his first christmas

Whew! What a whirlwind this Christmas was for us. Every year Josh and I go to four separate events, two on Christmas Eve, and two on Christmas. With large families, this is somewhat inevitable… and this year was no exception. And to no surprise, toting along a five month old certainly made it challenging. :o)

Christmas Eve always starts at my Dad’s house in Huntington Beach. My sister, Ginger, was born on Christmas so we always celebrate her birthday that day as well. Finn was trooper, but did have a minor melt down, so needless to say, my photo taking was put on the back burner. I did manage to capture these two moments, which almost make up for the lack of photos….

Then it was on to Josh’s parents house for Christmas with his Mom’s side of the family. I’m sad to say, I didn’t get a single picture there. We had fun none the less, and Finn sure made out! You should see the “loot” he came home with!


Christmas morning at our house, we were up bright and early. Finn woke up at six, and although he will usually go back to sleep for an hour or so, it’s almost as though he knew Santa came, and he was WIDE awake. So, Josh and I were more than willing to open presents. And of course, Hannah was excited as well. I did capture a few pictures to share, but the lighting was terrible, so you’ll have to forgive the yellowy glow and soft focus….


Then it was on to Josh’s grandparents house for breakfast with his Dad’s side of the family…. and again (shame on me) I didn’t take pictures…

After breakfast, we were back home and ready to host Christmas dinner for my side of the family. I chose to just enjoy the moments, and didn’t even care about not getting pictures. :o)


I feel like I am still recovering, although we already took down our tree and Christmas decor. Finn is LOVING all his new toys, especially his gift from great Grandma Duckett….

I mean look at the smiles that talking, dancing and clapping dog gets….

And I am so proud to say that Finn is now rolling over all on his own. He did it for the first time on Tuesday and we were just so excited! He seems to have mastered the skill, as he has done it over and over again since then…. just look at that proud face!

Warmest of holiday wishes to all of you, and all my best in the exciting year ahead!

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Candice@NotesFromABroad - December 29, 2011 - 7:34 pm

I love that face, with the large box ..almost as if he is worried about the big box lol… he is just so beautiful. The dimple, the coloring, those eyes.
He looks so much like your husband, how wonderful is that ?!
Hannah looks like an excellent babysitter.. Finn gets a Gold Star in Rolling :)
Happy New Year .. I am so happy for you all ~

Stephanie C. - December 29, 2011 - 7:59 pm

He is darling! Congrats once again! Oh those dimples!!!

Cheryl - December 29, 2011 - 9:06 pm

What a cutie!! Cherish those moments when they are little. Christmas is such a special time with them.

Happy New Year!!! Loving your blog!


Monique - December 29, 2011 - 9:38 pm

You are all blessed.Gorgeous photos of a beautiful family.
Happy for you~

Debra@CommonGround - December 29, 2011 - 11:15 pm

Sara, so happy for you and your family this Christmas! many blessings for a wonderful New Year!

Rose C. - December 30, 2011 - 12:57 am

OK,my absolute favorite is the photo with the cat. Although your son is cuter, the cat comes in at a close second!

Happy New Year.

joanne nixon - December 30, 2011 - 1:43 am

isn’t he just such a beautiful boy !! christmas becomes more magical when seen thru the eyes of a child….enjoy him…he will grow ever so quickly!

Debbie - December 30, 2011 - 4:15 am

Whew! I feel wiped out just reading about your schedule!
Finn is just precious, I always enjoy seeing pictures of him and reading about how wonderfully happy all of you are.
Have a great New Year Sara!

Penny Patten - December 30, 2011 - 4:56 am

So very cute! I like the look on his face with the toy dog!

Vicki - December 30, 2011 - 10:40 am


Julianna - December 30, 2011 - 4:40 pm

I LOVE photography but I don ‘t like doing the family snapshots , I feel like if I am behind the lens I am not part of everything.Always rely on grandma for the Christmas and birthday pics
Happy NewYear

Jeanette - December 30, 2011 - 4:42 pm

So happy for you and your family. Pure, simply joy!!! What a happy little guy. Thanks for sharing, blessings to you in 2012.

Jane - December 30, 2011 - 10:38 pm

I LOVE this age! My daughter was six months old at her first Christmas and this is like seeing her little head bobble up and down all over again!! It’s really hard to get pictures when you have a baby…except when you are alone with them! But they are always doing cute things, so have that camera ready…even your phone!!


debbie hosaflook - December 31, 2011 - 12:29 pm

Oh my goodness, Finn totally gets Christmas doesn’t he? You may not have taken many pictures, but the ones you did take sure capture his spirit. What a happy, happy baby!!! Just love those smiles and I can hear the giggles just by looking at the pictures. Happy New Year to you and your precious family.

victoria - December 31, 2011 - 4:24 pm

Happy New year!

Made my heart smile…seeing that sweet little soul…smile as big as a plate full of cookies!

Blessings always

Josie - January 1, 2012 - 8:39 pm

Just too gorgeous :)

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage - January 2, 2012 - 2:07 am

Sara….what a wonderful Christmas….I am so happy for you all and Finn…well he is clearly a happy boy….so precious. Happy New Year!

cathy - January 2, 2012 - 6:29 am

Oh so gorgeous darlin girl, thank you for sharing :) xo

Leah C - January 3, 2012 - 10:48 pm

Oh my, what a happy Christmas it must have been!! Finn is absolutely adorable:)

Shaz - January 9, 2012 - 2:24 pm

Sara, he is soooo divine, he makes me want to cry. I am very happy for you all. Enjoy every single moment – I know you will. Xxx

ana {bluebirdkisses} - January 11, 2012 - 3:13 am

I just stumbled across your blog and I just have to tell you how super lovely your little guy is. I love the sheer happiness in his face, its priceless. Your family, photos and blog are lovely.