Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Merry Merry


"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air." ~ W.T. Ellis

We took Christmas pictures over the weekend, and although I won't reveal the winning photos until Christmas Day, I had to at least give you a little peek. I still don't have a working computer, but thanks to two borrowed laptops I can let you see how the children are doing.





Our new home in Birmingham is near Oak Mountain State Park, so we ventured out Sunday afternoon. With opportunities for hiking, biking and boating, this looks like a great park to explore. I hope to plan a picnic there soon.





I am really proud of how well the children are doing in their new schools. The older three have jumped right in and are excelling academically and socially. Surprisingly to me, my little Emma has been the slowest to warm to our new home. She is doing more cartwheels every day, though -- a sure sign that the bubbly girl we know and love is on her way back. (Chevron dresses and Mary Ashley's polka dot ribbon from The Shoppes of My Kids Attic; boots from Rack Room Shoes; and Emma's headband from Little Bit Designs.)





Mary Ashley asked to have her picture taken with Joe. She has an empty frame in her room, and she insists that space is reserved for her daddy.





I think Daddy has a special place in his heart reserved for Mary Ashley, don't you?





He certainly has my heart.





My sweet girls.





My boys were not eager to pose, so I will leave you with this final favorite shot of all four. I hope your Christmas season is off to a great start and look forward to sharing more memories through the holidays!



"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

10 comments:

Jennifer Driver said...

Wonderful pictures!

grand pam said...

The children have matured so much since your last picture. These were great. Christmas blessings to you and yours. Enjoy your new location!��

Vonda said...

Beautiful pictures! Everyone looks so grown up!

Lisa said...

WOW! How your children have grown! And so beautiful! Lovely pics.

Ella said...

I love these pictures of your children. I miss seeing them on your blog.
Hope Emma adjusts quickly.

Rach said...

They look great! Can't believe how grown up they are.

glendawilliams said...

Melissa, it is a joy to see such a lovely family.

Anonymous said...

I think the pictures of your daughter and her daddy are so sweet. It makes a lump in my throat. What a sweet memory for them both forever.

(Nicole) Bellenza Party Suite said...

You have a beautiful family! Really love the last picture. It's definitely one of those memories that they will all carry in their hearts forever :)

Love Being A Nonny said...

WOW! Look how your children have grown! They are such pretty kids!!! LOVE their dresses!!! Merry Merry Christmas!!! Thanks for sharing!

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