Merry Christmas & Happy New Year…

^^ I’m crying and running to the car in four inch heels here because I was so cold! And Jackson was laughing so hard!!! haha

Dress: Tadashi, old (similar style here and here) | Coat: Sofia Cashmere (sold out, similar style here, here and here) | Heels: Christian Louboutin (similar style here and here) | Earrings: Nordstrom | Lips: Soar liner and Snob lipstick by MAC

Hi everyone! Sorry it’s been a little quiet around here lately. This Christmas was a very different one for my little family than Christmases in the past. As you may know we are currently living with my parents and little sisters while we build our home and I feel like a hot mess all the time! We’ve been here for a couple months now but I still don’t feel settled yet and I feel like I don’t know where half of what we own is. Also, Drew’s sweet grandma passed away the week before Christmas so we spent some time with his family in Vegas just before Christmas celebrating her amazing life and legacy.

And to top it all off I didn’t even send out my Christmas cards this year! These family photos were supposed to be for our annual Christmas card, but with everything that’s been going on I never got around to it. But at least we have these photos to look back on! I’m dying laughing at all of them, so I had to share them all with you guys! I hope you love them as much as I do ;)

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

Photography by Paige Nicolle.

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34 Comments

  1. these photos are perfect in every way rach. I love the message that bloggers (including myself) are giving lately that life.. well.. isn’t perfect. Happy new year to all of you!!

  2. Beautiful picTures. I understand both the freEzing cold and moving. Its currently 1 degree here in western pa! We lived with my sister and her family for 4 months while looking fornour home and it was pandamoniom! Take Care and merry christmas.

    Lulu
    Thelaurelane.com

  3. My mom use to say “it is what it is”….when my kids were little i wanted everything to be perfect: the xmas card, xmas morning, xmas dinner, the weather (lol). now that they are grown up, i look at those imperfect moments as the best memories because they make all of us laugh. you have a beautiful family. thank you for sharing your moments :)

  4. This post was touching Rachel. Firstly, my condolences to you and Drew’s family with the passing of his grandmother. Your pics were stunning and it’s the one’s that show us in our most natural state, that are beautiful. You have a gorgeous family and I sure hope that you all enjoyed your holidays. Sometimes things don’t always go as planned, but despite it all, you have each other. Love your blog and all you do. Happy holidays and may 2018 bring you and your families, happiness and good health. <3

    XOXO

  5. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Rachel! It is always such a joy to follow your family and your wonderful style! I hope that you are having some rest and time together, before the New Year starts. We will be praying for your family and for Drew’s grandma. I am so sorry for your loss! Thank you for sharing your real life and inspiring all of us!

    Wishing you a blessed 2018! Can’t wait to see what the new year brings for you all!

    Love from Virginia!!
    Morgan

  6. Hi Rach,

    Lovely photos. Sooo much to do for Christmas! I hope you got my card.
    I am looking forward to your decorating posts of your new home. Love your style and taste.
    May God bless you and your family in 2018.

  7. I love these pics! my favourite part of your blog is your comments at the end of each post! They make you real and APPROACHABLE every time! happy Christmas to you and your family! x Maria

  8. i’M SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT dREW’S GRANDMA. IT’S NEVER EASY WHEN SOMEONE LEAVES US ON EARTH BUT IT’S SO WONDERFUL YOU CELEBRATED HER. SOUNDS LIKE SHE LIVED A FULL AND BEAUTIFUL LIFE.

    aLSO, THANK YOU FOR SHARING THESE PHOTOS. i LITERALLY CANNOT STOP LAUGHING FROM THE PHOTO WHERE YOU AND JACKSON HAVE YOUR EYES CLOSED BECAUSE IT’S SO WINDY. IT’S THE CUTEST PHOTO AND SO CANDID AND REAL. HAHAHA IT’S MY FAVORITE!! THANK YOU FOR SHARING AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

  9. I can totally relate last year my husband and KIDS RENTED a small apartment while building a home and you just feel a HOT-MESS! Dont worry next year you will be in your home and it will be amazing!! It is Worth It in the end!

  10. I totally understand how you feel, and I am sorry for you loss. at one point in my life I’ve had to live with loved ones. although, I love them dearly it is very difficult to live with family. you are not in your own element and it can cause friction. hang in there, it will be get better soon. I don’t know you personally but I could sense that someone was off just by looking at your pictures and stories, and now I know why. remember that you are beautiful, greatly loved and cherished. you are doing a great job being a wife and mother and raising your beautiful family. I know that being on this platform you have to deal with a lot of negativity, but I am here to say that you are doing a Fantastic job! keep it up! many blessing to you and your beautiful family in this new year! V

  11. You are amazing! When i was building a home my family moved into our own rental for 12 months and i still felt unsettled. It’s a challenge, but you know from experience, it’s soo worth it.

    Good for you for doing what felt right for you and taking some quiet time for your family alone. your business and family are evidence of a wise, beautiful spirit. i truly enjoy your blog. Happy New Year!!

  12. Your family is beautiful AND i love that you’ve shared the outake PICTURES as well, it makes me feel more normal :) I’M SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT DREW’S GRANDMA.

  13. Wow. You may have a lot going on but you still look beautiful.These pics cracked me up, though, especially the first. I don’t think I could have handled the cold!

  14. I love your “Hey Life happens” candor. You have a style of writing your thoughts that comes across to show a VERY real, GENUINE SWEET person that you are. Don’t change rach!!! Love you and following your blog!

  15. Rachel- Your blog is inspirinG! I stum upon it looking for som else. I am a regional manager for a luxery high end custom decorative lighting company. We are actually manufacterd in slc. I wOuld love to introduce our lighting line to you. We are currently working on Tom Bradys house in MT, and several other high profile people. If you would like to come have a private tour of the factory or i can meet you and show you the line let me know.
    Annmarie Ballard 801-994-7628. Good luck in all your Endeavors!

    1. Hi Annmarie,

      Thanks for your comment! I am definitely interested in learning more about your lighting line. What’s the name of it? My husband and I are very interested! What’s your email? We could coordinate next steps that way.

      Happy Holidays!

      xo, Rach

  16. Your blog is inspiring! Thanks for sharing it with us! I wish you a wonderful year, With the finishing of the construction of your house, much success with your blog and with your collections that are always wonderful!

  17. Im so sorry to hear about your grandmother-in-lAw. We lost my grandfather this year, 3 months after i (his only female descendant) got married. It was an emotional Christmas and you can see a huge difference in my grandmother. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary the day before my wedding.
    But having the photos to look back on is why i love doing thay photo sHoot. We are keeping a christmas card from every year, but its really the photos you look back on.
    Excited to see your new home!

  18. I lOved every single one of them they sure did capture life with kids the non so prefect pics n the perfect one in between the non so perfect pics! So sorry about Drews’s grandma passing my grampa also passed away A week before thanksgiving and I was really close to him. He was like a dad figure to me since i grew up without a father, Didnt do much for thanksgiving beinn that we live in a different state from Our family. But we did get a chance to go to his funeral. We got stranded literally in the middle of Texaswith both our kids in the back in the middle of the night! With no cell reception thank God we got the help needed and we made it that same day he got buried on my bday made me feel special for as strange or sad Ppl may think. Love ur Clothing line cant wait to afford a dress or even a shirt eventually. I look up to u and ur bUsineSs wishing one day i can also open my own business in clothig or merchandise. Keep up the good work and Happy new years to u and ur gorgeOus family, blessings! Xoxo

  19. I love all the fun pics! They are beautiful! This year we only got 1 good family pic to send out for our card. And our outtakes are pretty funny too. The memories matter the most anyway!