I have a bunch of little adventures for you today – exploring the farm with my family, making doughnuts, going on snowy walks, participating in gingerbread house competitions, witnessing Sully being a goofball, and more! Enjoy this collection of random photos from the past few months.
These first several shots are from a Thanksgiving walk with all my family plus Sully (my fiancé) and minus Logan (who was at his girlfriend Chessie’s house). Mom gathered some cedar and sumac and for arranging at the house later as we explored. Her face is rather blurred in the background here but she looks so pretty and happy!
Here’s Jeff, looking casually cool in his sunglasses, ripped jeans, and tied jacket. He climbed up the hill and I had to get him to look at me for a picture.
Here’s Sully looking casually weird with a huge lamb’s ear hat. For some reason wearing that leaf on his head made him so happy. :’D
And here are Jeff AND Sully, trying out Jeff’s strength… or something. HAHA I DON’T KNOW. Boys… *shakes head*
Here are my parents being cute, as normal. 🙂
Haha I love these pictures! We always measure the grandkids at Gram & Granddaddy’s Christmas, and this year it was a very full laundry room while that took place. The black and white one makes me smile. 😀
The result of our measuring? JEFF IS A GIANT. HAHAHA GUYS LOOK. This picture cracks me up every time. My aunt and grandmother are only slightly over five feet, and Jeff is now over 6’4″. One of you guys commented about Jeff’s height on a recent post… yup. My little brother is not little anymore.
I know I already posted a different version of this photo from visiting Grandpa and Grandma, but I love this B&W one and had to post it too. This photo has such a soft, quiet mood to it.
A cutie B&W of my cousin’s daughter who wanted to show me that she found a rock! Yay rocks!
AH IT’S SO FLUFFY. (I’m not gonna die, though. Sorry, I couldn’t resist finishing the quote…) Doesn’t this miniature pony look like a stuffed animal? The perks of going on hay deliveries!
Speaking of stuffed animals, we stuffed Tom’s paws into little pet socks Carmen got for her birthday and he was NOT impressed. As soon as we let him down, he shook his paws as fast as he could, causing socks to fly everywhere, and sped away. We laughed so hard, especially when Jeff took a slow-motion video of the feat. (No pun intended.)
Guess what? We got a cow! I don’t think I’ve posted about her on here yet, have I? We got her maybe a month ago. Her real name is Rose, but Megan calls her Meat, for reasons you can probably guess. She’s so fuzzy in her winter coat!
Nellie is also looking fuzzy in her winter coat. She wasn’t too sure about sharing her pasture at first, but she’s mostly acclimated by now.
Last but not least, Maggie had so much fun exploring the snow with me when I took the pictures for this post.
I couldn’t fit nearly all the snow pictures into the Q&A post, though, so here are a few extra. The pasture fence sparkled with a combination of snow and frost. ❤
I LOVE this one. Both serene and mysterious at once.
Look at this cute little snow angel puddle I found! Isn’t it cute?
A black and white of Maggie blazing the trail among snowy branches, toward fog rising in the distance.
The snow actually started while I was housesitting, but I didn’t have my camera with me so I had to make do with phone pictures.
Everything looked so crisp and clear and lovely in their neighborhood! I also got to shovel a driveway for the first time, since dad and brothers take care of our driveway with a snowplow since they clear roads for the state anyway. I shoveled the driveway here but did not do a good job of clearing my car, so it was a rather stressful and dangerous drive home after such a big storm. : Thank God I made it home safely!
I guess this is my last year for our Christmas Eve tradition of making doughnuts for Christmas breakfast. (Click here for the recipe.) Therefore I had to document the occasion, along with everyone else. I quite enjoyed the Portrait Mode setting on my phone for these, hehe. We’ll begin with newly-cut doughnuts rising on an extra table board.
Dad prepared a pan full of Crisco for frying the dough and Mom got the rolling-out started.
Doughnuts all over the kitchen! Flipping them is Megan’s favorite job.
Behold the fruits of our labors. Oh goodness, I just remembered we had to take turns getting this shot since almost everyone was trying to get the same picture with their phones at the same time. 😛
Even though it’s winter, there are still bits of color and texture to find. I think these are ground cherries… but whatever they are, the plant looks so neat loaded with papery lantern-shaped shells.
Privet grows in the fencerows and along the edges of woods here. There’s something fresh and appealing about the small navy berries and sturdy green leaves.
These are old phone pictures from back in autumn when Mom had fun arranging various bits of dried nature. You can’t see the form very well in this picture, but at least you can tell that the colors glowed in the afternoon sun. ❤
Another phone picture trying to capture the sun outlining these sumac berries and soaking the red leaves.
A backlit bouquet from my grandma’s house. So cute and cheerful!
These aren’t quite as cheerful, but pretty nonetheless. I love sunlit goldenrod even when it’s bleached and dry.
A woolly little forest at golden hour.
Ah, I love this one! The blur and sunlight make me so happy. 🙂
Sully’s brother and sister-in-law invited his siblings and I over for a gingerbread house competition. It was a BLAST! I only took pictures of the house Sully and I make, but here you go. Isn’t it cute?
Of course we had to include a heart somewhere. 😉
On the subject of hearts, I noticed the other day that bread tags have little hearts cut out of them!
Welp, Sully and I bought our first Christmas tree together. Ta-daa! HAHAHA oh goodness, we had so much fun picking out this tiny faux tree from Target for Sully to decorate his house with. He quickly became quite attached to it and I must admit, I did too.
We’ve been greatly enjoying the wood fireplace in our Great Room this winter. Nothing cozier than snow outside and a fire inside. ❤
I’ll end with the fireplace in case it’s cold where you live too. It’s supposed to snow again this weekend so I might have another frosty photoshoot for you guys soon! Meanwhile, stay warm.
I hope you enjoyed that crazy quilt of photos. 🙂 I always love putting these posts together and looking back on a few months’ worth of memories.
Which photo or category did you like best? Have you ever made homemade doughnuts or had a gingerbread house competition?
Thanks so much for reading, my friends, and have a lovely day!