I have known Bianca since junior high. We shared a lot of art classes together and have a lot of fond memories. We lost touch after high school but through Facebook we have reconnected. Bianca is now married with 3 beautiful children and shares a love for photography as well. This year Bianca wanted to do a themed Christmas photo…the Simpsons! I LOVED this idea and couldn’t wait to get together with her and shoot. So we did a family photo swap. She photographed my family and I photographed hers. So we set a date for the first Saturday in December at Longs Park in Lancaster. We had such a great time that we are looking forward to getting together again (when the weather is warmer!). Merry Christmas Cordova-Cogley Family!
Briar’s first Christmas and our first Christmas having family eat at our house! Though I forgot to take food and dinner shots. (Oh well) We had my parents, Beth’s parents, my siblings and my two aunts and cousins over; it was a full house! In the morning Briar opened his presents that Santa left him. He did a pretty good job opening them but he did need our assistance. Then Beth and I exchanged our gifts to each other. Later, Briar opened his presents from his Nanny & Pappy and aunts & uncle. He got Vans, clothes, toys and a Radio Flyer wagon! Everyone raved about Beth’s dinner (which was great) and we all talked and played with the little guy. Thanks to Beth for taking some of the photos that I was in, she did a great job!
We are still within the Twelve Days of Christmas so I feel I can still post Christmas photos. As I mentioned in my previous post, I took a lot of photos. The first five photos were taken before Christmas Eve but I wanted to include them anyway. On Christmas Eve, Beth, Briar and I started the day out at Beth’s parents house for lunch and presents. Mimi and Grandpa gave Briar his own chair with his name on it, some puzzles, clothes and Little People toys. Then for dinner we went to my uncle’s house for the Dunbar family Christmas. Uncle Steve, Uncle Fritz and my cousin Kyle all got Elvis glasses. I have to say they pretty much rock! Briar even had to try them on. My Grandma received her usual Christmas gift – pajamas and slippers which she loved. Then we headed back home to York to get the little guy to bed before Old Saint Nick arrived. And as usual we left the traditional Christmas barter for Santa – cookies and milk. It was a great day!
Now that the Christmas season is well underway, I thought I would post some photos of Briar. With each holiday we get out Little People from Fisher-Price for him to play with. He currently is playing with the Nativity set and Santa and his reindeer. Briar also enjoys looking at (and try to touch) the Christmas trees. Beth is constantly showing him all the different ornaments. On a side note, his Superman shirt is my favorite shirt he owns!
I have to say that Christmas is my favorite holiday. Not because of the presents, but because of all the decorations, music and fellowship! On Black Friday, Beth and I put away the Thanksgiving/Autumn decorations and put out our Christmas decorations. At our old house, we had all the decorations in the family room but since we moved into a larger home, they are more spread out. We no longer have a fireplace so we now hang our stockings above the television. Hey, it works! We currently have two trees, soon to have three. There just isn’t enough branches to hold all the ornaments. Beth collects glass blown ornaments and I must say, not every one makes it onto the trees. So here is a look at our new home, decorated for Christmas. (This photos is a panorama of 5 photos stitched together.)