I think this year has been the most Christmassy year of all time for me, even though (confession) I haven’t had time to buy a single gift yet (ack!) For the first year ever, I’ve had to photograph a lot of corporate holiday parties, and so everything has been Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!!! It’s been nothing short of amazing. πŸ™‚ I’ll post a few pics here so you can get the idea….but first-

We took a quick trip to the Discovery Center because Little T has been on a train kick lately and they’re having a Thomas display. It was a little too crowded for us though, so we made a family introverted break for the insects and gingerbread houses instead. πŸ˜‰



We had lunch at Mead’s Green Door Cafe before heading home. The whole family gave Mead’s a thumbs up. Little T loved the quinoa chili, and I had a great salad.




I think during one exciting bachelorette party, I may have signed up for a wine club. I forgot I did this until more wine than I’ll ever drink in my life showed up at my doorstep…whoops?


On days when we don’t go out, Little T and I like to take little walks and search for sticks! The ultimate activity. πŸ™‚


I had a few lovely Holiday engagement sessions during the week. So much fun!



And we had the trendsetters holiday party! I told Tara from Fairytale Hair and Makeup to do my hair like this:


Just kidding, I got Elsa hair! Tara did my hair and Cole did my makeup, which was fun because I always watch Cole do bride’s makeup, so it was nice to have a turn. She looked at me with excitement and said……”can I do whatever I want?” So I gave Cole permission to do whatever she wanted to my face, lol. The end result:


It was fun getting ready with everyone!



Michelle got ready first, and then looked super glamorous while she answered emails.


Trendsetters had a beautiful champagne bar, my favorite was the lavender/pear champagne. πŸ™‚




Louise was a little overwhelmed by the choices. :p



I got to see Alan’s shoes! He won trendsetter of the year, so proud ofΒ him!


A few more pics, what a lovely night. The Disney crew won best new idea for their cake mapping, so we had to celebrate! πŸ™‚


Dancing the night away!



At the end of the night, Louise surprised me with a vegan Sprinkles cupcake. That’s why I keep you around, Louise! πŸ˜‰

Pheo the elf was feeling inspired the next morning. He was up to all sorts of trouble.


And I can’t show most of the holiday parties I’ve had to photograph, but here is a pic that I can show from one of my favorites. A beautiful holiday party at Kellogg House. So lovely, and there was an amazing choir that sang Christmas songs that put everyone in the holiday spirit.


This is me taking an iphone video while I was taking photos, haha.

The next day we drove to Apple Valley with Papa G (!!!) to see a Christmas Carol! When we picked Little T up from daycare, he was ecstatic to see my dad. πŸ™‚ We were hoping for snow, but it only snowed a little. We sang Christmas carols all night, interacted with Tiny Tim and Scrooge, and learned some fun new dances! What a wonderful experience.




We stayed at Serendipity Bed and Breakfast, and as always, we had a lovely time exploring, and Nina made the best breakfast.





Little T has been coming to see Nina since he was a little baby! πŸ™‚



During the trip, my step sister confessed to me that if our family got the rest of the family sick for the third year in a row, we just might be shunned from Christmas for the rest of our lives. The pressure is on. 0_0 :p

When we got home, we had a last minute game night, because our house looked so pretty and Christmassy. πŸ™‚

Miss Piggy was even in the holiday spirit with some new duds!


Big T said that unfortunately, the new duds did nothing for Miss Piggy’s breath.


We love you anyway, Miss Piggy!


We played our favorite new/old game: Funny Bones!







The winners!


And then I had one more holiday party to attend. These were my two favorite Christmas sweaters…perhaps of all time.


When I got home, Little T heard me come in and asked me to come to his room, so I showed him the new trick I learned at the holiday party with the dubsmash app. πŸ˜‰

And that’s been our week! So much, I can’t believe we’ve made it through. And now it’s time for some serious holiday prep. πŸ™‚

I hope you’ve all had a great week, and that you’re more ready for Christmas than I am!