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DPP–The Post Where I tell you to Hold Your Babies (Again)

vscocam416Sometimes I get this feeling that my blogging experience is becoming a one string guitar. “Hey everyone, hold your babies!” “Don’t forget to hold your babies when you’re busy!” “Keep your littles close! Don’t forget the moments!”  Then yesterday happens. And I don’t regret any piece of it.

Yesterday I avoided most social media as the flooding of tragedy and fear filled the screens. A Mamma’s heart can only handle so much so it was best I just sat back and turned off devices, and hugged my small ones a little tighter.

As night fell and a certain 9 month old decided that the night was young, I let my mind begin to wander. I read the news reports. I read the political drama that was ensuing. I saw the pictures of weeping families.

And I looked at my baby.

Realities hit deep when there is tragedy.  There is no guarantee that today when we go to the library for a cookie exchange a gunman won’t open fire on the unsuspecting crowd because he just HATES cookies.  There’s no guarantee today that a bus won’t cream us we walk through the parking lot. There’s no guarantee today that those who are alive and well today will be alive and well tomorrow.

So I joined that masses of mamma’s that hugged their babies closer. I looked deeper into their eyes, I breathed in their little one smells and watched them sleep.  Our days are a gift, and oh, the hopes that heaven brings.unknown



DPP-December Baby

december babyAs a kid, I remember feeling like December hung on forever. Christmas would never come and there was no amount of holiday cheer, carols, or cookies that could make Christmas arrive faster.

Now I’m an adult.

Now, I begin to brace myself come September,begin to plan in October, small executions in November, and in December? I hang on for dear life. Is it seriously the 12th already? And that’s less then 2 weeks from Christmas?! What in the world happened to all my bracing, planning, executing in the previous months?! nothing obviously.

Just a couple of weeks before Christmas, and a dog sled race only 3 weeks after that. HOLD ON, THIS IS GONNA BE CRAY CRAY.

Which is why I attempt to take a photo every day in December. Because these moments are so easily forgotten as the busyness of holiday cheer grabs a hold and shoves cookies down our throats. I need to remember to stop. To take the picture. To know that holding my sleeping baby in the crook of my neck is what this all about. These are the moments that are really worth remembering. And they’re the reason we find ourselves so into holiday cheer anyway.

DPP-Sick Day

This last week was busy. By busy I mean meetings, and craft fairs, and parades, and the usual weeks bringings beyond those. Our little T seemed to get a bit worn out. And so is her mamma. I’d say the two older littles are as well, but they’ll never admit it 😉

Today is a good day for movies and knitting.
sick day December Photo Project 2012

Christmas Eve Eve–DPP11

Christmas Crafting


Just some last minute crafting around the house


A Mega DPP11 Post

All December I’ve only gotten behind on the December Photo Project one day. I’ve faithfully posted late into the evening all about our yuletide adventures. Until the last three days.

We’ve hit full Christmas mode here, with visits to family, much needed time out for Josh and I, Hannukah celebrations, loads of food, and even our first present opening celebration.

The last three days have been loaded.

But I haven’t given up on the December Photo Project yet! And to make up for the last three days, here’s a mega post of our last few days;
Simple Date

DPP11 December 20–3 days ago, In the name of Christmas shopping, we dropped the girls off at Grandpa’s and Josh and I had a moment just to ourselves for the first time in quite some time. I think they call them dates. Turns out their really fantastic, and it doesn’t matter how greasy and cheap the Taco, these moments are some of the most cherished.   We did do some Christmas shopping, but I’l be honest, the night was more about walking through stores with my arm linked with his then anything else. It was a great night.

Hannukah Lights

DPP11 December 21–Mostly because we’re gluttons for family time, friends, and definitely food, our family loves to Celebrate Hannukah every year.  We love the symbolism in the Festival of Lights, and the moments around the Hannukah menorah that bring our family together. Oh, and we love Candy from playing Dreidel. Oh and, homemade doughnuts. Oh and latke’s.

Ready to Get This Show on the Road

DPP11 December 22--And Christmas celebrations begin. I’m so thankful for so many grandparents that work hard to maintain the idea of family and gathering. I recognize it as something special that not everyone gets to enjoy.  The only thing is, when it comes to holidays, we have to start ahead of time in order to fit all the celebrating in with everyone. Of course, none of my littles are complaining.

and it wouldn’t be Christmas without an overtired, over sugared, over christmas’d little weeping just a bit

Late Nights, Early Mornings

(no littles were harmed or emotionaly wounded in the making of this photo)

Cold December Days–DPP11

Oh cold December days.


We all know the reason you even go outside is to come back in for snuggles, warmth, a cup of cocoa, and a cookie.

Post Adventure Cookie

Let The Games Begin–DPP11

I’m posting for yesterday’s December Photo Project this morning. Last night was a late night, and it was totally worth it.

I had forgotten that one of my favorite things about the next few weeks is the constant stream of friends we have here. The responsibilities of school and duties have subsided for the most part, and we’ve turned the community meals from the coffee shop to inside our home for the time being. Everything turns a bit cozier with games and family things. I like that.

Games and Friends

..and as an added, morning time bonus, I’ll throw in this shot. Because it’s everything about being a mamma that makes your heart melt.–ignore the fact I was taking a photo while this face was happening. pfft. ignore that.

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