Before I jump into my post I feel like it's only appropriate to mention the the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut and also the one days before at Clackamas Town Center just a 15 minute drive from our house. I can't help but to think of the families of the victims, the bystanders and also of the emergency workers who are having to process such gruesome scenes, as the rest of us continue on with our lives.
And so I pray.
I pray for the families, the moms, dads, sisters and brothers. I pray for peace and comfort in their hearts, thoughts, and minds. I pray that somehow they will be able to put the pieces of their lives back together.
I pray that they have families to be with on Christmas morning and that the new year will bring healing.
I pray that they would find hope in the Lord who gives us a peace that surpasses all understanding.

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ." Phillipians 4:7


On a lighter note, onto our weekend...Thursday night my mom watched the boys while Chris and I grabbed a quick dinner and finished our Christmas shopping.

I had been wanting to try out the banh mi's at Best Baguette since I had read they were one of the best in Portland. It didn't hurt that the restaurant is close to our house.
They have around 25 subs on the menu, half are American and half are Vietnamese banh mi's.
All of the sandwiches come on a freshly baked baguette, and they all are aroud $4!
(there's no hipster food competition in Beaverton I guess)
They also have a ton of fun drinks including thai iced tea and boba tea.

Chris having fun with the boba straws:
(I love that the garbage cans say "Hank"...I kind of wish Chris' name was hank just for the purposes of this photo.)
Grilled chicken and grilled pork bahn mis with an avocado smoothie and a thai iced tea:
(It's so good that we are going back tonight!)
Buck getting all bundled up for grocery shopping on Friday:
Saturday we had a brunch party with a bunch of our best friends and their kids. Most of us have known each other since college and after getting married we used to get together once a week for dinner. With kids in the picture and some people living out of town (ahem Sara) we are lucky if everyone gets together once a year.
The kids wore pjs and we had hot chocolate, lattes and mochas and a ton of tasty breakfast food to eat.
It actually started snowing for the first time before people arrived so it set the mood perfectly!
Buckley wasn't really sure why Fern just sat on his lap:
Fun with cotton balls:
Christmas smoothies:
Someone liked their hot chocolate:
(Bennett doesn't realize that marshmallows are for eating)


I don't really remember what we did Sunday but I think it involved time at home until we went to church.
Earlier this week it snowed a couple inches at our house.
I told Bennett to go get ready and he came out in underwear and an upside down windbreaker:
After helping him put on a little more clothing we finally got outside:
We walked around our yard and built a mini snowman, then he wanted to go back inside for some hot chocolate:

We are starting our Christmas festivities tomorrow and I can't wait!
(I assume Bennett will be "helping" everyone open their presents and 
Buck will want to eat all of the paper.)

Merry Christmas Friends!


  1. Ashley on December 21, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Beautiful post... Merry Christmas!

  2. Sara on December 22, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    It was great to see you last weekend! We need to get together more often! I think Blake and Bennett would have lots of fun together! Hope you guys have a great Christmas!

  3. Kira on January 3, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    There is a Best Baguette near our place too. I'm going to have to try it now, sounds delicious and bonus for never looks that crowded :)

  4. Pearl on January 8, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    what a cute cute card!


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