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COAT: J. Crew (last season, same style here) // JEANS: 7 For All Mankind // FLATS: M. GemiΒ (also LOVE these!!)Β // GLASSES: Derek Lam // BEANIE: Shopbop (last season, similar here) // SCARF: ASOS //Β LIPSTICK: MAC ‘Call the Hairdresser’ // STROLLER: Bugaboo Donkey //Β ATTICUS: BOOTS: Hunter // COAT: Zara // BEANIE: Slouch // ROSIE: SNOWSUIT: 7 AM Enfant

On Sunday we went to Columbus Circle to check out their holiday market! We got hot coco and picked up some New York City ornaments πŸ™‚ I am so excited to be spending the holidays in NYC this year! Last year we moved here middle of December and shortly after went to Arizona for Christmas. This year we are sticking around and will be spending the holidays with us 5.. I am so excited to start our own family traditions. Speaking of which.. do you guys have any fun family traditions you love? I am trying to plan a few new ones to incorporate for our kids to grow up with in addition to the ones we grew up with and would love to hear what you guys do.

David made us some cute wreaths that we have hanging in the windows and yesterday we visited a Christmas Tree Farm and cut down a tree. It wasΒ just as magical as I thought it would be (we will have a whole post on that later!) We have been trying to do all the NYC holiday activities and I have a list so long I dont know if we will even get to everything but we have been trying to cross one off each day. I love walking in the city and seeing all of the Christmas lights and Christmas trees lining the streets – it is pretty awesome. Its also been in the 50’s a lot of days which is sooo nice! It is the perfect amount of cold to get bundled but not have your hands freezing without mittens or anything. In fact just the other day I was so overdressed (I have been so excited to finally wear my scarves and beanies haha) that I ended up taking off my coat, scarf, and beanie and was just in a long sleeve sweater. IN DECEMBER!!! Also makes me happy to have this weather with a newborn because I dont feel so bad going out with her. Its hard to stay indoors so much with an older baby that wants to get out and run around!

Atticus is napping right now so me and Rosie are off to get in some snuggles before he wakes up πŸ™‚ XO

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  1. The Holiday Train Show at the NYBG is beautiful! Atticus would love it, and it’s nice and warm for Rosie πŸ™‚ NYC is THE place for holiday traditions!

  2. Hi Amber! I looooove your blog and your little babes are so perf! Where did you get little Rosie’s blanket? My little Zoey has to have it!!!

  3. Our Christmas tradition is that every year, Santa brings us an ornament related to something big that year. Each ornament had our name and the year on it, so we all three can lay out our ornaments in chronological order and remember the things that were fun and important from that year, like dance classes, graduating high school or attending our first year at college. When you grow up then and have your own tree, you get your set so your tree already has a lot of ornaments with sentimental value!

  4. Your family is beautiful! A fun holiday tradition my mom started when I was little was having me and my siblings paint our hands in gold paint, put our handprint on a red felt tree skirt to go under the tree, and write out our names under the hand! Plus each year, my mom makes a white felt ornament with the year written on it and decorates that (with polka dots, stripes, etc). When we younger, my mom traced our hand on gold felt and cut it out since she didn’t trust us little ones with painted hands haha πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Amber! Your family is just too cute! My mom started a Christmas tradition when she has us four girls that we love and are now doing with our families (my mom still does it for us.) Every morning on Christmas we would wake up to a present at the end of our beds which would be new pajamas! It was the best part of Christmas! Before we came out of our rooms we would put our PJs on then go downstairs and spend the whole morning in them! I am married now and my sisters have kids but my husband and I do it for each other! It is so much fun to pick them out and then see the excitement! It’s great for the adults and kids! Xo

  6. Hi!
    Every year on Christmas Eve all of my siblings and I get a new pair of pajamas and we all watch a Christmas movie together (it’s been the original Christmas Vacation ever since I can remember I love that movie!) we also spend time as a family and make Christmas treats and drink hot chocolate. I live in Utah so sometimes we will go see all the lights at temple square! You have to cutest family!

    1. That is so cute!! We did that growing up too πŸ™‚ I loved it!! Thanks for sharing those!! And thanks so much!! You are so sweet!! xo

  7. Hi Amber,
    My family is of German heritage and one of the traditions we carry on annually is the German “Christmas pickle ornament.” The pickle was the last ornament hung (and hidden) on the Christmas tree by my parents. On Christmas morning, the first child to find the pickle got a small, extra present and was said to have good luck the following year. As we got older, my mom would get a smaller and smaller pickle ornament to make it more challenging for us to find! I am one of three siblings and some of my fondest Christmas memories are those of the three of us battling it out around the tree, hunting for the ornament while my parents looked on, laughing and giving us clues if needed.

    I host an annual ornament exchange and each year I bring a pickle ornament. Friends love it’s quirky look and its story and are quick to adopt the pickle ornament tradition within their family. You can find the pickle ornament at Nordstrom and Crate & Barrel.

    Merry Christmas, Clarks!

    1. Oh my goodness that is so cute!! How fun for kids!!! I love it! Thank you for sharing Elizabeth!! What great memories you have of it too πŸ™‚ And yay! I may have to get it! Thanks again!! Happy holidays!!! xo

  8. Hi Amber and Clan! Wow your NYC Holiday makes me want to move there! Your family is adorable and I love family traditions! I can’t wait to start my own and carry on some of my families! My all time favorite Christmas tradition is going to see christmas lights! My News station always posts a list of the top 10-50 best houses in the Denver area and my dad routes out a map, makes homemade hot chocolate, creates a Christmas playlist and were off! Oh and my mom and Omi bake christmas cookies too πŸ™‚ Its the best family bonding ever and the houses are amazing! The next is our meal! Every year we have get King Alaskan Crab from our local fisherman at our favorite farmers market. He goes out once a year to fish them in Alaska and they are to DIE for! But I think the fact that we always get such a special treat is a great tradition πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to hear some of yours! Lots of Aloha! http://www.saltwatervibes.com

    1. Hi Savannah!! Thank you so much!! You are SO sweet!! And oh my goodness how fun is that?! I love how festive people are with their Christmas lights!! What a cool thing to do! Thanks for sharing your ideas!! David would definitely love if we had a King Alaskan Crab! love it!! xoxo

  9. Hi,

    I first want to start of by saying I’m a huge fan of your blog. Your blogposts are always amazing and I love to visit your blog for reference. I have recently started my own blog and would love your insights on it.

    Please check it out at http://www.glammedit.com.

    Thankss!
    Cheers! xx

    1. Thank you SO much!! That means the world to me!! I appreciate the support!! And congrats on starting a blog!! I will definitely check it out!! xoxo

  10. I am married to a man from Catalonia (The region of Spain that has Barcelona and wants independence) and they have a very interesting tradition… Every year a log called the “Caga Tio” is set out and the children must feed this log every day. Then on Christmas, the children beat the log with sticks so it poops out the Christmas gifts. When we have kids, we plan on doing this with them since my husband grew up doing it. I find it hysterical! Instead of beating the poor log I might have my kids pet it though to help it poop gifts.

    1. Wow that is so cute and unique!! What a cool tradition πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing!! I loved hearing it!! And yes! Definitely do that with your kids. What a fun thing to pass along!! xoxo

  11. Hey Amber! This blog post is adorable, I have been trying to get in touch with you about a possible collaboration with the furniture company I represent, but your contact form seems to be broken. Is there another way to get in touch?
    Thanks,
    Amalie

  12. Okay, I absolutely love your green jacket & Atticus and Rosie ARE SO CUTE. Can I be you when I grow up?

  13. My baby boy gets so hot so quick I always end up taking all the layers off! He is just a sweaty baby, so I worry more about him being to hot then too cold! Great photos, you have such a lovely family! !

    1. Totally!! Like they can’t help it if they run warm?! haha glad you can agree!! And aww thanks!! You are too nice!!

  14. I love how bright your outfit is! And that’s great that you are able to get out and about with your lil family, I agree, there are so many holiday activities to do!

    -Rae
    studentsandstyle.wordpress.com

  15. We always get a new cozy pair of pajamas Christmas Eve and wear them that night πŸ™‚ it has been one of my favorite traditions! We also go on Christmas light drives with hot chocolate and cookies πŸ™‚

    1. Love that!! I love getting Christmas pjs too!! πŸ™‚ And mmm hot coco and cookies?! What could be better!!

  16. congratulations to your beautiful family! I love Christmas traditions. I have 3 little girls and every year for 7 years we always shop for operation Christmas child together. They pick out things for other little girls or boys across the world. Its a fun way to sneak in what they like while giving to others too! Merry Christmas to you!!!

  17. Hi Amber, congratulations on your newest addition, she’s a doll! Atticus looks like the best big brother ever! I wanted to tell you…my husband and I welcomed our first baby girl on Nov. 18th too! We named her Marlee and she is the most precious gift from heaven. She was due on Christmas day but decided to come 5 weeks early. Just wanted to say I love your blog and can’t wait to start our own family traditions as a family of three (five with two dogs). Thanks for always being so sweet! xo

  18. Holiday traditions are the best!! New ones and old ones πŸ™‚ Our familys’ main ones are definitely the candlelight Christmas Eve service at church, sleeping that night in new pajamas, and eating my mother’s homemade beignets the next morning. The whole house smelling like fried dough and sugar – AMAZING. Can’t wait to hear your traditions!!

  19. Love your style! You’re family is absolutely precious, and Rosie?! Love that name. You are so blessed and what an incredible experience living in NYC, AND you get to blog about it! So happy for you ☺️
    ❀️ Audrey

    http://www.louiesandlemons.com

  20. You have an adorable little family! When I was growing up we did a Christmas dinner, but instead of the usual ham we would pick a different country and make food from there! We kicked it off with America and then did France, Mexico, Italy, and Germany!

  21. I just love your family! Forget about what other people say. Momma’s know best. People always seem to want to give you their opinion on what they think you should do. I’ve gotten told multiple times to put socks on my little girl by people who look at me like I’m crazy. Even though they are asking me to put socks on a baby when it’s 90 degrees outside ???? You seem like a great mom. Forget them. Just keep lovin on those beautiful babies!!’

    Where do shop for fashionable nursing attire? I struggle to find things that are functional for nursing yet still fashionable.

  22. Obsessed as most of the world is with your darling little fam, I’m also a New Yorker! What lens do you guys primarily use?!?! I need it!!! Again, love love your blog, let me know if you ever need a sitter πŸ™‚

  23. You have a beautiful family! Congratulations on your new addition. I have a 8 month old baby girl and I’m sure you already know they are so much fun! I’m absolutely in love with all your pictures! What camera do you use and how do you upload your pictures? I’m trying to have better pictures of my daughter then the ones I have on my phone! Lol

    Xoxo

    V.

  24. Congratulations, Amber!

    Rosie is adorable! And her name is just so sweet.

    Of course, you look BEAUTIFUL as always. Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family.

  25. The weather is crazy! I’m not from New York but even where I live is super warm! Not complaining.????

  26. You are a great mom and I felt bad reading that you had to add a disclaimer about why YOUR child wasn’t wearing a hat. Just remember that for all the negative comments or judgments, there are tons more of us reading who don’t judge, who don’t assume and who are just happy to read your posts and follow along. Thanks for posting all you do πŸ™‚

  27. You are just the cutest little family, I love following along with your little life! Your two babies are just beautiful! Something fun that our family always does at Christmas time (usually Christmas Eve) is have a fondue night! We go all out making cheese fondue and finding fun stuff to eat it with and usually do a chocolate fondue for dessert. Definitely a little different than some others might do, but so fun!

  28. Such sweet photos! My family and I go to the Columbus Circle market every year and we buy one of those ornaments that they personalize. I guess it’s sort of become one of our “traditions.” We also like to visit the tree and go to the top of the Rock. I’m so thrilled for your little family to do Christmas just the 5 of you. I’d love to do that but I think our families would not be pleased. And don’t worry about the hat on Rosie Belle. My baby boy is a little heater and sweats so much whenever I put him in a hat. People look at me like I’m crazy (especially in NY) but mamas know best. You’re doing a wonderful job!

  29. Homemade snow flakes would be a great tradition to start. When I was little my Mom would add “make 3 snowflakes” to each one of our chore list’s…all seven of us. We always thought it was so silly and mundane because we wanted to be playing. Turns out my Mom has kept every single snowflake that we ever made, and still make, and now hangs 2000+ snowflakes every winter throughout her kitchen and dining area. It is absolutely breathtaking! I know your little’s are too young to contribute, but it would be a great tradition that you and the hubby could start and then the babes could help once their little hands are old enough. πŸ™‚ & over the years we have figured out some tricks …store the snowflakes in a file folder, iron them , and fold one of the corners of tape over to create a little lip which helps when taking them down so you aren’t spending hours trying to scratch tape off of the ceiling! πŸ˜‰

  30. Hey Amber πŸ™‚ Δ± didnt see your dog πŸ™ where is it? And you are soo cute πŸ™‚ Δ± am following you and like your story πŸ™‚

  31. Loved this post! Seems like such a cute place to go! And Rosie girl is ADORBS! SO glad for her safe delivery! <3

  32. Beautiful post as always, Amber! My mom would always buy us a new ornament for Christmas that would commerate what we loved that year or any major milestones. When my brother and I moved out, we already had a small but beautiful collection of ornaments to decorate our own trees with. Each year when I decorate the tree, its like unpacking a box of memories. I can’t wait to continue this tradition next Christmas with our first child. ❀

  33. I don’t know why but your posts always makes me SO happy! …actually I do know why… BECAUSE THEY ARE EFFING CUTE!!???????? are you going to do an apartment tour? Oh and I love A’s haircut he’s so cute, he’s such an angel and he loves his lil siss so much❀️❀️ Rosie is a dream and lucky to have a big brother like Atticus and parents like you and David???? xxA

  34. Beautiful post as always, Amber! When I was growing up, my mom and dad would get us each an ornament of our own for Christmas. It usually went along with whatever we were into that year yo commerate any milestones. When we moved out on own, we had a beautiful collection of ornaments to decorator my own tree with. Every year is like unpacking a box of memories when I put our tree up. We are expecting our first child this March, and I can’t wait to continue this tradition in our own family!

  35. Love your posts! I have 13mnths old boy and I hated staying indoor, even on rainy days we would go for walks. You are so brave to have your kids so close to each other! I will be so much fun for them!
    I wanted to apologize for the other day where I left one comment on your IG post, I think people got on your nerves and me without reading all the comments and even your respond I wrote ” please keep your baby feet and head warm”. Right after I posted it I wanted to earase it but it would not let me do it. Mother knows better! I am sorry. I have been following you since your wedding and now blocked from your account.

  36. You’re little munchkins are the cutest. You have the smiliest little boy – absolutely adorable. One Christmas tradition in my family is that my mom buys each of us kids (4 of us) a christmas new christmas ornament every year. Sometimes it is a little reminder of a family trip we took that year, or something to do with something that happened that year (on my 21st I got a beer mug ornament), or they are just adorable ornaments that my mom finds somewhere. Each of us has our own box of ornaments that we pull out every Christmas and we each get to decorate the tree with our very own ornaments and then open our new one! When we move out and start our adult lives – which I am in the process of doing now – we will take our box of ornaments with us to decorate our own trees (:. Its a tradition I’ve absolutely loved. My mom grew up with the same tradition and still has all of her ornaments from when she was a kid. When I was younger I loved going through her ornaments and hearing the stories that come with them. Merry Christmas to you and your adorable little family!

  37. This is so cute and your new family is so adorable! Congrats! Do you have any fashion tips for breastfeeding moms?

  38. You look amazing! I know this warm weather has made it so much easier to be outside this holiday season πŸ™‚ I don’t have any kiddos so I don’t have any Christmas traditions to do with babies, but I’m sure you’ll find some great ones. It sounds like you all are having the best time this December already πŸ™‚

    xx http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

  39. It’s so nice to see your posts are so family oriented! Its so sweet you make your kiddos a priority πŸ™‚

    We are expecting our 2nd baby in May and this Christmas we are going to give our boy a “gift” from his sibling. Even though A may not fully understand just yet, I think it would be a sweet momento of their first Christmas together as brother and sister πŸ™‚

  40. I absolutely love your blog! I follow regularly and enjoy reading your posts! A Christmas tradition my family has is our ‘travel tree.’ My family LOVES to travel and my brother and I have been so blessed that our parents take us with them! Every place we go, we get an ornament. Each year, it is so much fun to get those ornaments out and reminisce on our travels and vacations. We started having two trees – a travel tree and a regular tree. Now, we have so many fun travel ornaments we just use both trees to display our travel ornaments. We write the dates on each of them too so we can remember when we went. Since you and your family love to travel as well, it might be a fun tradition to try! We love our travel trees and the memories that go with them!

    1. Hi Stephanie! I just read your comment and your travel tree is ADORABLE! Absolutely starting that! Mahalo πŸ™‚

  41. These are the sweetest photos. My almost-two-year-old is obsessed with your Snapchat. He grabs my phone and says: Baby? Baby? because he wants to see pics of your little bundle. So glad you are sharing these moments with us!
    (http://www.houseofkitten.com/ )

  42. I absolutely love your blog! I follow regularly and always enjoy reading your new posts! A family tradition that mine does that I cherish so much is our ‘travel tree.’ My family also LOVES to travel and my parents have been so amazing to take me and my brother with us when they travel! So everywhere we go, we get an ornament. We have our regular tree and a travel tree where we put all of our ornaments from our adventures and travels. As my brother and I have gotten older, we now have just use our travel ornaments on both trees! Every year we reminisce about our trips and vacations! Because you and your family travel a good bit too, it might be a fun tradition for y’all too! πŸ™‚

  43. I would love, love, LOVE to see more photos of your new apartment! Your snap stories and instagram posts leave me so curious!

  44. Look at you and your fam !! Gorgeous.
    Every Christmas Eve my mom makes lasagna and every Christmas morning my mom and I make coffee cake! Can’t go wrong with food traditions πŸ˜‰
    Happy holidays!

  45. Love your blog! You have such a gorgeous family. ☺ A tradition my family does every Christmas is build gingerbread houses!

  46. Love your blog! You have such a gorgeous family. ☺ A tradition we’ve always done in my family every Christmas is build gingerbread houses!

  47. I didn’t get to comment on your last post but I seriously cried watching your video about Rosie! I am so happy for you guys!!!! I also live in NYC and Christmas time is so magical in the city. Hope you guys have an amazing first Christmas in the city. Xoxo

  48. I’m so excited for you and your family for you little precious addition! I have been following your blog for years now and am always looking forward to new posts, they are always so cheery and always make me smile! Keep up the great work πŸ™‚

  49. I think it’s so cool that you’re being active as a family right after having a baby! I hope I’m like that when I have kids someday. It’s really great to see you starting traditions and making memories right away! love it!

  50. Such cute pictures. You guys look completely smitten with her.

    wonderfulandwhimsical.blogspot.com

  51. I love your family! I have a son that is 6 weeks younger than A so it’s really sweet to see him as a big brother. I’m still waiting to pull the trigger to start on baby #2! I messaged you a while back that I would love to make some customized baby blocks for your kiddos. They are made of untreated wood and hand painted with organic paint by yours truly πŸ™‚ Check out http://www.etsy.com/shop/modernblocks or my instagram @modernblocks. You are truly my hero! Congrats and keep up the amazing work!

  52. Go out and buy plain glass ornaments from a craft store and get A to paint them with paint that stays on glass you bake them at 325 degrees in a none preheated oven for 30 min and then hang them on your tree. I’ve done them the last two years with the boy I nanny who is 2 and a half and he loves it. πŸ™‚

  53. Rosie and Atticus are so precious, you have the perfect family!! Every Christmas Eve we open one present, and it is always Christmas pajamas! We change into them and then we make cookies for Santa and watch a Christmas movie, which is almost always It’s A Wonderful Life. I hope you and your family come up with some fun holiday traditions! I absolutely love reading your posts ????❀️

  54. HI, I AM A HUGE FAN OF YOURS AND HAVE ENJOYED SEEING ALL OF THE PHOTOS OF YOUR NEW PRECIOUS LITTLE GIRL, ROSIE! I JUST WANTED TO REACH OUT TO YOU ABOUT SENDING YOU A BLANKET, AND ONE FOR YOUR BABY AS WELL, AS A GIFT. THE COMPANY I WORK FOR WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO REVIEW THEM ON YOUR BLOG. THEY SPECIALIZE IN LUXURY BABY ITEMS SUCH AS BEDDING, BLANKETS, CAR SEAT COVERS, ETC. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO SEND YOU A PICTURE IF YOU GET BACK WITH ME. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU! (:
    Sierra

  55. My family an I live in Toronto and we always on the 23rd go downtown and see the city tree and then go and look at Christmas Windows. Followed my a nice dinner of coarse. Maybe a new tradition for when your kids get a bit older. πŸ™‚

  56. your babes are precious! my family and I always go out to good Chinese food, it is actually something my parents started when she was pregnant with me. Then we go to candlelight Christmas eve service and then come home and have some Christmas cookies. In the morning me, my brother and sister sit at the top of the stairs and then my parents ring a bell and we come down. It’s kinda lame haha but when we were little like 4 I loved it!!! and then we open our stockings and we get a “big present” which is more expensive or just super special and then we have a big breakfast and open presents. I love the way we do it because instead of everyone ripping open their presents we go from youngest to oldest and go until everyone is done. that makes it super fun because you get to see the looks on peoples faces when they open your present. that’s basically it, traditions are so so so fun πŸ™‚ sorry this was so long haha I love Christmas πŸ™‚

  57. Love that little taxi ornament! Christmas in NYC… sounds magical! One of my favorite Christmas traditions growing up was helping my mom make homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve. We would let them rise overnight, and then Mom would wake up early to pop them in the oven. The house always smelled amazing on Christmas morning. And we all enjoyed some amazing sticky buns before opening presents πŸ™‚

  58. I so glad you’re back at posting in your blog. I love reading about your Christmas adventures and looking at the beautiful pictures. Your two babies are the cutest and so lucky to have you as their mom.
    xo
    http://www.dearbabymj.com

  59. In my family, when my brothers and I were little, the tree stayed outside until a few days before Christmas. Then it would appear in the morning and my parents would tell me the elves came and put it up. Then the next night the elves would come back and put the lights on, and then it wasn’t until Christmas morning that we got to see all the ornaments! (Santa delivered the toys and the elves finished our tree!) It was always so much fun! When we got older, my dad came up to me one night and said, hello, I’m head elf! And then I got to help! It was a fun, magical way to enjoy the tree πŸ™‚

    Also, I’ve commented on some of your instagram photos, but I think it’s so amazing how you’re able to get out of the house and do your bucket list things even with a newborn! I always hear (what sound like) horror stories about never being able to leave the house, shower, or even have time for life, and I wondered if you could share how you handle it. I think you’re a really inspiring person and role model and I really respect what you do πŸ™‚

  60. Aww it is so good to hear that you are all doing well, Amber! Rosie is just precious and Atticus is as adorable as ever(: A christmas tradition of my families is eating plum pudding from the cutest little cafe local here in LA! New York City is full of options if you wanted to incorporate fun foody traditions.

  61. Our Christmas tradition is so much fun and makes for really great pictures πŸ™‚ On Christmas Eve we give the kids ONE present to open up, which we filled with matching Christmas pj’s, some sort of Christmas movie, hot cocoa and sugar cookie mix! Everybody changes into their pajamas, we bake the cookies and then snuggle up on the couch to watch the movie!

  62. It is a little crazy how excited I get when you post new pictures!! Love your blog and love your little family!!! xoxo

  63. I always love reading your posts Amber πŸ™‚ It’s been warm here too for December but hey, I’ll take it as long as it stays haha! Just wondering what made you guys decide to move to NYC?!

    Erin XX

    http://www.erin-elizabeth.ca

  64. Family Christmas traditions!!! I love them:) My favorite tradition that we have in our family was one I adopted from my son’s sitter. She is the most wise and wonderful woman I know, and still a great friend and sounding board. At the time she was 73 and helping me out with my son a few days a week while I worked. She told me such beautiful holiday stories of raising her own children. “Christmas PJ’s!” she said,” But, not just for the kids. For everyone in my home!” So for the past 9 years, everyone who is sleeping in my home Christmas eve gets a freshly washed, cuddly set of holiday pj’s on their bed with a sweet treat and a love note:) It’s my favorite thing to do.
    Hope your holiday is filled with more holiday cheer than your hands and heart can hold:)

  65. Love the pictures so much Amber! We got the exact same stroller as you, after using the Chameleon and loving it! We also have the same pink and blue fabric, so cute! Such a gorgeous family you have!!

    xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

  66. I’m glad you’re back!!! Rosie is exquisite and delicate. Blogger royalty hahahaha I hope Atticus is being a good big brother. I bet he and Rosie will be partners in crime when they’re a little older.????
    In Chile, we celebrate Christmas at night, it was the only time we were allowed past our bedtime several hours hahaha I remember playing outside with my new toys until 2-3 in the morning.
    Our most beloved tradition was that my older brother and I recreated the birth of Jesus Christ with costumes and everything! I used a babydoll as Jesus until my little brother was born when I was 5.
    I hope you find your own traditions along the way.

    Xoxo!!!!

  67. Hi my sweet friend!

    So freakin’ happy you are back!

    When I was younger my beautiful momma started the tradition where every Christmas Eve we would all open one present from under the tree. Of course this was after we were in our PJs but it was always the greatest thing ever! I would always open one from one of my sissy bears and it ends up being such a special night loving your siblings because they got you something good! HA! A and Rosie will loooveee it.

    (Side thought// I am a twenty-one year old college student at the University of Oregon. When I was a junior I was given a book called Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg to read in one of my Women Gender Studies classes. The book was all about how society tells women that they can’t have it all. You can’t be a mother and have a career ALL while looking and feeling good. My point? Thank you for showing me and my roommates that we can do all of those things and much more. I am so grateful that I came across your blog because you have given me such hope for my future. I always felt like I had to choose ( family or my career) when I got older, but through you I have learned that I can have all these things. You have given the blogging community so much more than just what to wear; you have given all of us the ability to see how we can succeed in following our dreams. You have such a special place in our house and I just wish nothing but success and happiness for you in the future!

    Thank you:)

    A.J.

  68. I was in New York City last weekend and I was amazed by how warm it was. I packed all of my cold weather clothing and only needed a light jacket the entire time…the great weather just blew me away! Your little family is so adorable. I can’t get over the name “Rosie Belle”, it’s so so sweet! Spending your first Christmas in NYC is so special, happy holidays! <3

  69. First of a huge congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! She is just perfect and adorable and looks so much like you. I imagine yall are in heaven right now, and just reveling in your growing family.

    My family means everything to me, and all our Christmas traditions revolve around family. For most of my life, my dad was military, so we moved a lot and weren’t able to celebrate with our extended family, so Christmas and Thanksgiving became really special to us. Every Christmas morning, for as long as I can remember, my brother would wake me up and he and I would go through our stockings together. Now that we are older, we do it with the rest of the family during our breakfast. Our Christmas mornings are always very slow. We get texts from people when they finish with presents already, and we would still be lingering at the table. We were never allowed to even peek at the tree and presents until we were all done eating. Then we open presents going one at a time so that we can enjoy watching each other open their gifts and watch their reactions and let them enjoy the presents before moving to the next person. The rest of the day is leisurely spending time together and enjoying our gifts and each other. We have many traditions, but my absolute favorite is the ornaments. Every year without fail we receive at least one new ornament that are special and picked out just for us and our interests and who we are. There is a story behind every single one from my first ornaments as a baby to the nutcracker characters from one of my favorite movies, The Wizard of Oz, to my sports teams to instruments we play, etc. The idea is that by the time we move out, we have enough ornaments for our own trees. It is my absolute favorite tradition we have.

    I’m sure whatever you choose to do with your family, it will be really special for you all

  70. Hi my sweet friend!!!
    So freakin’ happy you are back! My momma started the tradition where every Christmas Eve night ( after we are in our Pj’s lol) we sit around the tree and each open one present! I always opened one from my sissy bears and it makes for such a fun night! It gets the kids SO excited and you LOVE your siblings because they got you something you wanted! HA! A and Rosie will love it when they are older!

    ( Side thought// I am currently a Senior at the University of Oregon and so looking forward to all that is to come! When I was a Junior in one of my Women Gender Studies class we were assigned to read this book called Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg…. Long story short it is a book that talks about how in society, women are told they can’t ” do it all.” For instance you can’t provide an income, be a mom, and WORK, all while looking and feeling good. My point? Thank you for giving 20 something year old girls the ability to see we CAN do it all. I look up to you and your family so much and I just hope you know that your impact in the blogging world is so much more than just what to wear. It gives me and my roommates insight into the idea that YES we can be strong, working women who also love to look good all while raising our families! Uh that was a lot lol but simply…… Thank you πŸ™‚ It’s such a good book, look into it!

    xoxo, A.J.

  71. Hi my sweet friend!
    Love that green on you! My momma started the tradition of opening up one present on Christmas Eve! We got to pick one present from under the tree and it is always from one of my sissy bears! That was the best πŸ™‚ Then on Christmas Eve it gets the kids so excited for Christmas and you end up having the best night with your siblings because you love what they got you! HA!

    Love you!!! You are seriously the greatest!

    A.j. <3

  72. Hi Amber!

    My absolute favourite family tradition is on christmas eve, my sister and I get changed into our new christmas pjs (so we wake up in them on christmas morning!) and either watch christmas films (my favourite is nativity – not sure if you can get it in the states :/) or whatever is on TV and have hot chocs and party food/nibbles with either our mum or dad (our parents are divorced*) and just chill out. Can’t wait to see your family evolve. I hope you had a lovely break from blogging whilst hanging with Rosie. Hope all five of you have a wonderful christmas and new year!

    Lots of love and festive wishes,
    Cara xx

    * I’m sorry if that was tmi for you but I feel like I can share it with you πŸ™‚

  73. I am so glad you’re back & Rosie is a doll just like A was/is. Love your blog & loved the vlog<3

  74. so nice to have you and your family back! πŸ™‚
    and i totally understand that you want to get out of the house ! i remember how happy i was to go even to the supermarket week after giving birth.
    and i must say you look really beautiful, lack of sleep is completely unnoticeable, amazing)
    may i ask a personal question? how do you think your body recovers after pregnancy, do you see the difference between the first and second time? thank you

  75. I love Christmas traditions!! So fun that you all get to spend it in NYC! That’s on my bucket list for sure. I think it’s so silly you feel you have to make a disclaimer about your own baby…sheesh. I can tell you’re amazing parents and would only do the best for your children. Don’t let peoples rude comments get to you. πŸ˜‰ I agree with Lori’s comment…your posts always have me waiting for the next – they’re always such fun, full of smiles and beauty!! Perfect, IMO πŸ™‚ I wish you and your wonderful family the best for the holiday season and enjoy it to the fullest! PS real fast – her name…Rosie!!! OMG that’s totally perfect..just had to throw that in!!! πŸ˜€
    Terrell in OKC.

  76. One of our traditions–and one of my kids’ favorites– is making Candy Christmas Trees. We take sugar cones, place them upside down, put green frosting all over, and they decorate them with gumdrops, sprinkles, M&Ms, etc. Sometimes they even wait five minutes to eat it after it’s decorated! πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!

  77. Awhh so happy for you guys!! I’m glad you guys got a nice little break to spend time together but of course I’m glad you’re back blogging! So fun you’re making new traditions and keeping old ones! This is our second Christmas married and I’ve been trying to scramble around finding fun traditions that we can make and already thinking of ones we can do with out future littles πŸ™‚ Love that stroller, too!! So cute!
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

  78. You are such a great multitasking mommy of 2! Looks like you all really enjoyed walking around the city – my husband and I really love being in Chicago for Christmas to see all the lights, plays, and fun things going on! Maybe even some ice skating this year…
    I recently found this new little tradition for families and can’t wait to have a family of my own to share it with! I’m not a huge fan of the “elf on the shelf” thing, so it seems more fitting to have this: it’s a manger with baby Jesus in it and for each good deed/helpful thing someone in the family does, they put a piece of straw in the manger with the baby Jesus! Super cool. Here’s the link if you are interested: http://www.thegivingmanger.com/

    Merry Christmas!

  79. Hi doll!!!

    First off congrats on your new addition. She’s absolutely perfect!

    I had a quick question, I’m currently on a hunt for a new camera, and I’m so overwhelmed as there are so many options. I was wondering if you could share what camera & lens you use! Would help a bunch ????❀️

    Wishing YOU & your beautiful family a joyous holiday month.

    Blessings ❄️????????

  80. Great post! Can’t wait to be in NYC during Christmastime again this year. Thank you for being a wonderful role model for young women to look up to and for continuously posting positive, loving, fun and parent approved posts-even if my daughter is 18, she’ll always be my baby. ???? God has blessed you tremendously with a beautiful, healthy family. Cherish each and every moment because it goes by in a blink of an eye-I speak from experience. ????

  81. Ahhh this is too cute! Your babies are so beautiful! πŸ™‚ I bet NYC is just gorgeous during the holidays. The weather has been so crazy lately here too! I think it’s been like 9-12 degrees (Celsius) which is like spring/fall weather. The other day I swear my neighbour’s yard had dandelions growing again!! Crazy! Starting family traditions with your family is always so exciting! My husband and I have always loved driving around looking at the crazy Christmas lights as well as attending at least one or two Santa Claus parades and now that we get to take our son, Nathan, with us it makes everything extra special! I also love getting new Christmas jammies at the very beginning of December and wearing them constantly throughout the winter. And obviously watching the classic Christmas movies is a must! I actually just did our December Bucket List on my blog yesterday πŸ™‚ Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! xo

    Carly http://www.frecklesandcheeks.com

  82. Awwww Amber you and your family are absolutely beautiful!!!!! ❀️❀️❀️❀️ Your posts so much and always look forward to the next!!!! Thanks for sharing all of your special and precious moments!!!!!! And Chauncey miss him!!! ❀️ U so much!!!!!

  83. Such cute photos Amber!! Crazy that it’s been so warm in NYC! I’m sure it’s nice though since little toddlers are so active and you can at least get out for some fresh air πŸ™‚ I did a post on our family Christmas traditions if you’re looking for some: http://www.dettecakes.com/2015/12/our-christmas-traditions.html Hope you have a wonderful Christmas as a family of five! XO, Kelly

    1. Such a cute family. We have so many Christmas traditions but here are a few that we still do and LOVE. We have collected Christmas books. We get a new one every year. I wrap each book up in the same paper with the NEW book in a special paper. The kids take turns picking the book each night and we unwrap the book and read it. On December 23 we open the new book and read. While still collecting we would use the local library Christmas books to wrap and use to fill the the 23 days.

      Ever since my daughter was three, we go to the Nutcracker the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Each year I buy Nutcrackers for each child that our “Elf” brings the first day she visits. We have a pretty amazing collection of Nutcrackers by now.

      Advice. Stay way from the Elf on the Shelf. It starts out fun but after a few nights of getting up at 3 am to move the Elf because you have forgotten to do before going to bed you will curse the day you started this tradition.

      Amber have the best time in NYC this season and enjoy your sweet family and your traditions