Our Yearly Christmas Card (& Warm Holiday Wishes!)

With family arriving tonight for our first ever Christmas in Richmond, we wanted to be sure we shared our holiday card with you guys first (you know we love ya like family). We couldn’t do this little blog-thang (look at me getting all twangy) without you. And we sincerely appreciate you for dropping in on us.

We shot this earlier in the month with the help of a bunch of ribbon snagged on clearance from Michael’s last Christmas (some of which later ended up on our tree). It’s actually two pictures photoshopped together, since getting Clara and Burger to sit still that close to one another without doing something weird (like synchronized diaper sniffing/tail grabbing) is beyond unrealistic. You can actually see a bunch of outtakes over on Young House Life today. Like this one we like to call “The Peeper.”

We hope everyone has a fun/joy/family/food/relaxation-filled holiday weekend! And although we figure many of you will be busy with miscellaneous chaos over the upcoming week between Christmas and New Year’s, we’ll still be dropping in with a quick post every day from Monday through Friday for ya (and yes – we hope to have some cabinet priming/painting peeks for you guys with a big reveal sometime around the first week of January if all goes well).

We just found out that we have a big book deadline of January 4th too (the entire final manuscript is due- yikes!!!) so at any point if you’re wondering what we’re up to, you can probably count on us to be holding a paint brush, a laptop, a toddler, a chihuahua, or a cookie covered in sprinkles. And maybe a few of those things at once (let’s find out if I can eat a cookie while priming, shall we?). Happy holidays to every last one of ya!

Psst- We announced this weeks giveaway winner, so click here to see if it’s you.


  1. cristina s says

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to your family :)
    Thank you so much for much needed encouragement (& distraction) while we remodeled our first home that we purchased last January! Keep doing all you do in your own way… we truly enjoy keeping up with your blog

    Check out our holiday card :


    (Yes, I got a blog spot just for your pinterest challenge lol)

  2. Kathi says

    Merry Christmas to all y’all! Thanks for being a great inspiration for so many of my home reno projects! Hope y’all have a productive Christmas “break”!

  3. says

    The picture where Clara is throwing the ribbon is my favorite. She is so “in the moment”. haha :D

    Happy holidays to all of you guys – and stop thanking US so much when we should all be thanking you for tirelessly keeping up with this blog, giving us all inspiration, and keeping us motivated.

    Thanks, youngsters. :) Here’s to an awesome 2012!
    xoxo Linda

  4. JMB says

    Merry Christmas, Petersik family!! Enjoy your holiday! Thank you for all that you have shared with us in 2011…looking forward to 2012!!

  5. Cair says

    I hope you have a very, very merry Christmas! It doesn’t get much better than toddlers and family at Christmas. Joy.

  6. Kitty says

    Merry Christmas to you all! I hope it is a wonderful one.

    I’m not sure if you’ll know the answer to this, but will your book be distributed in the UK? I’ve been following your blog for what years and I’d love to have the book!

  7. Sarah says

    Merry Christmas to you guys! Thanks for living the lifestyle you do and taking the effort to share it.