For some reason my family is entrusting me with the Thanksgiving dinner hosting again this year. I guess I didn’t screw up enough last time. After they hear that I got this pallet for decor from outside a dumpster I’m sure to be banned forever. But I wanted something besides pumpkins or pears like last year and decided that eucalyptus was the answer. Plus, it smells like Christmas and so I’m channeling some yuletide joy without offending those who insist we celebrate one holiday at a time. ; )
The banner is from Caravan Shoppe and the smaller garland is MME. I will be recreating it a bit different tomorrow that I’ll share on the dessert table.
Yesterday on Lola’s birthday we went around a circle and everyone in our little family shared their favorite thing about her. No one could talk about Lolabug without mentioning how they love her smile or how she’s always happy (when she’s not throwing a four year old fit! ; )
It’s true, she’s quite a joyful spirit in our home. This past week I’ve been under the weather with a cold and she’ll randomly ask me, “How are you feeling momma?” or do something to make sure I’m okay. While I cooked dinner one night and Collin was out of town she thoughtfully wiped off the table then cut up two bananas on a plate and set it on the table. It’s interesting that she’s born with such loving awareness for others and natural giving qualities that I try to teach my other kids all the time. Each of them have their own strengths to share though.
It’s such the cliche mom response to say ‘I can’t believe how fast she’s growing’ or ‘I wish she would stop growing up’. But in the same breath I could say that I’m anxious to see the young lady Lola becomes and the good that she’ll do in the world.
Such a diva in her fur, eating chocolate and demanding to be carried around town.
Just wanted to share the first of the wrapping ideas for this Christmas season!
All of the paper is from Target. I love the new Sugar Paper Collection! (Lots of fun patterns!)
Each of these are a little box with a Lego Friends girl inside. Because my Lola girl is obsessed and we always lose the people first. She sits and plays legos for hours at a time. Hours. How can these little pegs keep her attention span for that long? I’m impressed.
This may seem over the top and opposite of my last post to-keep it simple stupid. But while we watch a movie I’ll wrap and it’s a good way to get rid of small stuff I have around. Like tags, and paper scraps.
The Dear Lizzy stars are a darling sparkling touch for any package.
And I think every present now needs bells. I strung them on some twine then wrapped it around the gift… oh my gosh I love it! What sounds more like Christmas spirit than bells jingling? I need to get more asap.
Another fun part was Instax. Had these just sitting on my desk and they are great touch to personalize a gift. And while we are on the topic… make sure to tell Santa you need the Instax Share in your stocking! ; )
Oh, and I layered the Dear Lizzy transparency (Love So Big) over the pic. This season does just that. Makes me want to love so big!
Last year we didn’t take any formal family pictures like we typically do. And now as I am coordinating everything I can see why it can be a lot of work to match everyone, find a photographer, talk your husband into it and find a good time for everyone. Then I remembered KISS. Keep it simple stupid. Now I can see why denim on denim was so popular. How easy is that? Everyone put on all the denim in the house!
After searching for something to wear I thought I’d share some of my favorite dresses out there just in case anyone is looking for a holiday or family photo option as well. The striped one above is from Shabby Apple. I love all their recent Winter release!
Also this grey dress is one of my favorites and under 30.
This week I am packing up and heading to Barcelona at the Somos Scrap event! It’s going to be such a fabulous event. I am so excited!
Are you near there? You should join us!! I still have a few kits left in my mini album workshop and spots in my layout class.
Sorry for the silence here on my blog… we ran away for the week. Ran away from to-do lists, from carpools, computers and work. Ran away from Fall since it was still summer at Newport Beach and Disneyland.
Here are some Instagrams from the trip I wanted to share…
A nice lady took this pic and it captures us completely… because while dad ran around with the two older girls on Screamin’ and Tower of Terror I hung out with the under 40 inchers.
Myles carried around his map for a good half of the day telling us where to go.
He just wants to be one of the big kids and he thinks that he is. He loved meeting characters! He would wait patiently in line (none of my girls were as patient as he is) and wave at the people until it was his turn then run up and give them a hug and sign his book.
Oh, he gets it already. How magical this place is.
A little self-timer action with Myles, we like to eat donuts and Beignets from the Mint Julep bar while we wait for the others to ride Thunder Mountain. It was a short line only 10 mins so that was nice! (They have pumpkin beignets right now which are yummmm.)
We sang Muppet songs and Teen Beach movie on the top of our lungs while we rode our bikes along the beach. Such a fun memory!
There’s been some life struggles for us recently things that shouldn’t matter… I needed a “reset” at my happy place to focus on what matters. To clear my mind and remind myself how to breathe. To remember that each day is fleeting… why waste it worrying about what happened or what I can’t control. XO, Lizzy