pictures from our holiday card photoshoot

we are still down in san diego visiting family, extending our stay a little longer than usual and it's nice to be able to have a few extra days of relaxation after the busyness of thanksgiving.  sometimes the holidays can feel like a game of tug-of-war (especially now that we have a little one)...

where you're supposed to be, who you're supposed to be with, how you're supposed to get there...

and the stress of planning and making these decisions can become all consuming, making us lose sight of what the holidays are truly about.

for some reason this year, it seems as though christmas came early, the lights and decor up in the stores a few weeks earlier than in years past.  the urgency and intensity of christmas shopping up a few notches than what i can ever remember.

the holidays are my favorite time of year, where everything seems to have a bit of magic to it,

and so as the world whips into a whirlwind around us,  i think it's important to remind ourselves in the upcoming weeks what the holiday season is all about:  love, family, friends, and all the things we have to be thankful for in our lives.