Christmas Recap {in photos}

As an added element of fun this Christmas, Camaron and I set up a photo booth at my parent's family Christmas party. I made some props, we set up a light, and then let the magic happen. I love how into it everyone got. We party with these people every year, and I've never seen them this photogenic before. Love it! (Fox loved it the most, though. Obviously)

Prior to my family's party, we went to possibly my favorite themed-party ever. The theme was dress as your favorite Christmas carol. We went as Rockin Around the Christmas Tree. My favorite part of our costume was how Cam somehow morphed into a wanna-be-Ringo British rocker. He is even wearing an earring (it's my grandma's clip-on).

And here are just some random cute photos of Fox (sometimes you just gotta)

Then, as a present to her parent's, Cam's little sister set up a family photo shoot for us.
Seriously, Tyra. Just hire me already.

I hope you had a great Christmas season. Sugar coma until New Year's -who's with me?

"Call me Elf one more time..."

This past Saturday night, while I was working, Fox was having the time of his life (while missing me desperately, of course). Not only did he get to help his dad with the photo booth at our church's Christmas party that evening, he actually got to meet the big guy! In person!

At first, Fox had to ponder on the fact that Santa apparently wears contacts now, and must have gotten Botox for Christmas last year.

Then, Fox decided to show off his highly-defined calves

And then Fox had a Parent Trap moment. 
Who's the real Santa?

So, basically, Fox and Santa are way tight now.

Put in a good word for me, Fox!

p.s. today is mine and Camaron's 2 year anniversary! Hip hip hooray!

A Clean Fox

Contrary to the look he's giving the camera in this photo, Fox actually tolerates bath time. Trust me, tolerating is a step in the positive direction compared to the way he felt about them a few months ago.

It's been a while, so here's a little update on our favorite little buddy.

This little guy just gets more and more fun each day.
He has officially developed a laugh that is just the best (It's a laugh, not a giggle -although he sometimes giggles in his sleep). Fox basically finds it hilarious when you make kissy noises, click your tongue, or make fart noises (he knows good humor, obviously). Along with the laughing, Fox is also a noise machine. He's always chatting it up (usually with himself). His favorite word is goy/goi. I don't know what it means yet, but when he says it a ton in a row whilst sucking on his pacifier, it sounds like that little trick when you hold your fist in front of your mouth and say girl over and over (it was a jr high thing?) And he is so close to making the Chewbacca noise, it isn't even funny.

Even with no real prior knowledge of the holiday, Fox is totally stoked for Christmas. He loves looking at the lights on our tree and staring at our Merry Christmas banner any chance he gets. And he loves listening as Cam and I belt out Christmas carols whenever we're in the car (he likes to pretend like he's sleeping, but really he's just soaking in the magic that is the Christmas season mixed with our amazing singing voices).

Fox had his four month checkup last week. This kid is a champ. He practically laughed in the nurse's face when she gave him four shots all at once. Ok, so that laugh may have actually been a wimper, but he was back to his happy self before we were even finished putting his clothes back on him (yes, he prefers taking his shots in the nude). And Camaron and I didn't even cry -yeah us! At the appointment, we also found out Fox's current stats. At four months, Fox measures at 25.5" tall (75%) and Fox weighs 12 lbs 4oz (10%) with a head circumference of 16.5" (30%). And although this kid is a little on the thin side, he just started wearing his 6 month clothes and size 2 diapers. We have a growing boy on our hands -and it's freaking me out. The doctor also said it looked like his bottom teeth should be coming in soon -that's freaking me out even more. 

Happy 12-12-12!!!


Guest Post: Southern Living, Our Way

Today, I'd like to introduce you to my new inter-webz friend, Alexa, from Southern Living, Our Way. She is 100% Southern, spunky, gorgeous, and is today's guest poster:)

Hi, Pics-O-Andrea readers! I'm so honored to be guest posting on Andrea's beautiful blog today! If her readers are even half as sweet as she is, I know I'm in good hands :) My name is Alexa and I blog over at Southern Living, Our Way, documenting bits and pieces of my newlywed life with a super-duper handsome husband, parenting an adorable but possibly psychotic fur-baby, and the hilariously unscripted things that could only happen to someone as awkward as me.
With December, like, HERE {I'd be lying if I said I hadn't been eyeing my Christmas decor since Halloween} and my favorite holiday quickly approaching, today I'm coming at y'all with some thoughts on Christmas+marriage. Hold on to your hooters, because it's a doozie! For richer or poorer; In sickness and in health; For holidays with in-laws and for regular days; This is my solemn vow.
That, my friends, should totally be the new version of traditional wedding vows. This year will mark the first time I’m spending Christmas morning away from my parents and brother, and I’d be very Pinocchio-with-a-long-nose if I said I was 100% happy about it. My husband, Glenn, and I are heading up to his hometown in New Jersey to spend time with his family, including Christmas Eve and Christmas day, days that hold sacred value and tradition for my family. Though we’ve spent Christmas mornings together before, this is also our first married Christmas, so would I have loved to spend it the way I remember Christmas growing up? Well, hellzzz yeah!
My brother and me circa 1991. Obviously we love Christmas!
Before I sound like a Grinchy daughter-in-law, let me say that I do love my in-laws. It wasn't easy in the beginning, and for those of you who had it easy, you're a rare breed! But these people raised one heck of a guy who I love with more than my whole heart, so I can dig 'em! However, here’s the problem: I’M SOUTHERN. Let’s all laugh for a second at the thought of me in New Jersey at the end of December. Glenn’s all promisey about a “white Christmas” for me, since growing up in the deep South I rarely saw one, but my reply is always, “But I want my mommy!” Did I mention I’m mature? ;) 
But you know what I finally realized? {Not without much huffing, puffing, and general pouty stomping about, mind you...} Christmas isn't about what state we spend it in, even if *gasp* it's not in the South. And it's not about doing the same thing year after year. Now that I am eternally linked to the man who completes my heart, who loves me with his entire being and wants nothing more than for me to smile waking up on Christmas morning, the holiday is about so much more. Christmas this year might be different for me in some ways, but one thing will remain the same: I will be surrounded by people who love me unconditionally. And what's more ~ I'm not their flesh and blood, so they don't even have to like me, but they still do!
Our first Christmas morning together, 2010
Thank you for letting me write to y'all today! I hope you'll head on over to Southern Living, Our Way and follow along!

Christmas Chalkboard DIY

Happy Monday!
Here's a fun, simple DIY I did over the weekend.
Woodland Christmas theme, anyone?

Let's get started
 Supplies needed (all found at Hobby Lobby):
chalkboard paint
small paintbrush
basswood round
ribbon or lace
2 thumb tacks

1. Painting
paint 2-3 layers of the chalkboard paint onto the round. Let dry an hour between coats. And let dry overnight before using chalk on it.

2. Chalk
 Rub the side of your chalk all over your chalkboard to season it. Here's why

3. Hang
 Use the thumb tacks to pin your lace or ribbon to the back of the wood to create a loop to hang it from.

4. Bask in your amazing craftiness
It's great for writing a little message, drawing a monogram, or a simple holiday doodle to
spice up your wall (and it only costs around $10 to make!)
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