Santa Claus!

On Sunday night, we went to see Santa Claus!

The kids were PUMPED.

The two boy cousins looked dashing in their Christmas plaid.

Love these two guys!

While we waited in line, Ashby and Samuel picked out their photo package ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Madeley and Papa Jay watched the other kiddos talk to Santa.ย  She had been nervous to sit in his lap, but as soon as we got there, she got excited and was ready to go!

Bring on Santa!ย  These guys were ready for him!





And then one big family shot to wrap things up.

With Santa off of our “to do” list, we’re getting so much closer to the BIG day!ย  Where is the month going?!?

Happy Tuesday, friends. xo

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog December 12, 2017 at 4:39 am

    The kids are so excited! Haha, definitely a change from all those crying Santa pictures I see on the internet all the time! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Susan Jeffries December 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

    What a precious family you have – such a blessing! And your son looks exactly like you(:

  • Elspeth Mizner December 12, 2017 at 5:27 am

    I love this! The group picture is my favorite. So sweet you did this with Sean and Catherine. Great memories for your children growing up.

  • Nicole December 12, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Love it!! Where is your sweater from??

    • Mix and Match Mama December 12, 2017 at 5:33 am


      • Nicole December 12, 2017 at 6:12 am

        Did you get S or XS? Thanks!

        • Mix and Match Mama December 12, 2017 at 6:23 am


  • Jennifer December 12, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Love Ashbys shhh picture but wear is Papa Jays hat??

  • Denise December 12, 2017 at 5:36 am

    I was so waiting to see Sean pretending to cry in the family photo, since none of the kids did. They were all so cute.

  • Erika Slaughter December 12, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Oh my goodness!!!! That’s a whole bunch of festive in that picture with Santa!! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

  • emily @ a little bit of emily December 12, 2017 at 6:01 am

    I love that you guys got a big group picture with Santa – that is so fun!

  • Denise December 12, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Love Kensington’s snowman dress … I collect them so anything snowman catches my eye. You are so blessed! Christmas and Hanukkah will be hard for my family this year. My sister lost her husband to a short painful 3 months of cancer 6 weeks ago. On top of that it’s his birthday today ๐Ÿ™ . We have a big family like yours who are very close and supportive. I love this family picture!

    • Cherry Hicks December 12, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Praying for your family over this holiday season. It is hard…so glad your family will be supporting each other in love. Hope sweet memories will carry you through this season. BE ENCOURAGED in love & prayers!

    • Kathy Lang December 12, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Denise ~ I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother-in-law to cancer. I’m praying for your family. I’m sure that all the love and support of your family will help your sister, especially today, and during the holiday season.

      Shay–these pictures with Santa are wonderful, especially the one with the entire family. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Andrea Limke December 12, 2017 at 6:07 am

    I just love reading your blog each morning when I wake up. They all put a smile on my face, but this one in particular is just extra happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sonia December 12, 2017 at 6:12 am

    What a beautiful memory!

  • Narci Dreffs December 12, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Aw, what a great set of Santa pictures!! I’m so impressed that no one cried! Madeley with Santa is th cutest thing ever!

  • KimW December 12, 2017 at 6:22 am

    All really great pictures!!

  • Paula Hawthorne December 12, 2017 at 6:23 am

    I love the group photo. I bet your parents are proud!

  • Britt Hensley December 12, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Obsessed with Madeleyโ€™s outfit! Just darling!

  • Sheaffer Sims December 12, 2017 at 6:33 am

    I love that last picture! Madeley in front with the knee pop is my favorite!!!

  • sydnee December 12, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Wow, no crying babies! Love everyone’s big smile. x

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  • Rebecca December 12, 2017 at 6:56 am

    What a great family picture and fun time! ๐Ÿ™‚ So fun!! And I totally agree with you! Where is this month going?!?

  • Courtney December 12, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Where are the little girls’ outfits from? I LOVE their Christmas style!

  • Molly Gallop December 12, 2017 at 7:32 am

    These photos are amazing! The backdrop is really nice too!

  • Sarah Gicius December 12, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Those pictures are all such great memories…but oh my, that group shot โ€” itโ€™s perfection! What a photogenic family!!

  • Laci December 12, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Y’all are the most festive bunch! I love it-and I love your sweater! Madeley is just too much with Santa and the knee out!!

  • Alexis deZayas December 12, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Your family picture came out great!! And I canโ€™t believe how close Christmas is!

  • Tracy December 12, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Santa’s got personality! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love all the pictures of your sweet family.

  • Laurie S December 12, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Great picture! Noticed that Kensington has been carrying around her elephant more publicly recently. Is there a significance for the elephant?

    • Mix and Match Mama December 12, 2017 at 8:53 am

      Nope, she’s just into it these days ๐Ÿ™‚ .

  • Keisha Dawson December 12, 2017 at 8:14 am

    What sweet, sweet pictures!

  • Kelly December 12, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Looks like you got a Santa with some personality;). Great pics, love them all!

  • Rebecca December 12, 2017 at 8:43 am

    They are all wonderful pictures but the last one of the family made me get teary. My BFE gave me a frame that says 4 Generations on it and we were able to get a family shot of all of us before my parents passed away. It isn’t the best picture but it is a treasure for sure. We, like your folks have a daughter and son. Merry Christmas to you and yours dear!

  • Becky December 12, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I LOVE the big family picture! You guys are too cute!!!

  • Beth December 12, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I cant get over how much Samuel looks like your Dad!

  • Tammy December 12, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I love seeing all the smiles, fabulous pictures ! Have a wonderful week !

  • kellie carrara December 12, 2017 at 9:23 am

    LOVE the big family photo with Santa!!! We’re taking our two Bishu pups to see Santa this weekend!

  • Julie December 12, 2017 at 9:24 am

    what some sweet pictures with Santa.. I love them all but I have to agree with Sheaffer… I immediately noticed Madeley’s pose… how PRECIOUS!!!! you guys are sooo fun and Papa Jay tickles me!!!!!

  • Jaimie December 12, 2017 at 9:29 am

    This is absolutely adorable! So fun to see how much your family continues to grow year after year! Special memories. xx

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams December 12, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Awww you guys look like you had a great time! I love that Madeley & Samuel weren’t afraid to go up there. Where is this month going?!
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick December 12, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Y’all are just the cutest family!! And I love Ashby’s Santa pic!! So proud of Miss Madeley for sitting on Santa’s lap! That Inspired Chick

  • Ashia December 12, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Beautiful pictures.

  • anita gray December 12, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Shay, I love your blog and pictures! I’m a grandmother of 4 and about your mom’s age so I am always very interested in her life and grandmother stuff! How she stays so thin, her daily life, etc.,you know, all the stuff women are interested in. I heard your your sister-in-law talk about her MIL on a podcast and she had so many glowing things to say about her. Would you kindly consider featuring your mom on your blog regularly? Thank you Shay and MERRY CHRISTMAS to your family!!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 12, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Oh! That’s so sweet, Anita. My mom is truly a gem ๐Ÿ™‚ . She is also pretty private and does not like the spotlight ๐Ÿ˜‰ . She’s an amazing Lovie to my kiddos!!!

  • Andrea H December 12, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Love Kensington and her precious elephant!

  • Andrea December 12, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    All the kiddos are adorable, and Samuel with his plaid shirt and little shoes is just too much!
    What a great family you have, Shay!

  • Jen Zimmerman December 12, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Hi! Quick question…I struggle with this every year so curious how others handle it! If you shop for your kids early, how do you handle Santa requests when you see him closer to Christmas? I like to be done shopping by now, but still like to get the fun pictures with Santa in December. But I hesitate to do it because they always change what they tell him they want! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Mix and Match Mama December 12, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      We have the kids make a good list by the end of November and work off of that. I always save a little space for last minute ideas, but we really encourage them to think about what they want early ๐Ÿ™‚ .

  • Sandra Schultz December 12, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Love all those pictures! Miss Ashby is growing so beautifully from that first pic of her in China where she looked so sad. That pic broke my heart. Is she a bit shy?

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life December 12, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    OMG these are the best pics ever!! I cannot believe Madeley didn’t cry!!

  • Laura December 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    There should be something illegal about how adorable Madeley is! Oh my heavens! She just melts my heart!

  • Darcy Sexson December 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    I LOVE (!!!) that you get one big family picture. So sweet!

  • Angela Ellingson December 13, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Love that you all hopped in there for a group picture! How fun!!

  • Kim December 13, 2017 at 5:48 am

    Love all the Santa pictures and how you display all of the past years when you decorate. How is Kensington doing with Santa this year — is she still a firm believer or is she starting to question things? My oldest son is a couple weeks younger than her and he’s really started to ask the serious questions this year.

    • Mix and Match Mama December 13, 2017 at 6:01 am

      Kensington will believe until she’s 35. Smith has his doubts ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

  • Lea December 13, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Shay- I love your blog. I started reading it when Sean was on Emilyโ€™s season and actually stayed up one night and read the whole thing and Iโ€™ve been keeping up ever since. What really got me sucked in all those years ago was how sweet your family is. I love how close you all are- including with both sets of grandparents, your uncle and his family and in laws.

    I really hope one day you would write a blog post about what it is that your family did growing up that helped instill those values of family and togetherness in you guys so well that you continue with it as adults.

    I know no family is perfect but even before your blog got so big it was obvious how proud you were of your family and how much you all enjoyed each other as a group.

    Itโ€™s really remarkable and I would love to hear from you more about it!

  • Diane December 13, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    which exact sweater from express did you get? love it

    • Mix and Match Mama December 14, 2017 at 5:02 am

      I just checked and it’s not there any more. Sorry!

  • Andrea McAnally December 22, 2017 at 9:41 am

    OH MY WORD! The festive outfits are so cute!!! Love these pics!