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A White Christmas

We haven’t experienced a white Christmas since 2008, when we had to ski through Redmond to get to the grocery store (okay so maybe we didn’t have to, but we did), but thanks to a recent huge dump of snow in the mountains, we could at least drive up to Snoqualmie Pass and create our own snowy magic.

Gold Creek Pond

My parents are visiting from Norway again – there’s been a mysterious uptick in the frequency of their visits ever since Nora was born – and they agreed to go snowshoeing with us. They couldn’t get over the size of our trees. Everything is bigger in America!

Gold Creek Pond

We made our way to the pond where everything was a wonderland. This hike is all flat and won’t make you break a sweat (unless you’re breaking the trail), but that’s okay – I was all smiles even without endorphins. It’s so, so pretty for something right off the freeway.

Rampart Ridge

From the pond, Rampart Ridge rises in the east, all massive and imposing and deserving of its name. It’s beautiful from below as well as from the top.

Gold Creek Pond

We wandered around the pond for a bit before going back to the picnic area where we let Nora out of the carrier so she could play in the snow.

Gold Creek Pond

She calls snow “sssss”, which is adorable, and she really does seem to love it. I think we need to get the ski attachment kit for our Chariot stroller so we can bring Nora cross-country skiing and bring oranges and a thermos of soup and sit there in the sun and just generally bask in our desperate Norwegianness.

Gold Creek Pond Gold Creek Pond

As the sun dipped behind the mountains, we let Nora the Red-Nosed Baby guide our way back down to our warm house in town, brimming with Christmas spirit.

I think she likes snow

For me, Christmas is about finding and creating light during the dark times…and if a white Christmas won’t come down here to us, we go in search of it ourselves.

Gold Creek Pond

Happy New Year from our family to yours!

Gold Creek Pond

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8 Comments

  • Reply Lisa December 31, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Gorgeous family and gorgeous snow!!! Happy new year! :)

  • Reply Jo December 31, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Beautiful day filled with family, snow & sun, captured on camera by a talented one. Well done!

  • Reply ARC December 31, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    LOVELY photos!! I giggled at “bask in our desperate Norwegianness” ;) The picture with the pond is amazing.

  • Reply karen -merete January 3, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Fantastiske bilder . Veldig glad for at jeg får ta del av dem ;)

  • Reply Amy January 5, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Love your blog your family is super adorable. Enjoying you on the Scrapgals Podcast. Looking forward to seeing more of your work now that you are back in the scrapbook world.

  • Reply Sarah January 8, 2016 at 7:21 am

    I heard you on my first listen to a Scrapgals podcast and felt like you are a kindred spirit. Funny that you had the least amount of accent. You would make a terrific bestie. I am in awe of your photos and I envy your hikes. I will be back to get inspiration.

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