Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas 2014

As she does almost every year, Sojo asked for the most random gifts from Santa. Only three things this time, but biggies: a diamond about the size of a half dollar, a gold bar, and a safe to keep them in. Oh, and she made sure Santa didn't think she was greedy!

He came through with the diamonds and the safe, but we think he had some sort of money limit on the gold bar. Thankfully, Sojo was not disappointed because he wound up giving her two diamonds. And, wow, was there was ever some serious love for the new safe! She is all about her treasures, and this will keep things safe and sound.

I made out like a bandit with some massage coupons from Sojo. Absolutely fantastic to see the advice of 'bare in mind, use wiseley' on them. 

Santa brought matching gifts for Dale and Sojo this year: tape measures for garage projects the two of them work on often. She loved that they were the same and proceeded to measure tons of stuff around the house, including her best friend, closet doors and her sweet baba. 

Monday, December 15, 2014


Each and every day, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and immense love for these two. I love our walks to school together, talking and laughing. Catch them both in the most perfect light and with those two small hands covering his, and it's the perfect start to my day. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Santa in the Jebels

It's that time of year again--the time for Santa to come and visit us here in our town. Each year, he arrives via a different mode of transport, and this year it was by a golf cart that was decked out like a train.

And each time I think that Sojo is about ready to stop believing, she surprises me with a flurry of joy and utter belief. When she saw Santa on his way, she ran ahead and was jumping up and down like crazy. It was beautiful to see her ponytails flying with such delight.

Last year, we had a bit of drama because the presents Santa gives on this day are almost all the same for the girls and for the boys. When Sojo received her present for girls, it was a kit of makeup and sparkly stickers. She was so disappointed and felt that there was no way Santa could be real because, if he sees everything, then why would he ever get her that kind of present that she hates? Um...good point. I explained that for these big gatherings, he has to give the same present, but we would fix it for next year. We made sure to let Santa know this year that Sojo would better enjoy a present he normally gives to boys.

The spy kit was a huge hit!

This is our third year of having our family photo taken against the stunning backdrop of jebels and blue sky. We do not have many traditions, but I do love this one so.