I hope you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! The

studio will be closed from now until Jan 2nd. I had to share

a fabulous idea my friend Natalie gave me. I hate to decorate

for Christmas because it is the biggest chore to store and find

everything! She told me to take a picture of everything I

decorated this year and print them out. Then when it comes

time to take everything down you tape your picture to your

storage box and put everything you see in the picture in that

particular box! What a simple, bright idea! Natalie, you are

the QUEEN of making life easier!

Holiday traditions

My Mother-in-law gave me this old raspberry crate to do
something creative with. I printed a few photos of each of
my kids and the quote,"I have no greater joy than to hear
that my children walk in truth." I then glued each of the 25
squares to the inside of the crate. I have had this for a few
years, but this year I decided to make it an advent calendar.
I bought tiny boxes and numbered them 1-25 and filled each
box with something different. If the box was in front of one
of my kids pictures, then they got to open that particular box.
If there was no picture, then they each took turns. I filled the
boxes with little candies, earrings and other jewelry and little
coupons that read: Get out of one chore free card, or This
cupon good for one mommy daughter/son date. Next year I
will do it a little different. I got a wonderful idea from
Davina Fear. She does a different Christmas or charitable
activity with her family for her advent calendar. What a great
way to instill the true meaning of Christmas in our children!
Please share some of your Christmas traditions with me! We
usually let the kids open one present on Christmas Eve and every
Christmas morning I make eggs Benedict. I am always looking for a
fabulous new tradition for my family. Snowbasin is starting a
Christmas Eve tradition that looks like fun. Check it out here.


Baby Carrera

Here is an early Christmas sneak peak for you Amanda!

Ciampini Family Christmas Card

This is one of the 30 some odd Christmas
cards I have created this season. I have
done the Ciampinis Christmas cards for the
past 4 years. They are one of the cutest
families you will ever see!

The Neeley Family

I just love the Neeleys! They are the sweetest family and
Kristen is by far the CUTEST little pregnant chick I have
ever seen! This was a fun session! I got yelled at by an
ornery, slack-jawed old woman and almost got my clock
cleaned by the family goat! I am so far behind on posting!
I took the baby's pictures last week! I will post pictures of
baby Oakley soon.

The Walker Grandkids


Emily and Blake

Emily was such a good sport! I felt so bad-she had the flu
and it was FREEZING cold!! Blake was so cute and concerned
with her well being! Here a few of my faves.