Sunday, December 26, 2010

a message of joy

Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home.  ~Carol Nelson

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!  ~Hamilton Wright Mabie

I lost the spirit of Christmas a few weeks ago.
It made me sad and a bit lack luster.

The boys were showing love with "energetic" affection.
The loud bantering and the "MOM, he did....blah blah to me"
and my never ending cold, set me into this spiral.
As Christmas approached and we took a moment to share memories with family in Durham, we became calmer and more full of the true spirit of Christmas. Family makes you centered, less self-centered and  full of more joy, of meaning, of excitement. We sure did need that 24 hours of family spirit.

I was desperately looking for the spirit... In the end it was found and the magically restored.
Our Christmas Morning was shared with Jay's Mom, Baba. It was gorgeous as the snow fell and the presents were unveiled.

Then it was all about the snow.

Max's drawing for a project

Rohan's drawing

We decided to make more freezer paper stencil presents

Max's dish towel


What Santa left the Boys this year. There were some busy elves and am thankful for Santa's helpers!

My silly boys

Candy if only for a moment


On Christmas this road is empty.. so we found the best sledding hill EVER!

Fookys favorite time of the year


Jay came out to play with us! That is when the snow balling began!

We are thinking about trying to get into an acting agency to do commercials.
My friend Adam helped us take "headshot" photos for our resume.

These are the ones we chose!

The New Year will bring more firings and testing, purging of stuff, more outside time,
creative time, dreaming, reading, playing with friends, family gatherings, soul searching and
I am thankful for my family.
I am thankful for my friends.
I am thankful to have enough.
I am thankful to have heat.
I am thankful that I have time to do this.
I am thankful I can still dream.

I am thankful for the pure magic and joy children bring to me everyday.

I truly wish each of you a peaceful and laughter-filled rest of this year and for the entire 



  1. I know I have said it before, but you really have a beautiful family! I sadly lost my Christmas spirit last night when we got together with my husband's family and a spoiled brat child in the family declared that she didn't "need" the gift we got her and could she get the receipt so she could take it back. It was all I could do to tell her she wouldn't have to worry anymore because she wouldn't be getting any more gifts from us! I was in such a great mood before we got there, and then fumed all the way home! Still, we managed to have a great day, just the three of us :)

  2. Tracy~ I so understand how you could get so upset. Kids sometimes just say what is on their mind with no thought of others... ARGH.

    I hope your family have a wonderful rest of your time together before the routines gather around us and send us back into life.

    I am looking forward to having some studio time and some quiet space but for now... bantering, whining, snuggles, games playing, sledding and taking it all in ;o)


  3. The santa's gift looks awesome!!

    I love the stencil work too. I also love the winter pictures especially sledding with Fooky's tail in it. And handsome Rohans;-).


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