1.02.2014

CHRISTMAS WITH THE LOVINS


a few days before christmas, we packed up our bags and flew across the country to spend the holidays with family in oregon. there have been so many perfect moments this week, and so many imperfect too, like the pepper in our ham sauce on christmas morning. just the right amount of spice. we got to skype with my brother on his mission, huck's done a primo job eating all of grandpa's left over cashews from the nut mix, the egg nog is almost gone, and i've already raided my little brother's closet for perfectly beat up t-shirts twice. it was a real good christmas.

brandon is home in new york city now, back at work and attempting to keep the fridge stocked semi-healthfully on his own. as for the rest of us, our portland stay is open-ended. i'm writing a book? (what, have i mentioned that too much already?) and it is time for me to crank this puppy out. huck will be spoiled rotten by his grandparents while i turn nocturnal and lose myself inside all my thoughts on all sorts of silly things. it's going to be a different kind of january. i'm really looking forward to it.

so while all of my words are being used elsewhere, here is our christmas, eve and morning, in photos.






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the blog will be cranking this month, even if even a little less wordy than usual. 
(but it's almost done! this blog is about to get soooo wordy soon, you watch out).
tomorrow i'm posting my annual new years essay + word for the year, which i'm sure you are all thrilled about, haha, but it's coming anyway!

and i can't end this post without saying it again. i'm so grateful for this, and for you, and for all of the good people in my life who make everything so rich and spectacular. 
happy christmas, harry. :) 

27 comments :

  1. looking forward to all the posts coming my way. wordy and not so wordy. i love the wordy ones though. :)

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  2. Oh good for you to have an open ended stay! So wonderful to turn kids over to the professional spoilers. I know you probably have dozens of friends in Portland and a bazillion loyal readers just like me who live here but goodness sakes I would love to meet you while you're in town.

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  3. These pictures are soooo lovely
    looks like an amazing christmas xx

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  4. The penguin photo? Adorable.Looks like you had a lovely Christmas.

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  5. Such a sweet post! And what a lovely family. I hope you take some time to relax! :)

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

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  6. I can not wait for your book! Cuz I'm going to be the first to buy it… & I seriously loved how beautiful your christmas was :) Happy new years!

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  7. I love when you post about your family !! So what i hope my small family is like :-) Your mom is gorgeous by the way !!! Jeez ! How cute was Huck ! Hope you are able to focus on your book, and i know i look forward to your wordy posts soon !!!

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  8. Looks like such an idyllic christmas morning! I love the one of Huck with the camera - too cute!
    Happy new year! xo

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  9. Maybe I missed it somehow, but have you ever said what your book is about at all? Like Fiction/Non Fiction anything? Because my curiosity knows no bounds.

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  10. These photos are lovely! Looks like a wonderful Christmas! I think it's wonderful that you're able to spend some time with the fam as you write your book!

    xo
    Rachel

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  11. we gave our little man a guitar too, well, a ukelele, but he whispered, "guitar" when he opened it and grinned. and then i died.

    http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2014/01/resolutions.html

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  12. Glad you're getting to enjoy Portland a bit longer. Hopefully the rain keeps holding off. If you need any good restaurant recommendations let me know!

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  13. Wow Huck looks so much like his cousins (?) !! Have a wonderful relaxing time!
    Lisa | c/oMKE

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  14. isn't visiting family for the holidays just the best? even with all the great/awkward moments there might be:)
    happy new year!!
    xo chelsey

    www.westcoastcapri.com

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  15. Sounds fun!

    Where on a mission is your brother?

    Happy 2014!!

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  16. Hey Natalie! I just love seeing your family happenings. You're keen on Downton, eh? Thought of you when I put this together today. http://oliviajamie.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/a-british-mini-series-guide/
    Happy New Year!

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  17. that photo of your baby nephew, standing next to the penguin! so delicious!

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  18. Aw, I hope you get that book done so fast so you can get back to your man in NY! In the meantime, soak in all that fun time being home with your family! What fun!!!
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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  19. Looks like someone got his narwhal! ;) Happy New Year!

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  20. Those chubby baby legs are so CUTE!!

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  21. Cheers to Christmas in the Pacific North West!! Your parents house is beautiful and that child looks JUST like your Dad!

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  22. I'm so excited for your book! CAN'T WAIT :)

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  23. Seriously, I'm going to buy the HECK out of your book. Copies for everyone! I can't wait! (No pressure?)

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