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We’re so California

It’s that time of year. Time for scarves, hot tea, lights & of course, Christmas trees.

Every year in California we would head over to the Christmas tree lot or even Home Depot, walk up & down the rows until we found the perfect one. As a kid I always like the Charlie Brown trees. I felt bad for the ones that didn’t get chosen & would eventually become firewood.

//I mean don’t they all?//

Being in New Mexico & starting new family traditions we thought we could pick out our Christmas tree in a new way as well. I’m not sure where else this is available but in New Mexico you can apply for a permit & cut your own. How fabulous right?

The drive to the closest national forest is about an hour and a half away. Not too bad. We make it to the mountains safe & sound. Now all we have to do is spot the one. However, there are regulations you have to abide by. Be at least 100ft from the road & no private properties.

This is where our California roots s h i n e. We all grow quite impatient looking for unfenced areas & Beckette starts dry heaving. So much fun.

I’m totally not picky when it comes to trees so we find one we like pretty quickly. We bundle the kiddos up in the snow & blizzardy winds. I’m coldy mama. Daddy drags the ax over & we watch him chop away. We make it back to the car in one piece & after freestyle nursing Major in the passenger seat, Beckette going #2 in her diaper & a few F bombs, James gets the tree strapped to our roof. Sweet bro, now let’s get the heck outta here.

We’re so California.





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• Musing •


I don’t even really know where to start. During my t e e n a g e years music was everything to me. I spent countless hours and even more money on Rilo, Death Cab, the Format, the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Tegan and Sara, Bob Dylan, Rogue Wave, and so on. I’d study lyrics && their personal lives all while attending every show possible from LA to San Diego. It mattered to me. Music was a core issue for me. Then I grew up. In some areas it was voluntary and in other areas it wasn’t as gentle – with that I lost my song.

||wow that sounded so dramatic.
But that’s what I felt. ||

Tonight Jeremy had band practice and the kids were melting down early at my parents house so I decided to load them back up in the car after a fairly short visit and just drive. Driving is very calming for me and looking at pretty Christmas lights while I drive is one of my favorite things. It felt like a no brainer. It was going to be magical.

Back to the music. You can’t quiz me on everything Jenny Lewis anymore. I’m far less hip than I once aspired to be but I can still feel. I’m good at feeling. Music can bring and unexplainable feeling that just holds you right in that moment. You know that one?! That first kiss, first love, first heartbreak, that joy or that loss. When songs hit me in one of those spots I get stuck there. I just rest there. Even if it’s bad. I stay. I fixate. I listen on repeat. Tonight The Counting Crows did me in- namely, A Murder of One. This song reminds me of growing up && holds me right where I am. It brings me back to being a kid when I first heard it. It makes me feel little. I like that feeling. It’s making me feel little right now and I’m okay with that. And that’s right where I’m staying, for now.

20131203-221408.jpgI walk along these hillsides
in the summer ‘neath
the sunshine
I am feathered by
the moonlight
God’s l o v e
falling down on me.

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a very beshky Christmas







So my family survived our first photoshoot as a foursome. We made it thru with minimal whines & not one tear was shed as long as Beckette got to hold Red Rock. And if you’re wondering, yes, James & I are speaking to eachother 😉

I call it a photoshoot because we got dressed up & made it a plan to actually mark that check box next to Christmas photos. However, we did not use a professional photographer. We are definitely on a budget, so I knew it was time to pull out the tripod & self timer.

We are blessed to have a pretty decent backdrop just on the other side of our backyard wall so we didn’t even have to drive anywhere.

As for our outfits, we are not a big matchy type family so I wanted to make sure we weren’t pretending to be something that we’re clearly not. None of us match eachother & that’s okay.

My hat, dress & boots are from Forever 21; my watch is from Coach & my necklace & bracelet are from JCrew. Beckette’s lace dress is from Gap, corduroy jacket is from Target, leopard boots from H&M. Major’s denim shirt is from Old Navy, pants from Target & bow tie by my fabulous sister in law, Alex Uritis. James’ grey jeans are by Levi & his flannel shirt is by Vans. And no, I did not dress him. He is my husband, not my son 🙂

I hope you enjoyed the pictures! I will post a picture of our actual Christmas card once I design it //it’s not even Thanksgiving yet!// Remember to have fun & make memories when it’s time for yours!


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