Category: Family

Best Kids Christmas Books

I LOVE Christmas time! I love making it special for the kids, and just think it’s the most wonderful holiday of the year! For the past four years I’ve bought a book from this author. Originally I had wanted to buy them all at once, but only one wasn’t sold out; now that I’ve done one a year, I kind of love the tradition. I basically cry at the end of reading them because they so simply all point back to Jesus and the incredible gift that we celebrate at Christmas! I’ve linked them each at the bottom, and as of now, all but “J is for Jesus” are still available (and on Prime)!
Merry Christmas!
xo,
Jac

ALSO threw in a little bonus picture at the end there for ya, caught in real life, Hudson knocking my jaw out of place; my favorite part is how care-free he is about the whole thing.

 

           
 

 

Cranberry Orange Muffin Recipe

Orange Cranberry Muffins

I have been craving orange cranberry muffins for weeks! It’s my favorite combination of flavors, and since being on all these food restrictions for health stuff, I’ve been missing it. I finally found this amazing muffin recipe and whipped them up the other day; they did not disappoint. My tiny sweeties devoured them which is always a double win when they’re healthy. Hope everyone is having fun getting everything ready for Thanksgiving!
xo,
Jac
Cranberry Orange Muffin Recipe

Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Table

We are so ready for the holidays! If we didn’t have a football game to go to this weekend, we would 100% be setting up our tree! Jake LOVES Thanksgiving, so even though it’s not one I would go all out for on my own, it’s worth it to see how much he loves it. I did a little trial set up for our table this week, and I love this black and white fall tablescape! I put a little leaf at each place setting so each of our guests can add something they’re thankful for to our thankful tree. Hudson has loved adding a new leaf each night and has come up with some of the cutest things that he’s thankful for! I linked most of the items pictured, and a few other favorites below.
Happy Thanksgiving!
xo,
Jac

Thanksgiving Table


Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Table

 

Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Table

 

Stripes

Man, I feel like our life has been nonstop lately. We always know September and October are full, but seriously, I feel like we just ran a marathon for two months straight. I think our kids became completely different people over the course of it all. Each day practically I wake up and feel like they’ve developed some new trait, or something new that they’re doing, or interested in. As they say, the days can feel long, but the years truly are so short.
Lately each morning when they wake up, they come to our bed, and Hudson will ask, “do you want to see how tall I grew while I was sleeping?” After our encouragement and affirmation, he’ll stand up as tall as he can and show us, quickly joining him, Sofia will stand up to show us, and add flexing her muscles to show us how strong she is. I’ll reply with “Oh my goodness!” a few times, and it only makes them stand taller and more proud, and I just feel like this is the life I wish I could capture every moment of. Every tiny thing they do, and say, I wish I could have it all documented. How do you balance wanting to document it, with letting yourself be present? If any of you have mastered it, please let me be your student, because I feel like I live in the middle of this conflict at all times.
I spent the last few days in this funk. There was no real reason, I was just down. I hate when I’m in that place, because I just feel like I’m wasting these precious blinks of life. I know there is much for my kids to learn by letting them see that there are the happy moments, and the harder moments; that’s real life, but I’m just always really thankful for that morning I wake up and feel back to myself. Thankful for new days, full of new mercies!

Hope you’re all having a good week!
xo,
Jac

Fall Farmer’s Market

This weekend was a good one. On Saturday, Jake stayed home with Sofia and I got to take Hudson to the USC game on a little mommy date. I’m quickly learning how precious these times I have with them one on one are. We had so much fun! We didn’t get home until 1:30 … AM … but it was well worth the fun night. Yesterday we spent the day together just the four of us, we had a slow morning, went to the farmer’s market, and just rested. Much like the one on one time, I’m realizing how desperate our family is for these types of rest days together. Days with nothing on the agenda, just being. It’s something I want to build in to our monthly rhythms and not compromise on.
Clearly I’m learning a lot these days because it took me 4 years as a mom to realize how life-changing a backpack diaper bag is! Serious game changer here. Especially since having two, having my hands free for them over having a bag on one shoulder has been so nice. I tagged a few of my favorites below.
Hope you all had an amazing weekend and are ready for this new week!
xoxo,
Jac


 

Fall Picnic

Fall is still making us wait, but we make our own Fall around here. We had planned to go to our favorite apple orchard, but called ahead and found out all the apples had been picked! What the what?! So we decided to do an apple picnic instead. We bought a ton of different types of apples, had apple cider, apple butter, all the APPLE things! Hudson’s favorite part was rolling the pumpkin down the hill, and Sofia’s favorite part was watching Hudson. I hope I never forget the sound of how hard he makes her laugh.

It’s still 100 degrees here {I wish I was being dramatic} but Fall will get here eventually I’m sure.

To everyone else enjoying Fall weather, soak it up for us!

xo,
Jac









30

T H I R T Y … Man how did I get here? When I was little the joke was “Jacqueline’s three, going on thirty.” I spent my first twenty years wishing I was older. I spent my twenties wishing I was younger. And I think, so far at least, thirty is the first age I’ve loved being right where I am. Life isn’t perfect, there are mountain high days, valley low days, and everything in between. I have been blessed with more than I could ever deserve. I have things in this life I could have never set goals for 10 years ago, because I am not bold enough to ask my Heavenly Father for blessings this sweet.

Milestones always get me. They force me to slow down {something I’m so bad at}, and reflect. And when I actually pause long enough to reflect on the things that matter in this life, when I push away all the junk, and stuff that the world tells me is important, I realize that if my life were to end tomorrow, I’d leave this world so rich. I have a Savior who saved me from myself, a husband that loves me at my worst, children who fill the world with joy, a family that loves me, and friends who stick with me. Perspective, oh perspective; man how I wish I could live in this true reality, and not get caught up in the rest of it. Lord willing, I’ll do more of that in this next year than last, and this will be more true with each year ahead.

Let’s do this!

Family Photos

Every year around our birthdays I love getting some photos of us as a family. This is our local park, and I love that we were able to get these here. This is life lately, and I feel like these pictures capture each of us so well.
Southern California is always pretty slow on the uptake when it comes to Fall weather, much to my Bostonian husband’s disappointment. But we never have to shovel snow and get to go to the beach in February, so can we really complain?
I will match my children as long as they let me, and then some. We loved getting out early in the morning before it was 80+ degrees *eye roll* for some time at the park. If I had to pick just one piece of Fall clothing, I’d pick a leather jacket every single time, linked my favorites down at the bottom.

xoxo,
Jac













Farfallina

My grandma always sang this old Italian song to me called “Farallina” which is all about a little butterfly. It’s one of my favorite memories of her, and butterflies always remind me of her. I had been wanting to grow butterflies with Hudson, and one day my brother just brought some over for him. We had so much fun watching them break out of their cocoons and grow in to these insanely beautiful butterflies. Having to let them go was bittersweet, but whenever we see butterflies in our yard now Hudson calls them “his butterflies,” each of which he named Laurie or Larry. I love him. As we were letting them go all Hudson wanted was for one to land on his finger, and sure enough the last guy flew back and sat on his finger for a solid 5 minutes. I mean, hi answered prayers. It always blows my mind that God cares about these little things. Anyways, if you can, I can’t recommend doing this with your kids enough!