So I definitely overextended myself this season, hence the late post :(. I literally had my photos done in October but had zero time to get them posted. Anyway, this was one of the best years ever, watching Kayla and Cameron find their elf every day and seeing their excitement as they shredded presents open on Christmas morning. Opening presents usually takes a good hour and a half but this was finally the year they couldn’t open fast enough! I just want the innocence and wonder to last forever. This year Kayla asked Santa for baby dolls (as if she doesn’t have 10 already) and Cameron for cars (as if he doesn’t have 100 already). Lets just say they were very happy campers come Christmas day. I definitely need to clean out their rooms and get rid of all the toys they don’t play with anymore so we can make some space. Of all the dolls Kayla has and got, Violet (an old doll) remains her favorite. Her new nickname is “V.I.” She took all the accessories from the new dolls and uses them to dress up and dote on Violet. She’s even in the slide show above because Kayla insisted she be part of the photo shoot. I suppose she is part of the family at this point, she joins us at the dinner table and all. I think Cameron’s favorite new toy was given to him by his great Uncles. He loves this set of rescue vehicles where he can mix and match parts. He also loved his Spiderman quad from his Nonna but that would still be at her house until we can drive it around to our side!
Kayla is thriving in kindergarten and reading like crazy! She surprises us every day with the words she reads when we’re out and about. She’s also super creative and loves drawing and crafting. I love seeing the way she approaches projects, my lil lefty, it’s never how I would think but always turns out amazing. Her new favorite movie is Return of Mary Poppins. She has seen it 9 times at this point and is working on memorizing all the songs. Cameron is full of energy and leaves a mess wherever he goes. He’s constantly moving from one toy to the next. He’s also started testing us a bit like the time he decided to take off running down the street whilst I dropped Kayla off at school. He even crossed and alley and gave me a heart attack. How do you get a 2-year-old to understand death? He nods and says, “OK” but definitely continues to think he is invincible. I have a feeling he’s going to keep us on our toes for quite a while. He’s lucky he’s so darn cute and charming. Cams favorite movie is The Grinch, both the new animated version and the old live-action version.
We’ve had an amazing holiday season and I’ve enjoyed every extra second I’ve gotten with these kiddos. I’m looking forward to a wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner with some fam and then a quiet ringing in of the actual New Year. Cheers to an amazing 2019!!!
There are no words for just how thankful we are. We feel so lucky to have been blessed with these kiddos that literally light up our lives. They keep us on our toes yet fill our hearts with so much love at the same time. Kayla has the biggest heart and is so smart, I’m sure she will be running circles around us by the time she’s 12. Cameron is playful yet sensitive and also too smart for his own good. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the both of them and will enjoy every moment as they continue to grow.
We’re always thankful for our beautiful friends and family as well. And this year we’re extra thankful for the little ones who have joined us just this Thanksgiving as well as the ones still on the way! It’s so beautiful to see families grow and watch friends become mommies and daddies. Watching them discover this new kind of love is so special and just warms the heart.
This year was our first time participating in Burbank’s annual Turkey Trot thanks to some last minute convincing by my mom. Her, Steven, Kayla, Cameron and I all finished the 5K. I was dreading the early rise on Thanksgiving morning but once we got there, I had so much fun. From the warm-up led by an energetic lady dressed as a turkey to crossing the finish line with my family. It was so funny watching Cameron weave in and out of the crowd as he ran down the street in his oversized shirt. Kayla ran like we’ve never seen before. We brought a jogger for both kids but she was only in it maybe 10 minutes because she wanted to run her little heart out. I loved crossing the finish line with her and she was so proud to get her medal. We will definitely be back next year!
So, I usually get the kids’ Thanksgiving outfits in July or August but somehow this year, I forgot! These photos were so last-minute yet definitely my favorite Thanksgiving photos I’ve taken yet. It was the Sunday before Thanksgiving and I literally ran to Target while Kayla was at gymnastics and grabbed this outfit and let Cams pick his out. He picked this fox sweater and was so happy to put it on for pictures. Kayla liked her shirt and skirt but looked at the shoes and said, “I am NOT wearing those”. She claimed they were Easter shoes, but I got her to wear them with a little convincing. She is very particular about what she wears these days. She has been wearing dresses every single day since she started Kindergarten. She will not wear pants, shorts or even skirts. I’m not sure the reason but as long as she’s not insisting on going naked, I’ll take it 😉 Thank goodness for front yards, a “give thanks” banner in the garage and that my mom had made a beautiful arrangement for her living room table. It all worked out in the end!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now, on to Christmas!!!
Psssst – I’ve been listening to Christmas music since before Thanksgiving and our lights are all up, along with a giant Olaf. I love this time of year 🙂
Kayla – Swimsuit: Cat & Jack; Glasses: Janie & Jack (similar); Red Shorts: Baby B’Gosh; Gingham Top: Baby B’Gosh (similar); Cameron – Tank: OshKosh; Popsicle Shirt: Cat & Jack; Shorts: Cat & Jack; Shoes: Cat & Jack; Lobster Towel: Pottery Barn Kids.
It’s not even the 4th yet and we’ve been having so much fun! It is swim season and the kids could not be loving the water more. They’ve both been taking swimming lessons and are learning so fast. Kayla skipped 3 levels in her first session, we’re so proud of her. Cameron had a rough start, with lots of tears the first few classes but he has come around and is a start student at last. They both love the beach as well. Cameron loves being buried in the sand and Kayla enjoys burying him.
So many fun red, white and blue props this year, I’m in heaven. I couldn’t resist the rocket pop float. Not only does it photograph well, it’s Kayla’s favorite popsicle. The donut float is not 4th themed but I love donuts and they looked so darn cute in it together, I had to include here. The lobster towel I picked up at Pottery Barn Kids along with a cute, matching plate and cup set. Cams knows it’s his and will not let anyone else use his lobster towel.
I can’t wait to see what other fun this summer brings!
Wishing everyone a very happy and safe 4th.
PS – More pics to come including a special new addition to the family!