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Christmas Photos Part II and Life Updates

In case you’re not annoyed with our faces yet, here are some of the rest of our Christmas photos. These ones were taken around Turnagain Arm- a quick 10 minute drive from our home. Again, the day was cold, but we had fun snuggling up.

And! Here are some updates about our lives in the new year:

  1. We just returned from the east coast and had the best family holiday ever! We ate tons of food, had lots of laughs, held lots of babies, danced at an Irish Pub, watched Ohio State lose, got lots of little treasures from Aaron’s Grandma, and saw The Transiberian Orchestra!
  2. Aaron has Saturday, Sunday off this year! Woohoo! That means he gets to hang out with me eveeeeen more and we get to adventure around together for the remainder of the winter!
  3. I started taking spin classes over at Anchorage Cycle & Yoga and they are killer. 
  4. Aaron is still playing hockey on his work league and most games I’m there to cheer him on.
  5. I’m still trying to navigate the world of being a Young Women’s leader.
  6. Aaron still loves his job.
  7. I still love my job. But am in the process of getting a real estate license as a fun side hustle.
  8. In two weeks I have another work conference… in Vegas. Guess who’s coming with me?!
  9. A week after Vegas Aaron and I will be leaving for our annual romantic anniversary celebration in a place far, far, far, far away. I’ll leave you guessing.

Christmas Photos with Kristian Irey Part I


Aaron suggested I share more of our Christmas photos here (since I’ve been hoarding them and refusing to share more than two with anyone on Facebook), so here they are!

I’ve never understood the point of Christmas cards. My family didn’t take Christmas pictures growing up, Aaron and I are too cheap to pay someone to do it, and not to disappoint the rest of the US, but they end up getting thrown away!

This year, however, one of my mother-in-law’s only Christmas wishes from us was to send her an updated picture of the two of us. I don’t do or buy anything unless it’s the best of the best, so I began my search for the best photographers in the Anchorage area. After scrolling through Instagram for about 5 minutes I came across Kristian Irey’s feed and FELL IN LOVE with her romantic, moody, adventure photography!

She photographs for brands and stuff, so I figured she’d be too busy to respond to my measly Christmas photo request just two weeks before Christmas… But guess what?! She did! Not only did she take gorgeous photos of the two of us in our favorite Alaska, she finished editing all of our photos within a few days to make sure we had them for our mamas by Christmas! She’s also from the Columbus, Ohio area so I had a preconceived notion that she’d be great.

During the winter the ponds at Potter Marsh freeze over and make for great ice-skating! We were freezing, but had fun cozying up and skating around with one another.

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