we are in idaho for christmas this year, and it's pretty thrilling. hope yours is great as well.


zoo lights!

we have been having a blast in utah with my family! i have done all my christmas shopping, we have been sledding, and have played outside in the snow, and eaten great food. i have gotten to reconnect with dear friends. hazel and cora mae's aunt and uncles have been the sweetest to them and they get played with almost constantly. it's really the best.

before john flew in, hazel and i went to the zoo lights together. such a fun outing! here's a few pics:


the last of the thanksgiving posts, i promise.

exploring martha's vineyard:

 on the ferry!

bonus thanksgiving pics:

boom.  documented.


thanksgiving part 3!

friday we went to walden pond!

we can never get a decent family photo with everyone looking.  will someone please teach me their secret?!

then back to the minute-man bridge...

then we went to lunch, and on to rockport, which is just the cutest, quaintest little port town ever.

 of course we had to buy some toffee from the candy store while we were there... and then nearly polish it off on the car ride home... $9 of toffee never goes as far as one would think...

we are almost done with thanksgiving posts!  yayyy


thanksgiving in plymouth. part two of our series.

on thanksgiving day we got ready and went to a monument i had never heard of in plymouth, massachusetts.  then we had thanksgiving dinner at plimouth {yes, that's how they spell it there} plantation, and our little heffalump, as you can see, is the cutest baby known to man.


then we took our full bellies and took a tour of an imitation wamapoke indian homes/grounds and a town full of "real life" {aka actors} pilgrims. see hazel above, singing jingle bells to me ^^^ also, look at hazel's face in the photo below.  right after this picture was taken she laid her head down on my shoulder and fell right asleep.
then we went and saw the most underwhelming national monument ever, plymouth rock.
and took a tour of the mayflower...

such a fun day!  thanks so much to mimi and grandpa for taking us!

more thanksgiving weekend pics to come!


a boston thanksgiving, part one.

since john's aunt jayme, ryan and janessa, the harman fam, and us are all stranded out east for thanksgiving, george and leslie flew in and we made the most of it.  we all crammed into sweet jayme's two-bedroom apartment and had a blast!  the first day we went to faneuil hall market, ate delicious lobster rolls and clam chowder, looked in pretty little shops (see cupcake christmas tree below), and played on the pier.

we drove past the beautiful boston temple:

then we went to bunker hill memorial, and while the girls slept in the car with mimi, john and i hiked the 294 steps to the top.  

you can see all over boston from up there.
we saw the minute-men bridge, where the "shot heard round the world" was shot.  there are several homes where literary greats have lived right around that area, including ralph waldo emerson, who wrote the "concord hymn" commemorating the battle, which he actually witnessed with his own eyes! {i will have it be known that hazel requested a silly-face picture, and then didn't join me^^^}

there you have it!  day one of our boston thanksgiving.