12 Hours Family Fun

9th Anniversary

January 1, 2015














For our 9th anniversary (12/23), we decided to spend it together as a family — finishing up our Christmas bucket-list.

Hour by Hour:


7 – Advent Calendar (only 2 days left ’til Christmas)

8 – Gingerbread House cookies (a yearly tradition HERE and HERE)

9 – Bubbles at bathtime

10 – Addressing last-minute Christmas cards

11 – Brunch at our favorite diner

12 – Delivering cinnamon rolls + toys to the Women’s Shelter

1 – Whole Foods for Satsuma oranges (a gift for a shepherd friend)

2 – Forest our elf, overseeing naughty + nice choices

3 – Homemade eggnog

4 – Delivering gifts to a shepherd + his flock

5 – Visiting real reindeer

6 – Christmas lights at a local garden

7 – Take-out for a relaxing night in



  • Reply Debbie Sowards January 1, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Happy Anniversary! So enjoy the sharing of your activities with us! The pictures of the boys are precious. They are treasures now and they will be even more so in the years to come. All the best to you and your family in 2015! It will be a blessed year!

  • Reply Betsy January 1, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    FUN! Need to know where those cinnamon rolls came from- holy COW they look yummy! And what a great way to bless others! Happy Anniversary, Merry Christmas and all the best to you and yours in 2015!

    • Reply missy January 2, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      A diner joint called, Silver Grill. 😉

  • Reply Meris January 2, 2015 at 3:59 am

    Happy Anniversary to y’all! Such a nice idea for Christmas bucket list. Where did you order your Christmas cards from? They are so cute! Happy New Year!

    • Reply missy January 2, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      They’re from pinholepress.com — one of my favorite places for classic cards!

  • Reply Sarah January 2, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Love your 12 hours – and happy anniversary xx this might sound silly but I’m always amazed how well your boys eat ie no bibs/plastic tableware/plastic beakers/high chairs ! I have a two year girl and when it’s meal times it’s ‘batten down the hatches’ and watch her go for it as she won’t let me help her – and then it’s a big clean after. My boy was the same – I know they get there in the end – but your boys have mastered it Xxx Happy New Year really looking forward to your blog in 2015!

  • Reply Elizabeth January 2, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    We have same anniversary! Just celebrated 20 years!
    Congrats! Happy New Year!

    • Reply missy January 2, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      It’s always a crazy time of year to try and celebrate — in hindsight, not sure what made us decide on the 23rd! ha! Young and in love, I suppose!

  • Reply Cathy G. January 2, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Happy Anniversary!!!! I want those rolls!!! They made my mouth water!!! Happy New Year!!!! 🙂

  • Reply Angela January 2, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Where did you get your cute mugs? Love your 12 hour posts!!!

    • Reply missy January 2, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      They’re from World Market 🙂

  • Reply lilly January 3, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Happy Anniversary! ! You have such a fun life!! Thanks for sharing your 12 hours with us!! Throwing it back to your baby gender reveal video which is by far the cutest!! Not sure if you posted your outfit details..I need that buffalo checked shirt.thanks and Happy New Year!!!

    • Reply missy January 13, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Hi Lilly, it’s from Nordstrom last year 🙂

  • Reply Lori January 3, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Love all of this, Missy. Happy Anniversary! Would love to see pics of your new completed kitchen in the new year…=)

    • Reply missy January 13, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Will do, my friend! xo

  • Reply melissa January 3, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Happy Anniversary!! Where did you get Gage’s gray sweater? I love it! Also I was curious, do your kids go to pre-school. If so, do you have a good process to researching and finding a good school?

    • Reply missy January 13, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Sweater is from Zara. I teach the boys at home and plan to send them to a charter school for elementary. 🙂

  • Reply Shaleen G January 3, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Ooh girl those cinnamon rolls look so divine! I hope you had a great anniversary. This day looked so full of love! All the best in 2015 to you and your family.

  • Reply paige January 5, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Sweet pics 🙂 What photo editing program do you use, Missy? I’d also love to see more of baby bumpcakes 😉

    • Reply missy January 13, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Photoshop! 🙂

  • Reply Jamie January 6, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Love it! My anniversary is Dec. 23rd also!!

  • Reply The Thome Home January 7, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Missy! long time reader of your blog! wishing you all the best in the New Year! You always have the prettiest pictures + heartwarming stories!
    – Abby Thome

  • Reply Stacy January 10, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    I just love your creativeness! And that green coat you’re wearing! Mind telling me where you got it at? Thanks!

    • Reply missy January 13, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      It’s from Chicwish a few years back!

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