Our First Holiday Family Portraits

I love this time of year! Family is everything to me and I loved that we were able to capture some really special portraits to cherish forever. Special thanks to my Dad, Michael Kinney Photography, for the amazing photos! And to my mom and sis for helping to get Everly looking and smiling at the camera 😄 Our sweet little bird is 6 months old and we just celebrated her first Christmas together. We spent Christmas Eve with Dan’s family, attended a candlelight service, had a delicious dinner, then exchanged gifts to each other. It was so fun seeing Everly and her cousin Anna, who is just 3 weeks older than her, together. They’re at the age where they’re so aware of everything and everyone around them, reaching out and grabbing everything they see, and a good majority of the time putting it in their mouth. It’s going to be so fun to watch them grow together! On Christmas morning, we woke up with little Everly in bed next to us. She sleeps on her own, but in the morning we always put her in bed and cuddle with her for a couple hours. We woke up to her bright eyed, beautiful, open mouth smile and read The Christmas Story together. We have a baby book version of the Bible story that we got from our baby shower. Growing up, it was always a tradition for my family to pile on my parent’s bed and my dad to read the Bible Christmas story to my 3 sisters and I. I’m going to keep the tradition alive and start that with Everly 🙂 After reading it to her, we dressed her up in an elf costume, our pup Rusty in his reindeer antlers, and took pictures of them in front of our tree. Check out my Instagram to see the pics of our Little Everly Elf and Rusty Roo-dolph –www.instagram.com/karijane_ After the cutest photo session ever we opened gifts with Everly. She loved all the shiny bows and wrapping paper and was way into opening presents! We set up a tripod and videod the whole morning. I’m so glad we’ll have it to look back on years from now. So many sweet and precious memories! In the afternoon we walked a couple blocks away to my cousins house and did our annual white elephant gift exchange. Our whole family gathers every year and I love it! All of my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandpa come and it’s always a fun time full of laughs. After that, we went over to my parents house and celebrated with all my sisters, nieces, nephews, and my grandpa. We exchanged gifts to each other and had a delicious turkey dinner. My favorite moment was watching my Daddy read all the grandbabies the Santa Mouse book. My two nieces, two nephews, and Everly all cuddled on the couch with my Mom and Dad. It was the most precious sight ever! We also had fun taking pictures of Everly and her cousin Brian, who is just a couple months older than her. My mom bought some super cute matching Disney outfits and we had fun posing them together. I love that my sister and I get to raise our babies together and I can’t wait for all the years to come, full of special memories. What a beautiful first Christmas with our little angel! We’re excited to step into this new year and eager to see what God has for us and our sweet Everly Jane.

Burney Falls RV Trip

We took Everly on her second RV adventure! We put together a video of our trip and you can watch it here: Burney Falls Video  (all pictures and video taken with Iphone)

This time we traveled 8 hours North to Burney, California. We made a pit stop along the way, where Everly got to meet her Great Aunt Carrie (Dan’s dad’s sister) for the first time. We spent a relaxing evening together visiting and Dan also got to spend some time painting with his aunt and cousin. He has always loved painting and was first inspired to get into it because of his aunt and cousin, so it was pretty special watching them paint together. Dan’s Dad bought a new trailer and this was his maiden voyage. We got to camp right next to each other and Everly got some quality time with her grandpa. We stayed at the Burney Falls Resort and RV Park, just 1 mile away from Burney Falls. The campground was just beautiful! We had nothing but the woods behind us. We spent our time eating good food, playing music, relaxing in our trailers, and enjoying each other‘s company in the perfect weather and gorgeous environment. It was so peaceful! We loved visiting Burney Falls together. It was so cute watching Everly see a waterfall for the first time. She just stared in wonder and we delighted in watching her cute little face take it in. When we first got there she was sleeping and then about 15 minutes in, she woke up to us holding her right in front of the falls. The next day we took a drive and explored around the lake. There was hardly anyone out and we had fun enjoying all the beauty around us. One of my favorite things is seeing the reflection of all the trees in the still, glassy water. There’s just something about it that puts everything in perspective for me. I could stare at it all day and be perfectly content. We had such a fun time with family and Everly did amazing! She was super happy and peaceful and travels so well! Dan and I were observing on the 8 hour drive home that she was doing better than we were, haha! She’s such a trooper. We’re looking forward to many more adventures with her and can’t wait to plan another trip soon!