Friday, December 25, 2015


Oh, when Everly smiles, it's the cutest thing in the world!  But it can be hard to coax a little grin out of her sometimes.  We worked pretty hard on it Christmas Eve and were rewarded with a few gems.  More often, though, she furrowed her brows at us as if she was asking what in the world we were doing.

Christmas Eve started with me running out trying to buy one last present for Wade and coming home to a crying baby who was alerting me it was past her feeding time.  The day felt rushed, and I got overwhelmed quickly.  I pretty much just threw up my hands at everything when the fancy wrapping paper I bought shed glitter ALL over the table.  What a mess.

So I went upstairs to change into my slightly nicer outfit for the night, only to look into the mirror and think to myself, "I look like a chubby Catholic school girl".  No offense to Catholic school uniforms, but for someone in their 30s trying to lose the baby weight, it was enough to push me over the edge.  I called my mom crying and just wanted to scrap the whole night and watch TV.

But then my parents got there and my aunt arrived, and the holiday spirit came ringing through the house.  We started laughing and taking pictures, and I thought how thankful I was that I didn't let the stress of the day ruin Everly's first Christmas Eve.  Really, how thankful I was that I had family that was able to lift my mood and make everything ok.

We had a lazy morning today.  We're going to my parent's tonight to join my brother's family for an encore of Christmas morning tomorrow.  I love the presentation of gifts--the wrapping paper, the pretty bows, but this year with Everly, we just didn't have time to do all the wrapping for each other.  So when Wade and I exchanged our gifts today, I had a box and he had a bag we just refilled with our little gifts.  It was like the Mary Poppin's bottomless bag!  It definitely made things easier.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you!  Wishing you a day full of merriment and love!


  1. Love these pictures! I'm with you on getting stressed, I had a few moments the last few days as well. I'm so glad we ended up spending time with family, it was so worth it!

  2. Oh what gorgeous pictures. I would never have known you'd had a day of stress beforehand! I'm glad it all turned out happily in the end. Avoiding wrapping paper is the green option, you were very good for the planet! I'm glad you're having a nice Christmas, no doubt Everly is loving all the attention from grandparents etc. It's a very special time for you I think. CJ xx

  3. Don't be too hard on yourself regarding the baby weight Kari. It takes time. You are a beautiful mother and Everly is just darling. Her outfits are way too cute! I adore her little headbands. Glad you had a Merry Christmas. You have a lot to look foreard to in 2016. If I don't talk to you til then....Have a safe and happy New Year. :)

  4. Everly is just a doll! I love her little cheeks. I'm glad your night turned around. There was a big hiccup on ours as well, but it turned out fine. Merry Christmas friend!


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