Christmas was “a year ago” but I’ve decided to write about it anyway. How relevant for you!
Oh the yearly Christmas card. I have an adore-despise relationship with them. How can one little tiny piece of paper be SO MUCH WORK?
I tried, sincerely. I got the whole family rounded up, showered (!) and we set out to get a family photo against the backdrop of the beautiful CO mountains. Let’s see how they turned out, shall we?
The sun was too high (SHADOWS EVERYWHERE) and the wind was not kind. My scarf. Doesn’t it look like I’m wearing another baby under there? Also, I look constipated. Maybe I was!
My little sweetie. That ponytail makes me drool. But me? Watering eyes, furrowed brow and a strained smile doesn’t lend itself to much Christmas cheer, now does it? Worst of all? I forgot I was wearing that backpack stuffed with Baby Mum Mums to keep Amelie cooperative. I FORGOT I WAS WEARING IT, can you believe that?
Next up, the whole family:
Yeah. It’s far from our best.
Since Emily lives in Maine, I realized a beautiful family photo shoot wasn’t really a possibility. My vision of that home-run Amelie’s first Christmas card completely fizzled.
This is what we ended up with:
It’s the best we could muster with an 8 month old. We took the photos in our backyard instead of in the mountains. Sad, huh?
Then, there’s the Christmas letter. How do you sum up a year that you created a Life in? How to you condense the days that never ended but the months that disappeared too quickly? What do you talk about when you’ve been so busy without doing much of anything at all?
Finally, well after Christmas was over, I sat down and wrote just that:
Oh, they’re over already?
I was going to blame the chaos of new parenthood for my Christmas card tardiness this year but the truth is I had plenty of time – I just didn’t know what to write. I wanted to avoid all of the silly cliches like “what an amazing journey this year has been!” and really tell you how 2013 has changed us. But trying to sum it up has me stumped. How about I do the best I can?
Last year, a few days before Christmas, we closed on our house. It’s perfect in a long To Do list sort of way. We’ve started redoing each of the rooms but haven’t finished any of them. It’s simultaneously exciting and exhausting transforming this house into our home and we know it’s going to take time. Please come visit so we can admire the horrendous kitchen wallpaper together over a cup of Zack’s fresh roasted coffee.
Speaking of time, we spend a lot of that at home. Zack works from home on his startups. I continue to coach high school cross country and track in the afternoons but recently took on the job of stay at home Mommy to our snuggle butt, Amelie Quinn.
Amelie arrived via c-section (darn those placental abruptions!) on April 11th 2013, one week before her due date. She was a tiny thing with a smushed nose, a surprise dimple and loads of blonde-tipped dark hair. Since her birth, there have been blurry days, teary days, looooong days, snuggly days but most days, we are in awe. Amelie adores her Dad, being outside and eating anything (doesn’t matter what!). She is shy, curious, goofy and outrageously cute!
Amelie is the best gift, Christmas or otherwise, we have ever been blessed with. I know, I had to sneak in one cliche before I signed off, didn’t I?
Sending you lots of love and baby toots from Colorado, Candace, Zack and Amelie
There you have it. Did you send out Christmas cards this year? Am I right that they are basically a full time job for a few weeks?