Even though I haven't actually mailed out Christmas cards to friends and family since our first year married, every year I've worked really hard to keep a tradition of doing family Christmas pictures of me, Kyle, and of course Emery from here on out. (Except for last year, which I guess were technically New Year's pictures, but since we were making a big announcement I figured it was ok to change it up a bit :D) Christmas pictures are one of my FAVORITE traditions for our family!! Sometimes their cute, sometimes they're funny, but every year the pictures are sure to bring a huge smile to my face and all of the warm fuzzies to my heart! I was especially excited for our pictures this year because Emery would get to join in on the fun with us, and Kyle FINALLY let me do a mistletoe picture! He's been denying me the privilage ever since we've been dating, but I guess this year he just couldn't turn down the chance to kiss a face as cute as Emery's ;D.
A BIG thanks to my sweet friend Megan for making the yummy chocolate cookies for Emery's pictures AND for being on the other side of the camera for the family pictures! Getting pictures of all three of us together is SO much easier when I'm not having to be on both sides of the camera at the same time, and I LOVE that it allows for more of these cute candid type of shots to be captured! More often than not they end up being my favorite pictures from the entire session!
Also, a lot of people have asked me how I kept the milk from spilling in the jug. Spoiler alert..... it's not actual milk! I just bought a Starbuck's frappachino from the grocery store, used some goo-be-gone to get the label off, and then swirled around some white paint and water on the inside until I got the look that I wanted! There's also some paper towels stuffed in the bottom to help the straw stay in place, and to keep Emery from accidentaly sucking up any paint residue. :)
(kyle) sweater + shirt: gap (me) shirt: j.crew factory |watch: c/o jord sweater: ebay (crazy I know but it's where I get all of my christmas sweaters!)
(emery) jumper + pillows: target | bow: salt city littles (use CHELSEA35 for 35% off $10 or more)
Thank you so much for sharing in these fun family pictures with me! In my last blog post I'd made a goal to work hard to enjoy the true spirit of Christmas and avoid any "holidrama". I'm proud to say that in the last week I've done quite well at keeping to my goal, but have also noticed how the closer it gets to Christmas the more drama and chaos seems to surround every where I go. People are driving more aggresivly to get to their destinations, rushing in and out of stores in a state of impatience, and the tension of the crowds in the shopping malls is almost tangible. When I see those around me being weighed down by unneccessary holiday stress, it makes me even more want to spread holiday cheer and to try to bring joy to those around me. I hope that anyone reading can find a way to spread your own holiday cheer in your life and in the lives of those you come into contact with! I really do feel like the service we provide to others, the love that we have for our friends and family, and the time that we dedicate in our busy days to those we love in this holiday season is what helps make Christmas feel so magical, and I believe that magic is definitely something worth sharing. :)
I'm Chelsea. I'm a wife, mommy, photographer, and lover of life's little adventures. Join me here to celebrate the beautiful things in people and life.