Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bethlehem, brought to you in AUTO pictures

I so don't know what I'm doing with my camera. So, please take that into consideration, when viewing this-here post. 

Okay, set-up complete. 

I saw someone on Facebook, talking about a local church that puts on a live Nativity, and thought 'hey, Paul's going to be gone tonight, I should take the kids!'

And so I did! I loaded up the kids, trekked them out in the rain, programed my camera to AUTO, and made the most of it!

We've never taken the kids to a live nativity, so they were clueless as to what I was referring to.

But once they started seeing stuff, they kind of captured the idea.  In fact, the Roman soldiers were freaking them out a little, and I think they were worried we might actually REENACT it at any moment. Which BTW, I would totally be down for.

But we wouldn't be doing any acting, instead just trying to get a glimpse of when our Savior was born.

Oh, and this kid totally doesn't belong to us, but it was super-busy, and I couldn't get a clear shot. I briefly thought about telling the kid to move, but I thought it not appropriate. So, there you go.

But you know, we sort of did reenact it a little bit, because these people were in serious character. Just chatting away, asking us if we had heard of the birth, which totally threw the kids.

Then they invited us into their shops to look around, at which point,  Hope honestly started to shop. Concept still so very lost, so we moved on.

See the rain? It was really starting to pick up, so we started to hustle it through Bethlehem.

We had a baby to find.

And there He was.

And when I stood there and thought about it, and took it in for a few minutes, I started to tear up! You know, just the thought of him being a baby, and poor Mary, well, it was just one of those moments.  And if I would have stood there much longer I probably would have started to belt out, Mary did you know?

But Pierce brought me back to reality, and we headed into a tent to listen to some Bethlehem peeps sing carols.

And enjoy ourselves a cup of hot chocolate, and eat some yummy cookies.

We saw the baby Jesus, we ran into friends, we drank hot chocolate and ate cookies, we sang carols, and Hope pouted. EVENING COMPLETE!

Another fun Christmas memory made.


Alicia Mcafee said...

That's fun! There is one coming up here that I am hoping to get to. Love that Hope pouted and it was complete! So true in my house! ha! :)

Susie said...

What fun!! Love Hope's pouting face!!

Tracey said...

LOL, Hope pouted, evening complete. Guuurrrrlllll. ;)

Miss you so much!

Jill said...

I LOVE live nativities. Looks like a great one!

Jami said...

I haven't seen a live nativity in forever! Hope pouted, awesome!!

Angie said...

There is a live nativity not far from here that I want to take my kids to. I know Axle is to young to understand but Anika is 13 and I think it would be something awesome for her to see. Your post might have just inspired me to get my rump in gear and go! I love that this is another Christmas Memory for your family. I think you captured wonderful photos.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I love everything about this post. Especially the pouting. I don't remember the last time we did anything when someone didn't pout for at least a few minutes. ;-)

Jessica said...

We did this last week too! Loved it...it will be on our to do list every year now! :)

Jaime Mac said...

This was serious nativity business. Wow. & imagining you serenading the baby Jesus? Oh, my word...