Whew! What a whirlwind of a holiday. You wait all year for it and then…whoosh…off it goes again. I feel like there is never enough time. I always seem to find myself a bit melancholy afterwards- perhaps it is because I am growing older, as are my loved ones. I felt keenly that this Christmas could very well be the last Christmas I celebrated with either of my grandparents, who are getting on in years. I felt the pain of a broken relationship that seems to be unfixable. There was also joy: time spent with my mother and sister, blessed by their gifts of time spent doing the things I do everyday, cleaning and cooking and giving me a wonderful break from the toddler duties. My mom made Christmas dinner from start to finish. (So yummy!) And then there was the celebration itself. Watching the kids enter in to an integral part of our family traditions was just amazing. Fun. Just so much fun. They truly know the delight and wonder of Christmas. It just makes me giggle to think about it now. And the gifts! We still haven't gotten to quite all of them, we were so blessed! I think my favorite was a whole bag of scrapbooking goodies my mom gave me, in my favorite colors no less. I can't wait to dig into them. Speaking of which, I actually had a chance to make a layout, start to finish. Love how it turned out…all the stuff was from the Jenni Bowlin December kit, and it was so yummy and full of gorgeous texture that I knew just the picture I wanted to use. Yeah, I am getting bit by that scrapping bug again. And I ought to, because there is a whole half of a years worth of pictures left undocumented, and next year is upon me. Where in the world does the time go?