Alright, so let’s be real. All my gift guides are my “Wish List”… but I suppose these are my top realistic choices with specific things in mind for myself. I hope my picks help you narrow down your own list or help you pick out items for people you love! That Nespresso is way up there for me, because I am working on a coffee bar station with a piece of family furniture we are fixing up. Also, Nespresso is so dang good. If you are buying for a newlywed or new mommy, Nespresso is a great gift option!
Already I can tell that this year is going to be SO FUN. Knox has been saying Christmas and Santa Claus for weeks now, and he is so aware something fun is going on. He is always so giddy and any time he sees lights or a tree, he yells “CHRISTMAS!!!” (except… it’s currently pronounced Pissmas… We are working on it.)
This year, we are looking to exchange some of his baby toys for more imaginative, playroom style pieces, a big boy bed, and all the things. I included a couple options for the bigger ticket items! But, we definitely have our eye on that bed with the slide for K.
EEEEP! They’re here, they’re here! I am so excited to share our formal Christmas photos for this year. Planning our Christmas cards is one of my favorite things I do every single year, even though my hubby always takes some convincing to do it. Ladies, you’re not alone! Even my husband hates doing family photos. But, it’s always worth it. I absolutely love seeing how my sweet family has grown over time and I actually REALLY want to get prints made from all of our shoots to hang up at Christmas every year. That’s my current project!
This year’s shoot was… an almost disaster. See just a glimpse below… lol. If it weren’t for our incredible photographer, Cottonwood Road Photography, we would have had a total flop of a shoot. Knox, who usually LOVES getting his picture taken, just wanted to explore. I mean, he is a toddler boy. I should have known! But, somehow, Hannah H. captured the milliseconds we got of Knox not asking to “get down” or yelling “stop it” as we would chase him down to keep from falling into the barbwire fences around us as he searched for the horses he swore were around, but absolutely did not exist. L O L.
Quick tips for shooting with a toddler:
- Just roll with it. If they want to run around, that is how your shoot needs to be. Our photographer, Hannah, set the tone for this so well and we just followed her lead. Rather than getting frustrated with him, which would have upset him and made the shoot a lost cause, we tried to be adventurous with him. It kept him smiling, even though he was frustrated with us for not letting him run into the open field by us.
- We would play in the leaves with him (which ended up being some of my FAVORITE shots Hannah got!) or tossing him in the air to get giggles. Whatever you got to do, do it. It’s not about you or about getting the “picture perfect” shot. It’s about capturing your family, as it is. And, if you have an amazing photographer, then you get the picture perfect shots mixed in WITH the real shots. I love them both, honestly! This is also why it’s so worth paying a great photographer, if you’re able, once a year for your Christmas photos. They can capture things you just wouldn’t be able to on your own or with a non-professional.
- We left saying “Well, even if we have to send out a funny picture, we are going to be happy!” Having images, no matter how your shoot goes, is so worth it and you’ll never regret it.
Thanks to Dillard’s for sponsoring all of our looks! Everything except for Knox’s jacket and Paul’s shoes are entirely from Dillard’s. I have them all linked for you below.
It feels impossible to narrow down our hundreds of photos to a graspable amount… so I tried my very best to pick the best, the funniest, and the cutest!