Here is a glimpse into our lovely Christmas celebration. Luke and I had a wonderfully relaxing day together, just the two of us. I must admit, it is a very different experience being away from family over Christmas... So, in an attempt to allow our family to feel closer to us, I took a TON of pictures! (just a warning ;) I want them to see what our Christmas was like, and how special it was even though we were so far away.
show for us with his new red ball.
Note: For the first time ever, I chose to alter my pictures below with photo editing software. The reason I
chose to break my own self-enforced rule was because the natural lighting was quite horrible by the time I
got around to snapping these photos. I have included one picture left in its natural state just to show how
cold and lifeless the pictures turned out.... the reason I altered them was because I felt they did not
accurately reflect the beauty and warmth of the environment at the time. The sun was just starting to set
and I refuse to use the flash on my camera so I was left with pictures like the one you see below. (Oh how
I wish mother nature had co-operated and provided us with a bright sunny day.... at least we had snow:)
The remaining photos were all altered using Picasa, I used the 'warmify' effect, and slightly heightened the
colour saturation. I feel like these photos are a more realistic portrayal of how the environment looked and
felt at the time. I must admit, this software really saved me in this instance! I took such a long time making
these 'displays' of our gifts and was soooooo disappointed when I finally transferred the pictures onto my
computer. This experience has given me new appreciation for having the option to use photo-editing
software and I have a greater understanding of why people use these tools :)
erasers because I don't plan on using them, they just make me smile :)
These are the ingredients for a delicious new recipe I tried: Creamy Crab and Red Pepper Spread. You
can view the recipe here at Kraft's website, and I suggest you do!
me, yes I am a geek
me away from trying it before.... it was so easy!
mashed potatoes. And we had to save room for dessert of course!
to die for!!!!! You can only buy these for a few weeks leading up to Christmas and the sell FAST! And
don't bother reading the nutrition information, you won't care about any of that after you try your first bite :)
little garbage we produced (remember it was just the two of us). That cardboard box is where I keep our
recyclable items, it had a bunch of cans in the bottom from earlier in the week and we were still able to fit
all of our wrapping paper in there. The bag and bows I will reuse next year, and the plastic bag contains
our garbage. Next year I plan on using re-usable fabric bags for gift giving, I may or may not try to make
them myself ;)
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!!!