Merry Christmas!

I truly hope that everyone who might stumble upon my blog will find warmth and comfort in Christ.

Today is Christmas Day. I've loved Christmas since I was a little girl. I love the lights and the baking and the time spent with family and the giving and the receiving. I love the laughter and the joy. I love to decorate for Christmas and look forward to the day after Thanksgiving each year when the Christmas season officially begins (in my mind).

Today, I awoke to several more inches of fallen snow.Wet, heavy, thick snow. It's beautiful, but it makes holiday travel difficult.

Jeff and I spent the morning opening our gifts together, eating a late breakfast, drinking hot cocoa. It was a beautiful way to spend Christmas together.

Because of the aforementioned snow, we are unable to drive anywhere. If we were able to get out of our garage, our car still wouldn't make it through the alley, and, of course, the alley has been plowed shut.

While biding my time until someone could come and pick us up, so we can enjoy Christmas with my family, I stumbled upon a Christmas video.

This really touched me and brought tears to my eyes.

I spent the next few minutes watching a few other Mormon Messages videos before I decided that it wouldn't be good to arrive at my parent's home with eyes bloodshot from crying.

Merry Christmas to all!!


Flashback Friday: Christmas 1991

Ok. I couldn't decide on just one photo today, so here's a few from the Christmas of 1991.

What's so funny, you may ask?
Well, my mom made a bunch of these cute little boxes that year. On the inside lid, she wrote "Merry Christmas," but she messed up on this one. Instead of Christmas, she wrote Christopherson, so she fixed it to read, "Merry Christopherson's Christmas." It think it was particularly funny, because I didn't even notice right away - she had to point on her mistake. This was probably funnier if you were there.

These next three pictures must have been from a ward Christmas party.





Flashback Friday: Christmas 1980

This week just flew by! I've hardly had time to update my blog, so I was excited when I realized that today was Friday, and an easy blog post was just minutes away.

This is me in 1980. Age 3.
Aren't I just the cutest?!


Flashback Friday: Christmas 1979

A couple of my friends (K and Lara) have done, from time to time, a feature on their blogs called Flashback Fridays. I've often considered doing this on my blog as well.

So...here's my first attempt. I thought it would be fun to flashback on Fridays throughout December to various Christmas pictures.

This picture is from 1979. I'm the adorable one in the red dress. Oh wait! We're all adorable girls in red dresses!!

(L to R: Katie, Tara, Treva, Clarinda)


Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls...

But I just can't help it!

It's no secret that both Jeff and I LOVE waterfalls, as described here and here.

For me, it's almost even stronger than love. Is that possible? Is anything stronger than love? It is what binds us, after all.

For me, it's almost like a drug. If I'm out for a walk or in a park, and I hear the sound of rushing water, I can't help but go. chase. that. waterfall!! I keep listening and walking...and listening and walking...until I finally find it!

This past summer, I even convinced Jeff to make a pitstop on our road trip to check out the waterfalls in Sioux Falls, SD. You can read about that here.

A few weeks back, I took Sallie for a walk. I heard the unmistakably, wonderful sound of a waterfall, but I couldn't find it. anywhere.

Today, we went out again but this time hiked even closer to the river.

There it was again. An ever-so-slight, but deliciously exhilarating, sound of rushing water. It didn't take me too long to gasp at the beauty as I turned my head.

There it was!! Complete with icicles. Wow.

Now I didn't happen to have my camera with me - just my phone.

If you look real close, in the back center, you can see two streams of water going over the small cliff.
The camera on my phone doesn't have a zoom, so I knew that I needed to get closer.

Down we hiked. Sallie and I.

Closer. But still not good enough to satisfy my need.

Down. Down. Down.

Finally I could get a shot from the front.

This shot was difficult to get because Sallie, does not get my fascination with waterfalls. She was trying her darnedest to get back up the hill. Guess it reminds her too much of getting a bath. Something she does. not. enjoy.

Back at the top of the hill, I tried to capture one last shot of some icicles. Gorgeous!

I realize they are a little difficult to discern (darn no-zooming-camera-phone), but trust me. They are there. Kind of dead center, hanging from the blob of greenery.


Imported posts

I've imported my pictures from my photography blog. I'll probably delete that blog soon, as I couldn't devote the time to it that I wanted. It was more of a burden than fun, so I'll just share all of photos on this blog going forward.

If you want to see all the posts I just imported in, simply click on PHOTOGRAPHY in the menu bar at the top.


We ♥ Tooshies

This is my 1st ever time entering an I ♥ Faces photography challenge. I've seen some friends enter on their blogs in the past but never attempted one myself.

This week's themes, We ♥ Tooshies, was really intriguing to me. I, immediately, thought of this great picture I have of me walking with one of my cousin's daughters. It's SO cute. However, it was taken before digital photography became so prevalent, so it's an actual photo, and not easily uploaded into blogger (as I'd need to find it and then upload it).

Instead, I sifted through my folders upon folders of digital photographs, and found this one.

This is my 13-year-old niece’s first soccer game. ever.
She was awesome, of course.

I love how this photo captures the motion of her run.

Pop on over to I ♥ Faces to find some other fun tooshies.


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