Merry Christmas!

It feels like our first real family Christmas since baby boy can actually open presents this year. The last year has flown, and I'm sure time will keep going faster from here. Here's the Christmas card we sent this year, along with a quick recap of the year.

Snowflake template from here.


Christmas & Pinterest

Anyone else out there addicted to Pinterest? I've actually followed through on a few DIY projects in the last few weeks, beautifying my home for the holidays. Here's proof.

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Decking the Halls 2011

Decorating for Christmas is one of my favorite things to do each year. It's amazing how adding a few small things really changes the feeling in our home. I like to add one or two small but meaningful decorations to my stockpile each year, in hopes that one day my home will be fully flocked like my mother's.

I finished off a roll of film capturing a few of our decorations, and I'm determined to go back and recapture everything in color. Until then, here are a few items making our home festive this year.
This little tree, our Charlie Brown tree, acted as our only Christmas tree for our first 4 years of marriage. It has a special place in my heart, and it is now perched on our kitchen island.

I "wrapped" the door to our basement. Once holiday cards begin arriving in the mail, they'll be pinned to the ribbon and taped to the door. It's a cheap, fun way to showcase our holiday greetings.

Nutcrackers are big in my family--my parents have dozens. When I was twelve, I danced in Ballet West's production, and we went every year as part of our Christmas celebrations. I don't have any of the "real" ones yes (someday!). But for now, these little ones bring fond memories.


Kato Family Portraits

With Christmas just around the corner, what better than another holiday family session full of delicious kids? You may remember these beautiful kids, as I've been photographing them since I started this business 4 years ago and this sweet girl was just a baby.
Every family likes images of everyone smiling, but my favorites are the images of kids being themselves. Enjoy!

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