December 1, 2011

Oh, Christmas Cards

Mailing out our Christmas cards

I have this thing about Christmas cards. I really enjoy planning out a photo of the kids and creating beautiful cards to send our friends and families every year. Even though they can see us all here on the blog. It's my must-splurge every year. And I am always sure to have them ordered before Thanksgiving. It's my thing.

But, I try not to send them until December 1st. You know, I don't want to look like a show off. The first batch went in the mail today, btw. I lifted Ivy up to put every single one into the slot.

back of Christmas card
okay I'll show you the back...

This time around I ordered two different styles of holiday cards from Hallmark. I purchased them myself, but did have a coupon code. If you're feeling like checking 'em out for yourself, save 20% off with SOCIAL20 .

I'll show the actual cards after everyone's had time to receive theirs in the mail, of course.

This will be my last post with Hallmark this year. Aww. I am truly thankful for their nudge to hug those anytime moments and treat them like the special occasions that they are.

Ivy & Mommal

Today we visited Mommal and took her the cutest little gold sparkled tree with a teensy tree skirt and everything. Ivy decorated it for her and then we had lunch together. Not much, but yes much.

tiny tree

When we got home, Ivy had fallen asleep and I carried her inside to the couch. I really needed to work, but she really needed me to hold her. And so I did and I really held her. I didn't hold my phone, I didn't just sit and let myself worry about stupid stuff, and I didn't try to maneuver her body so that I could reach my laptop okay so maybe I tried that but I'm glad it didn't work ...

because then I just held her and felt my arms around her and how she gave in to me and I let her in. No, not much.

So much.

Happy happy special tiny momentous occasions, my friends. They are all around you. They are here, right now. What a present.

Be sure to visit the “Holiday Ideas and Inspiration” tab at Hallmark’s Facebook page for videos and tips from singer/songwriter Jewel (did you see that I totally chatted with her on the phone?!) as well as many other great experts to help you this holiday season.

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I've enjoyed partnering with Hallmark this year- so much. As always, all content, memories, and opinions expressed are my own. 


  1. I love those fleeting moments with the baby-turned-kid. I love them so much. Hanging on to those last bits of baby in them.

    Also, I LOVE the photo of Ivy decorating the tree with your Mommal in the background. Beautiful. One to treasure.

  2. Beautiful post. You will never regret those special little moments with your kiddos and family. Thank you for sharing!

  3. i may be sending you my address, because i NEED one of those cards. ;)

    also, i love your relationship with your mommal. i don't have a close relationship with any of my grandparents and it burns me inside. thankfully, my girls have an awesome relationship with their grandparents. :)

    that ivy.

  4. another touching post. Love the little tree. Can't wait to see the card. Ivy looks so grown up.

  5. oh steph, I just love that photo with Ivy and your Mommal in the background. you are such a gift to her.
    happy december!!

  6. Okay, I just love that you admitted that you tried to move her for your laptop. Typical (for me!) ha! ;P

    Precious, sweet moments...

  7. I live to read your amazing posts on motherhood. :-)

  8. so glad I'm not the only one who still loves sending paper cards even though my friends have probably seen PLENTY pics of my kids throughout the year! It is a fun splurge, isn't it?

  9. I'm always grumpy about having to slow down to hold a child and then once I am doing it I wonder why I would want to do anything else. Ivy is just too big, by the way. Looks all grownup in the pictures.

    I had my cards ordered and ready for pick up before Thanksgiving, but just picked them up this week. Husband still has to write the letter. I am getting twitchy. ;)

  10. I also love sending out real Christmas cards. It's one of my favorite Christmas traditions. :)

    And what a great photo of Ivy decorating the little, tiny tree! Love the gold!

  11. I dread composing my Christmas letter sometimes and wonder how nice it would be to make it a groundhog day letter like our cousin Sherri does. What I should do is start a Christmas letter diary of interesting things in Jan. Then I'll have lots of things to use if I need them.

  12. Lovely post and excellent reminder about what this season is about. Ivy is a doll.


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