Category Archives: Weekend Adventures

Birthday Party At The Cabin

We celebrated Reeds birthday out at the family cabin on the lake over the weekend. Just a small gathering with a few dear friends.

My friend Hollie helped me put together the most wonderfully delicious meal….she truly inspires me to want to cook more often. It was awesome to be in kitchen with friends….preparing a meal…..then enjoying it together on the deck. Although I was tempted to just thrown on the usual- turkey burgers, but instead……I made homemade bread, watermelon salad, couscous and chicken & veggie kabobs. Thinking this just might be our 4th of July meal!

Reed is so loved….and it was a pretty special day,  honoring him.

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*thanks for the wonderful cake, Jessy!

Our Easter Weekend

Easter consists of a full weekend with our Fresh Life family and friends. The festivities kick off with Skull Church Majestic then Fresh Life Easter….and ends with a family meal around the table.

Although our weekend was a busy one, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I love that we get the opportunity to serve alongside some pretty amazing people in our city, witnessing people of all ages make decisions for Christ and I absolutely love that Ezra gets to be part of what all that we do! Last year he hung out in the baby carrier, but this year….he was all over the place. All over the place…in a good way. I love seeing him interact with people.

Here’s a snapshot of our second Easter as a family of three [plus our employee Tyler who joined us this year- love this guy!], our Easter table and Ezra’s first Easter basket!

XOXO!

// Skull Church Majestic w/ special guest artist PaperRoute
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// Fresh Life Easter w/ special guest artist John Mark McMillan
IMG_1502IMG_1278IMG_1285IMG_1383To see the full LOOKBOOK from Skull Church Majestic & Fresh Life Easter…visit Pastor Levi’s blog.

// After Easter service shenanigans….Ezra and his little buddy, Fawkes.
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// Our Easter party
This year included a few little goodies inside an Easter basket [including CAMO eggs- so Montana!], a family walk/bike ride around the neighborhood, our BunnyBread tradition & evening discussions around the campfire. Best weekend ever.
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Whitefish Winter Carnival

This past weekend was Winter Carnival here in Whitefish. Its a local tradition with a crazy backstory, but the afternoon parade is a highlight for us. Maybe when Ezra gets a little older, he’ll participate in the penguin plunge, but for now….we’re opting out of jumping in any lake in zero degree weather! It’s also a super busy day for our shop- as all the festivities take place right out front of our door!

Here are a few photos from the day…..and yes, Montana loves their trucks and horses!
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Hunt and Cut 2013

This is one of my top favorite traditions we have made here in Montana. And it’s even more special to have Ezra along with us…as we hunt for the perfect Christmas tree, cut it down and haul it back home in the back of the truck!

This year….our annual Hunt and Cut was different than all the others. We ended up driving about 45 minutes outside of Whitefish and gathered together with friends, in the middle of the woods. This was so magical and special. I loved being out in the wide open spaces, warming up by a fire, sharing a meal and praying together….in the middle of Gods creation. So peaceful. I really don’t have the words to describe how much I loved this, this year. [we did miss a few friends who were unable to join us this year- and those who got lost on the way. Such a bummer.]

Our sweet friend Carrie does such a great job at thinking of simple, yet over-the-top details that make all of our gatherings just that much more fun! I love her pretzel trees and the handmade “hunt + cut” banner. My camera gets super happy whenever we are together and I get to photograph all of the details!

I’m not normally a “nature” photographer, but I was inspired by all the beauty around us as we drove around and walked the trails together as a family. So, there are a TON of photos…..in hopes you are reminded of how the Lord loves us truly and deeply. He cares about the details that surround us in our everyday…and has the same care and love for YOU and your family. Pretty overwhelming when you think about it….

Hope you all are enjoying this holiday season…..what kinds of traditions are you doing with your family?!? Please tell!

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Sweet Pickin’s Pumpkin Patch

Even though Ezra is still little to fully take in the adventures on a pumpkin patch….we still decided to head on over to Sweet Pickens this past weekend to begin our new yearly family tradition. Reed and I always looked forward to our annual trip to Gentry’s Farm in Franklin, TN….so we are thrilled to have found this pumpkin patch and enjoy this tradition with our sweet son.

It’s so awesome to see Ezra soak up everything around him, including the Trike Trail, Tractor Ride and the Farm Animals! I mean….I can only image what he thinks about pumpkins that are as big as he is! I love seeing his eyes fill with wonder and excitement! He absolutely loves being around other kids….so he was in heaven with little ones to the left and right of him. Everyone is a “baby” to Ezra….and he’d gladly hug everyone in sight. Such a sweet-sweet boy. There’s so many different activities for all ages- so I love that each year will be a little different for our little explorer.

This was such a fun afternoon together as a family…..one of my favorite things to look forward to each Fall for sure!