Merry Christmas from the Brennans!

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!

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


Oh Eddie!! Such a party pooper.

He is seriously the cutest.

Blake is really concerned about the Polar Express. Ha!

Three little monkeys!



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  1. This post and pictures made me cry. Miss the sweetness of your kids and whole family.

  2. 🎄 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.

  3. Merry Christmas! Love all the hard work you put towards your site and family!

  4. Beautiful pictures of a happy family! May God bless all of you…Have a great 2,017!!!

  5. What a great year! Love the pictures. 🙂

  6. What great pictures! They always look professional! Where did you buy the darling pjs for the kids? I love them!

  7. Merry Christmas. You have a beautiful family.

  8. 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 🙂

  9. Thank you for sharing your pictures. You have a beautiful family!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

  14. You have a wonderful family. Congratulations on him getting dream job. Good luck on the move.

  15. 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!!

  16. Merry Xmas!!

  17. 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!

  18. Such a beautiful, happy family!

  19. 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!

  20. Beautiful
    Family and great recipes.
    Happy New Years to the 5 of you

  21. LOVE these pictures!!!! 🙂

  22. 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

  23. Merry Christmas to you, happy Holidays to all of your readers. I really enjoy your blog, thank you your efforts!!

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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!

  27. Gorgeous Christmas photos of your family! It seems like this was the first mention of the NYC move.



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