Best of 2015

This year I am doing things a little different... I am posting my favorite pictures through the year. Since I have been slacking so much this past year in blogging, they aren't going to be organized haha!

My nephew Easton was born

Seth's first time at the beach

Bob the Builder

Favorite blog posts from this year:

Our Christmas

We had a busy Christmas spending time together and with family. One of my favorite things about the season is celebrating Jesus through our advent time together. Throughout the month of December we like to do fun Christmas themed activities and things that remind us of Jesus. I can't wait to grow our traditions with our family and learn about the reason for the season.

Seth is still not a fan of Santa!

Seth's Christmas Program

My child is the one who is yelling at the wrong time and bouncing a lot.. best Christmas program ever haha!! Sorry for the shaky video.

painting his train ornament

Santa's Wonderland

cookie exchange goodies

cookie cutter painting
Christmas Cookies

lunch with mommy and friends

Family Christmas Parties

Got a tricycle for Christmas!

Christmas Day

After Christmas

Christmas card and Christmas photos

This year when choosing our Christmas cards I wanted to have a bible verse on there. I found a great collection of them on Minted... and I was so happy with the process and with how they turned out. Looking for a place to get Christmas cards or announcements, check them out!!

And these photos were taken by my friend, Emily Powell. I loved how they turned out and she was so patient with Seth and his crazy two-year-old ways!!

Linking up with:

BrettniJoyAmanda and Lyndsey

Oh hey...

... I'm back! Okay, maybe you didn't even notice I had gone on an unscheduled blog break, but I am now back. I am going to be posting some things I missed posting while on my break. But that also means I am going to be back-dating a few things so I can keep track for myself. I hope I can actually get it all done before the end of the year so I am not too far behind haha!

I am going to leave you with a cute picture of my baby boy... wait, not a baby anymore :(

Mom brag: He lined those up in that order all by himself!

Book Review: Firefly Lane

Firefly Lane
by Kristin Hannah

From the New York Times bestselling author of On Mystic Lake comes a powerful novel of love, loss, and the magic of friendship… 

In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the "coolest girl in the world" moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all---beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer's end they've become TullyandKate. Inseparable. 

So begins Kristin Hannah's magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives. 

From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success… and loneliness. 

Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn't know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she'll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she'll envy her famous best friend… 

For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship---jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart…and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test. 

Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone's Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it's the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It's about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you---and knows what has the power to hurt you…and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you'll never forget…one you'll want to pass on to your best friend.

I haven't been able to do a lot of reading lately but I really did enjoy this book. The activities and stories just kept going. I liked how you could "travel" through the two main characters lives and see all the twists and turns they had to go through. 
The ending was sad but the book was so well written that it was still a great book and the sadness didn't deter me. I really liked this book and would definitely read more of Hannah's books.