December 15, 2010 at 11:22 pm (christmas, holiday, picture post)

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

- Norman Vincent Peale

On the day after Thanksgiving, we women of the house decorate the tree. Last year, T got to help for the very first time. This year, we had a brand-new first-time helper, and T has become the seasoned pro of the house. . .

The fascination generated by so many tiny lightbulbs was shared equally by both of my little elves, and I couldn’t help but take too many pictures of their little glowing faces before rescuing (and untangling) the strands.

This little goof has been obsessed with my Santa hat for a long, long time, and she’s always looked beyond adorable in it!

Most of the actual decorating happened after Ro went to bed (which is why there are so many more pictures of T). The not-so-easy-to-break ornaments were hooked and put out for T to hang, and she ever so carefully put them up, taking time to find the exact right spot on the tree for each. Sometimes it also happened to be the exact right spot for several other ornaments. . . and sometimes several of the same ornament were hung on the same branch. I love watching her mad design skills in action!

While she was up, Robee kept busy finding (and tasting) all the new Christmas toys, crawling around, and in general making the most adorable nuisance of herself that the world has ever seen – and having the time of her little life!

Little Dewdrop can spot contraband from a mile away on a boring day, and with all the sparkle and shine and boxes of things, she was in naughty baby heaven! We kept a close eye on her and, much to her delight, allowed her to roam about freely and explore for a bit before settling her down for a long winter’s nap.

And in the end, I had the most beautiful and fabulously decorated tree the world has ever seen. . . from the waist down!


  1. ma said,

    the girls are SOOOO pretty! as is the tree. can’t wait to see them in their Christmas dresses. can’t wait to see you guys on Christmas! can’t believe you have Ro baby in red? these are my most favorite pictures ever. i love the pic of ro with the stuffed reindeer! love you guys!

    • Me said,

      Silly! Red is my most favorite color to dress her in! Her NAME means red, for goodness sakes! Plus, it just so happens to be a Mrs.Clause dress, handed down from big sister. You make me laugh. But I’m glad you liked the pictures and that your computer is up and running again!

  2. Kelli said,

    What a memorable Christmas your family will have this year with Ro!! Your pictures are lovely and especially the face lit by the lights!! The one of the tree is hysterical and typical of homes with littles! BTW, thank you for your words of encouragement!!!

  3. Uncle Gabey said,

    So cute! But I’m TERRIFIED of electricity and babies… you must have been watching Ro like a HAWK

    • Me said,

      Like a hawk. Yes. . . ALWAYS. πŸ™‚

  4. Tori said,

    How great! They are both getting sooooo big!!! I love your tree “from the waist down” I know how you are… did you decorate from the waist up?!

    Oh by the way they are perfect pics of both of your elves!! Miss you!

    • Me said,

      Of course! After she went to bed I redistributed the ornaments a bit and added the glass ones to even things out a bit. I miss you, too! Please let’s get together soon!

  5. Krystyn said,

    Those are great. The ones where they are holding the lights are very cool…they are glowing.

  6. Bryna said,

    SUCH adorable photos! I really love your eye. It doesn’t hurt to have the cutest subject matter as well. πŸ™‚

    Merry Christmas!

  7. Daria said,

    Those are FABULOUS photos! Not just because the girls are adorable, but your photography skills are amazing. How in the world did you get the glow from the lights to show on her face and yet still see her face? Is it the camera? What type do you have?

    Anyway, I found you through the contest. I entered right before you did…

    • Me said,

      Thanks, momma! Too bad we didn’t win, neh? 😦

      I’m glad you enjoyed my pictures! What sweet things to say! *blushes*
      I shoot with a Nikon D50, but the ‘trick’ to getting the glow on their faces isn’t a trick at all! Turn off the flash, and you’ll see the natural light come out in your pictures. Trouble is you end up with camera shake and blurriness. It’s good to brace your camera on a tripod (yeah right) or, like me, a dining room chair, a box, or whatever happens to be around!

      • Daria said,

        Yep, it was a bummer to not win, but I did truly feel that writing the post was in itself a gift of sorts. Not QUITE as good as $250 though! But I haven’t written a photo story like that before and was actually really happy with the results. I may need to print those out and replicated it in a scrapbook. Um, the one that only has 1 pic of my almost 3 year old in it (blushes) versus the 5 albums of my oldest….

        Yet another thing that didn’t go according to PLAN! πŸ˜€

  8. Daria said,

    OH and we have SO had Christmas trees like that! I had to laugh when I saw the ornaments all at toddler level πŸ™‚

  9. Kathleen Scott said,

    How sweet they look in the twinkle light! I know I say it every time, but Ro is getting so big! And T looks like a little girl now, not a toddler anymore. Which she is, I know.

    So glad you’re sharing these beautiful moments.

  10. deb said,

    oh these are just the best. beyond the best.

    thank you for sharing this true joy. it doesn’t get much better.

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