my {Christmas} weekend in pictures.


{On our way out the door to run some last-minute errands. Loving Daphne’s Christmas-y ensemble.}


{After seeing peonies at Whole Foods last week, having a friend tell me “Psst, Whole Foods has peonies,” and then having to pick up some things for Christmas brunch, I figured it was the universe telling me it was meant to be. So pink peonies it was for our Christmas dinner table! And I added some hydrangeas and an all-white mixed bouquet.}


{And the snow started to fall on Christmas Eve.}


{Daphne was loving those lights once it got dark.}


{Once the girls went to bed, it was Operation Santa Claus. We gladly ate the cookies Eloise left out for Santa and got busy building Eloise a dollhouse. It was not nearly as bad (or as big) as I originally anticipated. And, it is SO cute!}


{Merry Christmas Eve. All set for a big Christmas morning!}


{And the snow kept falling all night.}


{Christmas morning was a little crazy. Fun and happy, but crazy nonetheless.}


{Aaron and Eloise headed over to the neighbors to say “Merry Christmas” after we got home from brunch. We didn’t get a chance to play in the snow today, but tomorrow for sure!}


{Our Christmas dinner table. If you have known me for a while, you know how much I love to set a table. And this year I used my late grandmother’s brass chargers and flatware, and her crystal glasses. Even though it looks a little like Valentine’s Day with the red and the pink, I was still pretty happy with it!}


{And this is when Eloise told me she was all ready for dinner and it was only 4:30 pm. Napkin in her lap and everything. Sorry kiddo, dinner isn’t ready yet!}


{And this is how we ended the night. My two favorite girls and their Christmas jammies. Obsessed! I cannot wait for all of the days they get to play with this dollhouse together.}

We had a spectacular Christmas weekend! I really tried not to schedule too many things into the weekend (since it is always such a frenzy already) and we did pretty well. Low-key is really good with little ones.

We stayed in for Christmas Eve and attempted to order Thai take-out delivered only to find out 20 minutes before dinner time that the restaurant was closed (even though Aaron had called to make sure the day before) so we were scrambling to get food delivered! But, it turned out for the best and then it started SNOWING! Guys, I thought we were going to get maybe a dusting of snow and then it would just rain, but we got 4 glorious inches of snow. It snowed all evening and Aaron and I enjoyed it while we stayed up playing Santa and put together Eloise’s dollhouse and stuffed stockings. Magic I tell you.

Then this morning we slept in. No alarms (since today was a rest day for me working out) and the girls woke up at 8:45 am. Best Christmas present ever. I got Eloise up and sent her upstairs to Aaron (since he was starting the coffee) and got Daphne up. By the time I got upstairs, Eloise was already tearing into her stocking! So, we commenced with some present opening and breakfast for the girls. We opened presents for about an hour (and didn’t make it thru all of them) before we had to leave for Christmas brunch at Uncle Ben and Aunt Sarah’s house. We hung out with Ben and Sarah (and their really good friends/neighbors) and ate and opened presents. It was fun to be with some family this year, even for a few hours.

And then we headed home so that Daphne could have a proper afternoon nap, Eloise could have some quiet time, and Aaron and I could get some idea of what in the world was strewn all over our living room (spoiler alert: it was toys and wrapping paper). Plus, I got an afternoon workout in! We rallied and opened a few more presents, Aaron and I cooked dinner, we FaceTimed with family, had dessert, and then bedtime.

It’s been fun to be home during Christmastime and be able to still be at home during the chaos of the holidays. We definitely miss family though and it is hard to be away. Such a balance. Eloise really got into Christmas this year and it was the sweetest! Every year is just the best Christmas ever.

Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays! How was your Christmas weekend?


P.S. I shared a Christmas family picture over on my Facebook and Instagram!

Merry Christmas {2017}!



{this year’s Christmas cards via Minted // photography by Ashley Vos Photography}

We are enjoying the Christmas season as a family of five this year and it has been magical. Seriously, littles make this time of year SO MAGICAL!

We are in Seattle for Christmas at home and have decided it’s our family tradition! I love waking up in our own beds to the Christmas tree and stockings and presents, and all wearing our matching jammies while we eat a late and lazy breakfast. The best!

Merry Christmas to you all!


{see our past Christmas cards here: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016}

Pinterest Christmas {2017} : Photos with the Christmas Tree.

Welcome back to the last week of Pinterest Christmas! {See week ONE and TWO here.}

It is a stretch to call this a Pinterest Christmas project because it is just a photoshoot with the girls in front of the Christmas tree and with lights, but since there are a zillion posts about how to take pictures with Christmas trees and with lights, I am just going with it! Mostly it is helpful to reference any of those posts to figure out what manual settings you should set your SLR camera to in order to capture the glow of the Christmas lights in a dark-ish setting without being too blurry.

So without further adieu, we head into the Christmas weekend with a ton of pictures of the girlies!


And see Eloise’s Christmas photo shoot here.

Outfits: {Eloise: jammies: Hanna Andersson // hairbow: Adaline’s Bow Line // Santa hat: made by Aunt Kelly} {Daphne: jammies: Hanna Andersson // Santa hat: made by Aunt Kelly}

Did you take pictures in front of the tree this year?


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Eloise & Daphne meet Santa {2017}



This year we kept up the tradition and ventured downtown to the Nordstrom Flagship store to see Santa. Each year we try to go pretty early in the month, but even though we went on the 8th, it was SO busy! You can’t make a reservation, but you can put your name on the waiting list to get a text message so you don’t actually have to stand in line for hours and hours and you can shop around.

We got there 10 minutes after opening (which was a Christmas miracle!) and there was already a long enough wait that we had to put our name on the waiting list… and we waited about an hour before we got the text to come to Santa’s shop, and then we waited another hour (!) in line. Seriously, we were getting antsy. But the girls did so, so well and Daphne even snoozed a bit while we waited (and it was her morning nap time, so that was good).

Eloise had already told me beforehand that she didn’t want to sit on Santa’s lap, so we decided she could ride on the rocking horse again (like she did last year). And Eloise also asked Santa for a baby stroller, a scuba diver (that came out of nowhere!), and a chew toy for Baby Daphne. And then, very surprisingly, Eloise let Santa give her a hug!

As you can see, Daphne wasn’t really thrilled to see Santa. She was sleepy and I figured she would either be crying or have a paci in her mouth, but we just got stoic Daphne (which is rare).

See our past visits with Santa here: 2014 // 2015 // 2016.

Outfits: {Eloise: top: Cat and Jack // skirt: Oshkosh // shoes: Cat and Jack} {Daphne: sweater and skirt: Cat and Jack // moccasins: Freshly Picked}

Did you visit Santa this year?


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Pinterest Christmas {2017}: Teachers’ Presents (Tote Bag).

Welcome back to week TWO of Pinterest Christmas! {See week ONE here.}


I like making/gifting Eloise’s teachers gifts when we start Winter Break just to show them how much we love them and appreciate them. That said, I don’t want to fill their house with things they don’t really want, so I try to be thoughtful about the gifts we give (one in December and one at the end of the year). I have had this pin saved for a long time and finally thought it was time to try it!

Teacher Tote Bag

{original Pinterest link – Handmade Mood}

-canvas bag (I used these ones from Amazon – but wouldn’t recommend them – because these ones from Michael’s didn’t come in time)

-embroidery thread (red and blue)

-embroidery needle



-optional: thin paint brush and (grey) acrylic paint; or Silhouette and iron-on transfer paper


I followed the instructions in the original link and it was super easy! I measured out lines and lightly lined with pencil so that embroidering would be no big deal. This project reminded me of a tiny version of this quilt that I made for Eloise’s big kid bed.

For the lettering, I sketched out the names of Eloise’s (three) teachers and then used a lightbox and pencil to trace the letters onto the bag, and finally paint the letters (which is basically what I do for the flag shop). The original tutorial uses an iron-on transfer paper and a Silhouette machine. You could also just free-hand the letters with pencil and then paint too!

I think these bags turned out so cute. Eloise and I colored some Christmas cards (really cute ones that I picked up at Anthro a few years ago but are no longer available) to include along with our family Christmas card. I just stacked the cards on top of the folded bag and tied it up with a bright red ribbon!

Did you make/give teacher’s gifts this year? I am always in need of ideas!


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Pinterest Christmas {2017}: Paper Chain Advent Tree.

Welcome back to Pinterest Christmas! This Pinterest Christmas blog series (in its SEVENTH year!) started as a motivation to actually do some of the DIY projects we pinned on Pinterest & a way to share them with friends & family. Over the years other bloggers have joined & we have spent the month of December DIYing & sharing our Christmas projects. Sometimes the posts are tutorials with step-by-step instructions & other times it is simply sharing a completed project! It’s just me this year, and I am not  doing anything too formal this year, but I did want to share a few festive things. You can check out past Pinterest Christmas projects here!


This craft hardly even deserves a blog post because it was honestly so, so easy! And, in full disclosure, this tree is still completely in-tact with all of it’s paper links (all 25 of them!) because I didn’t get it done until December 1st, and then Eloise’s Christmas jammies got spilled on at our Jingle & Mingle party, and then she has been sick, and it gets dark at 4 pm so the lighting is terrible for pictures, etc. BUT, we will eventually take off each link to countdown the days to Christmas and I know Eloise will LOVE it!

Each evening when goodnight is said, take off one ring and jump in bed. When only the star is left to shine, then you know it's Christmastime.

{original Pinterest link – here}


-construction paper (yellow, red, and green)

-glue stick


-string or pipe cleaner to hang

I didn’t have enough green construction paper, so I included more red links than the original image. But the tutorial is that you cut strips of paper (I did 1 inch strips), glue the end to form a ring, and attach them together to make a tree. And that’s it!

Do you have a Christmas advent tradition?


Merry Christmas {2016}!

Merry Merry Christmas!



{our Christmas card via Minted, photos by The Happy Film Company}

I have heard a lot on the interwebs about Minted, but never perused the selection of cards until this year. There are lots of different card printing companies but I loved that Minted included address printing (on the envelopes) as part of the deal. I enjoyed hand-lettering Christmas card envelopes in the past, but I just don’t see that happening for the  foreseeable future! (Ahh, life before kids!) And this is the exact card design if you are interested, plus I added the infographic on the back.

We are in Seattle again this year spending Christmas at home. We had such a fun time last year celebrating the holiday here with Eloise and not feeling like we were hustling and bustling for our entire Christmas vacation! Plus, since I am almost 32 weeks, we figured it was easier just to stay at home.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and holiday!

Merry Christmas from the Lowers!


{see our past Christmas cards here: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015}

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