Elf on a Shelf, Advent Calendar

So it was day 15 of Dec and our new advent calendar was still bare.  Slater asked every day when we might get candy in the little sacks.  So the dilemma was do we start at day 16 and have nine days of candy or fill it all and Slater gets the first sixteen days?  The elf solved that and filled it all… and Slater was delighted… totally hyped up the rest of the day.  The elf is in charge of the advent calendar from here on out.  It was a hit.  Especially because he brought the large chocolate gold coins

elf on a shelf advent job

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the Mulloy family, Del Mar family photography

It’s so fun to photograph this family.  I have seen this family yearly since before the triplets were one (here, here, here and here).  With the chaos of three babies all the same age, a beach shoot was never a real possibility but a dream to one day happen… And this is the year it happened.  The beach shoot was planned and we got some pretty epic conditions.  Low tide, amazing hazy sunset, warm weather… it couldn’t have been better.

kids at the beach
del mar evening beach
mom and daughter
triplets at the beach
families at the beach
family playing at the beach
running down the sand
kids portraits at the beach
family photos at the beach
photos with dad and triplets
del mar family photos
mom with kids on the beach
mini sessions for holiday portraits
kids portraits
christmas card photos
family photos

family beach photos

family portraits



del mar family photos

del mar sunset


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Elf on the Shelf, Sack Races

I had this dream of documenting each night of our elf antics.  We’ve been doing this for a couple of years now and the ideas are all over the internet so it makes it easy to come up with fun stuff.  Even with that ease, I still get into bed every night, get comfy and warm and then BAM! I sit straight up and remember the elf.  While Slater and I were shopping for decorations this year, we came upon Mrs. Clause and Santa Clause with the exact faces of our Elf so for sure they would come alive…. and we had to get them.

We started a little late this year and my dream of documenting is only partial. Here are a few images from our sack races from last night.  Slater loved it.

elf on a shelf sack races

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