December 27, 2012

B's birthday shoot....

is being blogged over HERE! xo


December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas! With Love, The Winns

We've been having so much fun the past few days, I've baked a million cookies, the 3 of us built a ginger bread house, we have a friend's birthday party later today, and we're gearing up to head to the Great Wolf Lodge for Christmas! We're super excited to spend Christmas Eve/Christmas day in water slide heaven! I won't be blogging until after Christmas so have a very Merry Christmas everyone! xo

*All images by Bonnie Berry

December 19, 2012

pure randomness

Tis the season for craziness, no?! Tomorrow is my last day of work for the year and I am G.I.D.D.Y. I'm looking forward to slow, lazy days and just a general feeling of being "caught up" on life. I have some house projects to work on...I still need to paint the very top of the high part of the hallway that I can't quite reach, I FINALLY (after 2.5 years of looking) ordered a light fixture for the living room! Can't wait for it to arrive/have it installed...hopefully it will be enough light for that room! My counter tops ARE STILL NOT IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My date of installation is not until JANUARY 4th!!! Unreal. Sigh. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to that. What else.....OH! Brennan's window treatments FINALLY got installed! It only took 2.5 years but all 6 windows now have their roman shades on and I LOVE how pretty it looks in her room! YAY, another project down! The house stuff is slowly but surely coming together!

This past week B won the "best drawing" for all of kindergarten! She had her photo taken and put in the school newsletter and got a prize, I was so proud. :) Today was her Christmas program at school, cutest angel I ever did see! Today was also her last day of school for the year so the Winn household is almost officially on break! Poor Adam has mounds of grading to do but he's close to wrapping it up.

I tried a new recipe for dinner tonight, it was a fair amount of work but not too bad. It was really delicious so if you have some time and like Indian food, give this basil chicken in coconut sauce a whirl!

I've been doing some baking as well, made some Field family traditional spritz cookies, and gave my mom's amaze-balls peanut brittle a whirl! I'm probably not helping my diet any but tis the season right?! (but actually, a few days ago the scale was down another pound...wonders never cease!).

Well, I think that's all the randomness I have for now. I'll leave you with instagrams of cookies and brittle. Happy day to you! xo


December 18, 2012

Head on over...

HERE to see more of these cuties! xo

December 17, 2012

come let us adore him, even still

My eyes filled with tears today when I went to pick up my girl from school. I was overcome with emotion imagining all of the parents in Connecticut who no longer have their kids to pick up. I was reading the "Inspired by Christ" logo on the marquee as I walked up the steps into B's school. The prayer of St. Francis was being read over the intercom:

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is doubt, faith.

Where there is despair, hope.

Where there is darkness, light.

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;

to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.


These words seemed especially poignant today and they pierced my heart. I was praying that Brennan's heart would be touched by them and they wouldn't be some mindless ritual at the end of her school day. On Sunday our pastor shared a story of a scholar who was slated to write a publication, when suddenly his 30 year old daughter died of a pulmonary embolism. The publisher contacted the professor to explain that he was of course released from his obligation and they understood if he wanted out of his contract due to the circumstances. His response was "If I can't write about the resurrection of Jesus at a time like this, then I ought not to write about it at all." I gave an audible "Amen" as tears filled my eyes as I imagined that being my story. All I can say is I'm thankful that I know Jesus, without Him I would have no hope, with him, in spite of this world and my circumstance I have hope. I cling to the hope that he will do what he says he will do, he will make things right, he will come again to restore this brokenness and this mess of a world.

 Yesterday I was in my car and the Christmas hymn "Oh come let us Adore Him" was on the radio, again my eyes filled with tears b/c in my sadness over the senseless loss of life this past week I was reminded that even in the midst of this, our hearts should be begging "let us adore you, Jesus, please let us come to you, give you the adoration that you deserve because you are good all the time, even when it hurts.

This past week was a hard week for a lot of reasons, I journeyed with a friend through many tears as she suffered a miscarriage, I sat and listened as another friend cried over her marriage ending. In this midst of all of this that surrounds each one of us, as we approach Jesus' birthday may we be reminded to "come and adore him" even still. In the midst of whatever is going on in your life, Jesus will meet you right where you are, he is good and worthy of praise. xo

December 12, 2012

this cute fam...

is being blogged over HERE, check it out! xo


December 11, 2012

Life lately in instagrams

And today life has officially slowed down, praise the Lord! I knew this day was coming! I feel like the calm after the storm is here and it feels good. Here are some photos of what's been going on in Winn life lately, just the little mundane things that make life, life. Enjoy! xo


1. I went with sweet Carolina to get her septum pierced (ouch!)
2. Date night with Adam at BJ's!
3. B's 6th birthday shoot sneak peek
4. Tempting cookies in the break room at work
5. Gingerbread hot cocoa from Ihop (delish!)
6. Roasted veggies (dinner)
7. Mi Casa, Cameron is back from study abroad!
8. B being sweet in the tippy top
9. My friend Toph turned 33 ("the year of our Lord"), those "loaves" are actual birthday cake -amazing!

December 8, 2012

these love birds...

....are being blogged over HERE, check it out! xo


December 7, 2012


Whew I'm glad this week is over! Lets see...where to start? Sorry for the blog lull my computer was at the shop due to a virus, boo. We FINALLY got our Christmas tree, better late than never! The tree guy tied our tree to the roof of our car, he put the sting through the car while we were in it. We quickly realized we were tied into the car! I was laughing so hard I had tears! It was quite the debacle, Brennan said if we got stuck in the car and couldn't get out we could eat each other and she would eat me first! Ha! Kids say the darnedest things, no?

This week has been kinda crazy but life is now starting to calm down after a couple months of crazy, I can't wait! I finally started cooking dinner again, after a bit of a hiatus I finally got to the store and got back in the kitchen! I tried this new pasta recipe and it was SO good and super easy. Adam has requested that it make a regular appearance and B even liked it! Score!

I haven't bought one Christmas gift yet so I've got some things to do this weekend but I'm looking forward to a relaxing couple days. And now, for sweet Suzannah, here is a pic of MY FACE taken by the oh so fabulous and talented Bonnie Berry.

Happy weekend, all! xo


December 2, 2012


It's been a good weekend, pretty busy but not so busy to where I don't feel rested or like I can't face tomorrow, so that's good! Today at church we had our advent activties, B made her ginger bread house. Poor thing, the house looked so cute and she (and I hehem) worked so hard on it and then we picked it up to take it home...and the roof collapsed and the whole thing fell apart. Sigh. I felt so sorry for her, told her we might try it at home later. We still haven't gotten our Christmas tree and I haven't busted out the decorations yet so needless to say, I definitely have my work cut out for me this week! I hope you all have a great Monday and week ahead! Head on over here to see a fun mini session! Here is a peek of an upcoming engagement session. More to come! xo