Arguably one of my favorite parts of the season is going to the mailbox to see if we've received any Holiday Cards from friends near and far. Over recent years there was a steep decline as more and more people just posted to social media vs sending cards and photos in the mail. It was either social media or people decided to stop sending them to me specifically. Either way, I always look forward to seeing pictures of families all dressed in coordinated outfits, smiling brightly at the camera against the backdrop of some scenic location.
So you can imagine my delight when I saw this shot of Jake and his family.
First of all, this picture is ALL OF US. If ALL OF US are beautiful and photogenic and our outfits are perfectly color coordinated and we're perched near perfectly reflective water. Jake's caption sums up this moment perfectly...
This is real life, people. All that’s missing is a sound byte of me screaming “turn down the volume!” In the background.
Merry Christmas from our constantly distracted family to yours.
The struggle to get any sort of air time with kids engrossed in their technology is REAL. The realist life there is right now. As an aside, I've grown really fond of the top of my kids heads since it's the angle I see most often. The rare glimpse of their faces with full eye contact is almost too much to absorb somedays!
When we first talked about our #CelebratetheSeason campaign, Jake shared another tradition with me. Decorating gingerbread houses.
This picture of Kylie on the counter in her Christmas jammies fills me with more holiday spirit than I can quantify. No matter the tradition, no matter the backdrop, the smiles or the lack of smiles...real life baby on the counter ready to eat all the decorations feels like the perfect reason to celebrate.
Here's to Real Life. #CelebratetheSeason
We've been in our new Garman home for two months now. Garman exceeded our expectations in every way. We had to have a detached garage with an office but we also needed a bigger house with a family of 6, than the plans offered with detached garages. Garman worked with us in making one of their homes right for our family, and the process was easy! Staff - I secretly wanted to be best friends with Janice and Hunter (sales team), they were a delight to work with! They kept us in the loop with an out of state build by sending us photos and updates. - Kristen (design Buddha master) loved her. She is straight forward and will keep you on track with making some stressful decisions. - Kevin Kube & Chris Tickle (obviously their stage names, who really has sweet names like that?). These guys are seriously amazing! They even came back within 24 hours of closing to personally change some light bulbs and fix a few minor things. Once we met Kevin at our construction meeting we knew our home was in good hands. He and Chris were on top of every detail. We did not nit-pick throughout the process because we knew they would do a great job and our home was lovely upon completion! The best part is a fantastic house that we will turn into a home. I would recommend Garman to anyone considering building a home.