Ahh! 5 days until Christmas! I’m not ready. I am ready! But I’m also not ready. Anyone else feeling the same!? :) Another random picture dump today! I share a lot of clean kitchen pictures with you all so I thought I’d share a couple of pictures of what our kitchen looks like most weekends. Messy and full of kids. :)
This last weekend the girls had friends sleep over. They made slime and watched movies and jumped on the trampoline and built a fort. Kenny made everyone breakfast the next morning. Kole fled the scene in an attempt to get away from all of the giggling madness. I took pictures of the girls and the mess.
After breakfast everyone followed Kole’s lead and took off and it was just me and the disaster. Which I was fine with because at least I got out of cooking. :) I rolled up my sleeves and got to work.
Ahhh.. back to clean. Like Christmas magic. It lasted all of 10 minutes.
A few years ago I bought 3 little Christmas trees for the kids’ rooms. They’ve left them empty and just enjoy the lights every year but this year Ad decorated hers. She did it all by herself with some leftover ornaments I had laying around plus a few old favorites. She used a blanket for a tree skirt. It turned out so cute!
Then she made snowflakes for her wall. :)
I thought she did such a cute job making her room festive for the holidays and am so proud of her decorating. :)
You can see Ad’s full room with sources in this post.
Her room looks especially pretty at night.
There’s just something about a room with a Christmas tree in it isn’t there? :)
Speaking of snowflakes.. :) Last year my girls’ created a winter wonderland on our staircase.
And we hung our Santa pictures on the closet door.
This year I hung our Santa pictures on the stair wall and the girls were going to surround them with snowflakes. But they got started and then burned out on the snowflake cutting.. ha! So we left it like this. With just a few happy snowflakes on the sides. :)
I was trying to make a Christmas tree out of the pictures. Not sure if you caught that.. because sometimes I can’t tell either, but that’s what I was going for.
On a sidenote.. this blank empty hall to the right of my stairs needs something doesn’t it? I have a few ideas. Add it to the list of 2018 projects!
These Santa pictures are my favorite. I see my kids growing up right in front of my eyes every time I look at them.
Of course we had to keep the tradition going. :) We always visit the Santa at our local mall. He was pretty cute with my kids this year and reminded El that even though she’s a teen now she isn’t too old to keep the tradition alive and get a picture with him. I had just been telling her the same thing on the drive over so we both shot each other a look when he said that. Santa knows ALL things. :)
Kole is so excited for Christmas and had a good chat with Santa about why sometimes things he wants like real snakes can’t happen. (What is it with my kids and snakes!?) Thank you again Santa! Whew.. he really had my back this year. :)
After our Santa picture Kenny met us at the mall and we did some serious divide and conquer shopping! Kids wanted to get something for each other and we had a few friend gifts to pick up. I love our mall! It’s outdoor and always so festive this time of year.
I was wearing this outfit again because it’s such a favorite. Every single thing I’m wearing is on sale! SO many cute things are on sale at Nordstrom right now. I couldn’t help order a few last minute sale items this morning because you can still get everything delivered by Christmas! YEA. Also for my local friends.. the Nordstrom at La Jolla UTC SCAL has a really cool 24/7 buy on-line pick up in store service that lasts from now until Christmas Eve. So convenient if you are still doing last minute shopping! You don’t even have to go in! You can just text from curbside and they will bring your things out to you. Not a bad way to shop. :) It’s available at other locations too so check here if you are interested in seeing about doing that at your local Nordstrom.
Kenny snapped a picture of us before we started shopping and then took this pic when we were done. Whew! Always a marathon shopping with kids! But everyone was still smiling so I’ll call the trip a success. Love these three. And my sweet husband who was balancing all the bags when he took this. Shopping with the kids, carrying all the bags AND taking pictures. Now that’s a good man. ;)
I’ll share a few things I love below that are marked down! Happy last minute shopping and wrapping and decorating and cleaning and baking and anything else you are up to getting ready for the big day! I’m off to go make Christmas Pretzel Hugs with my kids. :)
*Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post and for making last minute shopping so easy for us all! (Affiliate links used)