new year 2017!

what a year,  2016!  this year was a very special one for our family. it was filled with travel + adventure, good friends and food, but most importantly, it was filled with lots of time spent together… we are so blessed with this beautiful family.  i can’t believe we’re  family of four!  our dynamic just continues to grow and there is so much love in this house! mini…

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travel diaries: italy [bologna + ferrara]

  what better way to fight the stir crazy than to  make a quick trip to check out the FOOD capitol of italy?!  bologna: the UNESCO “city of music. ever order spaghetti bolognese?! well, if you have (or haven’t) — i’m sure you heard about it. this region is know to make the best ragù [aka meat sauce] in all of italy! bolognese ragù is…

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our christmas.

this year was extra special because we had a new family member to celebrate with us — grayer! we wanted to keep christmas small and low key, so we stayed home for most of matt’s block leave. we also decided as a family to make a large purchase that we know we would enjoy for years to come! [more on that later.] we enjoyed spending…

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gingerbread cookies.

who doesn’t love a good spicy gingerbread cookie?! it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy these delightful cookies. <<now, i will say i’m a chocolate chip girl through and through>>, but a good little christmas baking tradition is perfect for kindling some christmas cheer! for the last few weeks holden has been looking forward to making gingerbread cookies with mama.  i’m going to say…

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travel diaries: italy [bolzano]

    deck the halls with boughs of holly! fa la la la la la la la la la … christmas markets make me jolly! fa la la la la la la la la…. wait? another weekend, another christmas market!  we are seriously squeezing in as many as we can this last christmas in italy!  sad to stay, but this is probably the last one…

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gingerbread + houses.

  oh, gingerbread houses. we have a love/hate relationship. you’re adorable in so many ways, but a pain in so many others. lets just say that next year we’re going to be buying a pre-assembled house OR better yet we’re going real old school and using graham crackers with homemade icing. at least then we can eat the darn thing!  if you’ve seen my recent…

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Gray Monthly [ 6 + 7 months]

s i x  +  s e v e n   m o n t h s stats: 18 lbs 4oz ( 6 mo) // 19lb (7 mo) 27.17 inches oh, this boy is growing. i mean i blinked and seven months have flown by. we spent his half birthday in texas, so his six month pictures is a little late. we’ll just roll these two monthly…

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travel diaries: austria [ innsbruck ]

one of the best things about living in europe is the christmas season!  it’s weeks on weeks of joy filled activities! every town is full of holiday markets and festivities. we’ve done a few local markets, but the best markets are in  northern italy, austria + germany!  last weekend we decided to check out the christkindlmarkt in innsbruck, austria. the market was bustling with vendors…

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halloween 2016.

this october we were in TEXAS! the first time in the last 3 years that we could trick or treat in a neighborhood. not that we mind trunk or treating. it just felt good to go house to house and be with family. though it didn’t come without a few hiccups from a certain toddler. ahem, dean! matt was in school in georgia at the…

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travel diaries: italy [lago di braies]

this blog post has been a long time coming  (i am seriously over due in the blog posting dept.). südtirol region is forever going to leave the best impression on my heart. in september we traveled to the dolomites (a unesco world heritage site), and we loved every minute of our weekend getaway.  lago di braies is about three and a half hours north toward…

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