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Christmas Pictures in Portland

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Hi friends! We are closing out 2015 uneventfully at our house. Earlier in the week, we had a wonderful photographer snap a few pictures for our {probably late} Christmas cards and thought I’d share with you our favorites! This year has been quite epic for us, but thankfully mostly in all good ways!

In 2015:

Gordon was GONE January to May for Army training and I was a single parent. I got to see him in February for a quick weekend, but that was it!! It was a pretty rough transition for me, and it was very hard for Gordon to be away from his family so long, but looking back it was 94% worth it! Haha.

In March, I was able to travel home to visit my parents in Eastern Canada with my kiddos. It was a fun time where we got to visit some cousins and family members we usually don’t get to see other than on Facetime. I wish those flights weren’t so darn expensive!

In April, I started creating videos featuring all our favorite spots in Portland! You can see a few in my sidebar. Oh how I love all the fun things there are to do here.

Gordon came home from training in May and I realized that I am even more in love with him than I ever thought possible. Distance does in fact make the heart grow fonder. And all the heavens sang the hallelujah chorus for the following 9141 hours.

I threw my first Indulge Conference!! I didn’t think I could do it, but with the help of some friends and the support of this wonderful blogging community, I was able to make it a success. AND, I even committed to doing another one in 2016!! {Register here if you feel so inclined 😉 }

I became better friends with my friends…if that’s possible. They were and still are life savers! I’m so grateful I have people in my life I can text or call and they are available when I need a little sanity. {Especially helpful when you have no husband!}

Blake turned TWO and Brooke turned 6, though I have no cute video of her stuffing cupcakes into her mouth 😉

I miraculously got pregnant with baby #3! Say whaaaaaaa? Read that story here. Talk about a fun surprise! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’ll take all the babies I can get! #infertilitysucks

I was able to travel to the Oregon Coast, Florida, Vegas, Washington and Paris with some WONDERFUL bloggers that I actually am lucky enough to call my friends. {Like I harass text them all the time!}

Brooke started first grade and is THRIVING. She loves her teacher and her school.

We got a king size bed!! {It’s been glorious to have, especially during pregnancy}

Gord and I celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary.

This blog turned SIX!

Gord turned 30 and I’m not far behind! Yikes…

We paid off a large chunk of our debts {still have a little ways to go!}

I’ve gotten over 400,000 Facebook friends following my family on this journey we call life! With tens of thousands on other social media channels too!


Looking back, I am so grateful for what has come our way. Trials, blessings and all the ‘meh’ days in between.

In 2016:

I can guarantee I will have a baby. YAY!!

I can guarantee he will be adorable.

And I can also guarantee more delicious recipes, more family updates and a whole lot for love and appreciation from my family to yours! Grab some snowman cookies and some hot cocoa and enjoy these fun photos!


The Brennan Family





























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18 Responses
  1. Annette

    Hi Lauren!
    I haven’t been on your website for a while now.. because somehow I just stopped following foodblogs. However, yours has always been one of my favorite three and coming back here now and seeing these wonderful pictures. You’ve got a beautiful family and congrats on your pregnancy!
    I’ll try to stop by more often again to see what you and the kids are up to. I Can’t believe how big Blake has gotten, seems like yesterday that you were pregnant with him! 🙂
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I wish you only the very best 🙂

  2. Terry

    Love the pictures!! Beautiful family!! Blake looks more like a little boy than a toddler!! Especially with his hair comb the way it is in these pictures!! They grow up so fast!!
    Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year for you and yours!!

  3. aimee @ like mother like daughter

    Oh my goodness, your family is just the cutest ever!! I love your cute photos! And your belly! (especially that popped out belly button!) And I watched your portland favorites with blue star donuts – portland is officially one of my favorite cities! Hope I can visit again soon!

  4. Marilyn Brennan

    I could look at these pics all day, all day, all day, every day, every day, every day. and maybe I will today…. Love the snowman next to your tummy!

  5. ShaNae

    You have a beautiful family! Those are some truly great and beautiful pictures. I especially liked the one where Blake looks like he is flying until I was able to scroll down and see his dad playing with him. You look amazing by the way! The family picture under Brooke holding a cookie for the baby is my personal fav. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  6. GBren

    Fun pictures! Ya’ll look great and the kids are getting so big! Oh, don’t worry about being late, our Christmas cards will probably make it there closer to Valentine’s. Ha!

  7. Amy D.

    Ummm . . . You totally left out the MOST exciting thing that happened this year, you came to Chicago to play with me LADY!!!!! And eat all the donuts and fried chicken in the land. Totally a highlight of my year! ?.