Here is this year’s family Christmas card from my favorite design hub, Minted. I love how Whitney Coudray Photography captured our family and most of all, how those photos helped us to share our joy through a simple card. Our shoot at a local Christmas Tree Farm was what Christmas dreams are made of! I know the holidays can feel stressful for many of us. But sending and receiving holiday cards is one of my favorite traditions of this season. I read every card we receive and feel such warmth from them. I suppose this is my little way of sending you all a Christmas card.
Wishing you blessings and joy on this wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas to all!
My most favorite holiday of the year is quickly upon us! There is something about this time of year that makes me nostalgic like no other season does. When I was a girl we would make thumbprint cookies with my mom and all argue over whose turn it was to pick out the Christmas tree this year. Then we would blast the Christmas music and all decorate together. Just last year Julian began to take his first steps right in front of our Christmas tree, a memory I’ll never forget. And I managed to give Jeff the best gift ever, by wrapping up 4 hand painted ornaments, “Jeff, Heidi, Jules and Baby.” It was quite the Christmas Eve surprise for my Captain! We told both of our families the next day at Christmas dinner.
I can already feel the memories of this years holiday seeping into the season. Ones I’m sure to recall in future Decembers. Inez mesmerized at the twinkling tree lights, as she unravels a ribbon from a present. Julian exclaiming “lights on!” every time he sees our tree. Jeff asking repeatedly why the kids need matching Christmas pajamas.
This Christmas photoshoot will forever be one of the holiday memories that I can’t let go. I had originally wanted to wait until Christmas to share with you all our photos. But I just couldn’t wait any longer. We had the pleasure of shooting with Whitney Coudray Photography right here on beautiful Bainbridge Island. We shot at a local Christmas Tree Farm, and the results, as you can see, are pure Christmas joy!
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, with memories to last a lifetime!
Can hardly believe Christmas is right around the corner! Gifts for the home are always at the top of my list. I know that every time I use our beautiful salad bowl (very similar to the one linked above), I think of my dear friend Joanna who gifted it to me. I like to think that all gifts can carry sentiments towards the giver. That’s why gifting for someone’s home can be so fun. Plus, you don’t have to worry about sizes, hehe.
These are a few of the items I am eyeing for Christmas gifts this year. And a few I’ve already picked up for some lucky friends. Michael Buble’s “The More You Give (The More You Have)” had shopping in mind right?
Seeing the joy of the holidays through a child’s eyes is pure magic. Teaching Julian about Christmas and the winter season has brought so much excitement for me about the upcoming holiday. We are in full holiday swing at our place, and a huge part of that has been pulling out all of our holiday books for the kiddos.
All of these books are ones that are sure to warm the hearts of adults and children alike. Julian is partial to Little Blue Truck’s Christmas right now, because he loves how the Christmas tree lights up on the last page! And I love that it teaches him to count along throughout the pages. Dream Snow is another beautiful choice that is great for counting and learning about animals. Plus, it’s a lift the flap!
One of the prettiest tales, The Message of the Birds, also has the most powerful message. It is a message of peace and how children can help to spread that message and bring us peace on earth. But of course, no list is complete without the classic poem of The Night Before Christmas. I bought this copy one Christmas to read to my future children before I had even become a mother. I know that sounds crazy, I know! It is just one of those books that has that power to become an instant family tradition and hold endless holiday memories. And I couldn’t wait to create those moments with my own family someday.
I hope that these books bring the joy of the season into your homes and into your children’s eyes. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!
Ahhh, there’s nothing better than cozying up in your PJ’s in the winter. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite jammies that would be perfect for Christmas morning and all December long! My mom would always buy us kids Christmas PJ’s to open on Christmas Eve and I loved waking up on Christmas day in my festive PJ’s. As a mom to a newborn, I consider myself to be an expert pajama wearer these days. Exhibit A. Exhibit B.
PJ’s always make for a great Christmas gift, and an indulgent gift for yourself. Afterall, they promise a cozy nights sleep! And who can’t get behind that?!
I also wanted to say, thank you so much to all of you for your sweet birthday messages and comments yesterday. You made my day even brighter.
Like a lot of moms, I struggle with asking for and receiving help. In fact, my biggest postpartum regret with my son was that I didn’t ask for enough help. My husband left for work in another state, for a month, when our son was just 2 weeks old. I was in such a fog, I didn’t even know how to ask for help. But during my second pregnancy I vowed to do things differently postpartum.
I vowed to focus on allowing my body to fully recovering, bonding with my sweet baby girl and embracing our new family of four. Those seem so simple when I type them out, but those are huge tasks for a new mom. Ones that often get overlooked in the day to day of the motherhood grind. I wanted to share a few ways that I was able to embrace this new role as a mama of two babies under two years old.
First and foremost, I was incredibly fortunate to have my husband stay home with us for a month after our daughter was born. It pains me that I just wrote “incredibly fortunate” because I believe that’s what all families deserve. But that is not the world we live in. I can’t even tell you how many other moms told me how “lucky” I was to have my husband help out and stay home for that long. Lucky?! I thought that should be a given! I had a c-section delivery and was under doctor’s orders to not lift anything heavier than my baby for 6 weeks. Well my 2 year old toddler is close to 40 lb. So if my husband wasn’t staying home to help, who exactly was going to be lifting our son all day long? I am grateful for my husband for caring for me during that time. I wish that every mom had that same opportunity.
One of the best things I did postpartum was learn to listen when people offered help. More often than not, I would simply nod and say thank you, without really hearing their offer. Perhaps I was too prideful to accept, or maybe I was delusional and thought I didn’t need any. I started to hear that my friends, family and neighbors were sincere in their offers. They wanted me to take them up on it. Before I knew it, my friends were bringing hot meals, wine, and presents for my kiddos. My neighbors have walked my dog, done my grocery shopping, brought me flowers and fruit from their gardens. They have taken my toddler to the park, and dropped off my overdue library books. My parents and in-laws have taken my toddler so I can relax and bond with baby. Even having one of those simple tasks checked off my list made my life feel worlds easier.
I am so grateful for my husband and all of our friends, family and neighbors for allowing me this time to just slow down and get comfy in this new role. Moms making themselves a priority isn’t always simple. It requires lots of helping hands to pick up the slack so mama can shower, or meet with a lactation consultant, or simply rest. I encourage you all to find those helping hands. So, grab your robes, get cozy, and make yourselves a priority.