So This is Christmas... [Asher the Elf]
Long gone are the days spent thinking about MY Christmas wish list.
Once you become a parent, you already have the greatest gift. You get a front row seat to flying paper, buzzing toys, smiling children... and the JOY of Christmas.
When Lucas was 1 month old, right around Thanksgiving 4 years ago, we put the Christmas tree up and I snapped a picture of him. I was just learning how to work my camera and he was my favorite subject to practice on. We received a darling Mud Pie Christmas frame from one of our cousins that year. This image of Lucas has remained in it- taken out every year- as a reminder of the joy we felt on that first Christmas as parents.
Fast foward to this year, and we have a rambunctious 4 year old with a Ninja Turtle wish list about a mile and a half long. Santa is a nonstop topic of discussion in this house! Lucas even received a little note from him earlier in the week and it seems that "Santa" has convinced our big boy to start eating more carrots. ;) Needless to say, we will not have any problems shopping for Lucas.
Asher on the other hand, is only 3.5 months old and is oblivious to all things Christmas... except the twinkling lights of the tree.
Those, he loves.
So, there I sat... just a few days ago, putting all of the Christmas decorations up in our home. Let it be noted that I've NEVER had my tree up this early before, but our schedules are looking a little crazy in coming weeks and Lucas was more than ready. So alas, it is up. But back to the point...I'm decorating away when I come across that Mud Pie frame with Lucas' one month picture in it. I melted. That sweet little boy... he's growing up so fast.
Then I realized, I needed...no, MUST HAVE... a similar picture of Asher in a cute Christmas frame in order for my decorating to be complete. The thought crossed my mind to just swap out the picture of Lucas for an image of the two of them together... but I just can't. That one month picture means too much to me.
Our first baby.
Our first Christmas as parents.
My first decent shot on a camera I knew nothing about.
So, it stays. And Asher's frame will be placed close to his brothers so that I can admire both of my babies by the light of the tree, each and every year.
Which brings us to today- when Asher and I had our little photo shoot in front of the tree. My mom found this adorable knit hat during a recent Hobby Lobby trip. She and my sister were searching those ridiculously expensive ornaments for the perfect addition to their trees, while I hunted down props for my upcoming Christmas mini. I think it's safe to say- after hundreds of dollars in ornaments and props... this cap was the best purchase of the day.
Now, I know a lot of these look similar, but with my mommy goggles on, I couldn't part with those seemingly small differences in each little face. Now the hard part... which one to choose for Asher's frame?!?!
So... this is Christmas, in my home. Naked baby, twinkling lights, crazy toddler, barking Yorkie... and of course, my Nikon, capturing it all. ;)
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