It's true that January isn't my favorite.
It's cold and drab mostly. Spring is still far away, I feel uninspired, the snow isn't quite as exciting  as it once was and the sun doesn't shine as often.
It's also cold.
So cold.
And we have to wear pants. Some of us (Rose) hate pants.


With working now I'm more content to be at home with these two on my days off. I feel like we have a good balance and routine.
Rosie and Roo are the best little buddies. I'm convinced a little more all the time that Rosie's fun timing in coming to our family was part of a greater plan - although it's taken me 3+ years to admit it.
Morning's when the sun blasts through our east facing windows are my favorite.


And even though it's a bit drab we have been blessed with some pretty beautiful things.
Like breathtaking sunsets.


And seasonal adventures.


Ice skating.

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Snowflake tasting.


And lots and lots of visits to the new coffee/ice cream shop in town.



And finally a day in ski-school for the older 3. They will just need one more class until they graduate and can take on the mountain. 


a New Year

We truly had a fantastic 2014!

Colorado has become home to us and we love it here. 

We have found ourselves really enjoying the stage we are in with our little family. The girls are so much fun at their current ages. 

We have explored, played, succeeded, and loved connecting with our friends and family. 

2015 will bring some new challenges as I am working again, but we hope it doesn't hold us back too much. 

Happy 2015!!



Gardiners 2014


I am sort of cheap when it come to family photos. 

I usually just try to find a photographer who is just starting out and needs practice or I convince a friend or family member who has a steady hand and a good eye to just push the button on my camera then I will do a little editing in Photoshop. 

It isn't fool-proff, but mostly it works out just fine for us. 

This year at Thanksgiving I handed my camera off to my sister-in-law Steph and she was able to nab a few good ones. 


As I was setting it up I took a few of E and the girls. 


And it turns out that this is about my favorite photo ever.  The girls clambering over E, Rosie and Gigi with their sweet hands clenching him, GM classically being a little extreme, and Ava with her grace ever so slightly leaning into her dad.


There is also this one - which pretty much sums up what things are like in our house. 

Christmas 2014





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Christmas Eve 2014

Rocky Mountain National Park

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Christmas Eve was spent sledding up at Rocky Mountain National Park. We had invited friends to come along with us but it ended up just being our little family - which we also love. 

It was freezing though, and windy, and a little miserable with Rosie who screamed the entire time. 

Nonetheless, we played and sledded and had a great time in the little time that we actually were there. 


Honestly though the drive itself is completely worth it. 


Afterward Easy snapped this selfie of us as we were warming up our toes in the car. I love it. We look so "Colorado". 


That night we dined on a meat, cheese, crackers + fruit, nuts, veggies, and olives + sparkling cider.


Then we opened Christmas Jammies and read from the bible and finally watched the beautiful Nativity on LDS.org.

It was perfect - minus that one measly strand of lights on my tree. 
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