Merry Christmas!

Wow- it’s been a while since I’ve written anything. I guess I have a good excuse… and his name is Judah!

Photo courtesy of Memories by TLC


Judah Michael Holm was born on November 30, 2012. He was a big guy (9lb 11oz, 21.5″) and he’s already grown quite a bit. We are adjusting to life with a newborn and, overall, we’re doing pretty well I think.

I spent some of that restless energy at the end of my pregnancy decorating the house for Christmas. In truth, this might be the first year I’ve ever really embraced the holiday spirit. I’m usually put off by how much work it will be to “deck the halls” that the most I can be persuaded to do is make some garland and hang some ornaments from the ceiling. But, having a 2 year old changes things. And knowing that I would be spending a lot of time inside this holiday season nursing an infant, I decided to buy a tree, make some stockings, and generally get in my crafty groove.

The other thing that I am excited about is that I have finally learned how to use my speedlight (on camera flash.) Michael bought me one for my birthday back in August, but the way life has happened at me these last few months (well, this last year really) means that until a few days ago I had only managed to take it out of the box and put the batteries in. But all that changed this week. One of the benefits of having an infant and nursing him all-the-time means that there is lots of time for reading. And so I boned up on all things TTL and was able to finally take some photos inside my house.

I love this house, but it doesn’t have the best light. In fact, the main living area often feels like a cave. I know it’s a waste of energy, but I have all the lights turned on in the living room/dining room every day, all day long. Otherwise it feels very sad and dreary to me. Anyway, this lack of light means that I have always had a hard time taking photos that look halfway decent. But using my speedlight means that I now have a chance to use my camera indoors. Yay!

Here are some photos of my attempts at hall-decking: