my 11-yr old son was very creative this year, hand making a gift for each of his brothers and his mom and dad.
his gift to me was a 2-page handwritten letter, telling me why I’m his hero.
hope you have a blessed Christmas celebration with family and friends!
we spent the day at home – just me and my wife and our 3 boys, opening presents in the morning, and then the boys spent most of the day building Lego sets. Arwen loved sticking her nose into the presents and joining in the fun.
I spent a little time out at the barn, finally figured out how to get the electricity working. our garage door now opens and closes without having to start the generator! here’s a view looking south towards the barn from where our future house will sit.
we spent a couple days at my parents’ house just before Christmas to celebrate the holiday with my side of the family.
luckily, we arrived after the bad ice storm that hit their area – and even luckier, they still had power!
branches were weighted down with a thick coating of ice, and various branches had snapped and fallen down around their yard, thankfully with minimal damage.
despite all the destruction, the ice storm aftermath makes for some amazing outdoor photography. when the sun is shining, the ice everywhere can just sparkle and make everything glisten. I spent a bit of time walking around outside with our silver lab puppy, Arwen – she loves exploring my parents’ yard.
I also snapped a couple great shots of the various birds that congregate at the bird feeders.
here is a great shot of a male cardinal hopping onto the bird feeder.
and a red-bellied (strange name, huh?!) woodpecker that was hanging out at the suet feeder.
all told, a beautiful few days spending time with family and celebrating the Christmas holiday, and enjoying the amazing power of nature intertwined with the beauty it creates.
[all photos taken with my Nikon D70 & a Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm F/4-5.6G-AF Zoom Lens]
with a large family like mine, it it often difficult to align everyone’s schedule and get us all together at once. so this year we celebrated Christmas with my side of the family a few days late, opening presents on Friday night, and then having our big holiday dinner Saturday night. here is my dinner plate:
here is a photo of dessert:
here is the photo quiz:
if you are a family member who was at the dinner, don’t give away any answers, but feel free to comment with thoughts (and any corrections if I incorrectly identify anything!).