Happy New Year!!! 2019! New year, crazy! 2018 FLEW by and here we are celebrating another year! This year, we headed to our cabin in the Black Hills, Sheep Hill Chalet, to celebrate with some of our friends. It is sooooo gorgeous and private out there and always really feels like vacation.
‘Tis the season! Merry Merry Christmas! Ours was quite wonderful and was an entire month of festivities! Starting out with our favorite event, the Polar Express at Minnehaha Country Club! It’s so much fun and they really make it just like the book and it’s totally adorable! The arrive in their pjs, get a golden ticket and head on to the train to the North Pole to see Santa! Ivy couldn’t wait to tell him everything she wanted, and she has been a very good girl this year! :) Continue reading
Christmas card season! I love this season so much. Being able to catch up with family and friends over the year and see how the kids have grown and how families have changed or who went on vacation where. I love seeing the snapshot of their year and their family. A great feeling of connectedness during the holiday season!
This year called for a new address from the Koch Clan! Although we aren’t in there yet, we have sold our house and moved in with the in-laws for a couple months until our renovations are complete, so I was not about to change my address twice! Gives me a reason to go check on the house every day – gotta get the mail! :)
This year, I LOVED our photos from Lauren Neff (see our family photos here). They were full of green and nature and I went for a deep green and navy theme with all of our outfits. I LOVE the hunter green trend I’m seeing everywhere right now, just look at all of these! The “berry merry” trend is seriously stunning as well!
Usually, I am all about simplicity in a holiday card (see ours from 2017, 2016, 2015), let the photo do the talking, however, this year, give me all the bold florals! Maybe it’s my obsession with large bloom floral wallpaper (basically every wallpaper on here!!), but this “Lush Winter Foliage” card was exactly what I was imagining to match our photos! I really loved the border of florals that surround our card, it perfectly accentuates our outfits and nature, so pretty. And the pop of blush pink makes it feminine and calming to me. Plus the tanish/gold border frame looks beautiful with the wheat grass in our photo. Really love our card this year! It was actually an easy decision for me this year, I’m one of those people who have to see 100 examples before picking one, but this year, I went straight to this design!
Last month we took our family photos with Lauren Neff and we love how they turned out! After the last two years in the downtown Sioux Falls city scene (see those photos here – 2017, 2016), we opted for nature once again and headed to The Outdoor Campus. It’s so beautiful there with the trees and prairie grass, and the sun and weather were absolutely perfect! We all got dressed in our best, bribed the kids with snacks, and mentally prepared ourselves for the photo session. I love the mini sessions because seriously, these kids (and my husband!) can only last 15-30 minutes! It was the perfect amount of time and the kids were behaving so well, thank the Lord. Love how they turned out!
Fun fact: I kind of always wanted to live on a farm! Minus the manure and farm work (the hard stuff!), I always admired a life of being close to our food, animals, and outdoors. I have always been curious about where our food comes from, how it’s produced, and learning more about healthy ways of living. That’s where I am so thankful for Hungry for Truth! I’ve been involved with them now for about three years and it has filled the gap between consumer and farmer to educate me and others about how our food is raised and its safety. And this last weekend, I got to take my family along with me for a tour of a farm! We had so much fun living like little farmers (without the messy hard work!) and got to see all the animals and beautiful green fields of alfalfa.