Christmas 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

You know what's more fun than being a kid on Christmas morning and more fun than having a kid of your own on Christmas morning?! Having two kids and a niece on Christmas morning! The paper flying, the squeals of joy, the was seriously the best!

Now that we have a house big enough, we hosted both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year. Christmas Eve we had Brian's family over all day and we all just relaxed and hung out. Brian's parents gave the girls a Nugget for their playroom, and it was definitely the hit gift of the day! 

After everyone left, Baylee could not wait to put cookies & milk out for Santa and go to bed. I have never seen her more excited to sleep in my life! Also, funny story, we left the cookies and carrots for the reindeer on the hearth of the fireplace and took Baylee upstairs to tuck her in to bed. When we got back down the plate was empty, but Santa had not come yet. Let's just say our cocker spaniel, Stella, definitely got coal in her stocking.

My sisters and their families came later that night to stay over. The next morning, the kids slept in past 7:00 (what?!) so all the adults got to be awake and caffeinated before the craziness. Once more of my family came to the house, we were already starving, so we went against our normal tradition of diving right into presents, and enjoyed a breakfast of cinnamon rolls, eggs, and bacon first. After we were all fed, the kids went nuts under the tree! I wish I had taken a good picture of just how crazy presents for 3 kids and 8 adults looked! Such a fun sight!

We must have had a trio of nice girls this year, because Santa definitely delivered! We spent the rest of the day hanging out and letting the girls play with their new toys. We had a lasagna, salad, and garlic bread for dinner, and a delicious homemade cheesecake for dessert. It was absolutely one of the best Christmases ever, and I will never forget how blessed I felt to be celebrating it in our new home!

From our family to yours, we hope you all had a magical Christmas!

And now, the countdown to 2019 begins! 



Cuddle + Kind Under the Tree

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The final toys in my must-have toys series are the dolls from Cuddle + Kind. This company is far more than just a toy company. Their dolls are hand-knit by artisans in Peru, and every one purchased helps feed 10 meals to children in need. That alone is reason enough to purchase from them...its like giving two gifts in one!

 My girls adore their Cuddle + Kind dolls! Baylee has Aspen and Natalie has Stella. Natalie loves to snuggle Stella, and Baylee has slept with Aspen every single night since we moved in to the new house. She was an amazing help for Baylee's transition to her new room, and makes her feel safe and secure. I love knowing that these heirloom-quality dolls withstand the test of time and will be around for my girls to love on their whole lives. :)

The dolls come in two different sizes, and tons of different creatures that are perfect for boys and girls of every age! Make sure you order by December 19th to ensure delivery on the 24th. Check them out and let me know in the comments who your favorite is!  

Special thank you to Sarah Krieg for her amazing photography of our special friends!


Christmas Pictures 2018

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Since I am so very excited about our new house, I asked our photographer to do the unthinkable this year and take our Christmas pictures inside the house...on a cloudy day! She completely made it happen though, and our shoot was not only magical, but the most relaxed and stress-free ever. In-home shoots are officially life!

If you are local to the inland empire, and need a photographer, Sarah Krieg (@sarahkrieg) is absolutely amazing! She made us feel like we were just hanging out having a good time instead of doing a structured photo shoot, and she's great with the kiddos and babies! Along with our beautiful pics, she made us the sweetest video which you can watch here. I will cherish this entire shoot forever, Sarah, I can't thank you enough!

So, without further ado, I present The Tibbetts Family Christmas Pictures 2018...


 So obsessed! And this was just a selection of all the gorgeous shots we received! Aren't they perfect??
Let me know what you think of both the pics and video in the comments!