Tuesday, 3 January 2017

a video to remember 2016

The clips are small. They are incredibly ordinary. Everyday moments and things we take for granted. When you group them all together and watch your year unfold in 8 minutes, somehow it looks pretty darn exceptional. I am so grateful for these little people who make us laugh and fill our weekends with energy and life. 

2016, you were good. 

2017, you're gonna be the one to beat.

iphone photos from december

December felt long. Long but good :) Our vacation was restful on the days where the kids were out of school (lots of granola bars and Paw Patrol and double baby snoozes) and activity filled on the days where it was just us. With every weekend having at least one Christmas party, it seemed like we always had a glass of wine in hand. 

We hosted a dinner party for 12 and it was a great excuse to buy 12 matching wine glasses.  

Ry surprised me with a date night to see the Nutcracker! I was told there would be a babysitter coming over for 6pm, and to be dressed in a dress and ready to go. We had such a lovely evening :)

I basically spent every free hour from December 1st to 13th writing Christmas cards. With over 120 personalized handwritten cards sent out, it's safe to say this is a passion of mine. 

And any time I wasn't writing Christmas cards, this is what Weezy and I were up to:

The annual Wilson Christmas party was obviously a smash. 

And they outdid themselves with the takeaway Christmas ornament. So cute <3

A good time was had at Noel en Noir, the annual wedding industry Christmas party :) Only a handful of people know that Ryan actually broke his arm at the end of the night. 

There's always that one hard to wrap gift that you save for the last minute. In my case, this crazy dinosaur for our nephew and its unsupported cardboard walls.

On Christmas Eve we came home from Ryan's family celebration and set out the cookies and milk for Santa. 

And we wrote him a note. I told him that I would write any message he liked. This is what he had to say: 

Right after the Christmas stuff ended, our real vacation began. Three full days where the kids would be in daycare.

Many afternoons spent right here, enjoying the snow and the ice cold white wine. 

We saw two movies, Passengers and La La Land. Both were amazing! 

A trip to the Museum of Nature gave these little ones some winter break memories. Cooper was obsesseddddd with the dinosaurs. Jilly loved watching all of the people and running loose like a maniac. 

New Years Eve was super low key this year. Ry and Coop were getting over their colds, while Jilly and I danced and played music and watch home videos from the year. 

Sunday, 25 December 2016

christmas day 2016!

Christmas morning! At 8:00am, we opened up the kids' doors and said, "does anyone think Santa came!?" 

Cooper said, "no, I don't think so." But about halfway down the stairs he remembered how we left out cookies and milk, and how the stockings were empty and Santa might have put presents in them. He ran downstairs into the living room and discovered his first gift from Santa: a big red snow shovel! 

Jilly was low-key excited about her Peppa Pig couch and little pony with purple hair. 

Who knew PEZ would be such a huge hit?! Good job, Santa. 

Ryan in the kitchen and mama on kid duty while the preparations were made for the annual Christmas brunch. 

I can't believe this is a tradition that's been going on for five years! Christmas brunch with both sides of our family was a wonderful success yet again. 

This year we mixed it up with low key beverage options (AKA no signature cocktail or punch), and 3 different styles of breakfast sandwiches. More and more we're appreciating being able to get out of the kitchen and ENJOY the morning with our families, so food options that are ready to grab are ideal. 

The "McChristmas," "Ho-Ho-Opa!" and the "Mexi-Christmas" were all devoured. Shaun Kelly ate 5 of them. 

And again, the rockets were launched. This time they were headed upstairs to the kids in the playroom... 

And Jilly wore legwarmers. Just something we all want to remember ;)

Merry Christmas! Hope it was as magical as the Kelly family home today <3 

christmas with the hurrens

Christmas with the Hurren side came one week before the real event. We opened presents, had brunch, opened presents, had snacks, opened presents, and had dinner. Basically your big Christmas-fest of eating delicious food and seeing the kids get spoiled with toys. 

A gift basket made of all things teal -- had to be for me :)

The kiddos were obsessed with the rocket launchers that Cooper opened!