We took down our Christmas tree and the whole nine yards during the second week of January. But I've just now gone through my favorite photographs from our December and I wanted to share them here. A few months ago, we realized that nearly all of my husband's family would be in California for Christmas. We decided to drive down and join them and I'm so glad we did. We had a wonderful time. My husband's sister has three delightful and beautiful girls that are nearly the exact ages of our children. Needless to say, our boys had a marvelous time with their cousins and we adults had such a good and needed time catching up with each other.
I came across the quote "attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure" and it became our mantra for our California road trip. Normally, I don't care to put a lot of stock in the chanting of a quote to change my outlook on life. But I have to say, choosing to focus on the good-- spending time with family, the beautiful scenery, the treat of a hotel pool for the boys, venti-sized chais, and loads of time to talk with my husband-- made the long hours in the car seem like such a gift. (Also, our ban on iPad television and games had already been in full effect for a few weeks prior to this trip and the boys were very content to imagine and chat most of the time.)
Each time we drive through California, since moving away, I fall in love a little bit more with it. Its beauty is vast and I'm thankful for another opportunity we had to share this beautiful world with our boys. (And Wren! But her eyes were closed for nearly all of the drive time!) And I'm so happy I could share it here with you, too.
What a wonderful gift we were given this past December. (Also, I realize there's a shocking lack of Wren Margaret photographs in this batch and I plan to solve that problem with my next post. Scout's honor.) We thought that surely this Christmas was the one where the boys would wake up before us but they surprised us yet again with their sleeping-in-ness. Maybe next year? Here's to many more years of animal and match-box car parades from their bedroom door to the Christmas tree. . .
p.s. I wanted to share that Job's bow tie and my fur boot cuffs were made by my friend Victoria of Royal Scout and Co. There are so many things I want to say about Victoria. If you have an opportunity, read her about page and finger through her creations via her site. But what I'd really wish for you is the opportunity to talk with her and hear about her life and creativity. To give you a glimpse, she raised three biological babies and then adopted three more little ones from China. A few years ago, through the encouragement of her husband and friends, she dove into her gifting with interior and textile design, a gifting that had grown over the years through her keen eye and love for beauty. She is such an example to me of a woman who has not stopped dreaming and creating and loving.