Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sweet Christmas Memories

 Seth's first Christmas!! 

So.... this post has nothing to do with houses, decorating, or food or any of the things I thought I would blog about.  This post is devoted completely to my little Christmas angel - Seth.  I have always adored Christmas and have many, many happy Christmas memories from my childhood and throughout my life.  I will confess, however, as I got older, Christmas also brought a certain sadness.  You see, I was a single adult for many years and if you don't know what that feels like at Christmas, well, let me just say, it is a little depressing!  I grew up in a wonderful family, had tons of super friends, a great job, and owned my own home,  but something was lacking - my OWN family.  I handled this really well (well, sorta well) until each year when Christmas rolled around.  This brought with it Christmas cards from near and far from dear friends and their families...... I felt so incredibly left out each year when, once again, I sent out Christmas cards from my DOGS and me!  I realize this may sound goofy, but to me, it was a big deal.  I thought that I was forever more going to send precious cards signed with my name and the names of my furry babies (my first two were Delta and Chloe').  Don't get me wrong, I loved them, but I wanted children!

I won't bore you with the entire story (maybe at a later date, I will share with you the story of Jon and me), but I will tell you that at the ripe old age of 37,  I met my Mr. Right and fell in love!  After a whirlwind romance, we were married. Two years later we were blessed with our little man, Seth.  He is the light of our lives!!!  I truly don't know what life was like before being a wife and mother!  I must have been totally bored!!!

Anyway, Seth is a January baby so he was almost a year old on his first Christmas.  It was so wonderful to experience Christmas through the eyes of my own child. I was SO excited to be able to send a Christmas card to all of my friends and family sharing a picture of our sweet baby.  I still try each year to find just the right picture to include in our family card.  I thought I would share them with you today - Merry Christmas!!!! 

Seth's second Christmas!  2004  This would be the last Christmas we had with my precious mother.  She loved Seth and he adored his Granny!
My friends say that this is their favorite card ever!  In the background you will notice the small travel trailer that we lived in after our house was destroyed in Katrina.  We made the best of the situation, however, and put lights on the trailer as well as a blowup Santa and tree in the yard!  :-)
We were back in a real house in 2006 for Seth's fourth Christmas!
What a big boy he is getting to be - Christmas 2007

Almost six years old - Christmas 2008 - My baby is growing up! 
All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth - Christmas 2009
This was taken during our Christmas visit with my Mom's family in Oxford, MS.  Seth loves visiting my Aunt Jane and driving the RTV.   This was not our Christmas card, but I know that visiting our extended family will be one of Seth's favorite memories when he is grown up!
Seth with Bentley and Clarabel, 2010.  As I have said before, "simple" is the theme of the year at our house so I decided not to fret over the perfect Christmas outfit and instead just sent a snapshot of Seth playing with our puppies.


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