December is more and more becoming a month full of places to go and people to see. My December was full of fun parties with really good people and of course delicious food and drinks.
One thing about Christmas that I love are my family’s Christmas traditions. This year my Ma started a new one- using my niece to create some really fun Elf on the Shelf photos for instagram.
Other Christmas favorites include: my parent’s annual Posada party, our semi-formal Christmas eve dinner at my Aunt’s house in Laurelhurst- this year marked 29 years of her hosting the glorious dinner, Christmas day at my parent’s house and our traditional tamale dinner, and of course our secret santa exchange with the cousins. This year I scored adorable vintage water glasses from my cousin Juan.
Another exciting December event is that we finally moved into our new house. My Christmas wish was that we would be there by Christmas and it just worked out that our first night in the house was Christmas Eve.
One thing I have learned about myself is that I really enjoy entertaining. When we lived in the condo I had an annual cookie party with girlfriends in December. We would all decorate and exchange cookies while drinking hot apple cider. It was not the most glamourous of gatherings but it was an excuse to get together and be festive. Since moving out of the condo and being in our weird housing limbo I have been looking for a reason to host a party.
Thanksgiving weekend provided the perfect opportunity. Some of my best and brightest were in town and Mike’s parent’s large empty house provided the prime location. The menu was easy and delicious, it was a potluck brunch so each girl was able to show off her talents: quiches, champagne, mango juice, salads and baked french toast.
Can’t wait to do it again, but this time at the new house! Thanks for joining girls.
Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Here are a few favorite snaps from our Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. We are lucky enough to be enjoying some time off and catching up with family & friends.
A favorite Christmas Eve tradition- Brunch in my parent’s neighborhood with good friends & neighbors. Mike with our little friend Paul.
Christmas Eve dinner with my favorites. Cousins- Beto, Anni, Alma, Joaqo & Ari. Sister Dita, Brother Nando and Mike.
My mother’s poodle Rosie & niece Annabella posing waiting for Santa.
Cute cousins- Katie, Ellie, Sylvia, Arturo & Annabella.
Christmas day dogs- Baron, Rosie & Lia.
Even though the gift giving is over for the time being, I wanted to share this fun DIY craft that we put together for some babies in our life.
Mike & I made ‘family flashcards’ for two of the babies in our life. McKenzie, Mike’s Niece lives down in Santa Barbara and we don’t get to see her enough, she is 16 months and starting to memorize the name of those nearest and dearest. To help her in putting our faces to names & since she lives so far away, we made her a collection of flashcards with the names and faces of her cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. It was really fun to see her try to read them and match the faces on the cards with the people in the room.
For my 11 month old cousin Arturo we made him a set of flashcards of most of our family in Portland that he sees on a weekly basis. He was more into biting on the cards, lucky we laminated & gave them rounded corners, than saying the names but he was off to a good start recognizing the faces and babbling.
This was a pretty simple project and just required family photos & a laminator. It is a great birthday present for any baby or toddler in your life & a real hit with the parents!
Below are some pics of Arturo playing with his cards.
This weekend marks Father’s Day so here is a little la vida lauer love for my daddio.
As you can tell by the photo above he is one cool guy.
I get my techno lust and geekyness from him. He is a big time NERD- but in the coolest sense of the word. One of his former job titles was webmaster after all.
He has been on Twitter since the beginning and has way more followers than I could ever dream of.
He bikes to work, is a devoted Apple user and non stop photographer.
He is currently the principal of Lewis Elementary here in Portland, OR and I love visiting his school. The kids think he is really big stuff!
Happy Father’s Day @timlauer :) thanks for influencing me in all the right ways.
This Memorial Day weekend marked Mike’s graduation from law school, lots of time with family & friends & a lot of good food. Yesterday afternoon was spent riding bikes in the sunshine and visiting my uncle’s farm about 25 mins south of Portland. The weather was perfect I ate watermelon and potato chips and explored the property with my brother and sister along with Rosie & Baron. It was a great reminder that Summer truly is right around the corner. One of the good things about returning to work after a 3 day weekend… 4 day work week, enjoy!