Christmas odds and ends.

I need to fill in the spaces of Christmas with some pictures the week of Christmas. We finally paid Santa an official visit a few days before Christmas. Lydia was pretty anxious on telling the big guy what she wanted, the reason being she was so nervous she didn’t have anything specific to ask for. She thought she needed a long list to rattle off to Santa. I explained that Santa knows what she would enjoy and he will bring her presents she will like. She felt much better about the situation once an explanation was given. :)
Hazel surprised me and didn’t cry, but didn’t smile either while visiting Santa. She kind of pointed towards her cousins off to the side, looked at the camera, and that was that.  But hey!  I will take it!

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I just love this random picture of the girls on Christmas Eve! The way Hazel is holding that Anna doll melts my heart. I was video recording mostly on Christmas Eve and Christmas, but I had to stop and snap the cute interaction between these two sisters on Christmas Eve.  Those dolls were the girls’ presents to each other.   photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_5_zps9bf9d959.jpg
Every year on Christmas, all the family on my side gathers to my Mom’s house in the early afternoon and stay until we are stuffed on too many treats and tired. And of course we gather to each have a family picture on Mom’s front steps and then a group picture all together in front of the fireplace. Traditions! Got to have traditions! I kind of love picture traditions to see how each family changes and/or grows each year.  photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_6_zps84d4f6bc.jpg photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_8_zps40003776.jpg photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_10_zps81f462e1.jpg photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_13_zps24c5660d.jpg photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_14_zpsfd0df330.jpg photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_15_zps6ebf9e0b.jpg
Every year I am reminded how blessed we are. So much good around us. I especially love having that focus of celebrating the birth and life of Christ throughout the month. And knowing that everything good around us is because of Him. Christmas always goes much too fast, I already miss it.

Summing up 2014.

 photo StGeorge2_KaraSimmons_18_zpsdbd13cb3.jpgYears never go exactly how I plan them, and 2014 was no exception.  We had a lot of hopes, dreams, and goals for this year.  Some came true and some didn’t.  And that’s okay!  Because we are pretty happy with 2014.  We are lucky ducks for what we do have! I am always excited for our future and I have learned to be grateful for our past too.  Happy New Years everyone!

A little Christmas video.

Christmas 2014, 2 from Kara Simmons on Vimeo.

In a desperate attempt to try and record my children more, I made a goal this Christmas to record most of my family doing things instead of photograph them.  So I could capture Hazel’s waddle, Lydia’s full reaction to presents, etc.  Just a fun different way to capture my family.  I photographed them too of course!  But if you have a few extra minutes on your hands today, take a peek at the video!  Sorry if it gets a little long while opening presents.  I just wanted to capture everything you know?  Enjoy!

Christmas girls.

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Here are my girls are gussied up in their Christmas Sunday best. And as you can see, these were taken with studio lights! I have taken a leap and have myself a little studio set up in my home. Much more to come on that soon with the new year. But for now, I just couldn’t wait to share these cute Christmas girls. Hope you all had a great Christmas! We certainly had a good one.