I LOVE the pic of you in the ornament. Very cool.

LiLi said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS VAL!!! :) I hope you and Maia are feeling better soon!!! I'm glad work is wrapped up for the year. Noah is growing up too fast, make him slow down!!! We sure miss you guys. We had Mia's portraits done last night, as soon as the proofs are up I'll send you the link! :) We got some really precious shots. She's not necessarily fond of the camera though... a bit on the grumpy side in some of the shots! LOL Doesn't matter, they were still precious! We even got one of her in a huge tea cup! OMG, so sweet. Can't wait to share them with you!!! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Candace & Anna said...

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! Your pictures look beautiful. The snow is incredible ~ you know I don't ever see that stuff lol!