Sunday, December 28, 2014

Let Your Heart Be Light

 Nollie's first Christmas was picture perfect

She was enthralled with every shiny, glittery ember of color and jingle 
she could get her hands (or mouth) on and we often let her with a careful watching eye

 We were so blessed to receive two succulent Dungeness from a generous fishing family
and despite being without many of our loved ones, 
these delicious crab made the holiday quite extraordinary

 Thankfully our dear sistas Angela and Mallory made the trek out to Astoria 
to sit at our table and snuggle our little love bug
It wouldn't have been the same without them

We watched A Muppet Christmas Carol and drank cocoa with candy canes
before retiring to bed with our wee little wonder girl
The magic of this Eve still gets to me...

The next morning we helped her open presents and 
she ate wrapping paper and we put festive bows on her head
I found myself basking in the mess of it all, not a care in the world
but to be present here

 We lazed around the house, Facetimed grandmas and grandpas, ate a giant brunch and then 
went for a glorious sprinkling walk as tradition so graciously allowed

Her Daddy loves to stroll her up and down the hilly streets of our neighborhood, 
humorously questioning what would happen if he let go… um, please don't!

 All in all, these are the things I hope to remember this Christmas,
As my favorite carol sings:

Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more
Through the years 
We all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star
Upon the highest bough
And have yourself
A merry little Christmas now