Thursday, January 2, 2014

being home for Christmas // the time-warp.

when i was growing up - whether i was at a sleepover or having a rough week at college or just needing a break from the grown-up world -  if i just needed a breather of some sort, i always wanted to go home.

home. a safe haven. a place to recharge. a place to remember where i've come from and be with the people who shaped me to be who i am today. it was where dad could wrap his broad shoulders around me or mom could kiss my forehead and remind me that everything would be okay. like my brother in law (Kristine's Ryan) says, home at the Gamboa household is like a time-warp.

time stands still. in a very good way.


and last week, i got the chance to go home for Christmas. it was the first time that everybody could be home for Christmas. (well, hold that thought - not everybody sadly. my Ryan wasn't able to come due to work. sometimes being a grown-up stinks, right? he did spend Christmas with his family for those of you already judging me for being such a bad wife. either way, it did suck for both of us to be apart.) Kristine and her little family made the trip from Iowa, and Ashley from college in Chicago.

~ seester pic + one niece + brother-in-law ~

~ the very proud grandparents ~ 

~so proud of my sister...there are days, i still can't believe she's a mother and such a good one, too! ~ 

~and lots and lots of hugs and kisses for Baby Lux! can you believe how big she is already?! ~


and last but not least, this is one of my favorite pictures. even though it's not "perfect" - the dogs were jumping right and left out of Ryan and Ashley's arms and i was running from the tripod to get in my position - it's perfect to me because THIS is our family. 

we are loud.
we are dramatic.
we are chaotic.
and we are so happy together.

there is so much love here.
this is the ultimate time-warp.

much love.
{happy thursday, friend.}


  1. I love that last picture of your family! You guys look like a fun bunch!

  2. Love this so much! There's not much better than holidays with family.

  3. Being with family and being at home is definitely a timewarp of sorts (and one of the biggest reasons why I loove living at home right now!). :) So glad you got to spend time with your sisters, adorable niece (she's seriously sooo cute!), and the rest of your family, too.

  4. Hehe that last picture is magical. *^_^*


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