How do you holiday

Shooting this year’s holiday card felt good. Like really good. Last year, I was in such a bad place, feeling so sorry for myself. While we took the photos, I had just had my second miscarriage… which is why we wore glasses in the photos. There were tears, it was awful. This year, I felt happy, fulfilled, loved, and healthy. The amount I’ve grown in the last year is incredible and almost unbelievable. I’m so proud of myself for doing the work to overcome it all.

Anel, Boots, and I headed to Compo Beach in Westport with Stephanie to shoot these photos for our 2016 card. I love how she captured my little family!

Getting Boots to sit still for these shots was quite the challenge. There were a ton of other dogs on the beach (not pictured) and all he wanted to do was play. But he looked so handsome in his tartan collar, and he’s such a big part of our family, that we had to make it work. Next week he turns one, and I can’t believe we ever lived without him. The amount of joy that he’s brought into our lives is unreal!

For our last two cards, we’ve worn Vineyard Vines for our card, and continued the tradition this year. I love this cute plaid skirt, but because it’s short and a little snug, I paired it with a loose sweater and scarf. Anel looked super handsome in this cashmere sweater and my new favorite plaid shirt on him.

We wanted a really simple design for the card itself so we chose this one from Minted, and added custom postage stamps with Boots on them (obviously) for another personal touch. Now I just have to get these envelopes addressed!

Minted Holiday Card

Holiday Card Goals

plaid-skirt

Holiday Card Photo

Mens Vineyard Vines Holiday Look

Vineyard Vines Holiday Card

Vineyard Vines Holiday

Holiday Love

On her: Sweater, scarf, skirt c/o Vineyard Vines / Boots

On him: Plaid shirt, tie, sweater, pants c/o Vineyard Vines

On Boots: Collar, leash c/o Vineyard Vines

Photos by Stephanie Elliott Photography.