Wordless Wednesday — Warming Up Her Christmas Smile

by Janice

Wordless Wednesday - Olivia - Christmas, 2010

Olivia -- Away in a Manger

Olivia is thrilled about being old enough to perform in Christmas concerts this year. On Sunday, she filed onto the stage at church, the string of preschoolers dressed in their Christmas best, and sang her sweet heart to baby Jesus with “Away in a Manger.” Here she is after church demonstrating for her proud mommy her manger for “Away in a Manger.”

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Written by Janice, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom

Did you know that Susan and I own two online toy stores where you can find adorable toys for Christmas like a pedal car or a cute rocking horse. You know, in case Santa needs any ideas!

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1 Eureka M December 22, 2010 at 12:21 am

This is Such a beautiful little girl and picture!!


2 Louise December 22, 2010 at 12:22 am

You take such great shots, but I must say, you have Excellent Subject matter. Olivia is cute ass always!


3 Janice December 22, 2010 at 1:50 am

She sure is! Your typo made me read twice tho – LOL. Read what you wrote. LOL


4 Amys blah, blah, blogging December 22, 2010 at 5:13 am

Totally thought the same thing. Funny. :)


5 Mama Whimsy December 22, 2010 at 12:24 am

What a sweetheart! I love the confidence in her pose.


6 Janice December 22, 2010 at 1:53 am

You know – that is cool that you mentioned that. I don’t think of it very often — but yes, she is a confident little girl. My son has struggled so much with insecurities and anxiety that to see confidence is a new thing for me!


7 Carrie with Children December 22, 2010 at 12:24 am

She makes me smile! You can tell by the look on her cute, little face that she is proud of herself! So sweet!


8 Janice December 22, 2010 at 1:51 am

She sure is!!! And it doesn’t hurt that I keep telling her how proud I am of her! LOL


9 Janelle December 22, 2010 at 12:25 am

My daughter sang Away in the Manger last year. It’s so sweet to watch the little ones sing and do the actions.


10 Janice December 22, 2010 at 1:53 am

soooooooooo sweet! :)


11 Gabriel December 22, 2010 at 12:25 am

What a coincidence! Me and my family are in charge of our church’s Christmas Family Service this year, and my youngest daughter Florencia (7) will sing ‘Away in a manger’!! Even more, my WW post today just features videos of us singing Christmas carols, and “Away in a manger” is among them, though sung by my other daughter Carolina (13).

Merry Christmas!


12 Jacqueline December 22, 2010 at 12:25 am

Isn’t that the sweetest expression?! Such a doll! :)


13 Mimi December 22, 2010 at 12:28 am

Oh goodness, she is just adorable. And look at those painted finger nails! She must’ve loved those! I am brought to tears every time kids sing at church. They are so precious and I’m sure the Lord loves hearing them sing!


14 Janice December 22, 2010 at 1:56 am

Those fingernails almost made her late for her performance! LOL Olivia is obsessed with painting her nails and toes. Almost everyday she wants a new color or a fresh coat.

So, Sunday am when I was scrambling to get us to church early so she could get to her class to get ready for the service, she insists that she needs that color. She wasn’t going to give in without a fight — and I decided it would be faster and sweeter to do her nails than to have a meltdown. So, a VERY fast coat of paint, a hairdryer and we were on our way!

In the photo they look so RED that I was worried people would be horrified! LOL


15 Genny December 22, 2010 at 12:32 am

I was just telling Mike tonight that I want to learn to take better pictures… I have a great camera and I don’t have a strong understanding of any of the settings. Your photos are always so bright and amazing. This is such a precious shot!


16 Janice December 22, 2010 at 2:01 am

GInny — it is all about TWO things – actually THREE things.

1 – a great lens (If u can’t afford a high quality zoom, then get a 50mm. It will give you the crisp vibrant shots AND have the aperature you need for shallow depth of field and shooting in low light.

2 – LIGHTROOM! I still use my Photoshop Elements for some things, but I now do almost ALL of my lighting and color, etc in Lightroom. And I never publish a shot without enhancing the light, contrast and usually white balance and saturation.

3 – I take hundreds of shots. I have my camera on a fast shutter speed and I click multiple shots as well.

In the New Year, I plan on writing regularly about photography. :) So you can learn here too. :)


17 It Feels Like Chaos December 22, 2010 at 12:32 am

So sweet!


18 Mama M. December 22, 2010 at 12:37 am

Gorgeous! The kindergartners sang that song at our school Christmas program this year, I think everyone was teary!! It was just too sweet!


19 Janice December 22, 2010 at 2:01 am

It is a tear-jerker for sure! :)


20 Diana - Teacher Mom December 22, 2010 at 12:43 am

Olivia is such a doll!


21 Janice December 22, 2010 at 2:02 am



22 ConnieFoggles December 22, 2010 at 12:44 am

I love her smile. There’s no way she can fake that! Our children make this special time of year even more important. Enjoy her every minute!


23 Janice December 22, 2010 at 2:03 am

Yip – she wasn’t faking. But it still took a little while of monkeying around before I got that shot! The trick was to get her to do the Away in a Manger. That just had her beaming! :)


24 Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation December 22, 2010 at 12:44 am

Love this pic! Beautiful smile!


25 Janice December 22, 2010 at 2:02 am

thanks! :)


26 Amber December 22, 2010 at 1:01 am

Absolutely beautiful!


27 Tammi December 22, 2010 at 1:14 am

Awe! I bet she is so excited for Christmas! I wish I could bottle kids’ happiness and joy right now, It’s so refreshing!


28 Janice December 22, 2010 at 2:05 am

I am just really feeling the that right now – that I could just keep all this sweetness of her at three. It is disappearing too fast!


29 Vixen December 22, 2010 at 1:23 am

Such a stunningly precious smile! Adorable.


30 Janice December 22, 2010 at 2:04 am



31 Dianne December 22, 2010 at 1:31 am

She’s just adorable! What a lovely photo.


32 Candace December 22, 2010 at 3:03 am

She is soooo precious!

Merry Christmas,


33 Mrs. Marine December 22, 2010 at 3:16 am

She looks like such a “big kid” in that picture! So cute! Love the red nails!


34 Amys blah, blah, blogging December 22, 2010 at 5:10 am

Just love those red painted nails. My 4 year olds latest favorite thing!

Sweet, sweet smile.


35 JDaniel4's Mom December 22, 2010 at 6:22 am

She looks ready to take on any stage.


36 Deborah December 22, 2010 at 6:23 am

She has a beautiful smile too!


37 Run DMT December 22, 2010 at 6:57 am

How sweet! She looks ready to take on the world.

Merry Christmas! :-)


38 Beth December 22, 2010 at 7:30 am

I do believe she has the smile down to perfection :) Love the red nails too!


39 Susie's Homemade December 22, 2010 at 7:39 am

Love the mani:-)


40 Jessie December 22, 2010 at 8:04 am

How cute is she? Happy Holidays :) BTW, love the nail polish!


41 Sarah Pinnix December 22, 2010 at 8:15 am

Aw, she’s ready for her Broadway debut! Special girl!


42 Julie December 22, 2010 at 8:17 am

I hope you have a Merry Christmas!


43 @PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman December 22, 2010 at 9:20 am

She is beautiful! I hope you and Susan have a very Merry Christmas.


44 The Gang's Momma December 22, 2010 at 9:22 am

What a cute pose – so sassy :) LOVE the nail polish too – something just adorable about a little girl in bright red nail polish.

Sportin’ a sorta new ‘do over at my place…. Long overdue trim up from my favorite stylist. My treat to me this week.



45 hotpants™ December 22, 2010 at 9:50 am

What a beautiful picture!


46 PeaceLoveTerri December 22, 2010 at 10:10 am



47 Mrs. Cox December 22, 2010 at 10:35 am

Beautiful picture :)


48 Twisted Cinderella December 22, 2010 at 11:40 am
49 JamericanSpice December 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm

She is just beautiful. I’m glad she got to play her part in the play. I can’t wait for my kids to be in plays. I used to love it when I was a child.

Merry Christmas!


50 shelly December 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Beautiful! Love the nails! Looks so grown up.


51 Jules from A Little Bite of Life December 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Have a wonderful holiday everyone, and do not forget to leave cookies for Santa!



52 Joanne December 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Love her nails, what a cute little lady!


53 Dagmar December 22, 2010 at 1:51 pm

OMG, is she adorable?


54 Natalie December 23, 2010 at 12:21 am

Love the red nails :)


55 Brenna December 23, 2010 at 12:28 am

She is so adorable!


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