Blogmas 2019 | Day 2

Woo! I’ve got Day 1 and Day 2 of my December Daily project in the album now and I’m feeling really good about that. I’m just sharing a look at Day 1 in this post since my Day 2 and Day 3 spreads coordinate in the album. I’ll share both tomorrow.

I don’t always adhere to a strict chronological timeline in my December Daily project.  In fact, it’s one of the many ways I have been inspired by Ali’s work over the years.  Sometimes I backtrack to document magical holiday moments that happened in November, because let’s be honest, we start the holiday train early in our family. We went to visit Santa on November 16! 🎅There are also just some days in December that I cannot for the life of me pull a story out of. Hey, that’s real life, right? I am grateful to have a few November magical moments on hand when those days inevitably arise.

In this case I knew I wanted to include a bit of our Thanksgiving travels down to St. Louis to be with my brother’s family. We shared a very festive morning together at my niece, Emma’s high school for a fundraiser her dance team puts on. The kids loved the arts and crafts, pancake breakfast, story time, and games.  We all especially enjoyed seeing Emma and her dance team perform a special holiday number.

Donny was not a great fan of this Santa photo op and even CC was skeptical (I’ll share more about our group outing with the other cousins last month to visit Santa at our local mall later – we actually got smiles this year from both kids for that one!). I actually love this photo. It tells quite the story without a need for any words at all!  Don’t worry, I grabbed Donny mere seconds after snapping this pic and he recovered quickly.

I am hopeful that one day I will catch up with my regular year-long Project Life albums, in which case I will include all of the photos from our trip. In the event that it doesn’t happen, though (I am planning on it, but you know, sometimes those best laid plans…).  At least I have a little snapshot from our family time preserved in my December Daily album.

The most magical part about this experience was not actually the things the kids got to do, but the time the cousins spent together.  There is something so incredibly special about witnessing my kids and my brother’s kids playing, laughing, and loving together.  The same goes for their other cousins as well.  If that isn’t magic, I don’t know what is.

Sending continued thanks for sharing with me in the comments. I absolutely love hearing from you! 
Take good care ❤️

* This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *


31 thoughts on “Blogmas 2019 | Day 2”

  1. Is this the niece we saw in old thanksgiving/ holiday vlogs? If so- how fast time flys! When you do project like (or for when you plan to go back to it) do you have a strategy like going by week vs. going by event? You have so inspired me to find a way to memory keep that works for me.

  2. I really love to see you are getting settled again into this beautiful project. I will follow along and do my best to finish my spreads as well. Sometimes when there’s no special photo of the day or story, I leave the page blank in case there are days with multiple magic moments (sure there will be!).
    What about including a quick 10 minutes office clean up just on your own (no filming, no sharing) right before you start?

    Lots of love

  3. Your blogs are giving my spirit a much needed infusion of cheer. I’m grateful for you and your shared posts. It’s lovely having a little of the Ol’ Jen back.

  4. We get on the holiday train early as well! I love including things from November in my December Daily album. Thanks for sharing, I’m looking forward to following along this month! I will be doing major catch-up on my December Daily because I’m taking my daughter to Disney World next week. I’m looking forward to Disney holiday magic. Happy Holidays Jen!

  5. Family time is the best. Our seven grandchildren are ages 7 down to 9 months so the word “cousins” means the world to them.

  6. The time with family are the most treasured memories I have from the Holidays! My sisters and I all live in the same town so all of our kids get to enjoy most Holidays together. Love the first spread and the Santa pic! Who wouldn’t be scared of a strange older man holding you! 🎅🏻🙊

  7. This is so lovely! I’m a fan of the less-than-perfect Santa picture. When the kids are older, they’ll get much more joy and laughter looking back at that photo than a pristine smiling one. 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  8. I look at my DD as a snapshot of the year, so I also include things that don’t necessarily happen during December. We’re empty nesters and don’t have as much going on as we used to during December.

    As for catching up with your PL, don’t stress about it. When my daughter went to kindergarten (she’s now 25), I spent time working on our albums. It was a nice transition from having her here all the time to making new routines for my day.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. I know one day I’ll have more “me time” than I want. I miss the kids so much even when we’re only apart for an hour or two.

  9. Your past December Daily content has inspired me to use some content from November in my own project. I decorated my apartment in the middle of November and that’s definitely a story I want to tell for this holiday season!

  10. CC is such a beautiful little girl. She is such a wonderful mix of both you and Don. Poor Donny. As much as you feel bad for taking the photo, these types of Santa photos are always my favorite because they show #reallife. I have a similar one of my niece and it still makes me chuckle.

  11. Jen, thank you for the gift of joy that you are giving with Blogmas. I’m loving the photos and stories that you are including!

  12. I love this updates
    Such magical memories!
    We are sending family time ay Disneyworld. Fiesta time with our 2 and a half daughter. ♥️

  13. I love this so much!🥰 I’ve been following you for most of your time on YouTube and have always enjoyed your content. I grew up in your area so those little snapshots and snippets always bring me so much joy. Blessings to you and your sweet family and thank you for sharing with us. ❤️❤️

  14. I wonder if your nieces picked up a trick or two watching their Aunt Jen hosting Thanksgiving and other parties over the years.

  15. I love your blogs ! You write beautifully with sentiments from your heart. You are awesome Jen!

    a very long time subscriber!

  16. I love that you’re back on your blog. I follow you on all the platforms. I’m rewatching some older vlogs over the holidays, and I just love that you shared a photo of Emma now. Wow, she’s grown!

    Thank you for sharing Jen! All the best <3

  17. I love that your back into this! I miss your vlogmiss!! What camera and primter do you use again? Where do you get your supplies? Thank you for sharing! I just saw your video on vlomiss! You do you bc you are perfect. I love all your videos. You are an amazing editor! You are perfect at what you do. Perfection is terrible! I’m doing the same thing with my biz! Thank you!

    1. I use my iPhone and print at home, mainly on my Epson PM-400 but larger photos on my trusty old Canon that’s at least a decade old. Most of my supplies are from Ali Edward’s shop, others from Amazon.

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