This was us in front of the giant tree in Animal Kingdom, Disney World.  I know I look outrageously huge, but I am going to shamelessly blame it on the baby.  

At least for the next ten years or so.

We had such a fantastic time and I miss it terribly!  I want to share pictures with you, but am trying to ween it down from about 800.  I will be posting picks to my flickr page for awhile… and at the rate I am going its gonna take me all year.  I only have time to edit 5-10 a day!  Oh well.  

Sadly, I was totally unable to get myself organized enough to send out a Christmas card this year.  Am considering doing a baby announcement instead… if you want to be on the list shoot me an email!

Since we were so lucky to see both my family and Chad's family while in Florida, we are celebrating Christmas at home alone this year, just the kids and Chad and I.  

We have also chosen to not do gifts this year, and are really hoping to instill in our kids the reason for the season… JESUS!

We hope you have a wonderfully blessed and fruitful Christmas, and are able to truly celebrate being with friends and family!!!



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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. You don’t look huge, you look like a beautiful pregnant woman, surrounded by her beautiful family!
    Christmas blessings to you and your family!

  2. So glad you had a wonderful time at Disneyland and you look radiantly happy and wonderful my friend. Lots of love to you and yours xx

  3. I think you look beautiful and so does your family. I am excited for you and your family. Our baby will be 1 month old on Dec, 26. Merry Christmas to you all.

  4. Awww, you guys look adorable! Glad you had a good time and are safely back home now.
    And yes, great minds think alike…Jesus is the reason for the season!
    BTW, You don’t look huge, just pregnant, you silly! 😉
    Have a Merry Christmas!

  5. Hmmm, I would have said “Outragiously beautiful and glowing” but that’s just me. And your other commenters!

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