Monday, December 26, 2016


We have pretty live tree this year.  The popcorn makes me smile.
I didn't have the time or energy to get out all of our ornaments this year
but I think the simplicity of it is pretty sweet. And after years of having the old bike perched on our mantle - we took it down.  It was time for a change and a good motive to paint something new to go to grace the wall.  I wonder how hard it is to do a large oil painting...

What a beautiful White Christmas!! 
We haven't had snow like this for a very long time.  
We are all so excited!

Christmas Eve... simple and quiet but very sweet.  
We had delicious Minestrone Soup and Coconut Shrimp.
Just the four of us.

New jammies... one of Davis' favorite Christmas Eve traditions.
I wonder what the celebration in heaven is like.
It must be glorious.

Emily spent the better part of the day creating100% homemade S'mores!  
They were amazing!

We drove down to Lindsey and Jakes house in North Salt Lake to spend 
Christmas afternoon and evening with them.  

The new snow was fluffy and light

not the easiest to build a snowman with

but they were persistant

and pretty proud of the way he turned out!

A White Christmas is just the best!!

Auntie Camber loving on baby Kate

Mark carved each of the girls a treasure box 
and the boys a cantilevered pen box. 
So beautiful and thoughtful.

I did a study of a winter painting by Kent Wallis for Lindsey.
I think it turned out pretty good for my first attempt at an oil painting.
Can't wait to learn more!

Our Christmas will be stretched out through the new year.  
Brady will be up with the kids soon and Ben and Janell will be coming from Portland midweek.
Lots to look forward to!

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Jackson hOle

This fall we stole Emily away for a few nights in our favorite place!

We stumbled upon a new bakery - Persophone Bakery

It was a great place to visit with eye candy  everywhere 

Even in the bathroom ;)

And delicious f o o d !!

We especially loved the Homemade S'mores!

and the pastries...

We love everything about our jaunts to Jackson...the drive is a blast..

and thinking about Davis and how much he loved the mountains.

searching for that perfect cup of hot cocoa...

have I mentioned the food?!!

We love it all!!

We drove out to watch the sunset on the eve of the day we lost Davis 3 years ago now.  I like to think this giant puddle was a smile from him reminding us to carry on and be happy.

I love my family so much!
And Davis is very near.

An afternoon to hike

 a little Pano fun!

The colors were past their peak, but still really pretty vistas.  The snow is gorgeous on the Tetons!

Colter Bay is breathtaking and so quiet and still.
We were the only ones on the entire lake.
Pretty lucky for us and so nice for a picnic.

and for our evening pleasure... The Float!

We have made this float countless times and might be our favorite part of our trips up to Tetons.
I sketched while Em and Mark drove the suburban down to the take out point and hitch hiked a ride back up to the dam.

The water out by the bend was the lowest we have ever seen it.
We were concerned that we would be stuck in the muck for hours!  
But we persisted and made it around the bend to smooth sailing.

The water was still and full of the most gorgeous reflections the entire float!

What a glorious world we are blessed to live in and enjoy.

We worked up an appetite and enjoyed dinner at Bon Appe Thai

And a perfect ending to a beautiful trip - breakfast the next morning at the restaurant next to 
our new favorite bakery.... can't remember the name, but it was perfect.