I love Christmas cards, but I am more of the family photo variety than the long winded letter kind of card sender. I figure if we are close enough you will know everything that has gone on in my life in the last year anyway, and if we are not as close I don’t need to share all the details of our family vacation, funny things the kids said, or when they learned to tie their shoes or ride their bikes, etc.
But then a couple years ago it dawned on me that there are two people that I absolutely, completely wanted to share these moments with.
So I got out some Christmas cards and then I went through my photos from the year and looked back through my calendar. I laughed, I cried and I laughed some more while I wrote two Christmas letters to my most favourite little people.
I wrote about many firsts: camping, being a flower girl, trips to the ER, and more. I wrote about all the things I was proud of them for trying and learning and doing in the past 12 months. And I also wrote about the things I learned being their Mom, some fun, some sad, some silly. Lastly I printed out a few favourite images from the year to go along with the memories.
Then I sealed them up and wrote their names on the fronts along with the year and took two gift boxes and started one for each of them. My plan is to keep adding a new one each year until they are 18 and we can open them together on Christmas. I will have a good ugly cry and we will reminisce together.
Each year I am reminded at how much can happen in 12 months and how it all goes by too quickly. This is my time to pause the holiday craziness for an evening and reflect on the moments that matter and share them with the ones who matter.
This weekend I finished up the last of my Christmas baking and I tried a new recipe. My usual ‘to make’ list every year includes lemon bars, sugar cookies, coconut macaroons, and something new.
Today we went to Target looking for some of my favourite things: sweaters and socks.
Tuesday mornings are for shopping or just hanging out at the mall, and lately Target has become our destination of choice. Was it the Starbucks or the fun double shopping carts and the elevator rides? Whatever it is, it is kind of our thing now, and we love it.
Have you documented your family’s holiday cuteness yet this year? If not you still have time! Here are some local photographers and events offering holiday mini sessions.
Warm drinks, crafting, cookies, and prizes!! Grab a friend and join us for the holiday edition of the make shop.
So excited to spread more shopping love this Friday and introduce you to the lovely Ailynn from Sweet Social.
An online party supplies store based here in Edmonton, Sweet Social has a collection of everything needed to make your party sweet. Or any other occasion really, like a chilly winter afternoon cookie baking marathon.
This weekend momstown Edmonton will be hosting a #GiveLifeTwice event at West Edmonton Mall in honour of Tammy McLash, a brave mom who is battling Leukemia.
This event is to encourage expecting parents to #GiveLifeTwice by donating their baby’s cord blood. Some of the highlights are:
For you crafty/creative types who work best under pressure, here is some last minute costume inspiration for your little ones courtesy of three of our favourite tees.
1. Lettuce Turnip The Beet, 2. Haulin’ Oats, 3. Hello Ladies.