Happy Holidays

baby's first christmas photos

Now that our cards have been mailed out, I wanted to share our holiday photos taken by Violet of Happy Days Photography. Duncan was more interested in eating the fake snow on set than posing for the camera, so I was thrilled to see that Violet managed to capture a few smiles.

We’ve been loving our first holiday season with our little guy. He makes it all so much more special and fun. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, then you’ve seen Dunc’s first visit with Santa, first ride in the sled, and his first Hanukkah. We’re looking forward to spending more family time together over the next few weeks.

Wishing you love, peace and happiness! Merry Christmas! xoxo

family christmas photos

family christmas photos

family christmas photos

Happy New Year (and our first wedding anniversary!)

new year ultrasound

Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is treating you well so far 🙂 2016 just seemed to fly by and this new year doesn’t seem to be slowing down any either.

new-years-eve-mike-and-jill

New Years Eve marked our first wedding anniversary! We marked the occasion with a steak dinner, a bite of our freezer-burnt wedding cake (ew), and a NYE celebration with friends.

first wedding anniversary photo book gift from shutterfly

Since the first wedding anniversary is traditionally the ‘paper anniversary’, I gifted Mike a photo book that included pictures from our Paris proposal, engagement shoots and wedding. I created my photo book using Shutterfly.com (affiliate link), and I was able to put together my photo book in just a couple hours.

first wedding anniversary photo book

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Christmukkah Dinner

christmas channukah dinner

I hope everyone enjoyed celebrating the holidays with friends and family. We had a wonderful time visiting with my Mike’s parents, who were in town from British Columbia. Mike’s mom hosted us for Christmas where we enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner, and we now have a fridge nicely stocked with leftovers.

The weekend before, Mike and I hosted his parents and our siblings and their partners for a Christmukkah dinner. On the menu was: matzoh ball soup with jewdles (Jew+Noodles, get it? ha ha ha), brisket (I followed Tori Avey’s recipe), steamed beans, honey-roasted carrots and rosemary potatoes. For dessert I made the little apple tarts we made at our cooking class in Paris.

In typical holiday dinner party fashion, some things went smoothly, while others ended up burnt and in the bin. But the brisket was tender, the smoke alarm went off only once, and we ate, drank and were merry.

matzoh ball soup

 thyme rosemary roasted potatoes

christmas brisket

 christmukkah dinnerfrench apple tart