Christmas Time | 2018

What a month December was!

We spent all month getting ready for Christmas, starting with getting the tree (click here if you missed that post).
We kept our tree pretty Plain Jane this year, with shatterproof ornaments, because I didn't know how Ellis would be with it.
Overall, he was pretty good with leaving it alone, but a few times I would find a random ornament tucked away somewhere in the house, and I'm pretty sure it didn't walk off the tree by itself :)

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days

My mom had a brilliant idea to give Ellis his own felt Christmas Tree, that he could decorate and re-decorate as much as his little heart desired.
Also, she HANDMADE this and all those little ornaments... isn't she awesome?!

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days


We used Kelle Hampton's Holiday Bucket List this year to get in the Holiday spirit & we checked quite a few things off the list, including:

Making a red & green paper chain garland count down to Christmas, as well as homemade paper snowflakes that we hung in the kitchen window.

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days

Ellis was a huge help, clearly.


We took a ride one evening to go look at Christmas lights.   Ellis would shout, "Ohhh, pwwwretty!" and "more, more, more!" It was so stinkin' cute.



We tried to visit Santa a couple times; neither time was well received by Ellis.  About as close as Ellis was willing to get to Santa, was Santa's mailbox.  Maybe next year he will actually sit on Santa's lap?

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days


We decorated Christmas cookies.

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days


We watched Christmas movies in the "big bed" (our bed).

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days


We all wore matching Christmas jammies as a family, and Ellis had coordinating jammies with his cousins as well. <3

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days


And then, Christmas morning... 
Ellis slept in until 6:00AM!  This is a major improvement from his usual 4:45 AM wake ups.  It was a Christmas miracle!

This first thing Ellis did was inspect Santa's cookie plate... Santa ate them all up and only left two sprinkles behind, which Ellis promptly ate.

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days

He got busy unwrapping gifts right away...

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days

That kitchen & this snow globe were the fan favorites (his crossed eyes, haha!!)

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days


The day after Christmas, it was a balmy 40 degrees, so we even got outside to play.

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days
^picking up left over corn to feed the deer

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days


And then, to rejuvenate ourselves after the hustle & bustle of Christmas, we wrapped up the week with a mini-staycation.  We only traveled about 50 miles from home, but it might as well have been Disney World...

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days

Christmas 2018 | My Darling Days

I mean, jumping on the bed & swimming in the pool.  Best gifts we could have ever given him.
I hope he's always this easy to please :)

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I'm so grateful for all the memories that we've made during this season, and all the wonderfully festive celebrations that we got to participate in this year.

I think we had 6 Christmas celebrations in 5 consecutive days... and all you parents out there know that the holidays with a young kid(s), is not for the faint of heart.  Still though, it's so fun to experience the joy of Christmas through the eyes of a child.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season & tucked away some new memories.

May 2019 bring you bountiful blessings, health, and happiness!

Family Photos 2018

If you caught Kasey & Ben's blogpost, you already know this, but when Kasey posted about their Limited Edition Cozy Cabin sessions on Facebook, I tagged Zac and told him I wanted it for our anniversary.

Truly, there is no better gift for me than a photo memory; I've talked about that before here.
So I was elated when Zac surprised me & booked it all on his own!

Take a peek at some (ok, like 30) of my favorites:

All photos by Kasey & Ben Photography

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days


Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Winter Log Cabin Family Pictures, 2018 | My Darling Days

Couldn't you just EAT HIM UP!

Thank you Kasey & Ben!  We will cherish these forever.


And MERRY CHRISTMAS to all our family & friends.  We wish you the blessings of peace, the beauty of hope, the spirit of love, and the comfort of faith this holiday season.  

Getting the Christmas Tree

Welp, we waited for the yuckiest day in December (so far -- it's only the first week) and for Ellis to have a fever to get our tree this year.  Because we are stellar parents...

Getting a Christmas Tree, Tree hunt | My Darling Days

You see, last Saturday night we were at an ugly sweater party - adults only - when I got call from my mom at 7:30 pm... "Did you pack any Tylenol?  Ellis has a 103º fever."

FOR. THE. LOVE.

Zac and I had even packed an overnight bag & planned on getting a hotel room because the weather was turning bad, but we wanted needed a night out, and so we were going to *live it up* because neither of us could remember the last time we went out together.

But instead, we left the party, headed to the nearest Walgreens for Infant Ibuprofen and Tylenol and picked up Ellis from my mom & dad's.

Side note: almost two years into this parenting gig, and I should know by now to not have any expectations but that's a hard habit to break. 


By Sunday morning, the falling snow had turned to sleet and rain, but the good news was that Ellis's fever went down a bit, though he still wasn't quite himself.  However, we knew if we didn't get our tree that day, we might not end up with one because free weekends the rest of December are hard to come by.

So we bundled up the hot tot and went anyways.  Ellis is like his father, and would live outside if we let him, so he was actually really happy to get some fresh air, despite not feeling the greatest.
(And by fresh air, I mean wind, rain, and sleet.)

Getting a Christmas Tree, Tree hunt | My Darling Days

We went to the same Ma & Pop cut-your-own-tree place as last year; just a hop, skip & jump down the road from our house, but we reallllly had to hunt to find a decent tree this time around.

Getting a Christmas Tree, Tree hunt | My Darling Days

Getting a Christmas Tree, Tree hunt | My Darling Days

Getting a Christmas Tree, Tree hunt | My Darling Days

Getting a Christmas Tree, Tree hunt | My Darling Days

Getting a Christmas Tree, Tree hunt | My Darling Days


But alas, we found... the ONE!

Getting a Christmas Tree, Tree hunt | My Darling Days

Getting a Christmas Tree, Tree hunt | My Darling Days

Getting a Christmas Tree, Tree hunt | My Darling Days

Getting a Christmas Tree, Tree hunt | My Darling Days

Getting a Christmas Tree, Tree hunt | My Darling Days

Getting a Christmas Tree, Tree hunt | My Darling Days

And see, if you just looked at these pretty pictures, you would think we have it all together.
We don't......   (cue the cheesy tag line).... But together we have it all.

May your kids stay healthy throughout this holiday season, and Happy Decembering!


Previous Christmas Tree hunts, for your viewing pleasure:
2015 | 2016 | 2017

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