smith christmas card 2012.

Here I am still catching up on posts, please bear with me.  Once Greg and I started a family, I knew I wanted to start doing family portraits for our Christmas card every year. And the last 3 years, I’ve managed to accomplish it no matter how crazy hard it can be photographing wee ones on a chilly fall day.  But it’s always been worth it in the end.  I love seeing us all happy, in love, and growing as a family — it’s something I love sharing with family and friends.  I’m hoping to get into the habit of turning each one into a Christmas ornament — a fun way to cherish these moments for years to come.

2012’s family portrait came from the 6 months old film we did for the boys.  This is one of my most favorite family photos yet with our two new babies being priceless additions to the Smith Family.  I couldn’t decide on if I liked the color version or black + white version better for our Christmas card, but ended up going with color since there were fun splashes of red and green.





And just for kicks, here’s a runner up to the above picture.  I love the expressions on all three children — jovial Rohan, pure joy; darling Dhara, my dear girl always ready to laugh; and swashbuckling Kieran, with the face of those early century children you find in old black + white photos at antique stores, plus he looks like he’s totally up to something mischievous.  : )


[christmas cards from 2011, 2010]

smith christmas card.

Hope your Christmas is as merry as ever and that you truly remember the real reason for the season.  Here’s to a cozy weekend with family and friends, and celebrating the births of Jesus and my daughter — He was so kind enough to share the day with her!  I can’t believe it’s been another year — seems like a few months ago we took last year’s photo! Blessings to you and yours!

[christmas card from 2010]

hello 2011.

I’m going to take a short break from the completion of my birth story and write up my New Year’s post — seven days late.  Boy, did December come and go so very fast with first, my little munchkin’s early birthday party, crafting, mailing off Christmas cards, time at the beach, knitting, Christmas (relishing in what Jesus came to do — what Christmas really is all about), more crafting, and finally New Year’s.

So much to post about, but I will begin by posting my New Year’s resolutions for this new year.  There’s something so refreshing about feeling like you are working on a new slate — a clean board — a second chance.  Now I don’t want to be legalistic about this list, rather, I do want them to guide my year.  Plus, I tried making sure to stick to things I feel like I can accomplish.  So here goes.

Now back to your regularly scheduled backlog of posts!  We ended up ordering our Christmas cards from — they have a myriad of shapes, sizes and modern designs.  I loved the simplicity and square shape of the template I ended up going with.  I also got an uber cool free calendar with my order.  The calendar is pretty awesome for being free — the photos ended up being so crisp, and the paper, a really good quality.
cards, envelopes + stamps
2011 photo calendar