Merry Christmas 2015

As the kids rode their bikes and I walked behind them with Mac, I couldn’t help but feel the warmth of the season. The sun was setting in the most beautiful way, there was a chill in the air and the sounds of kids laughing as they rode. It has been one of the best Christmas seasons yet!

Here’s what we’ve been up to….

We talked to Santa during Dad’s Pancake Breakfast after mass (it was a promotion Sunday so B had to wear her uniform). He might have been the sweetest Santa ever! Auggie snuggled into his lap and told him all about the things he wants – like a fire truck that he can ride on and squirts real water (“Santa” had his work cut out on that one….).


Our annual tradition of Zoo Lights (or YOU Yights as Auggie would say) lives on. Auggs was so unbelievably excited this year! It was the best. Don’t let that face fool you – he was mid sentence about how awesome the trees were and he couldn’t stop talking to take a picture.



For what we think is the fourth year in a row, Stephanie D, myself and our friend, Susan, braved the cold and crowds to go to the train park lights.

Look how little they were!

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And so big now


We had Christmas programs and Advent concerts. Both of them sang their faces off.


We hosted Peter’s client party for 55 people (I think I’m still recovering) and attended a record number of parties – we’re very popular apparently.

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And cookies. Holy moly the cookies. We went to a cookie decorating party, a gingerbread house decorating party and then because that wasn’t enough, we made cookies for Santa with friends.


There is a big difference in how boys and girls decorate cookies. B spent 45 minutes decorating 6 cookies very intricately. Auggie opened his sprinkles, dumped them on the cookie and shoved it in his mouth. Game over.


The kids had never done gingerbread houses before. They loved creating a little world out of candy. They also ate a ton of it, hence the faces.


Santa is going to be one happy camper this year.

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I hope your season has been just as fun. Merry Christmas!!

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Hanging Memories

When we were first married, we had the skinniest, fake Christmas tree. It was this sad little thing, but it was in the budget. I added big strands of garland to it to beef it up and disguise the fact that we didn’t have many ornaments.

See what I mean? (And yes, that is snow outside! Kind of miss that. For like a second.)


Every year since, I have bought an ornament with the year on it and popped our Christmas card picture into it. It’s so fun decorating the tree  and pulling out those sweet memories. The little faces, furry faces and younger faces  – all of them holding a little story of what life was like when they were created.

I’ve got the process down to a science now – as soon as I upload our Christmas card picture, I have one printed on ShutterFly in wallet size. Then I order the yearly ornament from Pottery Barn. I love the simplicity of the frame and how they are just a little different each year.

I think the part I love the most is when Auggie walks around the tree and exclaims “There’s me! There’s you, Baylor! There’s all of us!!”. It’s perfect.

And now that we have legit school pictures, I think we might need to start a new tradition with those…

So the Christmas tree this year is a bit better than that first tree…we had a very Griswold moment picking it out, getting it home and then getting it to stay upright. I still have sap on my hands.


The one that started it all


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And finally the newest addition