Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas, Family, and My Mad Photography Skillz

      I guess I owe an apology to the regular readers of this blog.  Yes, it has been a while, but you know how it is with the holidays.  Mine have been choc full of excellent food, good music, relaxing afternoons, gifts, late nights, family parties, school work (that was a joke ;), shooting retired Russian sniper rifles (that wasn't), and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.  All in all, it was a fantastic Christmas.  But that's skipping ahead.

      First off: my mad photography skillz.  I was recently bragging to some family of my great skills with a camera and these awesome pictures I took of winter scenes.  Megan asked why I hadn't posted them on my blog.  Well, actually, I have posted one of them.  It's the background of my blog!  Yes, that is an original photograph taken by my own digital camera.  For the benefit of those reading this after I change the background image I will include the photo below.  And now, my fantastic photographs.

Trees of Stillness.

Holly Berries of... Love.

Oregon Grape With Frost.
Okay, thank you for humoring me.  Taking background photos is a bit of a hobby for me (strange I know).

There was so much that happened during the break that I can only highlight a few, so I guess I will just put in the pictures and you can follow the captions.  Picts below:

This is at the ward Christmas program/party.  Dad was asked to dress up as Peter and read lines from the podium.
This was when my uncle, Richard, came to visit with his boys.  I still love building LEGOs.
Yours Truly with Uncle Richard.
Getting our Christmas tree very late this year.
On Christmas Eve, in addition to eating Indian food, we put on our own little pageant.  It was a lot of fun.
Christmas morning breakfast.
And more breakfast.  Mmmm.  So delicious.
I was under the impression that Santa didn't allow anyone into the front room until Christmas morning, but I found this picture on my dad's computer.  Mom?  Are we getting coal next year?
A little nephew carrying on the age-old tradition of peeking at presents on Christmas morning.
The excitement of opening stalkings for the first time.

And my present?

A fantastic pair of skis from the parents,
A season pass to Sundance from Janssen, Bart, Heather, Spencer, Bron, Ron, Mom, and Dad,
A gift certificate for a pair of ski boots from the parents,
An awesome pair of bindings and poles to match the skis from Meg and Roger.
And an astronomical laser from Doug and Gina!

I'm stoked!!  Thank you so much everybody.  I will for sure enjoy those!  What fun!

Merry Christmas!