Merry Christmas… a day late and our simple holiday card

You may remember the Christmas card outtake photo I shared on Thanksgiving. The one where the kids are distracted and Mike looks super annoyed at taking photos.

Not all of the pictures taken that day turned out the same. We actually got quite a few good photos of us, the kids, the girls, the boys. Little Man even got into them (even if he’s not really looking in most of them).

I decided quite a few years ago that I take enough photos of the kids that getting official family photos isn’t top priority for me. Most of the time I just try to pull out the good camera when we’re dressed up for something, and Thanksgiving this year was the perfect excuse to try to take a few photos for cards this year… and I missed out on getting them ready for Christmas, so they turned into a holiday card instead.

A few semi-coordinating outfits, a distressed backyard fence, and smiles (if I’ve done anything right as a mom, I’ve trained my kids on taking photos).

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So there ya have it. Family photos on the easy. Merry Christmas (a day late or so) and Happy New Year!

Decking the halls…

Per tradition, I’ve spent this weekend decking the halls of our home in preparation for Christmas.

Last year is actually the first year that I’ve ever decorated before Thanksgiving, and while I was tempted to do it again this year, I held out. Last Christmas was our first Christmas in this house and I think I just got really excited about seeing our decorations in this space and making our first Christmas memories in #ourforeverfloridahome.

Let’s take a little walk down memory lane…

A few photos (and the full tour) of our first Christmas in this home:

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And while we’re taking a peek at Christmases past, let’s look at our last Christmas in our first home (or at least a highlight of that last December there, I guess my blogging was declining then, I never did a big post on just Christmas in the house that year). Decorating that house for Christmas was one of the things I loved most. Mostly I loved decorating the kitchen (after we made it over) and the faux fireplace. A faux fireplace is something I do miss in this house, no mantle to hang the stockings from.

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I’m not quite done decorating this year, but once I am, a tour will come. Especially since this year there have been some big changes in our home, like the kitchen remodel and the dining room make over. This is also the first year I’ve ever made up a styled tree. You know the kind… color coordinated, matching ornaments. Normally our tree is all family ornaments, very sentimental (don’t worry, we’ve kept that tree, it’s just been moved to the playroom. I wanted a full sized tree in the playroom since we have the big corner windows to the front of the house in there) and traditional.

This year I decided since we were moving that tree into the playroom, that I’d buy a new tree for the living room and make it more of a piece of decoration. It was fun to do and possibly not finished yet. Pictures to come!

Netflix and chill (for real) with Gilmore Girls… who’s with me?

So, who else is on the Gilmore Girls revival train today?

I started at 6:30 am (and it didn’t feel early at all for some reason) and am now onto spring with the Gilmore Girls.

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Reigniting Gilmore Girls… best thing to happen in 2016.

It’s like Lorelai and Rory had never left. Their banter, their coffee drinking, their crazy (but can I please live there already) town of Stars Hollow. It’s like it’s always been here.

Pretending my coffee is from Luke’s and getting back into episode two. I’ll see you on the flip side and after those four little words are said. Also, #teamjess still, all the way.

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Happy Thanksgiving… & a Christmas card outtake

Thanksgiving is behind us… by just an hour or so. Turkey has been eaten, pumpkin everything has been devoured. We’ve visited both sets of families as we do every year and the kids are now at my parent’s house helping them trim their tree. Mike and I are watching Bad Moms because I told himContinue Reading

Wiww: with the family this weekend

When you start blogging again just in time for a #wiww, you know you’re doing something right. This weekend we had a taste of fall weather (finallyyy!) in Florida and we took advantage of it. Pulling out sweaters and boots and those red Starbucks coffee cups, of course. It’s warmed up a little bit thisContinue Reading

Two… er, three… posts in 2016.

Pretty sure I win the award for worst blogger this year. When you blog exactly two times in one year (three if you count this lame post), that’s saying something. I never expected to get so off track with this place. I mean, I figured it would eventually die off… my kids could only beContinue Reading

Shipt shopping ftw.

I may be late to the game, but if there’s something I know about life… there’s always someone else that is behind you in learning something new. We spent all of last weekend at Disney, with two days at the parks and an overnight stay at one of the hotels. We had two days leftContinue Reading

It’s been a while.

Testing, testing. Is this thing on? So, it’s been a while since I last blogged. Like almost a quarter of a year. Whoops. I guess you can say we’ve been a little busy. Life. You know. So here’s a few photos of what we’ve been up to. The biggest thing would probably have to beContinue Reading

More firsts in #ourforeverfloridahome

It’s finally that time of year. The holidays are here, well, they’ve been here for some time. I shared with you what Christmas looks like in our new home a few weeks back. A few things have been added since then, a few things moved, just figuring out where I want everything. What I reallyContinue Reading