one for the books

when you take three best friends
add their husbands
add their kids
and add a week at the beach
you get lots of smiles, happiness, and lasting memories
of hours on the beach digging holes and building drip castles,
conversations on the deck, epic sunrises,
bike rides, alligators, lighthouse visits and ice cream cones
and if your lucky...even a leatherback turtle sighting
oh yeah, and some major meltdowns, sickness and other challenges of course ;)
let's do this every year


by the lake

a great visit home
snowstorm strolls by the lake
a walk around far field farm
downtime with family
great meals and fireplace conversations
in the cold midwestern winter


another pretty storm

hoar frost on the mountain
leaving it white white white
and oh, so pretty


simple joys

the simple joys of playing in the snow and sunshine

our whole world

Charlie and George
ages 2.5 years and 1 month


winter white

three feet in three days
and aspen is looking lovely
town is literally buried
they will be digging out the snowbanks for days
but in the meantime we will play



George Frank Jay
born at 9pm 12/12/15
5lbs 11oz, 18 inches

how quickly a month can go by. he arrived three and a half weeks early. we were walking along the rio grande trail with Charlie and Jenny when the painless contractions started. they came on slowly and stuck around all afternoon and around 5pm got to be just a few minutes apart. at 6 we went to the hospital to check things out ~ not thinking that we would be having a baby that evening and then with about an hour's notice, it was on. it has been three plus weeks of the triple-threat feeding plan, oxygen tanks, sleep deprivation, super cold January weather, Charlie's cold, coughs, climbing out of his crib and giving up his naps... but it has also been a wonderful month with our new addition, christmas, family in town, winter walks and lots of love and happy moments all around. we are very grateful.