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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).

New Years cards

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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!

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 him he’d love it. We usually go to the movies and hit up Target Black Friday deals, but this year we’re just kind of tired (I guess that’s what happens as you get older).

So… here’s a little Happy Thanksgiving from our Christmas card outtake photos. I promise, Mike wasn’t as annoyed at taking pictures as he looks, I think he was mostly just goofing off on this while I got the timer set. I don’t think I did cards last year (and maybe not the year before either), so I figured while we were dressed for today I’d knock out some photos and get my cards ordered for this year.

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Hope you’re as full as I am from today! Happy Thanksgiving!

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 really can’t wait for though are the firsts that will take place over the next few days in this new home. The first time we put on our Christmas pajamas (the kids get them every year, and sometimes Mike and I get some new ones, too. I forgot to buy us some this year and I finished the last of my shopping earlier today. I have no plans to go anywhere near a store in the next 48+ hours so it looks like old jammies for the two of us this year). I can’t wait to tuck the kids in on Christmas eve, for the first time in this house. Waking up on Christmas morning and opening presents under the Christmas tree and welcoming family to our home is another first I’m looking forward to.

I cleaned the house from top to bottom this morning. Mike helped and so did the kids. We went through their rooms, a tradition of ours, searching for toys we can donate to some boys & girls in need. We are ready for the next few days, to say the least.

This Christmas is a little different than others though because we’ll be heading out bright and early the day after to drive down to Siesta Key for my cousin’s wedding. They are from Michigan and decided to have a beach wedding, this December couldn’t be any more perfect for it with the weather we’ve been having lately.

So, from our family to yours, here’s to a Merry Christmas filled with love & joy and anything else you’ve been wishing for!

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[First] Christmas in #ourforeverflorida home

I share our home with you every year at Christmas. Heck, I share it multiple times a year. This year is a little different than the last five years though, because it’s our first one in #ourforeverfloridahome. I’m still figuring out where to put things, and what areas I need to buy a little moreContinue Reading

Life lately.

There is so much to share. Mostly because I’ve been so absent from here. I really did try my best to get some posts up here and there over the last few months, but obviously getting that to be a regular thing just hasn’t happened. Right now I’ve got some time to write because I’mContinue Reading

Halloween with bigger kids.

Not quite BIG kids yet, but bigger. At first, when they became old enough to pick out their own costumes, I would cringe a little bit. Gone were the days I was able to dress them in whatever outfits I wanted. Gone were the days I was able to dress them up as a trio,Continue Reading

A little belated Christmas message…

I just realized, three days after the fact, that I never wished ya’ll a Merry Christmas this year. Life is so busy. I feel like a broken record in saying this. But for those few days I was just really trying to take in the moment. We did our traditional Christmas Eve with Mike’s parentsContinue Reading

December highlights.

  It’s been a little while, so I thought a little post highlighting our December was in order. I’ve recently decided to take at least one day a week to devote to “no work”. Things have been busy lately, we are in big growth mode and it feels like we are working non-stop. So, tonightContinue Reading

Elf on the Shelf & my thoughts this year.

Yes, we’ve got one. His name is Steve. He’s set up shop since Thanksgiving Day when he arrived at my parents house (yes, they have a “Steve”, too. When we first started this thing two years ago, the kids spent half their time over there since my mom watched them and we figured it wasContinue Reading