Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmases past and present

I always get nostalgic towards the end of the year - activities like buying new books and school supplies, saying goodbye to the old year, always make me wonder where the year went.

Recently, I was looking through the Christmas photos of past years and I noticed that true to our inclination towards tradition, we have shots of the kids and ourselves in front of the Christmas tree (which I realise has been placed in exactly the same spot for the past five years!) I have Christmas photos that go back longer but only digitally from 2003. So I thought it would be nice to show how we have evolved since then.

This was Christmas 2003. I miss this Andre - he was three and at his most adorable. Lesley-Anne was also so sweet and innocent then, she was in k2 and still liked pink and frills.

Christmas 2004. One of the rare shots with Kenneth - he's usually the one behind the camera. And yes, I realise I'm wearing the same t-shirt as the year before! I like wearing red at Christmas, it makes me feel festive.


Christmas 2005. This was the year Andre received a fireman outfit from a very generous lady in the US. He loved it so much he wore it everyday until it practically disintegrated.










Christmas 2006. Andre has grown up a little in terms of his features but Lesley-Anne was largely the same as the previous year.

Last year, Christmas 2007. When I compared this with the picture above, I couldn't believe how much Lesley-Anne had changed in a year! Not just physically but also mentally. It was the end of her first year in GEP, I really think the programme has helped her to mature, in terms of her outlook and attitude towards life. *Sniff sniff* my baby girl's all grown up!

And finally, this is 2008. Don't we look happy? Financial crisis or not, family is always a blessing and Christmas is a wonderful reminder of what's really important in life.

May you all experience the blessings and goodness of God this season. Merry Christmas, everyone!

11 comments:

Alcovelet said...

The pictures are so lovely, Monica! Yeap! so great to grow together with our families. Thanks for bringing such great warmth and cheer to the holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and you beautiful family.

Hsien Lei said...

Merry Christmas, Monica! I don't always get a chance to comment but I always read your posts. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing all these beautiful fotos. Merry Christmas to you & your family!

Chris

monlim said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments!

Lilian said...

Merry Christmas Mon, Kenneth, Lesley and Andre. Lovely pictures and yes L-A has changed a lot.

Guess who I met at the party I went to last night? Senior Gentleman Tan Min Yih, you still remember him? From B Block too.

monlim said...

Merry Christmas Lilian! Tan Min Yih... the name sounds familiar but face no. Next week, I'm meeting up with the Hall VCF - Iris, Peh Chong Yao, Ivan, Joanna - remember those guys? Some of them I haven't met since we left NUS...

Lilian said...

Gosh yes, I remember the names...I didn't know you were in the Hall VCF -- some of those guys were really holy-moly :)

You look especially good in this year's picture, the colour of the top is really pretty. And you coloured your hair right? I should start colouring mine, so much gray turning up this year!

Anonymous said...

Wow looks like it's a great tradition to take a picture at the Christmas tree each year and watch the growing years of the kids and feel that some things never change or change too much(eg. family joy!) Too bad we have missed those moments.... now I must go and check if we have taken CNY pictures on a yearly basis instead in the same setting...bwaaaaaah...

Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

qx

monlim said...

Lilian: Been colouring my hair for ages, and always red! Yup, was even a cell group leader in VCF but I was with the fun folks lah, Ee Guan, Teng Teng etc, haha.

QX: It's a great way to keep track of how fast the kids grow! I think I also have yearly CNY ones. Not too late to start - take them pics now!!

eunice said...

It's a great diary of how your children have grown. Sigh... love the pics in front of the tree. Nice.

breve1970 said...

Hey... how did I miss this one? Lovely pictures and its amazing to see how the children have grown. You look very good too, Monica. Nice top!

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