| Happy New Year!


Happy January! (Oxymoron?) We are finally settling back into routine after the holidays, which feel like they happen in fast forward every year! At some point during December, I audibly conceded we probably wouldn’t get holiday cards out this year. This horrified our chief elf (Ivy) who immediately took matters into her own hands. When I saw the amazing illustration she had started, I de-Scrooged and got on board, though clearly she did the lion’s share of the work here:  (Please click to make it bigger.)

This is a family treasure. Its pretty hard to pick a favorite element, but Jane’s Carousel , the “Stachue” of Liberty, and the hot dog stand are high on the list.

The team decided multi-colored enclosure cards, happy face stickers, and a sprinkle of confetti were ALL necessary. Some members were very helpful with the stuffing, and some preferred to crash our piles with lego spaceships. If we somehow missed you this year, please email me your address! (Even if we are only e-friends—I love a tradition that encourages off-screen connection!) Thank you to Rolling Press, a Brooklyn-based, eco-friendly printer (my new faves!) for the speedy printing.

P.S. Last year’s scratch off cards.

| Christmas in February

First recap: After years of false starts, we finally got Christmas cards out this year! Inspired by our lotto-loving neighbors, we did a scratch-to-win theme. The design came together around these handy scratch-off stickers, and included a series of clues about each family member to fan the intrigue.


Family pictures are pretty creepy when half-scratched. 

Surprise! Its the Laidlaw-Morris Clan! If we accidentally missed sending you a card, forgive me. It was an eleventh hour, egg-nog impeded endeavor. PS— if you think getting three kids to look at the camera— forget about smiling— for a last-minute family selfie is an easy task, guess again. I need longer arms and better bribes for a family of five!