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CHRISTMAS MORNING

Posted on: Thursday











I was so looking forward to her seeing her face light up on Christmas morning as she walked in to greet the tree (as she does every morning.. she also kisses the tree goodnight each evening) and discovered it surrounded by toys and packages.  But when the day arrived, we awoke, all snuggled in Mama & Papa's big bed, and then made our way to the living room... and she walked right past the tree, past the gifts, past her stocking, and straight to the stereo.  She pushed PLAY and waited for that old familiar tune of Bob Dylan to begin, taking no notice of all of the magical changes in the room. I was floored. It wasn't until the first song of the album was nearly over, and she had danced all around the couch and the coffee table, that she looked up and noticed the colorfully wrapped gifts. She looked at me, looked at her Papa, looked back at the tree, and seemed a bit confused, until we excitedly exclaimed "It's Christmas! Yay, it's Christmas morning Biet!!" Then she understood. This day was special.

We tried to keep it really simple this year, with only a few gifts for Biet, and none for eachother. But of course, my two amazing sisters spoiled her rotten, and spoiled Gaby and I in the process, and Gaby went ahead and broke the "no-gifts" rule (when will I learn?!) and threw in a couple of thoughtful presents too. So our simple Christmas turned into a full-blown gift-unwrapping affair, and it was glorious.  We took our time in between presents, letting Biet explore and play with each new toy or book. We may or may not have had ice cream for breakfast, and Biet may or may not have had a handful of candycanes too (until she nearly poked her eye out with one and we had to hide the rest).  We all took it easy for the rest of the day, talked with family, made food, listened to records, and relaxed.  I am certain that Biet truly sensed the love and the magic that filled our home all day.  And even though I was missing my sisters tremendously this year, our simple little Brooklyn family Christmas was kind of perfect. xx

34 COMMENTS:

  1. what a sweet girl you have!!

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  2. what a cute story! your little girl is too cute. so glad you all had a happy christmas :)

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  3. You guys are such a beautiful bunch! I'm glad your Christmas was a good one. xo

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  4. First time on your site. Your photos are incredible.

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    1. So glad you found us! I am still learning my camera so I really appreciate your comment. Thanks!

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  5. I love how you got Biet a taxi! Too cute : )

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    1. She was obsessed with it at FAO Shwartz so I had to. Then she got another taxi from her Aunt. Soon she'll have a whole fleet.

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  6. Such sweet and lovely photos. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Happy Holidays to you too!

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  7. Your day sounds perfect & your daughter has great taste in music x

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    1. That she does. Her favorites always surprise me, but also make me so proud.

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  8. Such a lovely memory for you all - and beautiful images captured. Bless Biet.
    Happy Holidays!

    Sar x

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  9. Biet is just so adorable and I actually loved the expression on your face when you were showing her, her gifts! Happy Holidays!

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    1. Haha I know- its like we are both fawning over those mittens!

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  10. You three (four) people are some of the most beautiful folks in the world.

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  11. Your pictures are stunning! What type of camera do you use if you don't mind me asking? Beautiful family!

    xo Shane

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    1. Thank you so much Shane! These were all taken on my "real" camera, which is a Canon Rebel t3i with a fixed 50mm lens.

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  12. Merry Christmas (post the fact but it still counts) lovely people! Kisses and hugs from us!

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  13. may i come over and kiss her cheeks?? she looks sooo adorible <3
    and that yellow nyc taxi! LOVE! thank you for posting and sharing these pictures!

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting! I kind of love that taxi too. I never mind playing with it when she asks. :)

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