Merry Christmas!

Today is such a special day! Christ is born to us on earth, a little babe in human form.

It is a special day indeed, full of hope and joy and family, but we have one more Christmas gift that we are very excited to share with you…

Did you read the bottom of that card carefully? Yes! We are expecting a new little member to our very own family in June! Make that June 21st ish.

Here’s a shot of the little peanut at about 9 weeks, he/she has grown a bit since then and is now roughly the size of an apple at just over 3 months:

Looks a little bit like an old man? Ahh but pure joy. We are so excited to nurture and prepare for the arrival of this little one. And this has been one hard secret to keep!

And Liv is over the moon! She’s into babies now (rocking her dolls, shushing them, walking them in her new Christmas stroller) and the idea of a ‘baby brother/sister’ – while a little subjective at this point – makes her so happy. When I ask her where the new baby is growing, she proudly pulls up her shirt and points to her little protruding toddler belly.

A few more outtakes from our Christmas photo, I think we captured the only shot in which Liv is truly smiling (even with hand in mouth) versus the distracted ‘what’s happening over there?’ glance in the wrong direction. We borrowed our friend Anna (many thanks!!) and a red barn wall in Old Town, San Diego to snap a few photos a few weeks ago:

Liv’s hiding!

And a few dozen pictures later…

Liv shows the camera a little love, Bodie is laying at our feet, and Kev and I both pull off a presentable shot.

The picture right out of the camera will do, but with a bit of Photoshop playing in the form of Pioneer Woman’s Boost Action:

Plus a very light ‘warm’ photo filter and an adjustment of the brightness/contrast to make that red wall pop:

And I’m really happy with how the final photo turned out.

More editing tips can be found in this Christmas Card break down (highlighting both Photoshop and free image editing programs) from last year.

We teamed up with our awesome sponsors over at Tiny Prints again and played with LOTS of favorite designs before finding one that fit the family well (not cropping out Kev’s head or Bodie’s body) and with a font and layout that we loved.

 Merry, merry Christmas!! So happy to let you in on our exciting secret!

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  1. Jessica says

    Congratulations on the exciting new addition to the family! Isn’t it hard to keep the secret? Liv is just a few days older than our daughter, Gabriella and we’re expecting our second June 25th :-) May you have a healthy and happy pregnancy!

    p.s. thanks for the details on the outdoor chairs at Lowe’s. They look great with our table too.

    • says

      That pregnancy timing is uncanny! Wow :). Huge congrats to you.

      PS That’s awesome that you were able to track the Lowe’s chairs down!!

  2. says

    Thats so awesome! What great news for your family. Congratulations. The card turned out beautiful. We have a really cool barn in Old Poway that my daughter and a lot of her frends take pictures in front of. Merr Christmas and Happy New Year,

  3. Tanya says

    Congratulations! I loved seeing how Liv’s nursery turned out, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing this little one’s special space, too!

  4. Kellie says

    So excited for you guys! You will be in our prayers in the upcoming months! Hope you are feeling well! :)

  5. Janelle says

    And…your card turned out so nice! The family photo is perfect and the barn background is very cool. I also really like the text & font! ;) I’m so excited for you that you’re pregnant!!!!!

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