Category Archives: Weekend Adventures

Halloween 2015


I’ve never been into Halloween. Like ever. I’m still not a huge fan. However, this year [by the persistent encouragement of a friend- thanks Wanda] we went all out……& laughed all day. We had so much fun.

And a funny little story regarding Ezra’s consume…..

Not sure where or how he heard about a Jack-O-Lantern, but he had been talking about it since September. He wanted to be a “Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween.” 

I’ll be honest….I was convinced he’d forget about it… know, so I could dress him up as what I wanted to.

Last week, my friend urged me to dress Ezra up as the Jack-O-Lantern.

“Just let him be a Jack-O-Lantern. He’ll love it.” said Wanda.

And so I did.

The only one I could find was a size 1-2, rather than the size 3-4 he should wear. I bought it anyway.

Ezra LOVED his costume. And you know what? I did too.

It’s not even about the costume, but the joy on his face….all day [he was experiencing a sugar overdose in this photo. HA!] As hard as it is sometimes to let our kids make their own decisions….it’s a good thing. I love this little Jack-O-Lantern and my idea would NOT have topped this. 

These are the days….& the best of memories.

///// A group photo of Ezras friends from church…and some details of some sweet-sweet costumes.



Pumpkin Patch


Sweet Pickins has become a yearly, half-day tradition for us. Its so much more than a pumpkin patch….there’s all sorts of fun things to do, including hayrides, a huge sandbox with toy diggers and excavators, tire swings and animals to pet! Ezra can run wild and free….and he does. We all love it!

I can’t even explain the beauty that is found in in Montana. It’s absolutely stunning and the colors were vibrant and bold over the weekend. I loving living where we experience such stunning seasons.

Our friends Bryce and Kelsey joined us this year….we brought a yummy homemade lunch and all ate together on a picnic bench and caught up on life. It was a fun time. *Thanks for taking our family photos, Bryce!

Heres more photos from our day…


Hunt and Cut 2014

We hunted together as a family once again,  for the most perfect Christmas tree!! You can check out last years Hunt and Cut here. Every year has been different….and each of them has been so special to us. Such wonderful memories.

This year we went out with some new friends of ours, who also have a tiny little guy….so it was a fun little adventure!

I love that Ezra understood what we were doing a little more this year….he helped daddy pick out the tree, as well as cut it down! And for the record, this whole hunt and cut is a lot of hard work….our little guy was exhausted afterwards! HA!

Im always blown away by Gods creation here in Montana whenever we get the chance to just get lost in the woods and drive around parts of our town that we don’t normally explore. Montana is breathtaking….and every year I become a landscape photographer as we trek to our tree cutting location. So much fun.

What are some of your family traditions that you do around the holidays?!? Do tell!


Thanksgiving 2014


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! We stayed in town again this year and enjoyed a really low-key Thanksgiving Day with Reeds family. Everyone contributed to the meal….making it super simple for everyone to enjoy the entire day.

We got SNOW for Thanksgiving [like we did last year]….so Ezra was loving that!

I just love the JOY that Ezra brings to our family. I love the way our family gathers around and just watches him play and explore his surroundings. Thankfully my in-laws are in the “people business” so they enjoy watching Ezra play for hours as much as we do. It’s great!

Ezra was a bit more picky with his Thanksgiving dinner plate this year….his new thing is to play “parking lot” with his food. Something on his plate always ends up being a car/truck/excavator/taxi ect…..and he pretty much plows all the food off the plate on to the placemat. These “cars” just drive in circles around the plate. He’s gets REALLY in to it.

One thing that no one seemed to be picky about was the Huckleberry pie! My mother-in-law picks huckleberries every year…and then saves them for Thanksgiving and Christmas pies. Its the best. A sweet memory of summer, in the winter.

We have so much to be thankful for….and Ezra reminds us all that its in the little things. I don’t want to take these days..this season for granted. Even though society is pushing us towards Christmas at the smallest hint towards Fall…..I want to slow down and be in the moment…..and more importantly, notice the people and things around me.

My mother-in-law has the perfect home for small gatherings… I couldn’t help but snap a few images of the little details that make her house a home….the little treasure that catch my eye that I love most.

This is our Thanksgiving Day in photos…..


Seattle Trip


Last month the three of us drove to Seattle. The road trip was great. Ezra does really well in the car.

These few days away as a family were so refreshing to us…..especially this momma, who didn’t realize she was suffocating a bit in her small town and just being in the big city for a few days….experience all the God moments that took place while we were there….was SO very good for my heart & soul. I’ll be posting a part 2 of this Seattle re-cap and share more about how God used a few people to show me things that I needed to see. It’s incredible. God is so good….like SO good!

We stayed downtown and walked everywhere. Everyday.

We drank coffee. Multiple times a day. We loved visiting Storyville Coffee at Pikes Market, and of course…..we hit up our beloved, Stumptown Coffee on Pine.

Ezra LOVED looking out our hotel room window….the view really is incredible when you’re looking down. His amazement over the little things is always so refreshing.

We walked so much that we quickly needed to find a stroller for Ezra , which we left at home….so we found a SHARK STROLLER at Target. The stroller was a hit with not only little man, but every single person that walked by us….everywhere we went!

Our days weren’t filled to the brim with things to do….so our time together was sweet.

Here’s a re-cap of our time downtown in photos….[the ZOO gets its own post…..coming up next!]




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