Christmas Eve

The love, the end-of-year reflection–it’s stock piling right now.  It will come out in due time.  For right now, we are resting and enjoying family and Christmasy things.

Some holiday moments from the past few days:

Night Light Walk at Botanical Gardens

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Flesher Farms on a Chilly Night

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I’ve been waiting my whole life for Nella to wear this coat ensemble, a $5 Goodwill find

Cocoa in the Car for Victoria Park Lights

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Little Hochos for Little Tummies

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Christmas Cookies

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Watching Miracle on 34th Street in Bed

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And happy little moments with these girls who won’t be so little for long

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She stopped to feed the reindeer her apple.

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Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday.  Much love to your families as you celebrate.

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Our Christmas Card this year:

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…the merriest and brightest to you.

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  1. Merry Christmas Hampton Family! :) <3 I love you and your blog!

  2. Merry Christmas Eve :).

  3. Merry Christmas! Love the card!! Its beautiful and that picture on the front is to die for!!! Love nellas coat too thats just too precious on her!

  4. Merry Christmas! Love your Christmas card, it made me tear up a little bit! So beautiful :)

  5. Merry Christmas…we started some lovely traditions this year with our little ones. It’s nice to see all your lovely celebrations too, especially the photo if Nella feeding the reindeer :) Thank you for spending your year inspiring mine :) have a blessed 2013! Looking forward to reading many many more of your posts :)

  6. Merry Christmas Kelle, Have a most wonderful time with your family!!!

  7. Merry Christmas…we started some lovely traditions this year with our little ones. It’s nice to see all your lovely celebrations too, especially the photo if Nella feeding the reindeer :) Thank you for spending your year inspiring mine :) have a blessed 2013! Looking forward to reading many many more of your posts :)

  8. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing :-) Happy Christmas to you and your gorgeous family xxx

  9. Merry Christmas!! x

  10. Loooove nella eating her frosting . Love !!!

  11. Merry Christmas – and all that’s joyous for the Hampton family!

    The picture of Nella sharing her apple with Rudolph?? – Be still my heart………so precious!

    Thankyou for sharing your family with us, throughout another year…….Rosemary

  12. Oh my goodness I LOVE Nella’s outfit!!! Great score Kelle!!! Your family is beautiful! You are SO blessed!!! Merry Christmas to you ALL.

  13. you have the most precious family ever. merry merry christmas.

  14. Sending wishes to you all for a beautiful Christmas, hoping all is well and life is peaceful and bright. XO Jacqui

  15. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Kelle! Beautiful card :)

  16. I love how you make Christmas time so magical! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  17. Merry Christmas, Kelle! LOVE LOVE Nella and the frosting… and feeding the reindeer! Ellie also feeds the “animals,” but don’t try to convince her to share with a real human!

  18. Lovely moments! Merry Christmas!!

  19. Merry Christmas, Hampton Family. Love the holiday card!

  20. Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family Kelle, great post as usual, love the holiday card as well so much.

  21. Omgosh those two photos of nella with the frosting are so cute.
    Merry Christmas!
    Wendy

  22. Merry Christmas from Michigan!

  23. Merry Christmas to you and your family! I love all of the inspiration you bring to us all year long. P.S. You look like a princess on that Christmas card!

  24. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year in 2013. big hugs. ( :

  25. Merry Christmas, Kelle! Wishing you many blessings in 2013. I have enjoyed following your blog so much this year, and will continue to do so. Your photos are wonderful, and your kids are beautiful. Can’t wait to meet Baby, too :)

  26. Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!

  27. Merry Christmas!!! Love your card and all the pics from this post! :)

  28. Wow are Nella’s eyes ever gorgeous! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!

  29. HI Kelle

    I randomly discovered your blog a few months back through Pinterest and have been in love with your writing and pictures ever since. Your girls are beautiful and you are doing a terrific job with them. Merry Christmas to all of you!

    Much Love,
    Nicolette

  30. Merry Christmas to you Kelle! You bring a lot of joy to your blog friends!

  31. I just sat here smiling the whole post through.

    Merry Christmas.

    -Angie

  32. Merry Christmas Kelle!

    I found your blog not long ago and have absolutely fallen in love with your writing.

    Wishing your family a wonderful holiday season.

  33. Merry Christmas beautiful Momma and family! (((Tejas Hugs))
    ~ Melissa

  34. Kelle….
    Night Light Walk at Botanical Gardens looks breathtakingly beautiful!! 😉
    I baked Christmas biscuits for my mutt, Rose, the other day!! With holiday cutters and everything!! She was allowed one. The rest is for tomorrow!! ;op
    Girl after my own heart!! Nella tried the icing!! I would do that as well!! At nearly 29 years old!! Hee, hee, hee…. ;-}
    “Miracle on 34th Street” is one of my favorite Christmas movies!! Both the old one and 90’s-era one!! ;->
    I laughed at the picture of Nella feeding that reindeer her apple!! Cute!! ;-D
    Merry Christmas and happy 2013 to your beautiful family!! One more day until I get “Bloom”!! Hopefully!! ;-}
    –Raelyn

  35. Happy Christmas to you!

  36. Merry Christmas to you and your entire family, Kelle! Ths lovely message was just the moment of calm, peace and joy I needed today. Thank you for sharing your family and your joy with us all. The happiest of New Year’s ~ and God Bless you, every one!!

  37. Very cute! We did something similar this year too. I am always a huge fan of photo cards.

  38. I cannot even a handle the cuteness of Nella’s coat or feeding the reindeer her apple! Merry Christmas to you and that beautiful family of yours.

  39. Merry Christmas to all your family!

  40. Merry Christmas beautiful Hampton family! Much love to you and cheers for a wonderful 2013. Xo

  41. Merry Christmas!

  42. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Kelle.

  43. Seasons greetings & all best wishes for 2013.
    Louise xx

  44. Seasons greetings & all best wishes for 2013.
    Louise xx

  45. Merry Christmas, wishing you continued happiness xo

  46. Merry Christmas, Kelle and family!

  47. Merry Christmas Kelle, Brett, Lainey, Nella, Austyn, Brandyn and Baby! Love your family Christmas card. Have a joyful day!
    xo

  48. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. Thanks for all the smiles you have given me. Love Nella’s haircut and those owl jammies. Love Lainey’s excitement over the horse. Have a great holiday.

  49. Buon Natale dall’Italia!
    Patri

  50. the last photo is my fave.

  51. I love the picture of Nella feeding the reindeer an apple. So sweet and innocent it makes my heart ache. Merry Christmas to a lovely family. From Cath in Australia x

  52. I love your Christmas card! Nella is such a doll and her goodwill dress and hat is too precious. I love Laineys expression with the horse. We move to Jax the end of January from Maryland. I am so excited, we have a 19 month old son who has never seen the ocean. Merry Christmas to your wonderful family from us. – Jess, Pat and Connor.

  53. Merry Christmas…the happiest new year..love the Christmas card….

  54. Love your Christmas card . Beautiful family Merry Christmas!!

  55. Merry Christmas! Love your Christmas card! Especially the last photo of all the kids!! Oh! And Nella feeding the reindeer….so sweet!!

  56. Merry Christmas !!! I’ve followed your blog for awhile now and I love your little yet growing family :)

  57. Merry Christmas! Wishing you a New Year filled with peace, love, health and happiness!

  58. Merry Christmas Kelle! May you have a wonderful time with your family!! And that picture of Nella chowing down on the icing is my NEW ALL-TIME-FAVORITE :)

    Elizabeth
    lifeandlaughter.typepad.com

  59. What a great Christmas Eve post! I have said it before but thank you for always encouraging us to stop, slow down and enjoy life…. such a great reminder. Love how your photography catches these moments. Your girls will love this as they get older. Merry Christmas!

  60. Merry Christmas Hamptons! Have a beautiful week!

  61. Such beautiful pictures!!!

    Merry Christmas!!!

  62. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  63. Thats the most amazing xmas card I’ve ever seen. Happy Boxing Day! (I’m in Australia so a little ahead of you lol)

  64. merry christmas! i love your card; just beautiful. you must (must) also get prints of the photo with nella eating the apple. i love it so very much.

  65. Merry Christmas to you, Kelle, and may your days be filled with love and warmth and more beautiful family moments like these.

  66. Witaj…

    Nie wiem gdzie to napisać, więc zrobię to tu. Przeczytałam (a dokładnie dzisiaj skończyłam) czytać twoją książkę. Jestem poruszona… Na prawdę i długo się przymierzałam, żeby odwiedzić Cię tutaj. Coś mnie powstrzymywało, na szczęście jestem 😉 To co napisałaś, książka jest przepełniona wszelkimi możliwymi emocjami, które bardzo na mnie wpływały w trakcie jak i po lekturze tej książki. Chciałabym osiągnąć taką dojrzałość jak ty… Jestem pod wrażeniem. Wszyscy mówią, że wszystko przede mną (mam 14 lat)… z tym, że ja mam JUŻ , TERAZ, NATYCHMIAST potrzebę dojrzałości. Wiem, że może ktoś źle to odbierze, ale mam w sobie coś co “każe” mi po prostu kochać, płakać, cieszyć się itp. razem z innymi, tym samym pomijam samą siebie i (na szczęście) moje problemy.

    W zwyczaju mam, że czytając książkę przepisuje najpiękniejsze zdania, które mnie poruszyły w przypadku tej książki najchętniej przepisałabym całą 😉

    A tak na marginesie : WESOŁYCH ŚWIĄT !

    PS: Przepraszam, że komentarz nie jest po angielsku… Jednak myślę, że translator Ci pomoże.

  67. Beautiful!!! Merry Christmas to your lovely family!

    Steph

  68. My three-year-old just looked over my shoulder and said, “Ooooh! I see a bride getting married who is a mama going for a walk in the woods! She’s so pretty!”

  69. I love your Christmas card! So cute… also love the reindeer with Nella’s apple. Such a sweet! Merry Christmas Hampton family!

  70. Love the apple pics.

    So excited! We are here on Marco Island, having left mid-Ohio and a snowstorm. The kids are swimming in a real-life lanai, and we are planning to go to Isle of Capri later this afternoon! It is gorgeous here! I can see why you love it so!

  71. I’ve spent a little bit of my life in the US and I realize that there are some thing that I can’t express in italian or french, and some of this are about holidays. It comes me natural to think, dream and speak in english when it comes to Christmas, even if I never spent a Christmas there.

    Bah. Just weird. I’m going to cook a very italian “Tiramisu” with coffe to “cheer me up” after this foggy italian day-after.

    Merry Christmas Hamptons
    a 17-year-old girl from a dark Italy

  72. I’ve spent a little bit of my life in the US and I realize that there are some thing that I can’t express in italian or french, and some of this are about holidays. It comes me natural to think, dream and speak in english when it comes to Christmas, even if I never spent a Christmas there.

    Bah. Just weird. I’m going to cook a very italian “Tiramisu” with coffe to “cheer me up” after this foggy italian day-after.

    Merry Christmas Hamptons
    a 17-year-old girl from a dark Italy

  73. Love the pics! :)

  74. Love! enough said!

  75. i’ve been reading your blog for a while, kelle, and have never left a comment. but i just couldn’t stand not to after seeing Laney’s cute dimple and march (with raisin bread in hand) and Nella chowing down on the blue icing. what a precious gift you have of photographing these precious little lives! merry christmas to you this season!

    <3 – Carol

  76. Beautiful Christmas card! It looks like you had an amazing holiday season. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  77. Kelle, I love your girls’ smiles, Lainey’s sweet one is lovely. But when I see Nella’s beautiful smile, I simply have to stop and smile too. It lights up her whole face, and her joy is contagious. Thanks for sharing.

  78. Ohhhhh….the photo of Nella with the apple just took my breath away. It does go by so fast…my girls are 21 and 18. So many treasured moments. My youngest (with Down Syndrome) is 18 and received a letterman’s jacket for Christmas. She received the letter for managing the varsity tennis team. She cried when she opened it, she loved it so much….later she asked us WHY she cried! So, don’t worry, the moments will keep coming and they will be just as sweet in their own way.
    Merry Christmas!
    xo
    lynn

  79. love these photos. nella eating the icing, my favorite! I got “Bloom” for Xmas and i’ve been reading it all day. It’s to touching and raw, I’m crying and laughing and loving it. I do not have a special needs child (although, every child is special, and they all have needs, don’t they?!) but I imagine your book is a balm to so many moms who do. You write to well about the love a mom has for her babies. Every mother can relate. Thanks for sharing your story! I follow you regularly.

  80. Kelle, my little girl Willow was born with Down Syndrome. She is now three months old. Though, unfortunately, DS is not the biggest obstacle she has to overcome (she has many medical problems that she is still battling), your blog has been a source of hope and joy for me during this time. When people started finding out, everyone wanted me to meet, email, talk to their friend’s cousins’ whoever who has a child with Down Syndrome. I was not ready for that. But I did start reading and searching online and found your blog. Thanks for sharing your life.

  81. Again, a wonderful post! Love the pic of Nella with her bright blue eyes and that shiney red apple! Belated Merry, and Happy New Year!

    patty@ findingserendipity.com

  82. I got “Bloom” for Christmas!! I have wanted it ever since you published it and asked my husband to get it for me last year. I think it was ment for me to read this year instead of last year… b/c now I’m 5 months pregnant!! Looks like you had a Merry Christmas!

  83. Love the card! Looks like you guys had some great holiday memories.

  84. My mom is a tough critic when it comes to people’s Christmas family photos. I know she will LOVE yours — I’ll have to show it to her because she isn’t tech-savvy and doesn’t go online, haha! Seriously, that is the cutest family card and I love the back. What a nice way to showcase some special events over the year!

    The picture of Nella about to eat frosting actually made me laugh out loud. And the picture right after with her adorable smile is just too cute. I’m loving all these holiday photos!!! On your more recent post, I have to say that fairy door is GENIUS.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  85. This post just left me smiling. Definitely time to soak it in while the kids are still little.

    And that hat/coat ensemble for Nella was killer. But then again so is that last shot of her looking up from the apple.

    Merry Christmas Hamptons!

    Jennifer

  86. I seriously stopped in just to say how much I L-O-V-E Nella’s owl jammies! love, Love, LOVE them!

  87. Your Christmas card is awesome! And the pic of Nella with the apple took my breath away…Love.
    XO
    *Jazzmine*

  88. This post, and these photos are exquisite! Pure, happy, family bliss. You are a blessed woman, Kelle! And that close-up of Nella with the apple is one of my favorites, ever!

  89. This post, and these photos are exquisite! Pure, happy, family bliss. You are a blessed woman, Kelle! And that close-up of Nella with the apple is one of my favorites, ever!

  90. Hello!
    I just wanted express my love I have for your blog. I read it everyday. It’s like my morning paper.
    Thank you for writing Bloom. I spent hours in the bath reading whilst pregnant with our third baby who is now four months old. It holds special memories for me.
    Love Belinda

  91. Love love the card! How’d you get Lainey’s drawings on it? And the two pictures of Nella – sneaking the frosting and then smiling – had me laughing. Merry Christmas!

  92. Merry Christmas! I LOVE those mugs. Any chance you remember where you got them? Thanks!

  93. This is just beautiful. You are my favorite blog, by very far. Wishing you all had a very merry Christmas and an even happier new year!!

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  97. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Eve! It looks like it the few days leading up to it was eventful :)
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  98. love love LOVE your holiday card!

  99. It’s the perfect time to spend with your family and enjoy.
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  100. Hey Kelle…I am sure you created your Christmas cards (because you are super awesome like that). Do you mind providing what software you used? Thanks doll…~gretchen

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