Saturday, November 26, 2016

Getting Ready

Setting up the first Christmas tree of the year.
While in Iowa for Thanksgiving we make sure to get a in the Christmas spirit by getting first Grandma's decorations out: snow globes, nativity set, angels, and of course the tree. Then we do the same at Oma's house. The girls like looking at all of Oma's old ornaments: baby pictures of me, old art projects, and salt dough shaped like hearts that 30 years later somehow smell just as strongly of cinnamon as the day I made them in Kindergarten.

We're getting ready for Christmas in Iowa...

Thursday, November 24, 2016


Back in Iowa giving thanks surrounded by those we're thankful for.
We spent the day with Oma, Grandma and Julie relaxing and catching up. The girls just love it here. I completely understand why.
We had a great trip with good food, a bit of pumpkin decorating and lots of giggles.

Saturday, November 19, 2016


Midwest fall at its finest. Our first fall in the new house and the leaves did not disappoint.

We scooped them into 2 big piles which the girls promptly destroyed. A few neighbors also came over to join in. At one point I think a tunnel had been constructed. 

Orange, red, yellow, purple, brown and green filled the air and clung to the girls' hair as they rolled around in the piles.  The scent of fall, and earth, and childhood all colliding into a single happy memory. Feeling grateful for the beautiful fall season, a yard that caters to our outdoor adventures and our new leaf blower which has earned it's keep this year.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Visit From Texas

We had two special guests from Texas for the weekend. Nothing fancy planned, just time spent hanging out, playing at the park and of course a movie night with ice cream. We love these two and were happy we could host them for a couple days!

Sunday, November 6, 2016


Took a few moments to capture the four of us together today. It's a rare occasion seeing that one of us is usually behind the lens, and those two sweet girls usually steal the spotlight. They're cuter than us anyways. I'm not jealous.

My heart is full. We are beyond blessed to have everything that we have.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Bedtime With Dad

Amazing to think how much love fits in this small space. One of my favorite things to be a part of each night. Bedtime is my favorite.