A lot went on this past week, so please forgive the photo overload!
As many of you know, last Thursday was my birthday. The girls had been talking about doing this forever, on my birthday. They wanted to bring me Starbucks and a cake pop in bed. Mainly, because they both wanted cake pops too. And since they rarely get to go to Starbucks themselves, they knew this is how they were going to get to have cake pops too. Smart girls.
Earlier in the week, when I thought of what I wanted to wear on my birthday, it was easy, a new Elsa!
Effie had her class party on Thursday. Click here to check out the craft I did with the class. Super easy!
My sister watched Vaughn while I was gone, and snapped this pic. The sweetest!
On Thursday, I changed back into my pjs for some downtime, while the kiddos napped. These are sold out, but I also have these heart ones that I love just as much. Currently on sale with an additional 40% off. Use code: HOLIDAYTIME at check-out.
Needless to say, it was a fun night at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants! I usually celebrate my birthday here every year.
A little blinded by the flash!
The next morning, I got Wheeler all ready for her Class Fiesta Program at school.
Before the program, I stopped in at Anthropologie. How sweet are these little ornaments? I’d keep these little guys up all winter!
Coat (A steal! On sale for $40 with an additional 15% off with code: SAVENOW) // Flats
So excited to watch her performance!
My father-in-law (Poppy) and my dad (Grandaddy) with the boys.
My mom (Gigi) with Logan.
We were all so impressed by the performance! The “wave” was the cutest and her teacher even performed a solo, dancing a Mexican Hat Dance!
My mother-in-law (Grammy) with Vaughn.
Whenever we visit Wheeler at school, she loves for Effie to walk in line with her.
All of their Patagonia Down Sweater Coats are from here.
On Saturday morning, we headed over to my in-laws to celebrate Christmas with them. Since they’ll be gone all Christmas week this year, we had it early.
The girls got these Elsa and Anna Wigs from their Grammy and Poppy. They LOVED them!
I love that while my dad was out shopping on Saturday, he snapped this pic and texted it to me. He said Tory Burch was so crowded that they were worried about crowd control, so they had a line out front and security guards at the door.
All the kids enjoying a “picnic” and Christmas movie at our friends’ on Saturday night.
Zebra Silk Blouse (on sale, with an additional 40% off with code: HOLIDAYTIME)
On Sunday, we FINALLY got to see all of my sisters and their families at my parents’ house. I’ve been looking forward to this for weeks! We’ll be back over there on Christmas Day. Can’t wait!
A holiday wouldn’t be right without my dad shooting off fireworks. Wheeler, here with one of my sisters. She was the only brave soul enjoying them outside, until one got a little loud and she was done.
The rest of them were content watching them from a distance.
After giving Effie a shower on Sunday morning, I braided her hair. Love the result that night!
Yesterday, I asked Wheeler to sign her name on this card. When I came back, she had created this. Complete with a sweet angel.
It’s rained here for most of Monday and Tuesday, and it will most likely be raining today too. For us, it means more snuggle time in comfy pjs and Christmas movies.
My hope is that you’re able to slow down and really soak in this time of year, and what it really means. The wonder through a child’s eyes is like no other. Watch them. Watch others. As I was prepping my post for tomorrow, and looking back at old photos, I got teary at thinking how much time really does fly. The photo above was taken a week before Christmas, in December 2008. Wheeler was only six months old. Cherish every chance you get. Hug more. Love one another.
Our elf “Snowflake” will fly back with Santa tonight, and tomorrow Baby Jesus will be added to our Manger Scene. The true reason for the season. If you have time amidst opening presents and enjoying yummy breakfasts, take time to read the story of the birth of Jesus. I’ve included it below for a quick reference:
The Birth of Jesus
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.