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CHRISTMAS DAY


Another perfect Christmas in the books! Christmas this year felt a lot like checking off boxes. A never-ending to-do list that we felt HAD to be done. In the end, I cut a few corners, lowered some expectations and breathed. It was perfect. It always is perfect. 

A CHRISTMAS RECITAL, 6


Another performance of The Nutcracker in the books! I was SO excited for this year's show. Lia has been taking extra dance classes for months on top of her regular ballet class. She got to perform twice in the show this year! Double the routines, double the costumes! 

It was so great for her to push herself and see how far she has come. She's been dancing since she was 3 1/2 and once again, she brought me to tears. 

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS TREE HUNT, EDITION 6


It was business as usual back at our local tree farm so we went out there the weekend after Thanksgiving and found our perfect tree!

The kids were excited to stick to our tradition this year since it didn't pan out the same last year. And, with family in town it was extra special to share one of our favorite December traditions.

GIVING THANKS AND CATCHING UP


Hey, friends! It's been a while and sometimes this blog makes me feel like the absolute worst! Nothing like mom guilt over rarely documenting life here after the second child. Am I right?!

But in the spirit of documenting what I love and trying to get back on track, I thought I would share our Thanksgiving! Did you have a good Thanksgiving? Ours was great but I honestly cooked so much that I don't care to do it again until next year! Of course, I say that and Christmas will roll around and I'll make big dinner plans again...


FAVORITE KID READS

Fall is one of my favorite times to gather up on the sofa with our favorite books! The season lends itself to all things cozy and what sounds better than being snuggled up on the sofa with a good book? Throw in some twinkly lights, too! 

SUMMER'S LAST HURRAH | JEKYLL ISLAND


Last year we took a mini family vacation at the end of summer. We really just needed a few days just for the four of us to just kind of chill out and regroup before school started. So, we took a weekend trip to Amelia Island. It's the perfect distance from us (2 hours!) to feel like we're on vacation but not so far that the kids hate the car ride.

And, we loved it so much that we decided to do it again this year. We're always traveling to visit family but these summer get-aways are just for us. 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!


Both of the kids are in school this year. It's nuts!