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Christmas Cheer


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It’s that time again!! One of my favorite times of the year. Decorating the Christmas tree with my family in matching pajamas! This is our 3rd year doing it and I don’t see us stopping any time soon. Well, hopefully not. Teenagers still like to match their entire family and pose for pictures with them, right? Someone tell me that they do! For now, I will cherish these moments while they are still young enough to not only match us, but to actually love matching us! My pregnant self actually just teared up a little bit thinking of how fleeting these moments are. But I know we still have a few years so I’m going to enjoy it while I can!

This year we got these new pajamas! We had been wearing the same elf sets for the past 2 years so it was time for a change..especially since some of the kids’ pants had holes in the knees from wearing them so much. This year I decided to go with something a little less Christmas-y so we could rock them all year round. Not that we didn’t already do that with the elf jammies. But now I could actually photograph them all year without looking out of place. And can we talk about how much my husband enjoys it too? Because I know there are some husbands out there who would be totally opposed to the matching jammie thing. But Don is completely on board.

Before setting up our tree, I asked the kids if we could snap a few family photos. The focus and coloring is off on pretty much every picture but I still absolutely love them! My favorite part is seeing everyone’s personalities shining through. (Except sweet Clementine who would have rather not been in the pictures with us. I suppose she’s already embarrassed haha.)

While I was setting up the camera and testing out the camera remote, I happened to snap this adorable picture. Desmond’s smile melts me every time I look at it!

All of these pictures were taken the week before getting our new camera a lens so now we’re going to have to retake them to get better quality 😉 Anyway, after we were done taking pictures, we drug all our Christmas decorations out and started putting up the Christmas tree!

I didn’t start taking pictures until they were probably halfway done because I was helping them put hooks on the ornaments. But I did get a few photos!

And of course by the time I pulled out my camera, Desmond was pretty much done. I managed to find one picture on my camera to document the fact that he helped 😉

I love these pictures of the boys reaching up to hang the ornaments as high as they can. It won’t be long until they won’t need to find things to stand on.

When we decorate, I let the kids put up all the ornaments on their own. It ends up looking like colorful chaos. It’s beautiful because it’s their creativity shining through. But I’ll be honest, I want my tree to look nice too! So after they are done decorating and have moved on to other things, I go back and rearrange it how I like it!

The past couple of years they didn’t really care. This year I could tell they were kind of wanting to keep it the way it was. I mentioned buying them a clearanced tree after Christmas to put upstairs so that they could decorate however they wanted. They were so excited! They love the rainbow tree that we ended up with. But I know they’d also love to have a bit more control with creativity. So I’m excited that we found a solution that everyone is happy with!

Clementine had been napping up until this point. When she came out, she had so much fun playing with all of the ornaments. It made me very nervous that we’d spend the whole Christmas season redirecting her. But thankfully it hasn’t become too much of an issue. It’s kind of funny that I prepare myself every year to have a toddler destroying our tree and then they barely notice its existence.

I love our bright, cheery rainbow tree during the day. And also the cozy, magical vibes it gives off at night. I saw Don playing around with the camera by the tree so that made ME want to do it. I always love the glow it casts on everyone’s faces.

And this itty bitty Clemmie hand reaching for an ornament!

Also, this super grainy, but super adorable picture of the kids. They all kept lining up on the window sill and asking me to take pictures. The way Desmond is looking at his big brother is just the sweetest so I had to include it in this post!!

Before you go, make sure you watch the vlog from our Christmas tree decorating!!

And if you want to see our tree decorating from years past and see how much everybody has grown, you can click HERE for last year’s and HERE  for two years ago! Have a happy weekend!

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December Recap


Happy New Year! I don’t really do resolutions, but if I did, I would maybe resolve to take more pictures and videos and improve the quality over the next year. It’s embarrassing fun to see how much my photography has improved from that first low lit, grainy instagram picture. I’m still nowhere near great–but I’ve improved so I’ll take that.

In case you missed my November recap, I started up a project (that I previously did, 3 years ago) where I record 2 second clips from each day and edit them together to make a Month in a Minute video. When I make them, I really don’t think they are anything special. But when we look back at them months or years later, I love seeing tiny glimpses of our days and watching the kids grow up through video.

Here is the video for December–

and because I think my husband is better at making them than I am, here is his version–it’s kind of fun to see our days through another perspective.

And now for our festive December iphone pictures–

I bought this letter board from Letterfolk  and it’s been so much fun to play around with. I’m sure you’ll be seeing it make an appearance quite a bit in pictures.

I know I have a ton of Clementine pictures but Clem and Evangeline are my most willing models. Plus it was her first Christmas–so give me a break 😉

I also hope to be in more pictures with the kids this year. Something I’m working on is being more comfortable with actually looking at the camera. I can’t stand pictures of myself when I’m smiling at the camera but I’m sure the kids don’t want to be left with a ton of pictures of me looking off to the side. So we’ll see if I can work on that.

One night we loaded up the kids to go see Christmas lights past their bedtime. I think that’ll be a special tradition we continue through the years.

This was the second (and last year) that we’ve done these jammies. Next year we will get a new matching set.//Also, the Christmas Eve candlelight service. I’m so glad we decided to keep our Christmas Eve low key the past few years. I love spending the evening at church, singing about the birth of Christ with our church family.

Christmas Sunday outfits! Don didn’t get to go to church with us so that’s why he’s not in the pictures. The first group shot was our first attempt and you can see it didn’t go well. The second one was a small improvement. Oh well, #reallife.

When I find an obsession, I tend to over-obsess until everyone else is sick of it. Leading up to Christmas, Clem’s Santa bonnet was my obsession. Now that this new bonnet has arrived (Black Friday purchase from Stella and Wilbur) you will probably see her wearing it all the time this winter. I won’t apologize. She wears that bonnet so well and I’m completely obsessed!!

Sickness hit our house last week (hence the sleeping Desmond photo above!) but everyone is healthy for now. Since it skipped a few kids, I think we still have more sick days ahead. We are thoroughly enjoying Don’s new day schedule and it’s helping us get through these gloomy post-Christmas days.

Anyway, I hope you have a good week!

**This month was so crazy and I kept forgetting to document the Kids Say quotes. I’ll have some next month!!