Christmas Cookie Traditions

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I do realize it’s already the 5th of January and many people have popped the New Year’s Eve champagne cork, taken down the tree and are tackling those new year’s resolutions already. Me. Not so much; at least not yet. I’m behind, again. But, rather than wallow in what hasn’t been done, I’ll just remind myself of all the times I was hanging with my kiddos these last couple weeks instead of being at my computer. Being present and in the moment is definitely something I put on my “Focus on in 2017” list. One of the other things I do want to be better at this year is sharing my story. Sometimes I don’t have time to blog, other times I’m afraid what people will think about what I write. Then, I realize I might not have many people reading it anyway, ha! I was recently reminded again that done is better than perfect, so here’s to imperfect progress at getting things done!

One of our family Christmas traditions is baking and decorating sugar cookies. As you can see by the photos, these aren’t sugar cookies, but actually gingerbread. From a bag. I was really excited to try a new recipe that doesn’t have molasses in it because I was hoping they would taste like the Gingerbread cookies I remember making in my high school home ec. class. Yes, I realize that dates me. Yes, we still had home economics when I was in high school. Anyway, I remember making Gingerbread houses that year and the dough had a distinctly different taste than regular gingerbread. But, again time got the best of me, so we pulled out a few bags I had picked up on one of the endless shopping trips before the holidays and whipped up our cookies. My mom had sent us her famous (in our family) decorated sugar cookies so I kind of took that excuse that we probably didn’t need to make our own too. :0) Kids seemed to buy it. I’ll guess we’ll save the new recipe for next year. Or can we make Valentine Gingerbread? Hmm..any excuse to bake…

I have many photos through the years of the kids helping make cookies with me as a Christmas tradition. This year B was big enough to do the cutting and transferring to the cookie sheet pretty much by herself. She even rolled it out as best she could. I couldn’t resist capturing her little hands with the cookie cutters. The days may seem long at times, but the years are flying by too fast. We started the cookies on Christmas Eve morning then left to celebrate with family. We usually go to Christmas Eve service earlier in the evening, but let’s just say getting stuck in snow in the church parking lot kind of makes you change plans. So, instead of getting in Christmas jammies and going to bed once we got home, the kids and I stayed up to finish our cookies then went to Midnight Mass. It was a beautiful service and I really enjoyed singing all the Christmas songs. Up until Christmas we’re in the season of Advent, so I was ready to belt out those hymns!

Sometimes I get caught up in what I think I have to do because we’ve always done it that way. I realized when I relax and just enjoy the moments, new and old Christmas cookie traditions can provide for lots of memories.

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

 

 

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Winter Scenes | Idaho Lifestyle Photography

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Wow, what a crazy Idaho winter we’ve had. We haven’t seen this much snow for awhile. It seems like it’s snowing every day. One day it was coming down so fast, but it didn’t accumulate that much. After that, we got quite the storm, then freezing rain, then more snow.

I’ve been trying to get out and shoot all these winter scenes because it’s a different look than the rest of the year. Everything is covered in white. All the snow makes things take longer to do on the ranch, but it really is pretty. Hopefully the temperatures will raise again. This below 0 stuff is not fun and is harder on the animals. We’ve had a few calves born already and keeping them warm and dry has been a challenge.

The kids and I have bundled up a few times and trudged through the pasture to a hill to go sledding. It’s not quite as fun when we have to head back home, ha! I figure if we have snow on the ground, we might as well enjoy it!

I admit, I’d rather be warm then cold, but I also like that in Idaho we usually have four seasons. I’m going to focus on the beauty that comes with winter. Yes, the ground is barren, dark and cold, but spring will come again. Being a farmer’s daughter and a rancher’s wife, I just always think about the weather…at least all this snow will spring much needed moisture for the spring and summer!

Do you love winter? What’s your favorite thing about winter?

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R Family | Homedale Family Photographer

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How can it be the end of 2016 already? I’m not sure about you all, but sometimes it seems the days are long, but the years fly by! 2016 was no exception. I am thankful for the clients I captured in front of my camera this year. I purposely took less sessions in order to finish a large project I had committed to for the Idaho Cattle Association. I admit my portrait business took a back seat to other work. While there may have been fewer sessions, they were each unique and special.

I’ve enjoyed photographing this family for a few years now, watching them welcome their first son, then their second. They both own small businesses, and I was thrilled when they first contacted me to schedule a newborn session. They had never had a family session and it worked out perfectly to schedule one for the end of fall.

Enjoy the preview and leave this family some love by commenting below

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