THE pepper EXPRESS: December 2016

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Reflecting on 2016

You know what 2016, I didn't like you. It took me a while to go back and view each and every post throughout this past year. There were a few months where I knew we had big fabulous huge family road trips... and not one single post about our adventures. I don't know if that's a good thing or not. But there were some very bad days in 2016. And when I tried to reflect on this year I was grateful those good memories were documented. Here are a few of my favorites that I would love to share with you and keep in mind for the future:
A fast weekend flew by in January when we spent 48 hours in Lake Tahoe:
Valentine's Day was spent at the San Francisco Zoo with Great Grandma Lexie:
In February we also ventured up to Oregon and visited a few of our favorite places. Like Voodoo Doughnuts and Powell's Books:
And we climbed to the top of Multnomah Falls:
Tasted cheese at the Tillamook factory:
Climbed towers in Astoria, WA
Hiked Stinson Beach with my best friends:
Took my babies to Yosemite:
And we rode our tandem throughout the Yosemite Valley:
Went to my first blogging event in Long Beach and of course we had to make a pit stop in Disneyland:
Took my girls to the pumpkin patch:
I can't get enough of the photo below. Solin was chewing gum... and she wasn't supposed to be
Two of my favorite photos of Solin and I
Look at that smile. I can't get enough of her laughter.
Lake Tahoe again and again and again please!
Going to treasure this photo:
I'm going to leave you with this quote:

"We can feel joy even while having a bad day, a bad week, or even a bad year!" - Russell M. Nelson

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve Tradition

Our constant family tradition since I have been part of the family is to spend Christmas Eve with my husband's side of the family. We gather up the entire family and dress in our Christmas outfits and travel over the river and through the woods to Grandpa and Great Grandma's house. Our comfy and cozy Christmas starts out in an organized way, but some how ends in a catastrophe of recycled goods. This year was the most precious because our little Solin is starting to understand the reason for the season. I loved explaining to her about the First Christmas and why we have a Christmas tree. We also keep with the Christmas Philosophy of something they want, need, wear and read. Our Grandma Lexie won the award of most annoying toy when she gifted and singing yellow duck to Solin. But she always won the most comfy award when Solin found her own comforted chair:
The rare sighting of Randall Dean. He only lets me post photos approved by him:
Solin also received these adorable boots for Christmas. She carefully tossed them aside to open another gift :)
Daddy helping Solin put together her dinosaurs:
Auntie Bri and Solin Grey:
Our Carlie Rae going through her maroon phase:
Sister Selfie?
Grandma Lexie's award winning sugar cookies were approved my Solin this year.
It was a good ending to a chaotic year. It's always a blessing to know that this season brings us all together no matter what the year has brought us.

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