christmas in cali

We had SO much fun during our Christmas break.
Lucky for us, since Tay is self-employed, we took an extra long trip down there.
And you can't beat knowing that you're getting paid for not even working!
 (perk of being a teacher!)

Like I said in this post, I really failed at taking good quality pictures. 
Just know that we had THE best time.
So many games with the sibs (who are just my favorite people in the world), so much shopping (much to my chagrin--my sisters wonder how I'm related to them...I really dislike shopping trips, and they are shop-MONSTERS, like really), and SO much good food! Can't beat that!
Since I was super sporadic in my picture-taking, they don't tell the greatest story.
So here is a random selection of pictures--enjoy!
 I CANNOT express how much I love this little babe.
I SO miss living next to my nieces and nephews.

 Merry Christmas from these awkward Gilbs!
...and a skirt that is askew!

^this grandma of mine is such an amazing woman.^

 I was such a bum the whole trip--I pretty much changed into pajamas by 4pm every day.
and I don't regret a single second.
We party hardyyyy...in pjs.

I also got to see some of my dearest friends from high school!
 ^straighten those legs, kel! i suck at pictures.^
p.s. that tree may be THE fattest tree I've ever seen.

so fun to catch up with these beauts!

okay, my sisters and I have a serious problem.
we may be completely incapable of taking a normal picture.
it just doesn't happen. 
even when we try our very hardest.
I miss this sister of mine like you wouldn't believe.
I am SO lucky to have such wonderful sisters--I really hope I have girls that are as close as we are.
and I am dying inside from missing my oldest sister who lives in kansas.
we missed you, laur!

time to find a way to enjoy the awfulness that january is.
plus, my students will start filing into class in about five minutes. 
better wrap this up, folks!


  1. You are just the cutest! Loving those red tights! And that baby and those cheeks. Adorable!!
    xo TJ


    1. ah, thanks TJ! You are too sweet! LOVE your little blog!

  2. Girl, I'm totally feeling ya on the pjs thing. Today was the first time I showered since Sunday. Oops! I'm in serious denial about having to go back to work and school.

    1. haha!! I totally am with you on that lack-of-shower thing. why does it have to be so annoying to shower? haha AMEN girl!

    2. my friends just don't understand. i'm glad that you do!

  3. So. Happy. To. Be. Your. Friend. I. Like. You.