Friday, December 27, 2019

December 2018, Part Two

Christmas time at Disney World is truly magical. The decorations are so detailed and so lovely that you can actually feel in the holiday spirit despite the fact that you probably don't even need a jacket. This year, we spent a day at Epcot enjoying "Christmas Around the World" and learning about a variety of international holiday traditions with some of our favorite people, the Broyes.

James and Ellie meet Father Christmas in the UK.
Oui, oui, messieurs-- James adorably tries on France.
The closest Florida comes to a snowman-- tropical plant topiaries.
Christmas fun at the Mouse House!

There's always time for Super Mario chess with GrandPoppa.
Ellie loves to bring you books to read to her. Thanks, GrandPoppa! 

Shenk cousins on their annual adventure to ICE! with Mimi & Papa.
Jackson loves his cousin so much he is wearing a hoodie with his name on it!
While James hangs out with his cousins, Ellie spends time with her best buddy, Z.
This sweet silly girl loves to play in the shoe basket with her Christmas friends.
Leo is not very enthusiastic about his forced participation in the holiday spirit.

Christmas Eve for us usually involves matching pajamas for the kids (for as long as I can make that work), a reading of The Night Before Christmas, and goodies left out for Santa. As a special treat, we also enjoyed a party at the Broyes. 
On Christmas morning, we are excited to open presents as a little family before joining up with family for some delicious feast. This Christmas, we were happy to host the Shenk side for what we hope everyone thought was a yummy dinner.

Christmas Eve party time!
James decided to do the reading this year. (cue me melting into a puddle of Mom goo)
James' note to Santa makes me giggle. As if he needed an explanation.
Merry Christmas, sleepyheads!
Santa brought Ellie a red wagon. She's unconvinced.

A Death Star beanbag is the way to this kiddo's heart.

This year's holiday cake involved an attempt at frosted trees. 
One happy and lucky momma. 
Ellie and Mimi in coordinating Christmas colors. 
Ellie helps Aunt Ayesha turn the pages on her Elmo book.
Ava and I-- the ladies in red.
When it's Florida, you can enjoy Christmas dinner on the patio!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

December 2018, Part One

December is a notoriously busy month, and ours was no exception, so there will be two posts to cover this one. Of course, being "busy" spending time with our fantastic friends and family is one of the best ways we can think of to use our time. We are grateful to have all of you in our lives. 

Me and my Jess at a cookie party. 
Ellie loves Mellie and Ms. Kim
Ellie kept reaching out to touch the "baby" and kiss her. It was so sweet.
Me and my sweet boy at House of Blues to hear Uncle Matt. 
Ellie hangs out with Papa at HOB.
James took a break from dancing at HOB to love on Mimi.

On December 6, we honored what would have been my mom's 63rd birthday with a family day at Animal Kingdom. Miss her every day.

Taking in the Lion King show. Ellie was mesmerized the entire time.
Trying on some new Minnie ears.
The best big brother takes Els down the slide at the DinoLand playground.
Off they go, exploring the fun to be had.
Reading together the best even if you're rocking pajamas and bedhead. 
Taking his best girl for a spin in his sweet ride.

Sometimes we just like to hang out in our beautiful backyard together. And sometimes I take a lot of pictures while we do it.

I love this man with my whole heart.

Sewing is my second favorite hobby (after reading) and I was honored to be asked to create a couple gifts for friends to give as presents, as well as making gifts for some special people in my life.

I made these four dresses for the four beautiful Carignan girls. 
I finally finished the long-promised quilt for Kerri.
This one took longer because all the quilting you can see was done by hand, not by machine. 
This dress was a gift for the niece of a friend.
Love the surprise detail on the back.
This more modern quilt was done for a friend to give as a gift.
Keeping the back simple.