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˜‰

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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.

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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?

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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™‚

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

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

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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:

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It was fun getting ready with everyone!

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

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

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Louise was a little overwhelmed by the choices. :p

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

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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™‚

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Dancing the night away!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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!

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

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We love you anyway, Miss Piggy!

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

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The winners!

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

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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!

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