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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!

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… 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!


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… of my favorite things to look forward to each Fall for sure!

Smarty Pants

My sister-in-law just got her PH.D in Psychology!! Haley Dr. Trontel graduated from the University of Montana earlier this month and it was an honor to be there to watch this amazing achievement.

My father-in-law, who also earned his PH.D from the same university never walked down the isle with his graduating class, So, Haley surprised him with his very own cap and gown and he joined her on the stage during the ceremony! They even called his name and told the little backstory about him not walking with his class- and instead went fly fishing!

Haley is getting married next summer to amazing guy- we totally love Ty, as well as his parents. They all joined us in Missoula last week as well…..Ezra loved hanging out with more family. So much fun.

I am so proud of you , sister! We love you so much!

Weekend Adventure

We spent a bit of our Sunday with family. Reeds uncle came into town for a few days so Ezra got to meet his GREAT UNCLE for the first time! Ezra’s middle name is Reed, which is daddy’s name, but Reed was named after his uncle Reid, who spells it a bit different. Love it!

Great Grandma Gail visited with us as well! Love this photo of the 4 generations!