Saturday, December 24, 2011

Twas' the NIght Before Christmas...

not a creature was stirring...except for mommy looking for a midnight snack and a bottle of tums. the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that daddy wouldn't fall asleep before filling them with little gifts and fruit!

the children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads. and me in my maternity sized christmas plaid pajamas and daddy now under the covers, are supposed to be settled down for our long winters nap...about 3 hours sleep if we are lucky...

our 2011 christmas mailer. i wish i could send one to each and everyone of you.




i'm sitting here basking in all that will be tonight. rudolph is sure to do a fly by after we lay out our reindeer food; daddy will read the Night Before Christmas and peyton and beckham will leave out their christmas list and freshly made and decorated with love cookies for santa, and carrots for the reindeer.

i'll make weird smiley and excited faces at my kids while my husband ushers them quickly to their room to change into their christmas pj's, brush their teeth and tuck them into bed.

we will wait all of 10.3 minutes before puttiing on our fave tunes and turning the darwish home into santas workshop! i can't wait for tonight!

i'll bake and prepare for our annual christmas breakfast...citrus cream cheese rolls and frittata and the 5 other things we think we need, but don't. sito, gido, umo joe, and auntie heather will arrive bright and early and we will watch my little ones excited faces.

beckham will jump up and down at the smallest and most simple of gifts! he'll run and hug us like he's never seen a hot wheels car before. his spirit and appreciation always makes me happy and grateful for the little life jeff and i were blessed to create.

peyton, will be a bit more reserved, as i was as a child. she will smile, but she'll take it all in and wait for her brother's enthusiasm to stick to her before running around. she'll help pass out gifts to everyone in between opening her own. she'll be honest about what she thinks, which will have me cringing and giving her a lecture, but in the end she will hug and kiss each family member and take her gifts upstairs and start playing with them. i love that she knows what she wants. i learn from her in that way and her sensitive spirit reminds me to be the same.


i'll get sappy and look around at the small family jeff and i have created and a pang of thankfulness will cover me like the warmest blanket ever made.

our tunes will be playing softly in the background, the house will smell of cinnamon rolls , and i'll hear the oohs, ahhhs and laughter and think to myself, 'this is love! this is my family. we are doing it! we are so lucky.'

and i know how it will all happen because it happens the same way every year and it's perfect. a little stress, but hard work and a huge helping of family tradition and love and it's just the way it should be.

and this year is extra special...
kells, thank you for these beautiful memories. love you.

because this baby is already making me so happy. with every kick, hiccup, or butterfly move...i fall more deeply in love with the little one growing inside of me. it won't be long now and i can't wait to breathe in this little baby and tell him or her to it's face how long i've been waiting to meet him/her.

i dream of the moment 100 times a day which is like giving myself a 100 gifts a day. i'm stuck between not wanting it to end because i love being pregnant. even the hard days are good because it's like living in a magical world for ten months and i really don't want it to be over.


we are all excited and maybe a bit nervous too, but i know 2012 is going to be an amazing year.
feeling the love right now and loving all of my family and friends and blog friends too... you all have a special place in my heart.

"...Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

oh, and one more thing...
walking to my box each day is more like a waddling sprint to the box...i practically rip the mailman's arm off before i flash a smile and mumble good day before i bust a sprint into the house and tear open each envelope and gaze at all of the families in front me. thank you for the greetings...they make my holiday so much more exciting! i have lines of mailers and one wreath full and if you don't see your holiday photo giving my home a a little bit more holiday's because you didn't send one...and i'm not happy about it;)

have a happy christmas or any other holiday you may celebrate. going to enjoy cooking and my family and a visit from our home...tonight!







Summit of Glory said...

Heidi - these pictures of you and your family are fabulous. I love them all. And you look fantastic. Luv to hear you say your love being pregnant. It's a magical time. I'm w you about tonight's special work we have to do as parents. It's so much work, but we are so lucky to be able to make it happen. I usually dread pulling it all together, being up late, blah blah blah.....but this year I am energized by it and can't wait for the children to go to bed so I can make the magic. Awesome. Enjoy. xoxo

Maria said...

Merry Christmas, Heidi. Wishing you & your family a magical day. You look so beautiful pregnant. The pictures are just lovely.
Have a wonderful Christmas & a blessed New Year!

Handmade in the Bay said...

Merry Christmas to you Heidi, and your family! I hope you have a wonderful day full of love, laughter, and happiness! Eat lots of yummy food, and don't forget to relax!
Our hot and sunny Christmas in New Zealand has been wonderful today, off to bed now, while you celebrate with your children!

Karly Jaco said...

Such a beautiful pregnant momma you are. Love your family pics...enjoy making more memories. :)

Hillary said...

Beautiful family. Beautiful memories. Merry Christmas. I hope you had a wonderful day with all your loved ones, and can enjoy the after-Christmas bliss. The quiet, relaxation, children playing with new toys, staying in pj's kind-of-day. Enjoy :)

If These Walls Spoke... said...

Beautiful photos, great memories!

Sian said...

Good God being pregnant suits you. You always look stunning but you are absolutely glowing! I hope you and your family have had a wonderful Christmas hon xxx

Sam said...

Ok… I haven't 'read' the blog yet.. I've only skimmed it… love the picture and can't wait to threaten my kids to bed to get back to read it in full…. Just wanted to wish you a (late) Merry Christmas and kudos to you for rocking pregnancy so beautifully!!

Shannon said...

Oh Heidi, you are one gorgeous pregnant Mama! I adore looking at all the photos, there is just so much love in them. Merry Christmas!

Annie said...

Beautiful pictures and very fun words. You are absolutely the pictures and your words!

JennyCB said...

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Love you, Heids. Great post, per usual.

Kris said...

You have to be the cutest pregnant gal evah! Seriously, that belly! So glad you are feeling good and loving this time. I adored being pregnant! How exciting your little one will be here soon. Next Christmas there will be even more magic. :) Happy New Year!

Life with Kaishon said...

You have such a very beautiful family. I am glad you had a year filled with blessings : ) I loved your creative Night before Christmas take on the classic poem. Nice. Happy New Year.

Our Crazy Life said...

I love the holiday cards on the wreathes, what a neat idea.

Would you mind sharing your recipe for the citrus cream cheese rolls, they sound really good!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Rhonda said...

Loved this post, so full of love and hope.
Your family pics are adorable, as is your growing bump!!
I love that you love being pregnant. I have always felt so beautiful and sexy when I am pregnant...except for right now....I am feeling a little squishy...can you send your solutions for morning or all day sickness...cuz I am there :) Cant wait to feel the glow along with you.
All the best in 2012.


Jannice said...

What beautiful family photos!! I hope your Christmas was wonderful!!

Becky at lifeoutoffocus said...

I hope you had a fabulous Christmas. I'm WAY late reading this post but I love the pictures. You are glowing and you look also are making me VERY excited about this baby. Keep the pics coming :)

SDM said...

heidi -- I have been MIA for a long time -- haven't really been doing much reading & I just logged on... wow! i didn't know you were pregnant!!!!! amazing! hope you had a wonderful holiday season & a happy new year & looking forward to reading all about your new baby in the new year!

andrea said...

I know you're a busy mom who is expecting, but I just wanted to let you know that you are missed!! Hope you are doing well!!

Sian said...

Hey just popping back to say I gave you a the Happy 101 Award because your blog brightens up my day. Its at the end of this blog post:

Hope all is well with you and your growing family x

Heidi said...

andrea. thank you. xo

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