The last couple days I’ve spent some time designing with my Dear Lizzy Christmas line for an upcoming project. (I did this page in July to release the line.)
Reminisced while using the music paper (in the background of the above page.) It’s from a very retro piano book of mine. During the design process we scanned in a couple of the pages and ended up using them through-out the line.
Quite meaningful since it’s the same book my sisters and I sang Christmas carols from while my dad played the piano when I was a little girl. Ahhhh, memories.
Have a holly jolly day!!
PS Nothing fun going on over here today. I’m going to the dentist. ugh.
Sometimes we get tired here at Santa’s workshop and have to take a cuddle break.
Counting down to Christmas and checking things off our list.
Including, watching our favorite holiday movies: Family Stone
, It’s A Wonderful Life
and especially– Elf
. Pleasantly surprised to find out that Avery has the Kartchner-movie-quoting gene. She saw Elf once and was reciting parts of my favorite lines.
“First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, and then we’ll go ice skating, and then we’ll eat a whole roll of tollhouse cookie dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we’ll snuggle.”
Something that Avery did not inherit is our procrastination gene. Since she already put grapes out for Santa on our mantle above the fireplace. Grapes.
Dang, I’ve heard Santa really loves sugar cookies or Mint Oreos will do.
Taking family photos is often an adventure.
Taking family photos when you have a headache, a newborn baby & two little elves who love to do everything you tell them not to do… is only for the hard-core thrill seekers. But we made it through with my mom’s help and my little brother getting the girls attention by dancing and laughing behind the tripod.
Surprisingly, we ended up with some good shots & a week later I found this photo from the hundreds that my mom took.
It’s the very last picture when we finally gave in to the craziness and it’s officially my favorite.
Because this is us.
Happy. Chaotic. Centered around kids. Connected. Love.
One thing I am adjusting to is –when can I make time to make stuff…?
I think I mastered it with two kids but now here I am… 3 days later finally posting part of my December Daily album. Which, despite my high hopes, is more like a December Weekly album and I’m fine with that because I’m so happy with the stories and moments I’ve included in it so far. This year I am striving to enjoy the season & my sweet baby and avoiding stressing about the stuff I don’t have time to do.
Dear Lizzy: glitter alphas, music note sticker, green polka dot paper
A peek at our Christmas card.
Wrote my journaling about picking out our Christmas tree on the back of the tag.
The car sticker
with the tree is one of my favorite elements from the Christmas line. The fact that Collin loves carrying on the tradition that my dad started when I was a little girl of getting a real tree makes me so happy!
A page of Avery on the North Pole Express and the tag and journaling on the next page.
The photo of Quincey on the train in the above right photo and her tag and journaling about her below.
Glassine envelope holding the tickets, family picture and other little keepsakes from our train excursion.
Journaling and photo of when Avery met Santa.
We made sugar cookies the other day. My favorite. Except I like more cookie in my bite than sprinkles.
Merry 10 days til Christmas!
I know this may be difficult but please refrain from kissing your computer screen when you see these sweet cheeks & tiny toes.
(Thanks Annie for the cute headbands!!)
My friend/neighbor made Lola some darling headbands using elastic & Prima Florals.
Avery really enjoys the movie Polar Express so on Monday when we started telling her we were going to ride it and see Santa… I’m not sure she believed us. We waited to start telling her until Monday because otherwise it feels like it will never come & she talks about it all day. We learned that earlier this year when we told her about a trip to Disneyland months in advance. Pretty sure she thought we were crazy and this Disneyland place was a hoax.
But the second she saw the train she was thrilled!! It was so magical for her– she loved singing songs, ringing her bell necklace & clenched her tickets the entire ride.
Even though Quincey is not a fan of Santa… she had so much fun & enjoyed the cookies, as you can see by the evidence on her cheeks. She also loved seeing the cows and horses out the window. It really was a beautiful ride.
Once again, Lola slept through all the fun. We were in the back by the heater so Collin was sweating to death but Lola was quite cozy.
Then the moment she was waiting for! Our car wasn’t that full so Santa spent a lot of time with each child. He got down and talked to them, it was so sweet.
Even though he had an obviously fake beard & sounded very young… she couldn’t tell at all.
He was Santa Claus to her.
Can’t wait to add these photos to my December Daily
album today and catch up on that.
DISCOUNT TICKETS: If you are local in Utah and want to ride The North Pole Express I have a discount for you!! $5 off coach tickets on December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16 Call 435-654-5601 and use the secret code: Utah Bloggers then Dear Lizzy.
Go during the day so you can see out the window the whole ride or at least at 5, like we did, so you can see out the window the first half.
As I continue to put together Lola’s nursery I know I’ll be spending lots of time in it so I want to make sure it was filled with things I love.
I’m almost finished with the frames on one of the walls. I need to add some photos. But one of the frames already hanging that makes me happy during those wee hours of the morning is pictured above.
I cut a page from one of my favorite books by Compendium
called “She… ”
It’s an inspiring gift book that would make a great present to any mother, sister or friend. But make sure to get one for yourself–or two if you cut it apart like me.
“She went out on a limb had it break off behind her and discovered she could fly. Celebrate her faith.”
Saturday night I traded in my slippers for heels and we went out for a night on the town… with Lola. Who was an angel and slept right through all the fun.
It was so nice to get out. What is this bright, ball of light in the sky?
Once in a while I look through the photos on my phone & get a kick out of the ones that Avery takes. It proves how very sneaky this girl is. When did she eat only the chocolate from the pile of EL Fudge cookies or take a photo of me sleeping? There is also a bazillion photos of her toes, posed stuffed animals & baby Lola.
Guess what???? I’m working on a new project that I am really excited about. Should be able to share more soon. Can’t wait! !!
How are the girls adjusting? You might ask. They are absolutely smitten by their baby sister. They come running whenever they hear her crying to see what’s wrong and Avery always knows the solution. “She needs milk. She needs a cookie. She needs her blankey.”
Some moments I have a slight feeling of empowerment and think, “Hey, I can handle this whole 3 kids thing.”
Then other moments it is pure madness. Madness I tell you.
One particular morning, while I was feeding Lola, Quincey was being much too quiet–which is never a good sign. Then the next thing I hear, “Ta-da!”
“What are you doing missy?”
“I’m painting.” (She was so proud of herself.)
I grabbed my camera and captured my favorite cream blush being destroyed and held back laughter so she didn’t think it was okay.
But then again taking pictures probably gave her the wrong idea anyways. Such a silly, little stinker.
PS I am so in love with this baby!
Thanks for your emails and thoughts about the video
Collin made of Lola’s birth
. Wow, what a treasure for our family! I am in awe at the stories he tells through his videos. I know you’ve seen his outrageous humorous side so it was neat to share his serious side.
The morning of Lola’s birth we were at the hospital at 5 am and I will never forget how he distracted me from the contractions by keeping me laughing and entertained. Until my water broke about 2:30 pm-then it wasn’t fun and games anymore.
But enough baby talk for now… how about we chat about the crazy fact that tomorrow is December 1st. 25 days until Christmas? Don’t panic. Wait, I haven’t bought a single present and have no idea where to start… start panicking!
This year we are definitely keeping it simple. Our tree is up and decorated, stockings are hung & we are bribing the kids to be good if they want Santa to come. heehee. I’m not pulling out all the boxes of decorations but I am going to keep up with my December Daily album.
It’s an album to record memories and journaling for each day of the month inspired by Ali. The cover uses my Dear Lizzy Christmas line and I am excited to use more of it through out the inside!
For the cover I adhered some of my Dear Lizzy lace paper
to a handmade chipboard cover with modge podge
. Then I painted white paint on it because I wanted a bit of texture.