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san diego lifestyle photographer | what traditions look like | december 2011

I’ve been lucky to have met so many incredibly talented and wonderful photographers during this journey.  People who share the same desire to capture their own families in a real and beautiful way.  I’m teaming up with eleven of these women on a very personal and meaningful project called, “What ________ Looks Like.”

Our goal is to capture our own families in a real and beautiful way.  Some people call it “lifestyle”, some call it “real life”, some call it “unposed”.  No matter what you call it, our desire is to snatch the moments that represent the relationships, the dynamics, the reality, the beauty, the truth, and the life of our families and record them here on our blogs as well as in print at the end of the project.

Each month we will each choose to fill in the blank with our word of choice.  Some of us may choose to use the same word all year and some may choose to change it up each month.  We will each link to the next photographer until our circle of 12 is complete.

We hope this project inspires you to take more pictures of your own families so that those unique moments that make your family unique will never be lost or forgotten.Wendy VonSosen.

Each of us will put our own spin on this project, making it more meaningful to us.  I wanted my monthly post to be in the form of a letter to Brooks.  When the year is complete, I hope to compile the monthly letters and images into a book.  My gift to him and to myself.  Here is his story of December.

One of my goals this year was to not overbook clients and to not take sessions in December.  As you can see from this post, I had fun documenting our wonderful December traditions, simply because I wasn’t exhausted from client work.  🙂

Dear Brooks,

As you know, I’m big on traditions and creating the memories that you will never forget.  I hope you look back through these images with a smile on your face as you remember all the fun we had.

Elfie arrived on December 1st with a sweet note and a new pair of jammies for you.  You were simply beside yourself reading your letter and opening the gift.  The first thing you wanted to tell Elfie was to please let Santa know that you were hoping for red hots instead of the usual hot tamales in your stocking.  I LOVE the smile on your face as your were talking to him.  It was at least 50 times that you walked by Elfie that day to tell him how happy you were that he was back.

Later that evening, after I had put you to bed, you came back down and asked if you could help with our Christmas cards.  I hesitated at first, but thought it would be the beginning of another fun tradition for us.  (these were taken with my phone … next time I’ll take the extra moment and use  my camera).

The first weekend of December means your visit to Santa.  Before we left to see Santa, you sat down to write your letter.  All you asked for was a few lego sets and a nerf blaster.

The second weekend of December holds another one of our favorite traditions … to see The Grinch down at The Old Globe in Balboa Park.  You, C and P had so much fun!

You were stunned to see Elfie trapped with your favorite treat inside this jar.  There was a bit of concern that he wouldn’t be able to get back out, but the next morning we saw he had safely escaped and left the yummy treats for us.

We’ve only had this tradition for a couple years, but it sure is a fun one.  We spent the first day of vacation with some of our favorite friends at Legoland.  It was one of those top 10 moments … a day filled with laughter and love.  As soon as they let us in, we raced straight for the snow!  You had a blast helping to build snowmen, ‘sledding’, and throwing snowballs.

We tried for something new with our gingerbread houses this year.  You LOVE candy more than anything in the world and thought this was such a great way to spend the day.

All. Month. Long. You were asking me when your message from Santa would come.  It finally came while we were at Sky’s house… her message came, too.  It was magical watching you watch your personalized video.

And Sky, too.

We took a walk on the hill just before we sat down to dinner on Christmas Eve.  What a handsome group of kiddos.  MomMom was hoping to get a picture with her and Grampy and all the grandchildren … I think she’ll like this one.

Another new tradition for us was staying the night on Christmas Eve at Sky’s house.  The two of you were excited to set out the cookies and milk, then head out front to put out the carrots and sprinkle the reindeer food.  After that, it was upstairs to read ‘The Grinch’ and head to bed.

This expression and joy was exactly why I wanted us to stay here!  You raced down the stairs so fast (yes I know it’s blurry, but it just may be my favorite of the day) to see what Santa left.  After you opened your stocking, you discovered that Santa had left a little gift under Sky’s tree.  You were thrilled that it was a slinky … just what you’ve always wanted!

The big boys got a half pipe for Christmas.  It was the perfect ramp for your scooter… except Clyde kept getting in the way.

We wrapped up our December traditions with our family bowling day.  You and Sky both played great!

I loved celebrating with you this month!  Hope you enjoyed it, too!

Love you to the moon and back,

xoxo
Mommy

 

This month I’m so happy to continue with my talented, dear friend Brenda Acuncius | Dallas/Ft. Worth Child Photographer.

Thanks so much to my wonderful new group for joining in this new project. I’ve been so inspired by them.  If you missed the first months, you can catch up on What Responsibility Looks Like,  What the Last Days of Summer Looks Like ,  What Almost 7 Looks Like, and What Making Memories Looks Like.

P.S.  I would love to see how you spend your ordinary days!  If you posted something on your blog, please let me know with a link in the comments and I’d love to check it out!

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January 2, 2012 - 8:50 am

christy - What a fabulous month! Love all your traditions and the wonderful way your are documenting Brook’s world. Love the post office collection!

January 2, 2012 - 8:56 am

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January 2, 2012 - 9:45 am

momMom - Wonderful, just absolutely wonderful. I love all your Dec. traditions and especially how beautifully they are documented. It is such a treat to share Brooks life and his growing up.

January 2, 2012 - 9:57 am

jennifer n - you seriously rock the house every time. i love and look forward to your post and seeing what a fabulous mom you are creating such great memories for Brooks.

January 2, 2012 - 10:53 am

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January 2, 2012 - 12:08 pm

Bethany - OMG, I love them all! What a awesome month. It’s all goes by so fast that it’s amazing to look back at the month through your pictures to see all the joy the kids experienced! I can’t wait to get all my copies of these pictures. I just wished you both lived closer so that we could do fun things together more often. Miss you and Love you!!!

January 2, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Ginger - Jules, loved these all!! I smiled looking through bc I am going to do my next ten on ten on Christmas Day and then I thought of starting a What — looks like post for myself and did a bowling night!!! Haven’t posted it yet;) I always love your work!

January 2, 2012 - 2:10 pm

sarah cornish - These photos are so sweet!! I love love how you document things and am super impressed you snapped some of these with your phone! Beautiful Jules! You have a gorgeous family! I can totally feel the excitement building up till Christmas! And how cool is that lego land?! My boys would love it there!

January 2, 2012 - 4:04 pm

delsa - Jules, these are amazing and very inspiring. love it!

January 2, 2012 - 8:46 pm

Melanie - This looks like such a fun December! It looks like you made the most of every moment & made some great memories along the way!

January 2, 2012 - 11:32 pm

Liz - This was incredible Jules! Love seeing all your traditions. You captured them beautifully.

January 3, 2012 - 7:33 am

hope - perfect jules!!! what a fun season it has been for you all. you have a beautiful family….and my goodness…your sister looks so much like you!

January 3, 2012 - 3:00 pm

tabitha - these are fabulous!!! I had a giggle at the elf in the candy cane jar! LOL!

January 3, 2012 - 6:12 pm

Deanna - What a lovely post! I wish I had as many lovely images of my kids daily activities. He will be so greatful when he is older.

January 3, 2012 - 7:18 pm

Sarah - I looked through all of these photos and read about your traditions last night and had to come back to read through them all again. These are memories you will treasure forever. You have encouraged me to not only start more traditions with my family but also capture them in photos. 🙂

January 4, 2012 - 7:25 am

Beth Ross - I have tears in my eyes. What wonderful memories you are capturing for your son. Gorgeous pictures. Beautifully written. <3

January 4, 2012 - 7:43 am

maureenwilson - these are always some of my favorite posts of yours. love seeing the everyday from ya’ll.

January 4, 2012 - 9:03 am

Carrie Terrones (Las Vegas Photographer) - This is just wonderful Jules…I love all of the details you captured and you have even given me some inspiration for traditions! Beautiful!

January 4, 2012 - 7:59 pm

Sarah Bunch - Oyh my gosh, Jules! I am getting all teary-eyed reading this and looking at your images. You are such a great momma!! Beautiful images as well. Happy New year to you and your family!!

January 4, 2012 - 8:08 pm

Stephanie Moore {Tucson AZ Photographer} - It always amazes me what a great mother you are. I love looking through all your traditions. Brooks is such alucky little boy, he will one day know how blessed he is!

January 5, 2012 - 5:56 pm

Angela - Wow! What an awesome representation of your holiday traditions!! Loved them all!

January 5, 2012 - 9:13 pm

gina - i love every single image. i feel like i was right there. hey, this was in sb, next time i’m going down and i’m joining the trandem family 🙂

January 6, 2012 - 8:45 pm

Hillary Deaver - what a lucky young man! these are priceless!

January 7, 2012 - 10:07 pm

Kirsty-Abu Dhabi - Jules, I love this so much… I love all the effort you put in to creating traditions for Brooks and keeping the magic of Christmas – and I love that you captured all of it – even your phone pictures are perfect memories – what a wonderful December!

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