slow down, breathe, let things be.

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I love November. The start of the holidays and the crispy, snowy air. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and with Sam growing by leaps and bounds it felt that this November was just full of showing him new things. New trails. New snow. New fun. A big birthday celebration, a visit from Grammy Julie, and wonderful family time… could it get any better?

Party like your 1. Sammy’s party involved lots of friends and family and food and fun. It was wonderful. Ben and I felt so showered in love from all our community of supporters. And Sammy… the light of our lives. We are so wonderfully blessed by him. Happy birthday little buddy. We love you so much.

(Getting his toy from mom and dad)

(Getting his toy from mom and dad)

(Birthday waffles)

(Birthday waffles)

(Birthday time outside)

(Birthday time outside)

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(At his bday party. Some like 22 babies showed up to celebrate with him. Including Esme, his betrothed 😉

(Birthday party love)

(Birthday party love)

Anniversary make-up. With Grammy Julie in town, we were able to go out for a night on the town to celebrate our anniversary. I know… we are super late, whatever! We love each other. I mean look at him… quite a catch.

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Bicentennial Trail. A wander down Bicentennial Homestead trail with Grammy Julie. It was coooollddd but we bundled up and scooted down. We found a spot for forest patrol before heading back to find some warmth.

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Backyard Shenanigans. The fun never stops when you get to play with Dad and Sam. Sam’s so blessed to have Ben as his dad always helping him find more fun and new ways to explore.

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Golden Grass to South Fork Rim Loop. It was a perfectly sunny day and wonderful hike with my two favorite people. What an awesome trail too. Seriously, get up on the hillside!

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Gasline to White Spruce to Blueberry Hollow Loop. My personal favorite hillside loop with my two favorite people. We found a spruce hen and Ruby chased it around. My little family is always lighting up my life.

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Gasline to Panorama to South Fork to White Spruce Loop. An excellent loop and one I’d highly recommend. So glorious. We saw a moose and got up above the Anchorage fog. So perfect.

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Thanksgiving Day. A wonderful day to practice purposeful thankfulness and Ben, Sam and I started this by spending time above the clouds. We walked Gasline to Hemlock Knob for a wonderful loop in the sun. I love my little family and am constantly thanking God for them. Then we headed down to my parents house for a thanksgiving feast and lots of laughter.

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Gasline to White Spruce to Blueberry Hollow Loop part 2. Another glorious hike on my favorite trail. Ben ran around with Sam laughing hysterically on his back. Love them.

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Glen Alps Forest Patrol. We wandered around Glen Alps and found Hemlock bushes to play in. Sam rode out on Ben’s shoulders in style. Be still my heart.

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And, oh the snuggles!

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(I just felt my giant cabbage needed to be memorialized on the blog)

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(I like when Ben makes me dinner and I get to lounge around!)

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And… Sam is now 13 months old!

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He likes: To play! And spend time with friends and family and especially his parents. He loves to pick out books and bring them to your lap to read. He loves to crawl around with his favorite cars and chase mom’s work-out ball and play with his toys. He loves food especially anything saucy. He loves music. He loves playing outside. He loves making sounds. He loves bouncing around with his dad and snuggling his mom. He’s a love bug.

He dislikes: Sleeping through the night (he can but chooses not to). Having colds and getting his nose wiped. He doesn’t appreciate getting his snow clothes on.

He can: Stand up on his own (but when he notices that he is, he loses his confidence and sits down). He can say mama and dada and mostly know what he means (he’s a genius!!!). He can sign “all done”. He can point out where a nose is. He can crawl, sit and move around this house no problem. He’s just pretty much the most amazing kid ever.

Favorite Book: Little Blue Truck & Night Night Forest Friends

Favorite Food: Spaghetti or Curry

Favorite Toy: Cars!

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