Saturday, December 13, 2008

A tree full of memories


I wrote about this Santa on a rocket last year. He is very typical of a 1960's Santa and it was given to me by my parents when I was a little girl. My sister has one just like it.
An ornament I won from Sophie's World recently, it looks so much like the Teng Wang Pavilion in Nanchang. We spent a week in Nanchang when we adopted Grace in 2003.





Another new ornament this year, bought from Pier 1. It's a 'Li Bien' or 'painted inside' ornament that is made in China. When we were there this summer we saw many similar ones(but not quite like this one) in Guangzhou.





Little Grace at age 2 in a frame, we used this picture in our Christmas card 4 years ago.



A Chinese Lantern which is new and William's 'Forever Family 2008' ornament.






Our Christmas tree is really a history of our life, our marriage, places where we've lived, visited, our children growing up and handmade ornaments. Evidently I've been a good little girl this year because Santa dropped off an early gift for me of a new camera. In my spare time (which I don't have much of right now), I've been practicing a bit, and took some pictures of favorite ornaments on our tree. I was also able to take a few of our Christmas angel in her dress right before we left for her school pageant on Friday. I'm new to this DSLR and a novice so the learning curve is steep. Subjects like ornaments and a serene sitting Grace are okay for me to photograph, it's the continuous moving target( William )that will be harder for me.

13 kind words:

Jennifer said...

Great job on your pictures! Enjoy it! I LOVE my DSLR!!! I can't imagine not having it now!!!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

LOVE the ornaments.. and what a Great Christmas gift..
I LOVE my big camera... Canon..
Have a Great Weekend..

redmaryjanes said...

We are the same. Each year each child receives an ornament that reflects something they really like, a sport they are playing or an event in their life. We also have the ornaments they have made over the years and ones with other special meanings.

I think your tree is absolutely gorgeous!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Those ornaments are beautiful...each one special in their own way!! I love a tree filled with ornaments that have a story to tell!!

Great images with the new camera....I know you will love it!!

Lisa

OH MY #6 said...

Gail,

The photographs are outstanding! I love all your memories and Miss Grace is adorable in that beautiful dress.

Lea
xo

ThatGirl said...

beautiful

Kerry said...

Beautiful photos with your early Merry Christmas present! So fun to play and what a beautiful subject Grace is!

My Grace has the very same Christmas dress!
And she pulls up the puffy skirt too! Darling as always.

The Morris Family said...

Terrific pics with your new prize from Santa! Such special memories your tree reflect...

Steffie B. said...

Love the ornaments....I am going to Old World Market today..... ;) you'll love your new camrea....have a great week...
Hugs,
Steffie

Paula said...

I lOVE that black and white pic of you and William down below. That is awesome!
I agree with you that ornaments are a living history of our families. Its so fun to look at them each year!

Life with JJ, Starr and Spice said...

Love the pics and love the ornaments and what they signify even more....memories!

Dita said...

Love your tree. Ours is one of history too...ornaments that have so much meaning over the years.

Great job on the photos. I am also planning on moving to the DSLR world in the next month or so (hopefully the prices will come down!)

Your children are just gorgeous!

Chris and Deb said...

I am so glad your ornament arrived safely! Your pictures are great too Gail! Far from a novice!

What cute pictures of Grace in her beautiful holiday dress!

 
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