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Last weekend, we headed out to Oregon City to cut down our Christmas Tree. For the past three years (2011, 2012, and 2013), we visited a wonderful farm to get our tree. Last year was their final year selling Christmas trees, but they gave their signs, recipes, and tips to their friends so the legacy could live on.

This year felt extra special, because it was Alba’s first Christmas tree adventure. She absolutely loved the farm. There were tons of free roaming chickens, and a few beautiful llamas.


Look at this special, red tree! Ha. Why don’t they just put this tree out of it’s misery!?


We found our tree! We decided to get a short tree this year so we could keep it on top of a table (out of Alba’s reach).


Hey llama!!


Each year, we buy a new ornament for the tree. J and I do a camping theme, and this year, we picked a little coffee pot. For Alba, we picked an albatross. Here are a few other notable ornaments this year. Thanks to my mom and Dave & Whit!!!


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  • Dale McCarter - Great Photos, Especially The One With Alba And The Llama.ReplyCancel


“A portrait of our daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014″ – A photo project …

We have a credenza in the living room full of random things: empty candle boxes, coasters, paper, and this power strip. She’s so curious about anything with buttons, and let’s face it, 11 month olds love anything they aren’t supposed to have!

See the other photos in this series.

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Today is our 6th wedding anniversary. Oh dear, I had no idea how much love could grow in six years. My heart is so full … Spending life with J and Al is such a gift. I am so thankful to J for being the most supportive, loving partner I could ever imagine. Over the last year, we’ve gone from married folk to first time parents, and I am happy to say that we have focused on keeping our marriage strong and vibrant. It keeps getting better, and I am so grateful.

I thought it was appropriate to share our new family photos! Our dear friends, Matt and Ali of Murray Photography, recently photographed our little family. While spending a weekend in Lincoln City, we hopped down to the beautiful beach for a session. It was so chilly, but Al was a trooper. I am so in love with these photos. Also, 10 month old babies love making funny faces, and Alba especially loves showing all of her teeth & scrunching her nose at Ali. Enjoy!




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  • nonsequiturchica - Great photos! The best one is definitely the first one, but they are all great! I love the scrunchy face- that’s something that Izzy hasn’t done.ReplyCancel