5 Sep 2013

and we are so excited! You can read more about it here.


6 Jul 2013

This snow day was amazing. After several days of being cooped up in home due to rainy weather/ no car, a trip to the mountain with family was definitely needed! Having only encountered snow a handful of times, I have never in my life seen it fall so thick and fast. It was beautiful and freezing!

Nancy had a blast. We were carrying her around to begin with and she was so grouchy, we thought she was cold and hated it. But she just wanted to eat the snow! She is so adorable.

A quick respite in the cafe where hot chocolate froth was thoroughly enjoyed, then back outside for a crazy snow fight and more snow consuming (I'm looking at you, Nancy).

We all had a bit of a chuckle at Ty, with his skinny legs and ripped shorts over skins. Would you ever guess we aren't properly equipped for the snow?

Carli and I were fantasizing about a log cabin here in the mountains, with large windows and an open fire. I'd snuggle on the couch with a warm blanket and alternate between reading a novel and watching snow fall in a flurry outside.
It was the perfect way to spend a weekend.

7 Jun 2013


29 Apr 2013

(This is only a small taste of the many masterpieces we find on our phones.)  


13 Feb 2013

It's started! Me and Lee have been working pretty hard these past two weeks, nutting out all the details for our diy design blog. And it is officially up and running! You can find it at bretandnancye.blogspot.com
Check it out! We are so excited about it and hope to be posting regularly (except for weekends.)

Because I'm not the greatest at multi-tasking, this blog here is going to go on a small hiatus, just for a while until I get into the rhythm of this other blog.
So I'll see you soon!

HELLO 2013

1 Feb 2013

*Give more - whatever it may be. Time, talents, a note to say "I'm thinking of you". Anything that will make my days more about others and less about me.
* Love Nancy more - I already feel like my heart is at bursting point in this regard, but I could definitely work on the way that I show my love. I want to make sure that I'm really there for her, physically AND emotionally.
* Make it happen - So many things that I want to do and ideas that I have that require more energy than standard daily tasks often got pushed to the back of the queue and I spend my time instead doing something not as wonderful or creative. I want to change that.
*Remember birthdays - I have the worst memory when it comes to dates and events.
*Make every meal in Jamie's 30 Minute Meals - I'm excited for this one. I love good food!
*Another blog! - Leanne and I are finally going to put our love of creative and beautiful things to good use, and are going to start a blog. It's in the early planning stages, but we have big dreams for it, full of DIYs and graphic designs and recipes and homely loves.
*Study my Scriptures - So many important principles and eternal truths are in the scriptures. I need to take more time to read and learn and think and ask questions and pray. 
*More date/family time - I would love to spend more time going and doing things with Ty and Nancy, travelling Tasmania, making memories, or even just the occasional night out for dinner or a picnic under the stars. Small, always-will-remember type of things.
*Don't take anything for granted - We are so blessed. I am so blessed. I have to remember to appreciate all I have, and also remember that when it comes down to it, nothing matters more than the gospel and my family. 

As a family we have some big goals for this year as well. Goals that take time and hard work and faith.  
It will be a good year.


25 Jan 2013

Nancy has reached the age of saying hellos and byebyes and crying when her dad leaves for work.
 Ty came home for lunch today and after some food and a few snuggles and kisses with Noo he left again. She stood at the window and sobbed as he drove away.

So I gave her pumpkin soup and she promptly forgot about her heartache.


24 Jan 2013

Monday: Fettuccine Marinara

Tuesday: Antipasto Risoni + Garlic Toast

Wednesday: Quiche Lorraine

Thursday: Chorizo Penne + Roasted Capsicum and Tomato Sauce

Friday: Spicy Wonton Soup + Coriander Rice

Saturday: Salmon + Roasted Potato and Greens


This past month has been full of so much love and laughter and swimming and delicious foods and late nights and crazy kids and new family additions and happy quiet moments. How blessed are we.


6 Dec 2012

I adore this girl.

This past week has been fabulous. A wonderful wedding, a new baby born and we were blessed in a big way. More on all that later. But for now, how cute is this kid?