This is my third December to Remember post but very my first in a pandemic and without a doubt, this will be a December we ALWAYS remember.  We take the girls to Bass Pro Shops to see Santa every year (a tradition since Waverly was a baby, 8 years + counting), and when we look at this year’s photo of Santa behind the plexi glass wearing a mask, it really is such a reality check on what a crazy time we are living in.  Either way, we are so thankful that we were able to make most of our favorite traditions still happen this month — our girls have reminded us all 2020 how resilient kids really are and honestly haven’t noticed much being different than any other year.

Some things I want to remember from December 2020:

We are still going strong on the elf on the shelf + even though it can be a pain, it brings so much joy to my girls and I am going to miss our elves in the new year!  We added a pink little girl + she’s too cute, also I have to give credit to my husband who does 85% of the elf work since he stays up way later than me most nights.

This was the first year that Remie Rue really starting understanding Santa and all the fun of Christmas and it is the beeeest, just like it was with her big sisters.  She loves looking at the ornaments on the tree and finding the elves each morning, and even though I have to hide every single wrapped present in the house because she would break into all of them — I forgive her because she is just the most precious little Christmas angel. 🙂

A new tradition this year, we have been picking a different neighborhood each night to drive through + look at all the lights!  This has been so much fun and the best way to overcome the witching hour (which is still totally a thing with eight year olds).

Waverly + Avalon still had their holiday dance recitals but since we couldn’t do them in person, we had them on Zoom which meant all of our family got to join in!  Waverly lives for moments like this, she is doing pre-company this year and was so excited to be in the spotlight and for everyone to watch her.  Remie got so excited to watch them on the screen, I can’t wait until she is able to join in with them, too.

The girls wish lists this year!!  Waverly is so easy to shop for and so predictable, books + LOLs + dance leos, Avalon asked for a reindeer statue (my heart!!!) and a new bike, and Remie Rue is getting puzzles and her own dollhouse for her room.  I don’t know that I have ever been as excited for a Christmas morning, maybe because they all three understand more now or because it’s 2020 and we need it more than ever?!  Either way, I am SO EXCITED.

Sending love + wishing you all the MERRIEST CHRISTMAS!!!!!!  XO

Merry Christmas Week!!!  The big girls + I have just one day left of school and then it’s farewell to screens and virtual learning until the new year!  Stopping in today to share some photos from our Christmas cards we did a few weeks back, this is one of my favorite photo shoots we have ever done and I might just make it a yearly tradition.  Obviously we take a lot of photos over here 😉 photography is one of my creative outlets and I will treasure all the images I have taken of my girls foreverrrrrr!  Luckily they are pretty into it most of the time, the trick is to make it fun, I hardly ever ask them to just stand for a photo + if I did I probably wouldn’t even like that one!  Candid photos are my favorite and I love just letting them be them, be little, and have fun.  Taking a Christmas tree on the beach with no one else around was the perfect opportunity for that!

Bonus points for my gem of a husband for helping carry a Christmas tree to the oceanfront in November  + Glamma for joining in on all of my crazy ideas.

Think they will still be into this when they are in high school?! 😉 I just love them SO BIG + look at these photos so, so thankful to be their mama.  Sending you all merry holiday greetings from our family to yours! XO

Sooooo, do you still have some last-minute gifts left to buy?!  No judgement here, this year I have probably felt the least together than ever between all the craziness + I totally wish I could have sent some magical little elves out to get some of my shopping done for me.  Today I have partnered with Vanilla Gift Cards, such a fun + simple way to gift the special people in your life with something they will definitely use in the new year!!!

I personally LOVE getting a gift card, it’s the gift that gives + as a busy mama who is always buying for others, it’s always so much fun to have a reason to have to buy for me. 🙂 Vanilla gift cards has beautiful designs, and are still available to purchase through Christmas Day.  For more information, you can find their Instagram here + Facebook here!  Merriest shopping, friends! XO

This post was sponsored by Vanilla gift cards but all thoughts + opinions were my own.

Goodness, December is FLYING by, I guess that is what a combination of virtual learning while teaching full-time will do to you! 😉 We are currently back doing school from home, I am the first to admit it is a challenge + I cannot wait to get my girls back in school, but we are taking it day by day and making it work.  I am thankful for all the magical distractions December brings and at the tippity top of that list is picking at our tree each year, always one of the very favorite days.

We came home with such a pretty tree + three very happy little girls, who were mainly in it for the endless space to run and the candy canes we always get at the end!

This year for Christmas Waverly asked for all the girly things per usual, lols and sparkly notebooks and dance leotards.  Avalon wants a reindeer statue + unicorn socks 🙂 and Remie Rue would be happiest with a pile of mail and whatever her sisters have.  I am finally getting my shopping done (pretty much all online this year) and CANNOT WAIT to see their sweetest little faces Christmas morning.

Sending you lots of love this holiday season!! XO

PS — Past years at the tree farm can be found here, here, and here!  My heart, they just keep growing!

Sharing some photos from our Thanksgiving today, it is one of my favorite days of the year + even though this year was different (like most things in 2020), it was still such a special day.  We did our usual traditions like turkey cinnamon rolls and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and let the big girls draw placemats and hats — always too cute!!  By far the tradition we missed the most of all was dinner at my grandparents, but are still doing our best to hold on to silver linings + focus on all that we have to be thankful for.

Other highlights of the weekend, getting our tree (!!!), the Iron Bowl, and some Black Friday shopping online from home in our PJs.  Hoping your holiday was special and relaxing — happy DECEMBER, it’s truly the most wonderful time of the year and we are here for it. XO