snuggly december.


December. Coziest of months. Warmest of times.

We cut down our Christmas tree and had the most wonderful Christmas joy. And we enjoyed our simple, wonderful, little life on trails and in the trees and around the fire and with each other.

Basher Loop. New trail. Sam happy hiking crew. Love these two.

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Hillside trail. Peekaboo buddy. Another great day in the woods. Gosh, these hills so close. It’s nature therapy at it’s finest.


Hemlock Knob Loop. On Ben’s bday, we had the best loop in the woods celebrating our favorite person. We walked up on the Knob to catch the sights and snuggled our birthday boy close! Later that night, we made him dinner and cobbler and celebrated his wonderful self.

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Chester Creek Trail. We walked below our house in the wonderful snow and were thankful for these trails so close to our house.


Girdwood party. We headed to Girdwood to take some photos for our dear Turner friends and their family. We had a little fun of our own with some romps in the woods and yummy gumbo curtesy of Mindy.

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Another beautiful hillside day. You couldn’t keep us off the hillside trails this month. There really is nothing better than spending the day with my beloveds outside.

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Christmas time celebrations. They deserved a blog of their own.

Best friend time. Ben and David went out for a ski. Heidi and I let the kiddos go crazy.


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Visit with Poppi and Mimi. Mimi and Poppi came to visit right after Christmas and stayed through the New Year. We walked in the snow and snuggled real close. Trails. And snow. And the bakery. And lots of laughs. Happy. Happy.

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New Years Eve Celebrations! We went downtown to celebrate the fireworks and it was a joy to watch Sam’s eyes taking it all in. It was also a blessing to have Mimi and Poppy, Grammy and Papa, Aunt Jenn, Cousin Emma, Aunt Mandy, and Uncle Christopher to celebrate with!

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New Years Day first hike. We headed out with Mimi and Papa on New Years day for a first hike. It was lovely (and a bit breeeeezy).

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And, oh the snuggles!

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And… Sam is now 14 months old! 

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He likes: Toys! And cars! And watching mom cook. He loves to be a part of it all. He likes to climb up stairs. He likes all sorts of foods. He likes new adventures. He really likes to be held close.

He dislikes: Getting his nose wiped. Being told “no” (but I mean, don’t we all).

He can: Walk around by pushing his car or holding to fingers (so close buddy). Crawl everywhere and under everything. Babble away. He knows what he wants and gets it! He can point out mom and dad and himself in photos. He can eat just about anything. He loves snuggling with mom and dad. He loves being outside. He is just a little love bug. He looooves his family.

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