Hi friends! It's been almost 10 days since I've gotten to chat with you and I've missed you! How was your Christmas?! We had such a fun time with both Jordan and James this year. A baby's first Christmas is always a special occasion and our son is at the very tender age of 6 where he understands that we are celebrating Jesus' birth and also still believes in all the magic that Christmas brings. I had to pause several times over this Christmas break just to take it all in and savor every adorable moment. My heart almost burst out of my chest with love for my family and I'd say it was one of my favorite Christmas' yet!
The rocking sheep that Santa brought Jordan was a big hit as was the basketball goal for James!
Later on Christmas day, we had about 20 family members over and ate and drank and laughed and the kids opened more presents! We divided into two tables to fit everyone. Our formal dining table seats 10 comfortably with the leaf in and we used our breakfast table for extra seating.
*Update: I got lots of questions about our dining room rug. It's from Pottery Barn and we love it! We've had it for 6 years and it's held up well (although this room doesn't get a ton of traffic). The rug is great quality and nice and soft underfoot!
Our wedding china made a pretty place setting with the bright red chargers that are so festive for the holidays.
I couldn't resist these cute snowmen and birdie at Target this year- so cute! But I should've gotten two little birds!
Our fresh stair garland didn't last too long, so to quickly and easily embellish the stairs, we added flameless tea lights. I'm so in love with this easy look! At first I bought flameless tea lights at Target, but when I opened them, I realized the light was so yellow so I returned them and got these that are much more white.
It's especially gorgeous at night! We have to keep the tea lights off the first couple stairs because Jordan was naturally curious about them, but our baby gates are being installed on Tuesday!
Flameless Tea Lights
I've eaten so much food and lots of it not good for me this last month that I'm already ready for a detox! But, it's sure good and fun at the time! Sometimes people think I don't eat sweets because of my fitness competitions, but the truth is I have a huge sweet tooth and I love ice cream, cookies, cakes, brownies, toffee . . . you name it! James loves it too! We got box mixes of sugar and gingerbread cookies this year and decorated them with premade icing.
And now there's always a little babe nipping at his heels! Jordan started pulling down our Christmas cards, so we had to move the lower ones to a higher wall!
Thanks for weighing in on the New Year's Eve dress dilemma! I going with this sassy sleeveless number and we'll be celebrating with our friends at their house, kids included! I can't believe we'll be in 2017 in just a few days! And I've already started scheming ideas for Jordan's first birthday party in February!
Aside from planning to get dressed up in this LBD, it's been jeans and sweaters around here lately.
These wedge booties are so super comfy and they're on sale half-off!
There are lots of great after-Christmas sales to check out, including Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale, with prices up to 50% off! Go put that gift card to good use!
Favorite Military Jacket
$99, $49 (size down)
Awesome Joe's Honey Skinny Jeans
$169, $99 (TTS)
$58, $37 (4 colors, size up)
Everyday Boyfriend Tee
$19, $11 (3 neutral colors, size down)
Skinny Corduroy Pants
$69, $34 (regular and petite, 8 colors)
Faux Leather Moto Jacket