christmas morning - opening prezzies.. :)


the gift opening program proceeded with no major clitches.
caleb was the santa in charge of getting gifts to everyone.
he did a very satisfactory job.
we all scored some real fun loot. :)
truly blessed are we.

opening prezzies - part une

opening prezzies and breakie - part deux

EARLY christmas morning - stocking time!!


7am comes early...but with kiddies, it's NEVER too early to see what sort of fun goodness is under the tree from santa.. :)

opening stockings - always fun!! --> stocking photos

yummy christmas fondue!


my dear friend jeanie spent christmas eve with us and she brought us our very first fondue set!!!! so of course we ended christmas eve real good!! xox and she made some seriously amazing chai.. mmmmmm

christmas eve fondue pics

christmas eve traditions..


in our family there are a few things we do every year during the holiday season. one is reading the christmas story fromthe bible..then we have a birthday cake and sing happy birthday to jesus.. :) both of these traditions we have taken from jonathan's family growing up. then we each open a present - this delightful tradition is from my family growing up. then we eat and drink and watch christmas movies and stuff..

check the pics out --> christmas eve traditions

a good game of..


...snow football.. the boys decided they can play football in 2 feet of snow.. :)

check out the pics.. --> snow football

christmas eve day..


christmas eve day...loverlyi tell you..ever so loverly.. :)

check out pics here --> christmas eve day


a special christmas gift

i wanted to make something really special for the kids this christmas..and when my dear friend jeanie invited me to a stitch/crafting night at her place in november, i thought, "sweet! i know what i'll do!!"

rewind 10 years or so..we were living in the philippines and to stay in touch with the western world i received martha stewart's weekly in particular caught my attention - memory quilts. you use old clothes of your babies/kids instead of keeping TONS of those really cute clothes of theirs. so that is when i started cutting squares from caleb's old clothes.

when we moved to canada, i trucked the stack of squares. when rosie was born, i started keeping clothes of hers that i would one day "square". after years of clothes i finally "squared" them.

then we moved to burnaby almost 2 years ago and i trucked the squares of both kids here..thinking, "one day i'll get these quilts done for the kids." and there they sat in a box in my closet.

forward to jeanie's invite to her stitch night...exactly...i was going to pull those squares out and do them for the kids for christmas this year. huge undertaking.

and may i remind you i dont really all. i am a photographer..not a seamstress. but i thought, "how hard could it be? you sew squares put batting in sew a trim..can't be TOO difficult can it?"


well after several treks downtown to jeanie's place to use her surger and sewing machine, and then staying up late last night - til 130 actually - only had to rip the trim apart on rosie's blanket once. :) they are definitely not a quilter's dream-of-a-quilt; the fabric of some of the squares aren't ideal so they made for some unaligned lines.. and the great soft backing fabric was a bugger to sew - so thick. but ooooooo so soft!!

but they are wonderful..and i put them on the kids' beds before i went to sleep so they could wake up to them today.. :)

"mom where'd this blanket come from!?" i told them, and then we sat and looked at all familiar squares of their past..thanks for the great idea martha stewart. :)

and i am totally ok with the fact that i am a photographer who doesn't "do" sewing so good.. i will keep my day job.. :) and i will commission the REALS sewers next time!!

here's the process of the quilt making...

sorting squares to pin and then sew lines of squares

sorting rosie's squares at jeanie's, with the help of alex the cat.. :)

there are some in between photos here of me sewing away at jeanies, which i will get from her and repost this post when i get them.. :)

yesterday...starting to piece it all together..

the finished products - caleb's...

i took a lot of photos of the squares, cuz then you can see closeups of some of the old clothes.. :) bring back the memories!!

and rosie's bundle of warmness...

and here are the kiddies all snuggly warm in their blankets.. :)


our humble abode..

last night after the first HUGE snowfall, but before the next BIG snowfall i ran outside to take a pic of our house at night..the snow made everything so light and almost cool.. :) it was very magical..