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Our visits with Santa are always a mix bag. You just never know what you’re going to get.

I have to say that last year’s Santa photo was my absolute favorite!

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See what I’m saying? Totally awesome!
If you missed the video that goes along with the photo you’ll want to be sure to take a look because it’s better than the picture. Carson does a double take at the end……..seriously you have to watch it!

You can find it HERE.

Our Santa experience this year was again a mix bag.
We had one okayish boy.
Can see the concern plastered all over Weston’s face?
Hey but no tears!

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Annnnnnd one flipping out. That’s our Carsie-Bear!


406069_8 406069_10I’m pretty sure we’re just around the corner from a sweet smiling Santa photo.

See you guys next week! I have lots of fun festiveness planned so be sure to check back!



Last year we started a Christmas book advent with the boys and I loved everything about it.  There was something about having that moment of peace in a very busy season that bought me so much joy. No matter how busy we were or what our day looked like we stopped each night for a whole month and snuggled in tight to read our nightly book by the tree. It was something both myself and my son looked forward to each day.

I’m starting to wrap our Christmas books and get things set up for our book advent this year and thought it might be fun to share some of our favorite Christmas books with you (Thank you Danielle for the post idea).

I’m going to give you a quick run down of why we love these books and include links where you can find them in case you would like to add a few to your stash.

My boys are 18 months and 3 years old. I have more baby friendly books in our stash (not shown here) for our little guy. Most of the books I’m sharing today would be great for children ages two to six years old (maybe even older).


I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas by John Rox Illustrated by Bruce Whatley-
A fun holiday song we all know and love but in book form. The illustrations are cute and it’s just plain silly. My son got a kick out of this one last year and loved the chorus that ran throughout the book as he was able to say it along with me as I read. I love when a book can be more than a read as I’m always trying to think of ways to use books as teaching tools. We hopped on YouTube and listened to the song goes along with the book. We colored a hippopotamus picture and talked about all the silly things we could ask for for Christmas.
The Night Before Christmas by Illustrated by Mary Engelbreit
I’m a fan of Mary Engelbreit children’s books (we have 3 of her books in our book advent this year). She does such an amazing illustrating. Her work is jam packed with eye candy which is great for littles. This is of course the book we read on Christmas Eve.
The Twelve Days of Christmas Illustrated by Jade Fang
You may start noticing a theme with the books I’m sharing. I love children’s books with stunning illustrations. This is another one that fits that category! Not only are the illustrations beautiful this book is a great teaching tool! The artist includes each day’s gift on every page. For example the first day’s gift is a partridge in a pear tree. The second day’s gift is two turtledove. On the second page the illustrator not only showed the turtle doves, the partridge and pear tree were worked into the illustration as well.  As the days go on it’s harder to find the previous days gifts within the illustration which makes for a fun hunting game. My son loved looking for the previous day’s gifts on each page as well as counting how many were included within each gift. We hopped on YouTube and watched a kids version of The Twelve Days of Christmas and I printed coloring pages that go along with the 12 days. The have a little tracing section at the bottom that was a bonus. We worked on counting them items on each coloring sheet and placing them in order with what we read in the book then made our own book. There are so many lessons you can create around this book!


Our Little Deer & Santa Is Coming To Your House-
A sweet friend gifted the boys these books last year knowing that were were starting a book advent. They are PRECIOUS! As you can see they personalize the book and include photos of the child as well. Our Little Deer is perfect for for one to four years olds. Santa Is Coming is more appropriate for four and above as it’s more on the wordy side. Both are precious and I know we’ll cherish these for a long time!


What a sweet gift idea, right? My friend sent me an email asking for a couple photos of the boys. I had no idea what she was cooking up but ugh I just love how sweet and thoughtful this gift was! Book advent aside this would be such a great anytime gift for a little one as they have tons of other books, not just Christmas themed books.


Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas- We love this story and of course all the fun festive art work! It was one of the few books that Weston asked to read over and over during advent last year. We will be doing this craft to go along with the book. I’m not so sure I’ll be putting it on top of our tree but it sure will be fun for my little guys to create.
Pete The Cat Saves Christmas- This book started our love for Pete the Cat. It’s a cute book and fun story line but we enjoyed the song that accompanies the book. Weston was thrilled to visit the website and watch the video. We’ll be doing this craft to go along with our read this year.
Snowman At Christmas- This is a Christmas book collection must have! Another cute story line and fun to read to littles. We also love Snowmen at Night. We’ll be doing a version of this craft to go along with the book.
Bear Stays Up For Christmas- All of the Bear Stays Up books are precious. We own several so of course this was a must. If you’re familiar with the Bear Stays Up books this follows along with the others and has the same cute characters.

5-chlidrens-christmas-books-hangingwiththehuies-comSanta- I feel kind of bad for including this one because I can’t find a link to share with you guys. I would have left it off but I couldn’t cut Little Blue Truck’s Christmas out and they were photographed together so I’ll have to taunt you with this one. The story is about Santa is getting ready to head out for Christmas Eve. He’s all ready to go but he can’t find his jacket. It’s a sweet simple story line and so fun to read to littles. If you happen to see this one at a Half Price Books or thrift store snag it!
Little Blue Trucks Christmas– This was another repeat read in our house last year. If you’re familiar with Little Blue Truck books this one has the same cute characters, fun story line, and wonderful illustrations! We’ll be doing this lesson and a version of this craft to go long with our read this year.

And there you have it! Hopefully you found this helpful and learned a few new to you books that you would like to pick up!

I jumped on Snap Chat (Kendra_Huie) yesterday and shared our favorite “baby” Christmas books which would be good for children eight months to two years. You’ll be able to view that until this afternoon before the Snap Chat magic makes it disappear. I’ll also be hoping onto Instragram today to share a couple new Christmas books I recently picked up to add to our collection.

There so many good ones I’ve missed and it would be oh so helpful if you share some of your favorite children’s Christmas books in your comment below!

  • Danielle Beinke - Thank you for sharing! I’m heading to Amazon now to put in my order!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Yay glad you found some to add to your list!ReplyCancel

  • Hillari - Have you read The Christmas Wish? It is the sweetest book! There’s also another book by the same author called The Reindeer Wish.. Equally as cute! Since we bought them we have read them at least once a day! Pretty wordy but so so worth it!ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - I haven’t! I just looked it up and how precious are those pictures! I’ve added both of them to our library list. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

Hi friends!
So I totally tanked with my blog challenge…..BIG TIME!

In my defense I have a good reason why I missed the last week. I’ll fill you in on all that in today’s vlog as well at catch you up with what we’ve been up to and share about something I’m doing that I’m pretty excited about.

To watch directly via YouTube click HERE

We would love to swap Christmas cards with you!

Just in case you skipped over the vlog (I chat about the swap in there). You can send your card to the PO BOX address I’ve shared below and I will send you one of ours. I’ve ordered a bunch of extra cards so hopefully I don’t run out. If I do I’ll still send you a pretty card it just may not be a one of our photo cards. Hopefully that will be okay!

This was so much fun last year! I loved getting a little peek into your lives and seeing your smiling faces on our card wall each day! Some of you even included handwritten letters which just about melted me!

If you would like to swap cards with us you can send your card to the address below.
PO BOX 116440
Carrollton, TX 75011

  • Kelsey - I love all the ideas that you have planned for December vlogging! And man, you saying that Kent took Carsie to the ER while you stayed home, made me get teary for you. Thankfully we’ve only had to take Cora to the ER once and we were lucky enough for both of us to be there. I hate it that you guys had to split up that night but you gotta do what you gotta do.

    And a BIG congratulations on your weight loss with WW!! I need to watch my eating better and I may get in on the program too. So happy for you and your progress!!ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Yes it was horrific! I hated that we had to make that choice but what can you do ya know.

      YAY thank you! It feels so good to see things moving in the right direction!ReplyCancel


1. This funny moment right here……
Kendra: Hey Carsie can you point to Weston’s nose?
Carson: Sticks finger right up Weston’s nostril
Weston: (Laughing) Carsie that’s not my nose that’s my booger hole. That’s where I keep allllllll my boogers

Y’all I died laughing!

2.  Getting our house clean! Need I say more?

3. Weston’s preschool hosted a fall open house. I had no idea what to expect but my goodness I was BLOWN AWAY by the amount of love and work that went into getting everything setup. It made my teacher heart so happy! I shared his classroom on Snap Chat if you want to see the cuteness (I’m Kendra_Huie on Snap). The snaps will be up until this evening. We left with a bag full of precious crafts that he’s been working on (all around a farm theme). I’m planning to sit down and share them with you in a vlog soon. His teacher had some awesome ideas and I know y’all love doing crafts with your littles as much as I do.

It made me so happy to see him running around with all his buddies! I was unsure about putting him in preschool but I’m so glad we did. I’ll be chatting more about how he’s doing in school in a later post. Thank you to those who have reached out to check on him!

4. Even though we’re inching close to December we’re finally starting to see some fall colors in our Texas trees. Getting to Christmafiy our home while enjoying all the fall prettiness isn’t so bad. Well played Texas, well played.

5. Working on our Christmas book advent. It’s one of my most favorite traditions. Yes it’s tedious wrapping 25 books but y’all there’s some joy in the journey and pulling those books out of the box brought me right back to last Christmas. How excited Weston was. Us in our pjs cuddled around the tree. I loved that no matter how busy things were each night for a whole month we took time to be still and enjoy the spirit of season.

Ps….I’ve started working on a post filled with our most favorite Christmas books and will have that up next week!


I only have one favorite this week but y’all it’s a good one!

How adorable is this hand painted ornament of the Huie clan? Precious right?


I sent over a few family photos to Kristen and she worked her magic! It fits beautifully with our rustic Christmas decor and I love that Kristen uses a lighter weight wood so it won’t weigh down our tree branches when I hang it. If you purchase a fresh tree you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

I loved ours so much I ordered one for a friend as soon as our arrived (of her family, not ours that would just be weird). I visited on my friend’s Instagram account and took a screen shot of one of her family photos (not creepy at all right) and sent it over to Kristen. I can’t wait to mail it off to her! A perfect custom gift!

2-lux-trip-handmade-ornamanetKristen was kind enough to offer y’all 15% off your order with the coupon code YAY15OFF
Visit her shop!  LuxandTrip.com

Click HERE to see last week’s 5 Happies and Some Favorites post.

  • Lindsay L - What an adorable ornament! You know….it would be cute to have one like that for all the seasons! Just change out the flowers around the ornament!ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Yes! I would be precious hanging in a gallery wall. Kristen also offers illustrations on wood slices as well. I need to add that to my “Want” list! Great idea!ReplyCancel

Each year when the holidays hit I start itching to watch movies and lots of them.

Not just any movie but movies that hold a special place in my heart. They may not even be my favorites but they’re movies that I could watch over and over.

We don’t own very many DVDs. We have a few I’ve thrifted for the boys and couple of my favorites (Legends of the Fall, Dirty Dancing, Hocus Pocus, Elf) but that’s about it. Since I’m noticing this trend of wanting to watch some of my favorites each year around this time I figured why not come up with a list so I can keep an eye out for them while I’m thrifting!

In no particular order here’s my list so far as I’m 100% sure I’m missing some. Hopefully you guys can help round out my list by sharing some of your favorites.

Side Note: How in the world do we not own Princess Bride?

What are some movies you could watch over and over?


  • Kelsey - You need to add The Family Stone and You’ve Got Mail! I’ll add more as I think of them.ReplyCancel

    • Haley M - OMG How could I leave You’ve Got Mail off my list!ReplyCancel

      • Kendra Huie - I haven’t seen You’ve Got Mail in a really long time. I need to rewatch it as an adult. Another one I forgot to add is Willow. Have you seen it? So so good!ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Haven’t seen both in forever. I need to give them another watch as an adult to see if they speak to me differently.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - During Christmas time, the movie PrancerReplyCancel

  • Kaylee - My fav movies I could watch whenever, where-ever for the rest of my life are Sweet Home Alabama (love me some Patrick Dempsey) and The Devil Wears Prada. Also my favorite Christmas movies to watch are Christmas with the Kranks and Jim Carey’s The Grinch!ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - I wasn’t as fan of the Grinch when it 1st came out but now I HAVE to watch it during the holidays! All the sets and costumes ugh! I want to do another post like this on holiday movies!ReplyCancel

  • Haley M - You have some great ones on here, some of my faves! Secret Garden, Because I Said So (my family to a T!), Under the Tuscan Sun (The book is great too, completely different from the movie), My Fair Lady!

    Pride and Prejudice 2005 is also a fave, and can’t go wrong with Harry Potter, especially in the fall. Lord of the Rings too. Oh, and we ALWAYS watch V for Vendetta on the Fifth of November, because…of course we do. And I’ve been seriously craving a Titanic rewatch.

    Hubs is more of a movie buff than I am, but now I want to go watch some of these 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Harry Potter is a good one! I’ve never read the books so the movies were my only taste of Harry Potter. I lost it when Dobby died…..lost it!ReplyCancel

  • Linnea - You mentioned both of my favorites……… Elf and the Holiday!
    I watch them both every year!

  • Sarah - Love this list! I’m a sucker for the romantic movies like Titanic and The Notebook. I have seen them way more than I’d like to admit! Here’s my list off the top of my head that aren’t listed…. Sixteen Candles (hello, Jake Ryan!), Fried Green Tomatoes, Serendipity, Father of the Bride, all the Anne of Green Gables, Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken, and favorite holiday ones are Home Alone and Elf.ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - I haven’t seen Serendipity in years! I’m going to see if our library has it. I want to do another post with shows I could watch over and over and Anne of Green Gables would be on there for sure! I look for the series each time I’m in Half Price Books. Haven’t found it yet but I have hope!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay L - Your list as well as some of the other girls comments on movies are all ones I love to watch over and over again especially Father of the Bride!! I don’t see Home Alone listed or Mighty Ducks! I would also add Sex and the City movies to the list.
    This makes me want to snuggle up with a hot chocolate with warm blanket and a fire going!ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - I LOVE Father of the Bride ugh so so good! I think the 2nd one of my favorite!ReplyCancel

  • hillari - I love your list! There’s so many good ones!!! My favorites are My Best Friends Wedding, Sweet Home Alabama and Due DateReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - My Best Friend’s Wedding….another good one!ReplyCancel