I had the pleasure of spending some time today with Fred, Tara and their two sweet little girls; Sophia and Ella. I was greeted with the nostalgic smells of holiday baking and was even sent home with chocolate-covered pretzels! Generally speaking, I have a difficult time getting into the Holiday Spirit. Christmas season stresses me out, I tend to get on board last minute. But at the Barthel's, Christmas was in full-swing and somewhat irresistible with the smells of ginger-bread, Christmas lights and the snow softly falling outside. Yep, I believe the Barthel family is personally responsible for moving me a full five notches closer to feeling the joy of the season. Thanks for that ;)
I should also mention, Tara is a talented author and you can check out her work here.
I can't tell you how great it is to see a man smitten over his son before he can even lay eyes on him. Shayla said that her son responded a lot to his daddy's voice. I was excited to deliver Shayla's pictures, but was upstaged by her delivery:) I felt honored to be among the first to hold little Christian on his first full day of life. While at the hospital, I also got to see some more friends who had just delivered a baby boy. There was baby-holding and there was picture-taking. I think my camera may still carry that new-baby-smell:)