Since the actual Christmas Eve can get busy with family we celebrated early with a breakfast. Including liege waffles topped with strawberries and cream from our favorite Waffle Love! Divine!!!
We also wrote letters to Santa and Rudolph, made Gingerbread houses and baby jesus ornaments (I’ll share those pics next).
Also matching American Girl doll pajamas. The pjs are from Kohl’s. I don’t know how much longer they will enjoy playing with their dolls and I could barely find a size that would fit Avery. She’s tall for her age and wears like 10-12 and that’s usually when they stop making matchy doll stuff.
This was so fun! Just some candy cane stripe details and a minty table cloth to tie it all together.
Some of my favorites from our photo shoot with my dear friend: Heather Telford.
It was all dreamy and beautiful and somewhat chilly. Myles fell asleep in the car on the way there so he wouldn’t smile… just gave us his best Blue Steel the whole time. Which is much better than crying.
Someday I’ll look back at these with wrinkled eyes and probably cry missing these little ones. For now, I’m doing my best to soak it all in. All the craziness and all the love. This crew is my everything… even though I plugged my ears in the car all the way to dinner after this shoot.
Today I’m excited to share a wrapping idea with your photos!
If you have a photo collage program start by making a collage of your favorite photos.
I used Picasa and photos on the computer. First, I selected enough photos to create 8 photos across each row so they would be a good size for gift wrapping. Then click CREATE and PICTURE COLLAGE next choose GRID. Or you could choose MOSIAC and your photos will appear all different sizes which would be fun too. You can mess around with the drop down menu under DIMENSIONS to change the size of each frame in the collage.
Next, I printed it at a local print shop as an Engineer Print. It costs $3 for a 36″x48″ size.
Also, Staples, Office Depot print them for $6 at that size.
Seeing highlights of our year on the boxes under the tree is so fun. It actually was hard to cut through and wrap with because I didn’t want to lose some of the pics by cutting. At one point I turned the paper over and went for it because it was going to take me all day to decide.
December is parading by whether we like it or not… So I’m trying to catch the highlights and keep my sanity. : )
Starting on my December Daily today and I’m so excited! Even though I don’t make it through all the days it’s always the very most favorite thing I create all year.
Refinishing our floors for Christmas… yay! We are thinking a grey finish… and can’t wait for it to be finished the next couple days since everything is chaos and stuffed into the bathroom.
Back in 2009, in what feels like forever ago, I got my first Instax camera. I geeked out and it instantly became my favorite toy. Same with many of you! Now we have all these Instax hanging around and they need a happy home. I love these ideas of how to display or store our developed Instax. The frames would make such a thoughtful Christmas gift as well as darling to display! I need to snag some of those albums too! Especially since they’re only six bucks which would be darling in their stockings. I’m thinking to fill it with all Disneyland pics… my kids love that kind of stuff.
The Instax share is similar to the camera but prints the photos onto the polaroid directly from your phone. So you can choose the photo you love to print! I prefer it over the camera for that reason. I did a video review of it here! I found the best price for it at Amazon here. This would be such a fun gift for Christmas! Mine might be broken so I need a new one… Santa, are you listening? And I die over this striped film that has been sitting in my cart foreverrrrr. Watch here or click below…
Some more wrapping ideas!
The Dear Lizzy typewriter stamp is so great for tags. Stamp a word in the paper or write your own little note! The paper rosettes are Dear Lizzy too and fit right in with Christmas!
Love all the kids toys at Land of the Nod! The hallway playhouse is genius because that would keep my girls busy for hours. Same with the doorway puppet theatre! Then you can fold it up and put it away. Darlingest stocking stuffers too! Click pictures below:
And some of the favorite items on my wish list to send along to the man in your life if they need a little help knowing what you want from Santa!
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!