Casual Friday | Holiday Recap + December’s Video Recap

January 4, 2019

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We spent most of the holidays with our large families at our cabin and even in its in-progress state, all of the hard work we’ve put into it over the last few months all felt worth it. We have a full post coming up next week about all the furnishings we’ve added to the cabin thus far and the details on the painted walls and toned beams are coming Monday! December 23rd we were still carrying in furniture and the last thing we did was put up our tree (we got this one from Balsam Hill). The whole season was magical, to be honest.

Every month, we love sharing a behind the blog video recap of all the moments in between projects. December’s has to be my favorite yet. I just want to freeze time. Life with these girls is so precious right now.

Here are some other photo highlights of our holiday. Willow joined us and loved running all over our property pouncing around in the snow. I worried she might run out in the street or not be able to find her way back or find a bear (!!!), but she checked in often and slept inside at nights and I think her vote is to live at the cabin permanently. (Not going to happen, but we’ll bring her up as often as possible.)

Here’s us on Christmas morning! The funniest story is I bought all the girls matching pajamas from Gymboree, but I must have accidentally got Faye and Greta the adult size (which I didn’t know they carried!) because Faye’s smalls fit me and Greta’s would fit Chris. So Polly and I ended up having matching pajamas and it wasn’t all a loss. (They are $7 right now if you’re interested!) Psst. I got Chris these pajama pants and he loved them so much!

It snowed non-stop. It made for the perfect white Christmas and I’m so glad we put two of these buffalo check snow tubes (they work so well and will last forever because of the thick plastic coating around the entire tube!) under the tree for the girls because after breakfast they played outside all morning.

Polly stayed inside (with her sweet cousin, Ollie–c’mon! the cuteness!) snuggling on her gift from Santa–this oversized sherpa chair. Greta and Faye–even I–also fit in it so I’m hoping it will last a good long time. (Psst! It’s on sale right now!) We keep it in her room and she hasn’t left this chair. We find her frequently sitting in it and reading all of her books.

We went back to our home for a day to regroup and I took a picture of us in our Christmas outfits since I didn’t get a chance to take one on Christmas Sunday. It’s one of the more Mom things I have ever done and I am not ashamed. Our girls have read Camille Andros’s book The Girl and the Dress hundreds of times this year and for Christmas, she sent them a special copy along with two beautiful dresses from Pleiades Designs for Polly and Faye. It was the kind of gift that made me wish we could have three more girls. (My dress is from H&M right here.)

Psst–remember early in 2018 when Faye cut off all her hair and it looked like this? It’s grown out quite nicely. She’s meant for a bob, right?!.

After Christmas, Chris’s family all left and my side of the family arrived!

We mostly sang musicals, soaked in the hot tub, talked beauty products (I made all my sisters try my bronzing face mist after the above photo was taken!) and laughed endlessly. Before Christmas we got a Keurig for the cabin and a bunch of these enamel mugs (I got a few red rimmed and mostly black rimmed and LOVE them) so that anyone could be sipping something hot whenever they wanted.

The temperature dropped drastically over New Years (it hit -14 one morning) so I kept the little ones inside, while the dads and older kids continued sledding outside.  The reading nook with the window seat we made in one of the bedrooms last year turns out to have the perfect view of the sledding hill. I sat here for almost an hour with the girls completely entertained.

We got addicted to a new board game (Camel Up!), played a lot of virtual reality, never slept in once (boo), ate so much food (It’s the holidays! is what we say anytime of the year when we splurge on a food item…but this time it really WAS the holidays.) and soaked up every minute with our loved ones we don’t see nearly enough.

We hope you had the best, best holiday. Chris and I talked about you over the break and are so grateful for each and every one of you!



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  1. Leah says:

    Love all of the pictures, where are the dining chairs from?? Love them! And the light in the kids room?

  2. kara says:

    Can you tell me the size you purchased in the LLBEAN snow tubes?? Reg or XL? I’m wanting, but can’t decide which would work best for 3 young kids and maybe some adults too!

  3. Renae says:

    What a gorgeous family, it’s beautiful to see large families together!

  4. Diana Schneider says:

    Love, love, love your A-Frame!! :) Random question, if you don’t mind: Where is the white sherpa looking throw blanket from that your daughter is using in your last photo?

  5. TP says:

    Love how the cabin is coming along. Check out this miniature A-Frame I came across on Etsy. Reminds me of yours!

  6. Lori H says:

    I loved the video so much! I come from a small family so I am fascinated watching you and your sisters interact (not in a creepy way, lol) I apologize if you have already answered this question: where did you find the two throws in the last photo, especially the sheep (the actual word escapes me,ha) one? Thanks for all you do and share. We bought some of the games you recommended in your Game Night post and loooove Like Minds! Still need to try the others.

  7. Colleen says:

    Hi Julia and Chris!
    I noticed in one of the pictures you have an outdoor chair and table set…could you share where it’s from? Thank you.


  8. Linda Grubbs says:

    That video! Precious ????. This post is one of your best evers! I loved it… made me smile in so many spots and cry too! So sweet! What a fun wonderful group you had there.
    Happy New Year!

  9. Anna says:

    The monthly videos are amazing! Would love to do that with my family! Any tips would be soo welcomed! I love reading your blog and following along on your journey! I’m a momma to a little boy about Polly’s age and an interior designer in West Virginia…our styles line up so closely, everything you do is so inspirational! Thank you!

  10. Kate says:

    I fell in love love love with your pajamas since I saw them in your instastories! I’m seeing them for $28 though. Am I missing a special code?!!

  11. Weird question – why aren’t there any small toys scattered all over the floors? Do you put them aside for the photos or do your kids not play with toys in the living areas? Love the pic of your little ones in the reading nook! xx

    • Julia says:

      Most of these photos are from the cabin and we don’t have many/any toys up there. The toys they got for Christmas, they brought up to the loft to play with.

  12. Chelsea says:

    “They’re for Chris…tmas” and “We’re not lame parents, that’s just what she asked for” both made me laugh out loud at my desk!

  13. Michelle says:

    I love Faye’s bob and her asking for Minnie Mouse tooth paste. Chris’s talk to the camera about not being lame parents made me laugh out loud! “She’s practical!” :-)

  14. Caroline says:

    I love all you monthly recap videos; they are SO well done and will be such a treasure to look back on one day! Is that some kind of web-based game you all are playing on your phones toward the end of the video? It looks hilarious, whatever it is!

  15. Jenna says:

    looks so fun! where is your hooded sweatshirt from you are wearing around the 30 second mark? i love it!

  16. That video is so good it made me cry! Happy new year. :)

  17. Liane says:

    Aww that video was so sweet! Maybe one day my family will come stay there

  18. Shannon says:

    What a fun video! SO many good memories captured. My dad passed away four years ago. We used to tease him that he was addicted to his video camera (think year 2000 VCR type of deal) but all those videos are so precious now. My mom recently found one that hadn’t been been with the others and he recorded it for her birthday. It was a tour around their house and their farm and he recounts all the good things they had in their life together despite the fact he had Parkinson’s disease. Watching if felt just like he was here with her again for a few minutes. Carry on!

  19. Maegan says:

    Julia- I read your blog and follow you relentlessly on Instagram… but very rarely comment. I just wanted to say thank you for all of your inspiration over the years. I live in Wisconsin, have 2 girls and work full time. Strangely, you feel like a friend, so I thought I would share who I am with you. Haha. Anyhow… just wanted to give a New Years shout to say thank you for all the work you do… I enjoy it all… the house, the cabin, the fashion, the products… just… thank you.

  20. Sara Mockli says:

    That video is precious! Gave me all the feels

  21. Julie S says:

    What a lovely family! The snow makes your cabin look magical :) I don’t know what you’ve been doing with the inside but it looks goooood. Excited to read more about it in depth.

  22. Allison says:

    We loooove Camel Up at our house too!

  23. Brittany says:

    Greta is killing that bob! So freaking cute! Looks like you guys had an amazing holiday at the cabin. Can’t wait to read all the posts about the updates!

  24. I’ve had your bronzing face mist on my list to try! I need to just pull the trigger.

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