A Few Things

December 23, 2011

Hello, Friends! How are you? Are you ready for this weekend? Last weekend, the amazing Wendy of Blue Lily Photography came to our home here in Normandy, and we did the funnest family photo shoot. And today I have pictures to share! I’m so excited!!

Ben Blair and I found a little vintage car to rent for the shoot, put everybody in their Christmas finery and set out on a country road near our home. Then, Wendy worked her magic. And I LOVE how the pictures turned out!! I’ve included 10 of my favorites here. While I grin and grin at that cute car (and those cute kids!), here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

- Christmas isn’t Christmas without a reading of Six to Eight Black Men.
- Love this Kirtsy slideshow. Am I the last to know about glass straws?
- Gingerbread trees.
- My picks for frame-worthy calendars.
- Hot pink.
- This talk blew my mind.
- Thank you, Disney!
- Instead of bows.

I also write for Babble. Here are this week’s posts:
- Ready for New Year’s? Here are 25 sparkly pieces to inspire your party outfit.
- What’s the cleverest holiday card you received this year?
- Made of 100% wool with interchangeable clothes. So cute.
- Decoration that will make you want to party!
- A gorgeous new online magazine all about entertaining.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and Merry Christmas! I’ll mostly be off next week but will definitely check in with a post or two. I’ll meet you back here soon. I miss you already!


P.S. — Don’t stress, it’s all staged, I promise! We didn’t really drive around town with the kids on the car. : ) See the photos in bigger sizes here.

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{ 78 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle Stewart December 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm

The family pictures are fantastic!


2 Lauren@BaylorSays... December 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm

WHAT!!?? Those are so awesome!!! I had to share on my FB; you just put my somewhat creative card to shame. Merry Christmas!!


3 Lola December 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Absolutely gorgeous pictures.

Also, to let you know that I linked to several of your links on my own blog – I hope that’s alright! Full credit was given to Design Mom, of course – http://pencilsandwhatnot.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/last-minute-presents/ (apologies again for leaving a link on your blog).

Have a lovely Christmas,
Lola x


4 julie @ duet letterpress December 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

love them! especially the one of you all holding hands behind the car. well done blairs + bluelilies!


5 Giulia December 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Those are the cutest photos ever! lovely, fun and colourful! Merry Christmas to you and your adorable family.


6 Lori H December 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Fun and fantastic! Perfect. Merry Christmas!


7 kathryn h December 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Absolute perfection! Love love love!


8 sarah December 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

oh my–how cute are these…..just darling.
well done. can we see a close up on the outfits, because i’m sure they are as stunning as always.


9 elz December 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I adore Wendy & Tyler’s work. This is no exception-tres chic and tres cute.


10 Yvonne December 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I love number 9 – the sideways car with the everyone – just love it!
Peace on earth all – it begins with us!


11 Holly December 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Love the Christmas pictures! Joyeux Noel!


12 Stephanie December 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Love this…Merry Christmas!


13 Sara December 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm

The pictures are beyond adorable!!!! You are a master planner of family photo scenes. Just gorgeous!

And that TED talk…amazing!!! Had to share it on fb.


14 Haydee December 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Oh my goodness I LOVE your Christmas photos! They are brilliant, you guys look like an ad!:) Wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas holiday:)


15 Tiffany December 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I love the photos!


16 Colleen December 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Your photos are the very best ones I have seen! What fun for the whole family!


17 Ann December 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Love the color palette: bits of red, gray, and white but not matchy-matchy! What a treasure to have photos like that of your family! Happy Holidays!!!


18 Katielee December 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Wow, some great links! The Sedaris piece had me in stitches – so good. And the Disney piece… thank you indeed, Disney. And thank YOU for supporting it!
Your pictures are fantastic. Merry Christmas!


19 Ayme December 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm

So stylin’, I LOVE it!! Merry Christmas, Blairs!


20 Audrey December 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Wow! Cutest Christmas pictures EVER!


21 Louise December 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Are you even kidding me??!! How on earth does everything you do just get better and better and more creative! I love these and I think they are the perfect memory for your French Christmas! Joyeaux Noel!


22 melissa December 23, 2011 at 3:37 pm

AHHH. Those are amazing and will be even more amazing in twenty years when your looking back at them. Soo soo cool. Merry Christmas.xo


23 Sarah December 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm

What a delightful photo shoot! Wishing the Blair family a very merry Christmas!


24 Laura December 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Can your family adopt me and my family? Seriously, how fun! LOVE the photos!!


25 Adventures In Babywearing December 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Oh, love the photos! Adorable.



26 robin December 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Awesome car – awesome photos! Have to vote with you all holding hands tailing the car as the best overall. Love some of the car window shots, but then you don’t see the whole family. The fact you can all get in a vintage car is an amazing feat in and of itself! Happy Holidays!



27 Lauren December 23, 2011 at 5:13 pm


We read that Sedaris essay out loud every Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas!


28 Jess December 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm

These are adorable! I love the one where everyone is holding hands!


29 Dee December 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm

What beautiful family photos, Gabrielle! Wow! Merry Christmas to you and yours. :)


30 Jessica December 23, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Amazing! So creative. What an awesome and fun group of photos. Really well done! Merry Christmas. :)


31 Darci December 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Oh goodness…the one of baby June hanging on at the end of the line is pure perfection…


32 Kathy Ayers December 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm

What great pictures! Merry Christmas!


33 Rosario December 23, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Beautiful colors, Gabrielle, and the landscape looks magic!!


34 My Traveling Troop December 23, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Beautiful family and lovely photos! I love everything from the car to the presents on top of the car. And, it looks like you all had fun during the photo shoot. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!



35 Meg T December 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm

These are AWESOME!!


36 cbloe's mom December 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm


cant get over the deliciousness of all of this. yummy, yummy, perfect! miss you!



37 Julie December 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm

LLLLOOOOVE those family photos!! Aren’t those awesome?! How creative!


38 michelle a December 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm

So great, I didn’t think you could top the Central Park shoot and you just did.


39 Victoria December 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Fabulous photographs. What a lot of fun it looks.


40 Wendy - Blue Lily December 23, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Merry Christmas, Blair family. I’m already missing all of you!


41 Krisanne December 23, 2011 at 11:32 pm

You’re photos are magical! Also, thank you so much for the Disney link. I am LDS, and homosexuality is a divisive issue among church members (as I’m sure you know). The basic virtues of compassion and Christ-centered love get lost in the arguing. Thanks for bringing it back to what’s really important.


42 Krisanne December 23, 2011 at 11:33 pm

“Your”…sorry :)


43 Michelle Glauser December 24, 2011 at 12:11 am

Darling pictures!


44 Peggy December 24, 2011 at 2:57 am

wow! i guess you gonna print them huge and display. they are fantastic!


45 Patricia December 24, 2011 at 3:29 am

These are the cutest funniest and merriest pictures I’ve seen. I’m sharing with my readers. Happy Christmas to you and your lovely family!


46 Neda December 24, 2011 at 3:54 am

Oh, so gorgeous. GORGEOUS!!!

Merry Christmas to you all!


47 susan December 24, 2011 at 5:08 am

The pictures are fun, fun, fun. Christmas Blessings to your family.


48 julia fain December 24, 2011 at 7:09 am

LOVE the pictures! So fun and playful! Do you all really fit in the car??


49 Cheryl Burchett December 24, 2011 at 8:52 am

We did a car themed family Christmas photo this year too! Ours was built around the teal blue 1960′s station wagon that my husband refurbished. You can see the results on my blog http://lydiaburchett.blogspot.com/2011/12/last-weekends-griswald-family-pictures.html?m=1


50 Eliza December 24, 2011 at 9:15 am

Did you post about that David Sedaris essay last Christmas? I listened to his reading on YouTube. The TED talk was amazing and I loved the Disney video. Thank you for the comedy, technological inspiration and heartwarming videos/messages all in one post. Perfect clips for my Christmas eve morning in bed. Merry Christmas!


51 Debi Campbell December 24, 2011 at 11:54 am

I’ve totally been stalking the blue lily blog! I love your photos! Merry Christmas!


52 findingmagnolia December 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I love the photos! Your family is beautiful, and it looks like you all had a ton of fun.


53 Ashley December 24, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Merry Christmas!


54 ellen patton December 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Shut up! Awesome photos!


55 Andreja December 25, 2011 at 4:40 pm

So cute and beautiful! We had the same car when I was a child! It brings back so many memories ;-) Merry Christmas!


56 Stephanie December 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Super fabulous family photo!! I’m so glad you took advantage of those adorable little cars over there. Love it!!


57 Pamela Balabuszko-Reay December 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Merry Everything! Thanks so much for sharing the It Gets Better Disney piece!


58 Cute & Useful December 27, 2011 at 6:39 am


Cute family pictures! Am writing to thank you for the link to the talk about CAPTCHA. I found it fascinating, then I passed it over to my son, who watched the whole way through, too.

Best regards and happy new year,


59 Karin S December 27, 2011 at 6:45 am

I just love little June in the 3rd photo! I can tell you guys had a blast.
Best to you all in 2012!


60 Erin December 27, 2011 at 9:40 am

Your Christmas photos have me smiling this morning! Perfection!


61 Catherine at Design Editor December 27, 2011 at 10:58 am

These photos are FABULOUS.


62 teresita December 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm

<3 <3 so cute! the shot looks like a lot of fun! the one before the last is my favorite. Merry Christmas to the Blairs!!!


63 Trendy Kids Fashions December 28, 2011 at 9:25 am

amazing pictures! I really enjoyed them. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!


64 Mishti December 29, 2011 at 10:29 am

Oh that lil’ June steals my heart! I think she is quickly becoming my fave just after Oscar :)


65 Joslyn December 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm

love the photo shoot!!


66 Melissa Edwards December 30, 2011 at 10:24 am

I just love that little car and really love the grey and red combo. Very gorgeous!!


67 Jessica December 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm

6 to 8 Black Men!!!!! I totally agree. My husband is Dutch and doesn’t get what’s so funny. The ones of us who have married into the family read it every year. It never gets any less funny.


68 Ann December 31, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Very fun! At first I thought that was the vehicle that came with the house!


69 Deepa January 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

Wow. Wonderful photos! They are bursting with holiday joy. Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year to you and your family!


70 lisa January 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

oh! Do tell us where all the pretty clothes from the photos came from! ..especially the girly hats and coats!


71 merrilee January 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm

such a darling photo shoot. And an even more darling family!


72 sarah January 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm

these pictures are the most beautiful 2011 christmas photos i’ve seen! thank you for sharing!


73 kristen duke photography January 4, 2012 at 9:23 am

So fun! I love using vintage cars in pics, and I love your red Christmas-y outifts!


74 Jeannine January 4, 2012 at 10:17 am

Seriously love these photos!!! Happy New Year!


75 Katy January 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Love the pictures. Their photos are always so fun, I love to see the interactions taking place in their photos. Lovely.


76 bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com January 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Absolutely Lovely!


77 PA March 15, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Great photos! I have a 1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer (woodie) that I would love to use for a similar photoshoot


78 Yarelahi Darab March 7, 2014 at 5:26 am

It was nice that i have seen in my life.


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