December is usually centered around home for us. We settle in and get festive, from choosing our tree to all the trimmings, holiday parties, & cookies for Santa, and beyond. The weather is very winter-y lately, not something California has been good at, but I’m thankful for all of the water. We’ve spent more time indoors together, and the I’ve had my fair share of Lego sessions that last for hours on end. If we’re being real, I don’t mind it at all, I absolutely loved Legos as a kid and am happy to pass the love down. I’m so glad that I get to spend time playing with my little ones. I think it’s so important for parents to still make that connection, and to allow themselves to fully dive in to their child’s world.
For Christmas day we usually take time to ourselves as a family. We have a slow morning opening gifts, eating breakfast, and just enjoying each other’s company. Søren was completely in love with his kitchen from Santa (a DIY Land of Nod kitchen hack, happy to share details if there’s interest!), and Aiden has been making new levels for Mario. On Christmas day we also celebrate my husband’s birthday. I decided this year to start making him a cake every year and while the kids were napping when I snuck this one by, I have a feeling that they will be more involved in future years. I used a simple box mix (I just discovered Miss Jones Baking. It’s organic & delicious!) and I didn’t have any round cake pans so I improvised with a square Pyrex container. While it wasn’t what I originally envisioned, it did the job well.
These photos are part of my Life In Between feature, a candid photo series click here to view them all.
I’ve had such a great time following along with your #LifeInBetween moments on Instagram as well, and I encourage you to keep noticing, enjoying, and documenting them. If you haven’t shared any yet, won’t you join me? I’ve shared one of my favorites below, and will continue to do so moving forward.