Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Holiday Recap...a bit late!

Here is another post full of pictures. The holidays really crept up on us this year as we were at Sanoviv right before Thanksgiving and on the Larsen Family cruise right before Christmas. Although it was kinda crazy, the holidays always are and we just went with the flow and had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas with our families.

Part I: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving with the Kaltenbachs
tired after a long day!

The day after Thanksgiving with my fam. at Double Peak Park

Part II: Christmas!

Being in our own home made this Christmas super special!

Our Nativity
Harrison's Nativity!
Harrison picked out this Santa Fire Engine!
A fun new tradition...Elf on the Shelf. Harrison named his Elf Andrea Bocelli

Christmas Eve in our home with both our families!

Christmas Day!

Santa came!
He went right for the garbage truck!
At Grammy and Grandpa's

Harrison's number one activity this Christmas season was to watch Andrea Bocelli's Christmas program on PBS. He would sit mesmerized for the entire program which was over an hour!

On the Sunday after Christmas I was asked to speak to our Church Congregation on "Renewing our Faith, Dedication and Covenants." Both our parents came to listen and it was a wonderful day. Ryan's Dad snapped this picture of us after church!

I LOVE everything about the holidays...the hustle and bustle, the craziness, the decorating, the gift buying and anticipating, the FOOD, the traditions, the reconnecting with friends and loved ones, etc. etc. But the thing I absolutely love most is the reflection on our blessings, what is truly important in our lives, and on our Savior and his gift to all of us. His birth, his life, his death and his glorious resurrection are the ultimate gifts and what can bring us true joy. I am overwhelmed by the blessings the Lord continues to bestow upon my family and can only hope that my appreciation to Him is reflected in the way I love others and the kind of woman I am striving to be.


Katelyn said...

I loved the recap of your holidays and I LOVED your kitchen! Quick question: Do you color your hair or is it still naturally that blonde? It is gorgeous!

Dax said...

great pictures

alexandra. said...

these photos are so cute! I love the one of you and harrison on the couch and the family one after church!! miss you

Somer Love said...

Late but definitely worth the wait! Loved the pics!

I hope Harrison had a great bday! Love ya Shar!

Matt & Brooke said...

We miss seeing you guys on Sunday! We should really get together sometime. I LOVE your elfs name :)