Christmas Cards 2016

With a whopping 4 days to spare, this mama got her Christmas cards in the mail! Whew! Talk about a tight deadline! I’ve had them for about two weeks now but we ended up going out of town last weekend and it threw me off my schedule a little.

Christmas cards

Are you tired of hearing about our wonderful photographer yet? I hope not because I have to rave again about how good Chase Todd did with our Christmas tree farm session and designing our cards for us. I typically like to do that myself but it sure was nice not having to this year!

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Baker Meets Santa

“Santaaaa! I know him! I know him!”

(I know that’s not exactly how the quote goes, but who cares?)

A few weekends ago, we took Baker to meet Santa and I absolutely died of all the cuteness. Our photographer, Chase Todd Photography, had it all set up at his house and I loved the rustic Christmas theme. This is definitely the way to do Santa pictures, by the way…no long lines or cheap backgrounds, just clean, efficient, comfortable, and cute! We were in and out within 30 minutes and got great pictures!

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Christmas Vacation in Austin

The first part of our Christmas break, Cory and I headed to Austin to spend a few days with his brother.

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I feel like I don’t even have a right to say this because our tickets were a gift from Cory’s mom but what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t warn you about positive and negative experiences? I will keep it short and simple, and if you’d like to know more, I’d be happy to answer any questions in a private email but I would NOT recommend flying with Frontier Airlines. Cory and I both decided after just one flight with them that we’d never fly with them again.

And trust me, between the two of us, we’ve spent a lot of time on airplanes flying back and forth to Rwanda the past three years.

I think we are over airports for a few months!

Unfortunately, as soon as we landed on Saturday, Cory came down with some kind of virus and it stuck with him the whole trip. So, we had a lazy Sunday afternoon, delivering Christmas gifts to Caleb, watching football and napping on the couch!

Sunday night, we headed to Caleb’s company Christmas party, which was also an ugly sweater contest. Both of our sweaters are ones that Caleb has previously worn {and won with!}.

I’m proud to say he is the reigning champion for another year!

I never realized how much they look alike until I saw this picture!

Monday was spent eating BBQ, watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens {which I have to say I enjoyed after Cory made me watch all of the Star Wars movies over the past week in preparation}, and helping Caleb finish up a Christmas gift for his family. I would share it, because it’s really good, but I know all the gifts haven’t been delivered yet.

Top Golf

Once we got back to the apartment, we were trying to decide how to spend our last night in Austin when I asked if they had a Top Golf around because I remembered Lisa mentioning it a few times.

Turns out, everyone was super excited about my recommendation and we ended up having a blast! And Cory finally got his chicken and waffles!

Why don’t we have fun stuff like this in SC???


It may have taken me a few tries {or six} but I ended up being fairly decent considering it was only the second time I’ve ever swung a golf club.

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Despite a short trip and a yucky virus, we always enjoy our time with Caleb. Until next time, Austin!

Christmas Cards 2015

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Merry Christmas Eve Eve, y’all! I feel like everyone is saying this but how is Christmas the day after tomorrow??? We’ve already started our Christmas activities with a few days in Austin and our hearts are so full! We are a little more exhausted but getting away and spending time with Cory’s brother is just so, so good for minds and souls.

Hopefully, all of our Christmas cards have been received so I’m sharing them with you guys today!

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2015 has been a busy, busy year for the Sloans but such a good one! I love sending out Christmas cards every year but I was running out of time {par to the course for our year} and dreaded finding a card design. With a deadline quickly approaching, I wanted to keep our card simple and you can’t really beat how easy Minted is to use.

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I considered putting a message the back but honestly, my brain was just too fried that night to come up with anything. #reallife

And I can’t forget the best part about Minted…they address the envelopes for you! Hello, time saver!

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I hope y’all have enjoyed our Christmas cards as much as I love them and my sweet family plastered on the front {I seriously doubt it, though!}. From our family to yours, I hope you have the merriest Christmas!

Wanna see last years Christmas card? Check it out here.