Thursday, December 29, 2016

c r o 1 x

Well, folks it's official....Brent and I have a ONE year old! On Tuesday, December 27th Croix turned one and we had a big party to celebrate the occasion. There was cake, there were presents and there was a mini-Brent running crawling around in Superman underwear and a red cape.


Croix wasted no time digging (literally) into his cake. :)

It's truly hard to believe a whole year has come and gone. As we were celebrating Christmas a few days ago I kept thinking back to this time last year and reminiscing about how much can change in 365 days. People are always saying "they grow up so quickly" and "enjoy them while their young, because it's over before you know it" and until this year, heck maybe until the last few months, those sentiments felt so cliche, but you know what?? They, you, everyone who has ever said that, is 100% right. This year has flown by and while the whole parenthood thing has been an adjustment for sure, it has mostly just been a lot of fun. Every milestone, every hurdle and every first has been so cool to witness. 

Croix is busy and smart and fun and curious and cute and funny and sweet and cool and mischievous and fearless. Croix is all things good in the world piled up inside a 31" high, 22 lb 13 oz little boy and we are so grateful to get to hang out with him while he does this whole growing up thing.

All photos are my own. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Holiday House Tour 2016

This is our second year to deck the halls of this house for Christmas, but our first to decorate as a family of 3. This time last year we were waiting for the arrival of Croix who at the time we didn't even know was a boy! It's crazy how much can change in a year. There have been so many firsts this year, and now maybe the most exciting first of all....Christmas!

It's been a whirlwind month for sure, with several out of town trips, work and two different trades coming in to install some exciting new items to our home, but we have our priorities in order and Christmas decor was on the top of that list! My mom helped us get off to a good start last year with wreaths and candles for for the windows and a flocked tree in the dining room so this year we took what we had and added a few more fun touches.

Let me show you around...


We always go for a real tree  in the living room, so the whole house smells like Christmas all season long.

I added some mini-Christmas trees to the succulent wall:

And a cozy fleece blanket for the pouf:

Growing up I had my own tree in my room. Each Christmas the "Christmas Fairy" would leave a new ornament and a little poem the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Each new ornament would go on my tree. Last year my parents brought my little tree and box of ornaments to my house so we decided to give Croix his own tree in his room. Brent vetoed most of the ornaments saying they were too girly, and generously gave Croix some of the superhero ornaments we had on the main tree. 

Dining Room:

The dining room is still in a transition phase right now, but we were so excited by the progress we had made (marble hearth!!) that we couldn't resist throwing some garland on top of this regal beauty! 

I also cut some holly and magnolia leaves to fancy Brenta up....

The JuJu wall even got a little holiday love. 

A house never feels as alive and charming as it does at Christmas. 

Family has started trickling into town, and so far we have 8 people and 5 dogs running around getting ready for the big day. This is the first year Santa will be visiting our house and I'm not sure who is more excited the grown-ups or the baby....HA! Oh and speaking of the baby.......


 From our family to yours Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

All photos are my own.