December 22, 2011

The days left till Christmas is winding down, but the craziness certainly isn’t! Between chores, two high-energy boys, and a baby that wants to be held all the time, there is no time for peace and to pee (alone). But Ryan’s brother flies in tonight and his parents tomorrow, so despite all the busy, it’ll be nice to have a change of pace and feel some CA love. We live fairly close to the NASCAR Speedway, so we plan on viewing their Christmas spectacular and live nativity where you can hear Mary, Joseph, and Roman centurions say their lines with a southern drawwwwl.

And I’d like to say thank you for reading this blog and for your supportive and friendly comments. It’s been nice getting to know some of you online and making new friends, IRL even. It’s meant a great deal to me since I’m still in mourning over our move and missing my besties back in Ventura. But if I could sit down and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa with you I would. The closest thing would be to share our simple hot cocoa recipe:

Hope you enjoy the season with all of its gingerbread-baking, gift-wrapping, spending-time-with-family goodness!

Congrats to Kendall, comment #84. She is the winner of the JetPens giveaway.


  1. Comment by communikate on December 22, 2011 11:24 am

    Beautiful photo! Merry Christmas! Hope you have a beautiful holiday!

  2. Comment by Kristine on December 22, 2011 12:09 pm

    your family is darling! merry christmas!

  3. Comment by Lindsay on December 22, 2011 12:37 pm

    i love this! merry christmas to your sweet familiy. and thank you for sharing this internet space with us.
    love, lindsay

  4. Comment by miyo on December 22, 2011 2:01 pm

    What a beautiful photo – is Dax really bigger than Kai or is the camera playing tricks on me? Miss seeing you around town! Merry Christmas!

  5. Comment by mom on December 22, 2011 2:45 pm

    Love the family pix!

  6. Comment by Lindsay R on December 22, 2011 2:53 pm

    please have 20 more children because your kids are ADORABLE! merry christmas!!


  7. Comment by brittany on December 22, 2011 4:17 pm


    that baby is adorable! congrats. i hope you are loving having a girl. i am always happy i had some of each gender. hope you guys have a very merry christmas!!

  8. Comment by jozen on December 22, 2011 6:38 pm

    Jenn! Merry Christmas to you and your BEAUTIFUL family!!!

    I always enjoy dropping by your little corner of cyberspace, it never fails to bring a smile to my face.

  9. Comment by Faith on December 22, 2011 11:01 pm

    I hope you and your adorable family have a wonderful Christmas!

  10. Comment by Shawna on December 23, 2011 10:58 am

    Cute card, and Merry Christmas!

  11. Comment by alely on December 23, 2011 7:00 pm

    it has been nice getting to know you via through your blog and instagram! enjoy your inlaws being in town for the holidays. we sure are enjoying my parents being here from CA. we definitely have to make a date to meet up after the holidays. Merry Christmas!

  12. Comment by Erin on December 23, 2011 10:34 pm

    You are so cute! And you have such a beautiful family! I hope you have a very cheerful (and healthy) christmas.
    Enjoy the light show at the speedway- I’ve never been.
    I think we’ll try out your cocoa recipe tomorrow. thanks!

  13. Comment by robin on December 24, 2011 12:13 am

    love that picture and card! gorgeous family award goes to you.

  14. Comment by Allison on December 26, 2011 3:16 pm

    Wonderful picture of your family. Merry Christmas!

  15. Comment by Nicole Polk on December 27, 2011 9:22 pm

    I’m a graphic designer and sometimes my brain just stuck in one place and can’t think of anything. one day, i googled relief society activity and i found your blog, it’s a very nice site and thx for all the inspirations! hope you had a wonderful xmaz and will have a joyful new year!

    p.s. i’d like to know what camera or photoshop action you used on these pics, thank you

  16. Comment by angela hardison on December 28, 2011 11:18 am

    such an adorable family. hope you had a merry christmas!

  17. Comment by Lynda Wilson on December 29, 2011 9:45 pm

    Jen, your family pic is great! You look absolutely gorgeous! Mara is do darn cute. Thanks for sharing. I wasn’t able to get cards out this year at all! Life was beyond crazy for me (us) with Ken having a second surgery in Nov., full-time work for me plus 10-20 hours a week in my studio working on my card business. All my cards went out for sale which was great for business but not for mailing myself. Needless to say, I was pretty worn put by Christmas. It sounds like you guys are settling a bit and having some fun. I know moving was hard so I’m glad you’re finding some joy. We miss you dearly. Merry Christmas to you & the fam & the happiest New Year!

  18. Comment by Lauren on December 31, 2011 1:30 pm

    LOVE your Christmas card design! And Whata lovely family photo ;) Happy Holidays!!

  19. Comment by abby on December 31, 2011 8:36 pm

    yours is my favorite family christmas card picture of the year. DARLING.

  20. Comment by Becky on December 31, 2011 9:04 pm

    Hope you guys had a great Xmas! Happy New Year!!!

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