Month In Photos: December 2013

A group of people posing for a photo

December is pretty much over already? How did that happen? This entire month seems like a whirlwind that took me along for the ride.

It started with a fantastic trip with my daughter to Beaches Negril in Jamaica. The sand, sun and ocean was the most perfect way to start the month off right.

As soon as we got back, it was a mad rush to finish shopping, baking and decorating. Due to the trip we had a late start in prepping for the holidays, but I managed to pull it all off without too much stress. Well, nothing a glass of rum and eggnog couldn’t handle!

Christmas was perfect, time spent with the family and memorizing each magical smile and squeal from my kids. The stress, rush and mad-prep was totally worth it.

Even Elfie {not pictured} came to stay about mid-month until Christmas Day. Whether you like Elf on the Shelf or not, I’m addicted to the girls excitement each morning as they find him with a huge, ‘Morning Elfie!’. Ours doesn’t get into too much of a mess, it’s just something totally fun for the kids as we countdown to Christmas. He’s their buddy and they love him – that’s all that matters! ok, and if it stops them from having one colossal fight per day, it’s a huge bonus.

Between Christmas and now we’ve lucked in with some warmer weather, opposite to the massive snowstorms we’ve suffered for the last month and a half. While I’m not a winter person {at all!}, we took advantage of the nicer weather and went sledding and {drumroll} – I taught the twins to skate!

On shaky feet, they each held my hand for about 5 minutes and then they were off. While right now they move slowly and can’t really ‘skate’ exactly, they can stand and cautiously make their way around the ice. That first time they even mastered how to get up on their own from the ice. Success!

Plus, the break from school and activities has given me a re-charge after such a chaotic Fall. Sleeping in, a clear schedule for a bit and staying in PJ’s until noon. Bliss!

Was it a good December? Absolutely!

Hope all my fantastic readers had a wonderful December and Christmas. So long 2013, bring it on 2014!


If you haven’t yet made a Month in Photos collage, January 2014 is a great time to start! You can print each month, and soon you’ll have a year in photos for an album – without much effort required.

I used to *plan* to put photos in an album or make one at least every quarter – yet my reluctance to actually do it proved to be a huge fail. While I started doing Month in Photos mid-way through 2013 and don’t have a full year, I’m still going to make an album in the next week or so, and start fresh for 2014.





  1. What a gorgeous little family you have! Happy New Year. Just wanted to say that I just adore your blog and would love to feature you some way in 2014 over on Mystery Case.

  2. Such incredible photos, I just love the monthly photos you put up. I need to start these next month. I also seen on Twitter that it is your birthday today ::::::::


    Enjoy your day and all the best for 2014 Tammi

  3. What an amazing December you had! I’m uber jealous of your trip to the beach and warmth! We are covered in a few feet of snow and have been all month long. I could definitely use some warm beach time!

    1. I hear ya, we’ve had record snowfall, so much!!!! Escapes are needed for sure!
      Happy New Year!

  4. I love your pictures tammi! Your girls are so gorgeous! P.S. I love elf on the shelf too. The kids love waking up each morning to find him.

    1. YES!! It’s all in their magic – we do many things we’d rather not. But for them, we do!!
      Thanks Caryn and Happy New Year!!

  5. Such beautiful girls! 2013 was very nice to you many many wishes for an even better 2014!! Thank you for sharing your family & yourself with us this past year (that I’ve been visiting), it is so neat watching your girls grow with each shot!

    1. Thanks Darlene – you are the best!! I thank you for reading and commenting – nice to always see your name on my posts – thank you!!! 😉

  6. December is one of my favourite months! Although busy and hectic, seeing friends and family makes it all worth it! It looks like you had a super fun, yet productive December! Way to go!

  7. I love your pictures and hearing about you adventures with your girls. Enjoy every minute, as they grow older very fast.

  8. Your girls look so much like you! Such a beautiful family. Looks like you had a fun-filled month! Lovely photos.

    Happy New Year, Tammi!

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