Friday, December 25, 2009

a happy christmas eve and a merry christmas!

i'm sitting her listening to burl ives sing on about dreaming of a white christmas...alone, no lights except for those on our beautifully trimmed and illuminated tree. two babies dreaming of santa, a tired mama and daddy, and umo joe joe, and auntie heather all snug in their beds too!

it's quiet and santa has just left his goodies under the tree and it looks beautiful and i can't help but with that every baby and child and have a sweet, innocent, happy, warm christmas.

tonight, we had our family here. we had friends here too. it was a magical night. it was loud, chaotic, and perfect. we were all cooking, making, baking something. sito was begging for tomato paste, heather was making minature fig crostini masterpieces, and jeff was at the grill! it was wonderful. it really was. i stopped at least three times and felt truly grateful for what i had in my home tonight.

excitement was the underlying vibe of tonight. that and lots of laughs and lots and lots of love.

having gramps here is always a treat and having the rest of jeff's family here has made this first christmas we have spent home...memorable and very special.

i miss my family so much this time time of year, but having family here helps so much!

jeff's mom, my mother-in-law made a traditional middle eastern feast and it was sooooooooooooo good!!!!! she is such a great cook and she foes with it ease.
we love you linnie!!!

brett read our kids
the night before christmas as is tradition in the darwish home as is in many other homes all around us. we checked the radar for the 50th time to track down santa's sleigh and last we checked it was in bangdaleshm, so dressed in our new christmas jammies tucked our babies in for a long winter's nap... bc everyone knows that santa gets here faster when we sleep.

for now...i want to wish everyone a merry christmas. this was a great year with so many wonderful memories and experiences and much of it comes from this blog and the friends i have made from it.


peyton finally put the star on top of the tree...













umo joe joe thought santa would like brown sugar pop tarts this year!!!


happiest she's looked in a long time going to bed...:)

























enjoy your family today. we'll be living the magic through our children.

with lots of love and merry christmas,
heidi

12 comments:

Domestic Diva said...

sending you some christmas love (from illinois) ...

Domestic Diva said...

okay, just took a moment to go back and actually read your post and drool over your pictures ...
gorgeous, heidi!!

Heather Polleti said...

awww....a BEAUTIFUL post.... Your talent and these stunning babies....Merry Christmas :)

Heather Polleti said...

FROM TAWNY: your pictures are beautiful and when I would love for you to take pics of me, tony and Wees... oh and by the way- Wess and I got engaged last night :)

Kelle said...

what the...tawny's comment!!! wow!
so glad you had such a magical night last night. i knew you would. love the wide-eyed wonder in all those kids' eyes being read to...and peyton's little girl look with her cookies (which, by the way...you didn't tell me had chocolate inside. once i found out, i had about twelve). i never want to take that christmas card down...it's my favorite picture ever of beckham and peyton. i'll just have to frame it now. :o) beautiful. all of those pics. merry christmas.
xoxo

Anna Ruth said...

Those pictures are amazing. Glad that the kids had a great Christmas.

Leah said...

Beautiful post Heidi! And your Christmas tree is BEAUTIFUL too! Wow! Looks like a professional decorated it... that must be you:-) Happy holidays!!

xoxo
Leah

Tammy B said...

Merry Christmas Heidi and family! Glad it was great. And your pictures, just awesome!

Kelly said...

Oh how I love these pictures! Especially the family photoe! That one rocks my world - blow up, print, frame,hang stat! you're so talented!! Merry Christmas!

Kelly said...

oh and btw, lily wore the same jammies as peyton! got them just for christmas...they were twinnies - heard that runs in your family :)

Kelly said...

ps, i know photo doesnt have an "e" at the end - im not dan quayle :)

Rebecca MacIntosh said...

I adore your photos! You are incredibly talented! Some pictures speak a thousand words, but some just don't need to speak any... Love it...