Quick photos before school with this little dolly. Her Kindergarten teacher said she wishes she had 10 more Lola’s in her class because she’s so adorable. haha I know the feeling! I want ten more Lolas too.
When the self-timer goes off before we get our crap together.
One day a few months ago, after a long day on the computer, Collin was in our bathroom and decided to knock out a wall he hated… and thus started our remodel. It wasn’t even just a wall. It was a big, wide arch around the toilet like a throne. ; ) Then another half wall came down and now we have this bright, open bathroom. We still need our shower doors and can someone come decorate for me? But, hey, at least the tub works.
This is my go-to room to hide out when I need some peace and quiet now. Took two baths in one day last week. Three, if you count the one where I was fully clothed with no water. Don’t judge. hehe
Well the Grinch decided to come early and ruin Christmas in the form of a computer disaster. My desktop mac won’t turn on. So the last year of photos are suddenly vanished. Somehow I’m pretty calm about this and not having a panic attack which even surprises me. Maybe cause I know the ending and the Grinch’s heart grows and he will fix my computer and we will hold hands and sing… “Fahoo Fores Dahoo Dores… welcome Christmas, Christmas day!”
Praying that they will be saved… It’s crazy cause a couple days ago I had a feeling to upload my photos to my hard drive that I completely brushed away like an annoying fly. Sheesh and now here I am staring at a blank screen and wishing I would’ve trusted my heart and listened. Cause I’m usually watching out for mah self. ; )
Here’s a little look at our cards this year… We got them through Minted and I love how they turned out. I couldn’t decide so I got two versions… One is a book of some beach photos and the other is a gorgeous gold embossed Christmas one! Oh, and I ordered a few ornament photo cards for gifts. The funny thing is I forgot to change the name so it reads, “Merry Christmas!” Love, The Chen Family” ahahahah That’s classic Lizzy move. Going to put it on my family gifts and they’ll get a kick out of it. But really I love the paper Minted uses to print the cards on… and I know my paper! Basically consider myself a paper snob ; ) They have some really cute Happy New Year cards that would be fun to send out if Christmas cards aren’t you’re thing.
Yesterday was a race against the sun to photograph my December Daily album and the sun won. At 5:24 pm. Crazy that’s it’s so dark by then. Today it was quite dark inside. So I took my album and a foam board outside and it started… snowing! ha! I can’t win. If you see specks on the sides of the pics. It’s snow. 😀
This year my December manta is Simplify and Savor the Magic. Or since I am keeping things simple just simplify and savor. ; )
This theme also translates to my album. DecDaily is my favorite project to create every year and if I want to get it done I have to keep it simple. I absolutely love creating it and all that entails! Some of the things I am incorporating this year. Printing on canvas paper (from a Dear Lizzy album), layering and transparency (a must every year), focusing on the photos and printing large 7×8.25″ as well as 3″x4″, and making sure to journal now. Last year I skipped journaling if I was busy designing the pages and now I still need to fill in gaps then I can post that one too. Here’s the start…
Printing on the canvas paper! Love the texture and old feel.
Printed a strip of photos then attached to chipboard.
Love my sweetie bear… more pics of our snow day here!
My fave trees printed on canvas paper. I might change out the right side cause I don’t love it but we shall seeee…
Supplies: Ali Edwards December Daily + stuff from a box of Christmas supplies I keep together over the years. Dear Lizzy number transperancy and album.
I showed it to Myles and he could care less… just was eating ribbon the whole time instead of looking at it. lol So hopefully someone out there in blog land cares. ; )
Hope you are having a wonderful December!! Love you all! xoxo Lizzy
So just like that the magic begins… of twinkle lights, giddy children counting down the days, wrapping gifts with love and thinking more about Christ and how to give as He did.
This morning Collin had already made breakfast and they watched a video about the spirit of Christmas. (Link to video in the sidebar.) Might have made Collin cry but don’t tell him I told you that. Later when the older girls were heading off to school he said, “Find someone to share your light with. Remember to spread your light!” I loved it. Exactly what this season is all about.
You better believe these will be the start of my December Daily album! yay!
How cute is the camper and truck?! I’m obsessed. It’s all slightly inspired by camping. Adorable stuff. And these knitted stockings are my fave. Also I want these car with the tree on top ornaments! Look just like some Dear Lizzy stickers from the Christmas collection! I filled the truck with my bottle brush trees and it makes me so happpyyy! It’s the little things. ; )
There’s no end in sight with the snow falling right now. It’s so magical!
Lola said Myles woke her up this morning when she was having a “really good dream” and now she doesn’t remember what it was about. But she said he shook her saying, “Lola look at the snow! Look at the snow! It’s Christmas!!” They’ve been sleeping in the bottom bunk bed together because they both are scared at night and they’re learning slowly but surely it’s not a good idea to wake sleepy momma bear. hehe
And then we caught snowflakes outside with my cozy little snow bear.
Linked to this cute jeweled head wrap cause it’s seems totally pointless to not keep your head warm but so cute and a fun change from wearing beanies.
(Sponsored: Old Navy)
One of our favorite traditions for Christmas besides the carols, family parties, live nativity scene, yummy food, ugly Christmas sweaters, favorite holiday movies, playing in the snow, decorating the tree, hanging stockings, visiting temple square, opening presents, writing letters to Santa… are the pajamas! It would be like Thanksgiving with out the pie. Something is missing.
I remember when I was little and my mom would buy us all matching flannel pants. I wouldn’t take them off all Christmas day or maybe even Christmas break… even when we go to the movies Christmas night. Which was my dad’s favorite tradition… I never really wanted to go. I thought, why don’t we stay and play with all these awesome presents? But now I get it, he probably wanted us to be entertained and sit quietly for 90 minutes.
I teamed up with one of my favorite places to shop to share their cute pjs styles. And, you guys, all the sleepwear is 50% off today!! I wanted Q and Lola to be twinners and loved the gold hearts on cream top and bottoms.
Avery loves her cool cat top that reads, “Meowy and Bright” haha! I also loved this red striped onesie for her!
Collin has on some comfy joggers and baseball tee which is nice cause he can wear them year round too. And striped onesies are always a classic for Christmas on Myles and me. And my socks (pictured below) of bulldogs wearing a santa hat. 😀 So festive!
Looking at these photos with the wish lights, I have been thinking about what my wish is this Christmas and my thoughts turn to my family and my mom and all that I wish I could give them! Feeling grateful this week for this beautiful, crazy season of my life.
What’s your wish this Christmas?
Finally got around to posting our Thanksgiving feast from… uh… last year. But it was such a wonderful day and it was quite fun to put it all together. One thing I will never forgot about last Thanksgiving was when we were done eating and going around the table saying what we are thankful for with my siblings and their spouses and my mom were sitting around the table some how we started singing old 90s and 80s songs. haha! I snapchatted it if anyone follows me and remembers how crazy my family is. But it made all the time and hours of putting this together worth it. And you guys, Collin cooks the turkey and it’s insanely good!! He uses the recipe from Gordon Ramsey on youtube and it includes putting butter and spices under the turkey skin and finishes with bacon on top. I’m literally drooling thinking about it. I wish I would’ve gotten more pics but things got crazy when all the family starts arriving and I guess I was too busy stuffing my face to take more.
Sweet Tooth Fairy had sugar cookies with all the kids names on it that as really fun for the kid table.
For the place cards I cut everyones’ names with my Silhouette and had a succulent in a gold foil box. The napkin holders, give thanks banner and giant poster above the kid table are from Caravan Shoppe and they’re so great to print on your own and decorate with.
Oh and one more thing, the crate I found by a dumpster behind a grocery store and managed to get it home (it’s huger than I thought) with part of the back open.
TIPS for hosting:
If you are hosting this year I just wanted to share some quick tips that I’ve learned over the years.
-Set up the morning before (then you know if you are missing anything). I always think I have time the day of but it gets pretty hectic.
-Start a list of what you need at the store a week before. Then I keep adding to it and hopefully (crossing fingers) I get everything in one shot.
-Assign people things to bring. Then you don’t have to guess what they’re bringing. Assign people food out that doesn’t necessarily need to be hot or can be reheated easy.
-Have to go containers on hand.
-Use the throw away foil cooking pans for cooking so you can transfer it to something pretty but don’t have to clean the pan.
-I couldn’t find a table cloth big enough so I bought a flat sheet folded in half and it fit great.
-Have something for the kids to keep them busy the day of they love to get into everything.
Hopefully that helps a little… share some tips you have below!
Friday after school we didn’t have any plans and time to kill before my niece’s play so I wanted to do something positive with my kids since there is so much negativity looming with the recent election. At first my husband was like, let’s do something bigger than this, but we had an hour and a half and three kids with us. Plus I knew if we waited until we had a bigger and better idea it probably would never happen so we went with it.
We got some balloons, treats to tie on the ends and even a little cash. It may seem small and even trivial but our hope was to brighten someone’s day and spread a little happiness.
Watching the girls deliver each one and seeing people’s reactions was so fun and uplifting! First, we stopped at this eatery where we took the pics and watched Lola with the smile balloons bobbing above her head as she passed some out and ran back to the car. It was so cute! The girls each took turns and completely loved it! Quincey was a little shy but I noticed as she saw their happy reaction she became more and more open to reaching out.
It doesn’t matter who you voted for… I hope we can all do what we can to uplift and come together!
Wearing our “I voted” stickers proudly today for Election Day in the U.S. Going to be interesting night but honestly I’m kind of ready for it to be over. I remember when I was traveling in Australia, earlier this year, my friends and guides wanted to talk about our election and it was neat to learn what they hear about the U.S. and their thoughts from the other side of the world.
The line today to vote was outside the door of a school and around the corner but it was worth it to cast our choice. It’s such a historic race! And to think that women used to not have a chance to vote makes me grateful for this priveledge that we can today!
Politics can bring to surface fierce emotions… be respectful. Be brave. Be nice.
Myles got a sticker for being adorable.