Presents in your mailbox every day season! Or Amazon Prime boxes at your doorstep! lol! I love this time of year! It’s so fun to get Christmas cards from your family and friends. I love seeing everyone’s family photos and how grown up the kids get each year! And my favorite is to hang up all the cards so your loved ones are seen each day! It’s the one time of year to catch up on relationships and families, I love a little blurb on the back of cards!
This year (and every year), I went with Minted for our card. Minted is a design marketplace. They source creative content from a global community of independent artists, they have artists from all 50 states and over 60 countries! I always find my favorite design on this site, not to mention their cardstock is superb and the cards have exceptional photo quality. BEST OF ALL – is the address recipient printing, for FREE. Saves me so much time instead of writing all the addresses with my 4th grade handwriting. Plus, there’s a design that matches your card (or choose a different design), so it makes for a beautifully festive envelope.
We chose the Simply Serene design, it matched our photo perfectly and I love the minimalist design. I love cards where the photo does the talking, so this simple style was perfect. Here are some of my other favorites I posted a while back.
A tip! Always put the year on your card! I keep one of ours each year and it’s so fun to go back and see them all as we grow up.
Here’s our card! Merry Christmas! :)
Happy Halloweeeeeeeen! Hope you all had a spooky night and had fun trick-or-treating! We had a BLAST and the kids were like crazy lunatics going from house to house! Leo ESPECIALLY loved it. He was all over the place! Mostly dodging scary werewolves and other freaky creatures, but when there wasn’t something spooky in his way, he was running for candy. Kinda loving this age. So young and still scared, but enamored with all things festive and excited about Halloween and trick-or-treating! So much fun with these little goblins! Faye stayed nice and warm snuggling with Emmie and Papa Koch while we were out with the other two. She will be cruising with them next year!
Ivy’s pose, LOL. She’s got that princess thing down! Ivy wanted to be Belle this year so that was easy!
Leo struggled with his costume. I showed him about 57 different costumes he might like, took him to Target AND the halloween store, and he would NOT pick one out! He kept saying he wanted to be “nothing” and would never pick one out, uhhhh! The only one he liked was a DIY bulldozer one I found, but yeah right, never got around to that, NOR am I crafty enough for that to turn out right! So we finally found a Blaze (Nickelodeon show) costume with inflatable tires which was awesome because he’s obsessed with all things trucks, but one of the tires got a hole in it this weekend while we were at a Halloween party. Shoot! So, we had this pumpkin in their costume closet and he was happy to be it! All worked out! WHEW.
Me and mah girls!!!
A vampire and his witch. John even did his own makeup, good job!!!!
Koch Kiddos! Love those three little goblins
Now let the trick-or-treating begin!
Such a blast! Now time to dive into their candy buckets and steal all their sugar and anything sour! I don’t like chocolate (I know I’m weird!)! Nerds and fun-dips please!
How many stomach aches are we going to have in the next few days?! :)
What a WEEKEND! Whew! We’ve had family in town since last Thursday here to celebrate Faye’s baptism this past weekend. My sister Jillian was the last to depart just this morning, so we got a ton of sister and cousin time together! Ivy’s already missing her buddy.
The fun started on Thursday when my two sisters and her daughter flew in to visit. One sister lives in Portland, Oregon, and the other in Indianapolis, Indiana, so we only get to see each other 2-3 times a year, NOT ENOUGH! We all grew up here in Sioux Falls and our parents are still here, so it’s a lot of family time when we are able to get together. Love seeing the sisters and spending time together. Our brother, who lives near Aberdeen, even stopped for a quick visit on Friday! Everyone got to see Faye and all the cousins (and another boy due in Dec!) were together and rowdy as ever!
Faye’s baptism was on Saturday morning. She wore the same gown that Ivy and Leo wore, gifted by John’s Mom Betsy. It’s a beautiful white heirloom gown that I’m happy Faye fit in since she’s so big! My oldest sister is the godmother and John’s brother is the godfather. Happy to have such great siblings to fit the godparent role!
Baptism with Father Desmond
With the godparents
My big huge family!
John’s family and Faye’s grandparents
The rest of the weekend we had lots of bottles of wine and just had fun spending time together! I put the phone down and really enjoyed time with each other. And probably because we were busy with 4 kids in the house! :)
Koch Kiddos with cousin Alexandra
All the cousins together! Jillian will be adding another boy – due Christmas day!
Happy Baptism Faye!
Ivy is 4 years old! We celebrated her birthday this past weekend with our friends and family and had the best day! She chose a baby doll party for her theme, which is super cute because ever since Faye, she’s really gotten into her babies and her dolls. I decided on an “Oh Baby” theme (see inspiration post here) with balloons from our friend Ryan at Queen City Balloons (he’s the best!). I found an invitation to match that was originally for a baby shower, but I had her revamp it for Ivy’s party. The combo worked perfectly!
We had her friends bring their own doll to join in the fun, so we borrowed some extra high chairs and baby doll items so all the little girls had something to do with their dolls. It was adorable watching them play babies! :)
The party was a blast and we showered her with love, gifts, and lots of cake! Ivy got a ton of new clothes for her dolls, which is her favorite thing to do – dress them in new outfits! She was so excited about all her gifts!
skirt // shirt
cake from The Cake Lady // balloon tassel cake topper // candles // cake stand // candy jar
Look at all these kids!
This is such a fun age! Her excitement and love for life is contagious and so super sweet. She ran around with her friends like a crazy person and loved being surrounded by all her loved ones. She had so much fun with all the little girl and doll gifts she received!
Rounded the Koch clan for a quick pic! Leo in his own world with his new truck, haha
So we decided to join him :)
Ivy, you bring us so much happiness. Your sweet personality and spunky behavior gives us so much joy and laughter. You are such a little mommy bird and I can always rely on you to be the responsible one! We love you so much and I hope your hugs are always this big and full of love! Happy Birthday our little big four year old. xoxo.
sneakers // jeans // shirt