12 Day’s of Christmas::

Hello, Thought I would pop on again real quick and wish everyone a safe and wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. We have soo much jam packed into the next 2 weeks and it all starts tomorrow! I am so excited! This year is going to be even more amazing than last with Lydia running around and actually unwrapping her own presents with wonder and excitement! I thought I would share just a few photos from my 12 day’s of Christmas series I did on Facebook and Instagram. Head over to my Instagram darlingbeebeautiful or Lydibug Photography on Facebook to see the rest! IMG_62751IMG_93081IMG_29392IMG_27381

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10 Year’s Later::

Hello! I can’t believe Christmas is only 5 day’s away! Every year I am ready with all my shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating by the beginning of December as I wait for the magical day! I love spending everyday with my sweetie, but there is just something amazing about watching the season through a child’s eyes! That being said, once we hit December not only does it mean Christmas and my Birthday are right around the corner… but also the day that Cory and I started dating wayyy back in high school! I know it may seem silly to some, once you get married your supposed to stop celebrating your “dating” anniversary. However, we celebrate the same way since our One year, dinner at Olive Garden. Yes it it extremely simple, but its a tradition and I love it! This year on December 16th we celebrated 10 years together! Wow time really does fly by! We have been through so much together. Graduating high school, apartment living (shortly), living with my parents for a month (love you mom and dad), moving into our first house, having a dog, two cats, traveling as much as we could, countless jobs, engagement, buying a new house, renovations and home improvements, marriage, and of course the birth of our daughter Lydia! I can only imagine what the next 10 plus years will bring our way! I feel so blessed to have the life I live, and he makes it a whole lot more fun!

Throwing it back to our first vacation together 3 month’s after we started dating!08

Yearly Tradition::

Hello! I thought I would stop over and share a few quick photo’s with you! Every year my mother and I take a girl’s holiday shopping trip to Milwaukee. We started this year’s ago and it has evolved to Lydia of course joining us! The last three year’s we have taken a similar photo in the hotel, watching the changes is amazing year to year! We started back when I was 16 weeks pregnant with Lydia, she was the size of an Avocado and we never did find out her gender, until birth! The following year she was 6 month’s old and starting to eat more solids, sleeping all through the night and sleeping like a champ in her stroller! This year Lydia was 18 month’s old and running around all over the place! She enjoyed exploring all the stores and eating ALL the yummy foods! We even did room service and watched a movie all snuggled in our Christmas jammies! Each year is a new exciting adventure, excited to see what the next year brings! Screenshot_20161120-093407.pngIMG_0290.jpgIMG_48271

Holiday Cheer

Hello, I know I know it has been wayyy too long! Day’s have been flying by and the blog got lost in the dust! I have every intention to continue again! I miss posting and most of all I can’t seem to remember thing’s as well “mom brain forever?” so this is a great place to write thoughts and stories that I can look back on when my sweetie is all grown up! I have tried to keep a journal… I did really well writing each week of pregnancy and the first month after Lydia was born, continuing once a month until she turned one year. Also I did a entry when she first really started to walk and a 18 month entry. However what about all the day to day things I don’t want to forget?! I have Instagram for little pieces of daily life and Facebook… but is there such a thing as oversharing? The blog is a place that people can come if they care enough to read, if not… well it will be here for me to look back on and see how much my life has already changed! That being said Lydia is 19 months old and such a joy! I am an obsessive mama photographer that wants to capture her every move and see seems to enjoy being in front of the camera! With the holiday’s starting up and Christmas right around the corner I am taking so many holiday photo’s it made ordering our Christmas cards super hard! Could not make up my mind… too many cute photo options! I am hoping to start some new (for us) Christmas traditions now that Lydia is getting older. We are hoping to enjoy the Garden of Lights at the Botanical Garden this year, also I have never and am actually very excited to make our first ginger bread house! The house is all decorated and the tree is trimmed, stockings are hung waiting for St. Nick to come tonight! We have parties planned every weekend until the end of January and I am loving it! This is one of the most magical times of the year! We plan to keep Christmas gift’s simple. Cory and I prefer to put the money toward traveling.. (planning a family road trip for new years) and I really don’t want to overwhelm Lydia with a bunch of thing’s she will play with for a day and then forget. That being said the whole something they Want, Need, Wear, Read and something from Santa is where we are at! Thank’s to a friend I came across Usborne Book’s about 9 months ago and since then have hosted a party and gotten about 30 books to grow her Library. I set aside a few to wrap as her Read. Want/Santa is a little people princess castle that we are sure will be a huge hit! Need is a new potty and potty watch for potty training in January! Wear is some new jammies and a new pretty cotton dress for church! I really want to teach her to joy’s of giving and spreading kindness as she continues to grow! What are some of your favorite Holiday Traditions?!