be merry, be jolly

I decided this year to include a picture of James in our Christmas card, so yesterday, we did a little photo shoot on our back patio.  I warn you that this may be a post that only a mother could love, as it contains nothing but pictures of my adorable baby.  It just cracks me up how many expressions this kid made in about 5 minutes!  So hard to decide which one to include in the card, but I’m thinking the last one might win out.  I love that it shows his big blue eyes, teeth and dimple- and the message on the pillow is showing:) 

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And hoo-ray for the weekend!  I’ll be going on an Anniversary date (yay!), making wreaths for our front door, putting the final touches on our tree, and making a few adjustments to our stairs. What are you up to?  And do you send holiday cards?  I got mine this year from Target and Wal-Mart and will just insert the photo inside.


  1. December 3, 2010 / 4:09 am

    So funny.. I just pulled up your post right after I ordered my holiday cards.. and I picked that exact same card from Tiny Print!
    Your boy looks adorable in your pics!

  2. December 3, 2010 / 4:10 am

    OMGoodness…I just want to pinch his cheeks! He is soooo stinkin' caute! It's a if he knew what the darn pillow said!!! Have fun on your date night girlfriend.

  3. December 3, 2010 / 5:55 am

    My goodness, he is a cutie!

  4. December 3, 2010 / 7:09 am

    He is toooo stinkin' cute, and those eyes! Don't you love when they start looking less like a baby and more like a little boy? He is one handsome little man!

  5. Michaela
    December 3, 2010 / 3:32 am

    Megan– he looks so grown up since the last time you posted a picture! I think it's the adorable hair cut (: I can appreciate this post, too…I just adore cute babies, and boy he sure is one! We got our holiday cards done by a local photographer. I'll be sure to post pictures when we get them (:

  6. The Reluctant Blogger
    December 3, 2010 / 3:32 am

    All those pictures are awesome! I love the last one though! What a sweet little boy!

  7. Sixty-Fifth Avenue
    December 3, 2010 / 3:35 am

    I wish I could hold him and give him a little squeeze…baby James is adorable in his Christmas outfit and those blue eyes are going to melt some hearts! I know what you mean about the many expressions in 5 min. I did a little photo shoot today with my little and they crack me up! Our baby was the same age on her fisrt Christmas, what day was he born?

    We are one of the few people I know to still send a real Christmas card that you can open, I tape the pic inside.
    Have a great time on your date and happy Anniversary!

  8. Me
    December 3, 2010 / 3:38 am

    What a beautiful boy! I do the same photo routine..and I agree..the last photo is really special. Although all of them are wonderful! Thank you for sharing! Love your blog.

  9. Tara Lauren
    December 3, 2010 / 3:41 am

    The last photo is just perfect! Such a cutie pie!

  10. Erin @ Two Story Cottage
    December 3, 2010 / 3:47 am

    I just decided on my Christmas cards today, finally! I kept changing the design and switching back & forth between photos. I cannot believe your little man's hair! Reid is finally getting some in but it is taking forever. 🙂 Great pics by the way!

  11. Melissa :)
    December 3, 2010 / 3:49 am

    The last one! Oh goodness. Too much cuteness! 🙂

  12. Erin @ Crafts and Sutch
    December 3, 2010 / 3:49 am

    Oh my cuteness! He is such a doll! 🙂 I love the last one too, but there were some cute cheeky grins in the middle that were close seconds. 🙂

  13. emily
    December 3, 2010 / 3:55 am

    He is SO cute! All of those faces are so fun! I think the last one is perfection!

  14. Katie
    December 3, 2010 / 4:00 am

    He seriously has some of the best expressions I have ever seen! But I agree, that last one is a keeper for sure!

  15. Kristen
    December 3, 2010 / 4:01 am

    my goodness that smile! he is so adorable. that last photo is perfect! we are doing photo cards with one of our wedding photos 🙂

  16. Carly @ Honey and the Moon
    December 3, 2010 / 4:13 am

    Look at how big he is getting!

    I definitely agree about using the last picture. It's perfect. x

  17. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    December 3, 2010 / 4:18 am

    ughhhhhh! So adorable. He is rockin' the Christmas sweater vest like nobody's business. And I love the little socks. You can't go wrong with any of them. He is such a happy little boy . . . he knows he is loved. Excited for your fun giveaways. Thought of stuffing Christmas cards tonight, but reading blogs won out! Enjoy your date night!

  18. Anna from Lona de Anna
    December 3, 2010 / 4:21 am

    Hahahaha…these made me chuckle and reminded me how much I loved taking pictures of my little guy at this age…just gorgeous..all of them. I love the last one too..and the fifth one day is just so cheeky and cute..Im drawn to that one aswell. Gosh…any one of these that you choose is still going to make the recipients heart go flip flop. 🙂 x

  19. Allison
    December 3, 2010 / 4:25 am

    He is the cutest and those baby blues! Every one of those pictures is a keeper! What a happy little boy he is. That's going to be a dleightful Christmas card for your friends and family to receive. I still send out cards. I love doing it!

  20. Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
    December 3, 2010 / 4:31 am

    Too cute!! It's so hard to pick just one. The last one is great though…I also like the one where he looks like he's cracking up laughing. 🙂

    I'm doing the same thing, need to get those x-mas cards printed so I'm not rushed in a few weeks.

  21. JC's Loft
    December 3, 2010 / 4:44 am

    OMG so precious! My boys have those socks, love em!

    I'm emailing out a digital Christmas card for the 2nd year in a row. Trying to save time, money, and paper. But I just LOVE receiving them in the mail : )

    No big plans this weekend. Have fun on your date night!


  22. Colleen
    December 3, 2010 / 4:45 am

    omg, he is adorable Megan. I love those big baby blues!!!

  23. Melissa @ The Inspired Room
    December 3, 2010 / 5:29 am

    Oh my, what a cutie pie!!

  24. Miss V
    December 3, 2010 / 6:06 am

    Photo number 5 is probably the most adorable thing I have EVER seen…I know you know this, but that is one cute kid!! Oh my goodness!!

  25. December 3, 2010 / 2:14 pm

    Definitely the last picture! Holy baby blues, beautiful!

    I'm hoping to make a wreath this weekend… but I've never done one and I have no clue of what I'm doing… we shall see 🙂

  26. December 3, 2010 / 2:50 pm

    I loved looking at each and every one of them. I don't know how you are going to choose. Maybe do a small collage of them instead. He looks so grown up in his sweater vest, but so cute!

  27. Elizabeth {Pretty Smitten}
    December 3, 2010 / 9:58 am

    ADORABLE pictures!!! You really got some great ones and I love how you use the Christmas pillow as a prop. Makes me miss taking pictures of my little guy at that age. At 2 years old he's now sooo much harder to make sit still…or even in one general area! 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend and happy anniversary!

  28. Natalie
    December 3, 2010 / 12:10 pm

    Great pictures! James seriously has the most beautiful blue eyes! I love the last picture! So funny I was writiting a post on our Christmas Cards for next week:) Have a fabulous date night!

  29. christine {bijouandboheme}
    December 3, 2010 / 12:28 pm

    So cute! He looks like such a little man has has a gorgeous smile!!

  30. Cat
    December 3, 2010 / 2:19 pm

    Hilarious! and…those eyes…he is going to be a heart breaker for sure and your Christmas cards will be quite possible the cutest cards ever 🙂

  31. Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File
    December 3, 2010 / 2:48 pm

    ok… that was too hilarious! when you mentioned how many expressions he did I expected to see about 4 or 5! Love the argyle vest. Adorable photos.

  32. Emily
    December 3, 2010 / 3:07 pm

    What a sweetpea! I have to say that I like picture #5 the best. He has a ton of expression… Love it! 😉

  33. Kerry
    December 3, 2010 / 3:46 pm

    Oh my he is SO CUTE! Love those big baby blues of his! 🙂

  34. Elizabeth @ Southern Comfort
    December 3, 2010 / 4:12 pm

    So sweet! I love the one you picked! I also love #5. What a hamm you have on your hands 🙂 Treasure this age, it flies by so fast.

  35. Kendra {House of Ficek}
    December 3, 2010 / 4:33 pm

    What a little man! I love that you posted these pictures, I can't get tired of looking at cute baby pics. My favorite is the last one and #13 🙂

  36. Traci
    December 3, 2010 / 4:45 pm

    Megan, They're all SOOO CUTE!! I think I like the last one the best too though. I plan on doing my cards this weekend.

  37. Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!}
    December 3, 2010 / 4:49 pm

    so so so so cute! he's growing up, and I love his little haircut (he looks more like you!)

    def the last pic…it's perfect with the pillow.

    we do a Christmas card every year, it's fun to look back at the old ones and see how much the kids have changed in the previous year. have a great weekend!! you know I'll be crafting something! 🙂

  38. Leah
    December 3, 2010 / 4:53 pm

    Oh he is so adorable! How will you choose?!!!


  39. coolkids
    December 3, 2010 / 5:48 pm

    Megan-He is adorable and a jolly little guy for sure!;) We hope to get our tree up this weekend but I have a girls wine night tonight! woo hoo.
    We got a card from peartreegreetings that I love. I need to post it on my blog soon.

    December 3, 2010 / 6:42 pm

    Yes, yes! the last one for sure. He is very cute. And those eyes. My husband's dark brown won out over my blue all three times with our babies.

  41. Mary Catherine
    December 3, 2010 / 7:33 pm

    How cute! Love the last photo too! I am a relatively new reader to your blog, and I love it! I borrowed your idea of using a Restoration Hardware kids hamper liner…I love it! I also have the Crate & Barrel hamper and it leaves marks on my wall. The liner really helps with that!

  42. Lisa
    December 3, 2010 / 7:38 pm

    Absolutely adorable! He is the just the cutest thing!

  43. Erin
    December 3, 2010 / 9:32 pm

    OMG could he be any cuter?

  44. Michelle @ Ten June
    December 3, 2010 / 10:24 pm

    Too cute for words… and that sweater vest is just beyond adorable!! Love it 🙂

  45. Lili
    December 4, 2010 / 2:15 am

    He is the cutest!!!!

  46. Chic Coastal Living
    December 4, 2010 / 2:56 am

    God bless him! He's beautiful! and boys are so much fun! I have three!

  47. Melanie
    December 4, 2010 / 3:23 am

    What a sweet heart!

  48. December 5, 2010 / 12:38 am

    Awww your baby is so adorable. I love all of the pictures, specially the last one. He's such a happy baby.

  49. Renee S.
    December 7, 2010 / 4:32 pm

    The last one is cute, but that fifth one down is adorable. The expression on his face is priceless.

  50. Jamie @ Happy House, Happy Home
    December 8, 2010 / 10:23 pm

    Baby James is absolutely adorable! I loooove his cute little sweater vest! He is just the cutest!

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