Christmas with Laura Izumikawa

If you haven't already been following Laura's instagram account @lauraiz, you're going to want to after this. You will see a lot of her creative spin with her cute bubba Joey (who happens to be amazing at sleeping!), our favourites being Nacho Libre (classic gold!), Britney Spears and Anna Wintour - so good!

We have been lucky enough to have an e-chat with Laura about Christmas, and what it means for her and her family.

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Joey! Image by Laura Izumikawa

 

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in Tokyo, Japan and my family moved us to the United States when I was three years old and we've been living in Southern California ever since. I work as a freelance lifestyle photographer but have been taking time off to spend time with Joey at home.

How will you be spending Christmas?

We're so sad we weren't able to get a Christmas tree this year because we just didn't have the room in our tiny place! We will however be spending Christmas week packing and moving into a bigger place. Next Christmas we'll go all out for sure!

What's on your Christmas wish list this year?

I can't imagine wishing for anything for myself right now. Having Joey in our lives is enough for me! Honestly, I can't stop thinking and crying over Syria, especially the mothers and children there. I am hoping for peace and justice for the Syrian refugees. I wish the world would know just how grave the effects of war has been there and in Turkey and help.

What's the best thing about this festive season in your hometown?
People are happier and more friendlier it seems. Sharing meals and gifts brings the best out of people so it definitely is my favorite time of the year. 
 
Favourite Christmas film?
Home Alone 1 & 2!!

Favourite Christmas carol?
O Holy Night
 
Favourite Christmas tradition?
Picking out a Christmas tree and getting a new ornament every year.
 
What must you have on the table or around the room for decoration?
Plants! I love love love plants but I am not the best plant keeper. I've been known to kill every plant I've kept!

Any new traditions you will be starting with Joey this year?
We started several including sending holiday cards to local children's hospitals, meeting Santa Claus for a photo op, and picking out ornaments together. 
 
What will be on your Christmas menu this year?
Me-n-U! Just kidding. I'm a sucker for silly jokes this year, our cousin will be in charge of Christmas dinner but I hear we're having my favorite honey baked ham!
 
What are you most looking forward to in the New Year?
Allen and I are both looking forward to seeing Joey meet her milestones like crawling, walking and eventually talking. Children grow so fast! We're going to do our best to be there for every moment.