Decking Our Halls + Our Holiday To-Do List!


After coming home from traveling over Thanksgiving I was beyond tired. We drove home from northern California and even though I was so tired my excitement to pull out all our Christmas decor took over. I took out our Christmas storage bins and stayed up late decking out our tiny apartment. We have a fake tree which I love. It is tiny and really skinny, but it fits perfect in our home and I love how full it looks once all our ornaments are on it. I have a random assortment of ornaments, but mostly Disney themed ones. I've spent the last 2 years collecting ornaments that I thought Ryan would love. We have a character from all his favorite Disney movies, plus a Raphael Ninja Turtle complete with his own swords. Or 'sworths' as Ryan called them. This year I purchased a new family ornament with Mila on it and a few princess ornaments too for her. My Christmas spirit is extremely strong this year and I am just so excited to do any and all things festive!

We took photos while decorating our tree and they are such treasures. I told Dan that I want that to be a tradition now too. To take family photos while decorating our tree. It was so much fun and I think it would be wonderful to collect and look back at our family growth during such a festive time. Thank you to Dulcet Creative for capturing such a special memory. Also, thank you to Hanna Andersson for the sweet matching jams! Dan warmed up to the idea and I think he looks the best in them ;)

Every year I like to put together a Holiday To-Do list in hopes of doing festive things together as a family and with friends. A few things are yearly traditions, a few things are new ideas, a few are lofty. I think it is fun to put together this list and check things off as we do them. When Mila gets older it will be fun to put together a list with her, she might have some good ideas. I feel like children always have the best ideas or the most extravagant. I know a lot of families do similar things, I encourage you to do this with your own family this year! Happy Holidays friends!

Our Holiday To-Do List

- Bake & Decorate Sugar Cookies w. Friends + Little Ones

- Take a Drive w. Hot Chocolate To See The Neighborhood Christmas Lights

- Dance At A Holiday Party

- Walk Down Christmas Tree Lane

- Visit The Bayleon Mansion, Then Get Ice Cream Afterwards

- Christmas PJ, Donuts And Disney Movie Marathon w. Friends

- Buy Poinsettias And Leave Them On Friends + Family Doorsteps

- Cuddle On The Couch And Watch Frosty The Snowman

- Make Popcorn Balls

- Make And Deliver Homemade Lasagna To Family Members

- Volunteer At CHLA

- Host A Holiday Bake Sale To Benefit Families In Need

- Craft An Ornament w. Mila's Handprint