January 04, 2018

**The studio is closed for Winter break. All phone and email messages will be returned early February.  Thank you! xx~Kati **

This past Christmas season one of my sweet darling children mentioned that it looked like the “Hallmark channel threw-up in our home!”  I took that as a major MAJOR compliment!  (Considering there have been a few years that we were lucky to even have a tree decorated!) This year with the help of all kids our home got the “full deck the halls” treatment! Every year I always make sure to photograph our surroundings and be sure to include them in our annual holiday yearbook.  Here’s a bit of what I captured the other day.

We celebrated year 17 with our amazing Santa! You can see past year photos here.

Another tradition that I recently started in 2015 was to frame and display our past Christmas photos. After all, they were just sitting in a box! Once the season is over, I’ll store them with my holiday decorations and pull out my regular photos.

Another tradition…our family has a house elf that visits every year to make sure everyone is on their best behavior. His name is Berry Corbin. Now, Berry Corbin is not a naughty elf in the sense of doing something crazy around our house nightly or weekly.  I’d say he’s kinda freaky stealthy in the sense that he hangs around hidden until a child notices him.  Once he’s noticed, then he’ll move around for more observations and the kids have to find him again. My youngest, only noticed Berry Corbin on Christmas day! So he stayed put for 4 weeks!  Gotta love it!  Then POOF!!  he headed back to the North Pole!  I like that Elf! (wink)

Peyton’s piano decorations. Yeah…to say he we love anything Disney would be an understatement! Mickey’s Christmas Carol is our favorite family cartoon to watch yearly along with How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Our front family room tree is a 4 foot tree, so every year I can change the color scheme. Since it’s so small it doesn’t cost an arm or a leg to change up the ornaments, ribbons, or floral picks and doesn’t take long to decorate. One tradition I have for this tree is to hang my family’s photo metal ornaments that resemble our past Christmas cards. These are by far my most treasured ornaments.

This cute village I painted in 1994 and 95! My girls love unwrapping each house and setting up “Gross Village” as we affectionately call it.

My current project (that I should finish by Saturday) is going through my Chicago photos and creating a book for my lovely sister Brenda,who we’ve meet there every year since 2000! Gotta meet my personal January bucket list before heading back to work!  Wish me luck! What kind of short term projects are you trying to finish this month?

Thanks for stopping by!

xx ~Kati