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Merry Christmas from the Brennans!

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Brennan kids in front of a Christmas tree

Another year gone by! Another year I didn’t send out Christmas cards. Oops!

But this is my “in lieu of a Christmas card” blog post to recap 2016. What a year it was!

Brooke holding Eddie

In 2016:

I had a baby and fell in love all over again with his big eyes, tons of hair and overall cuteness! His name is Edward, but we call him Eddie. As you can see, he’s not so little anymore.

Brooke turned SEVEN, Blake turned THREE and we are a month away from Eddie turing ONE! Holy Smokes!!

We sold our first home in Portland to move to our dream home in Boise. We still miss Oregon, but love Idaho so much. The kids are thrilled with all the snow! {I am not.}

We got a trampoline!

Gordon turned THIRTY ONE and I’m a few days away from that lovely number too.

We paid off all of our debts. That was a good feeling to have!! God definitely helped us reach that goal for sure.

Brooke finished first grade and started second grade like a pro! Already reading at a 4th grade level. Amazing!

Blake started preschool in the Fall and is so excited to count down the days until he can go back again.

Gordon graduated with his Master’s Degree!! {So proud!!}

My blog turned 7 years old and I sometimes still can’t believe that this is what I do for a living. So grateful to have wonderful readers like you!

I was able to travel to The Redwoods, Maui, Oahu and NYC!!

Gordon and I celebrated NINE years of marriage and we’re still going strong.

I’m close to 700,000 Facebook friends online. So many people!!

I’ve started making food and family videos and totally love them!! See them here, here and here. More coming soon!

In 2017:

My kids continue to get older. *sigh*

I’ll keep cooking {and eating!!} here on the blog, while sharing the fun nuts and bolts of life in between.

We will probably be moving…again!! A certain someone landed his dream job, so we will be heading East! More details to come in the upcoming months.

We are SO nervous, but SO excited.

2017, here we come!


The Brennan Family


Eddie in front of a christmas tree

Eddie in front of a christmas tree

Gordon holding Eddie

Gordon with Blake and Brooke in his lap

Brooke and Eddie

Brennan family being silly
Oh Eddie!! Such a party pooper.

Brooke and Blake making silly faces at each other

Blake and Brooke in front of a Christmas tree

Brennan family in bed

Lauren looking at Eddie
He is seriously the cutest.

Gordon reading the kids The Polar Express

Lauren and Eddie

Gordon with Blake on his lap
Blake is really concerned about the Polar Express. Ha!

Eddie and Lauren holding hands



Blake pointing to something on a page

Gordon and Eddie turning the page


Brennan family reading a book
Three little monkeys!

Brooke and Eddie laying down

Brooke reading

Lauren and Eddie

Eddie\'s feet

Lauren Brooke and Eddie

Lauren and Blake

Brooke and Blake kissing Eddies cheeks

Lauren and Gordon kissing Eddie\'s cheeks

Lauren and Gordon

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  1. WE'RE MOVING!! | Lauren's Latest

    […] our 2016 Christmas post, I mentioned a little something about Gordon landing his dream job. Well, he […]

  2. Jessica DeMers

    Just dropping in to comment and say I miss you guys!! These photos make me feel all nostalgic and happy, I love following your adventures!

  3. WE’RE MOVING!! | Lauren's Latest

    […] our 2016 Christmas post, I mentioned a little something about Gordon landing his dream job. Well, he […]

  4. Cassie

    Your family photos are fantastic, Lauren. So REAL and capture your family’s life and love. And little Eddie has stunning blue eyes. Wow! Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2017!

  5. Grace

    Another move! So exciting! Can’t wait to hear details. I just love your blog and your darling family. Congrats on the dream job!

  6. Vickie Cannon

    Eddie always makes me smile! What a happy happy baby! You have a beautiful family Lauren, cherish them, love them, and breathe deeply each moment while they are little. They grow so fast.

  7. Diana Shane

    Its so refreshing to read your blogs. I am a bit older (52 – almost 53) where did that time go? and my children are 23 & 20, but I enjoy your posts and wish you and your family nothing but the best. You are such a real person and as I said, I really enjoy your posts even though I am much passed that time in my life. thank you so much for sharing. HAPPY New Year & god bless

  8. Dawn Williams

    I love those PJ’s the kids are wearing. Eddie is definitely a little ham, not camera shy at all :). Sounds like you are going to be just as busy this coming year as well. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!

  9. Consuelo C. Gutierrez

    Wonderful pictures of a happy family! I haven’t been part of the blog too long but I find it very refreshing. Thank you so much for sharing with such candor. You are a family of God. Merry Christmas and May God Bless You All in 2017!

  10. Peggy

    I am a great grandmother but I so enjoy your blog. I appreciate the fact that is so real and doesn’t have to use bad language to get attention like some I have read. As a grandmother of ten and a great grandmother of 8 so far I do agree that Eddie is the cutest little kid I have ever seen!!

  11. Mary Jo

    Merry Christmas to you all ! I really appreciate all your wonderful recipes and taking the time to share with us all !
    Awesome Christmas photos !

  12. Doris W. Phelps

    What memorable and magical Christmas photos. Wishing you the best as you transition into 2017 and here’s to making dreams come true. Stay happy and healthy!

  13. Gail Kienle

    What an exciting year you all have ahead of you. Have loved watching Eddie grow. He is so adorable. All 3 of them are. Can’t wait to hear where you are moving.

  14. Barbara

    Love your family & pictures….Enjoy your blog .try lots of your recipes….having the winter mint chips ahoy for Christmas supper. All the best Happy New Year.

  15. stacey bradley

    What a lovely family! I recently came across you and your recipes. Made your copycat Cinnabon cinnamon rolls for Christmas. They are a big big hit! Blessings to you this holiday season and in the coming year 🙂

  16. Becky

    ???? Merry Christmas! I just love your sweet family! Thank you for sharing them with us. I hope 2017 brings health and happiness to all of you.