A MINNESOTA WINTER

White winters give me a warm fuzzy feeling inside and make me think back to my childhood.  There is just something so magical about the snow to me.  Maybe it’s the novelty of it, being from southern California where it’s still usually in the 70’s at Christmas time.  But it’s also because I have so many wonderful memories of Christmases spent at my grandmothers house in Wisconsin.  It was always a white Christmas at Grandma’s house….and in my memories, it was magical.  Growing up in California, I always hoped i’d end up with a midwest boy.  I was born in Illinois and have family all over the midwest, so although I call myself a San Diego native, I still claim a small stake in being a “mid-westerner” at heart.  As luck would have it, my now husband is a born and bred Minnesotan, (turned California transplant post college).  Though meeting him, you’d probably never guess he grew up anywhere but next to the ocean.  I love that we both have roots in the mid west, and that we both have such an appreciation for it and it’s seasons.  Even though we don’t experience them at home, we are lucky we are able to visit family that do.

When we landed at the airport in Minnesota we knew we were in for a frigid, snowy stay.  And we couldn’t be more excited about it.  Sam’s childhood home looks like one out of a story book.  Or at least it does to me, tucked amidst the frosted trees and snow at winter time.  I couldn’t help but keep saying how beautiful it was surrounded by so much white.  It was Rylee’s first time seeing snow.  She wasn’t impressed at first, but really….who can blame her?  I stuffed her into the most uncomfortable, restricting clothes….it was cold and it made her nose run, and she could barely walk in her one size too big snow boots.  “But Ryleeeee!! It’s so fuuuun!!!!” I said! haha.  Eventually, she did warm up to it.  And when she did, we made the most of it.  As I type this, I kind of wish I could look out my window and see that snow again and take Rylee for another sled ride.  But I guess there is always next year to look forward to….and the next year….and the year after that.

I am so beyond thankful for this family that I  married into.  I was able to sit down with my mother in law and talk about life, about the backstory of the Larson family….about where she comes from and the many things that have shaped and molded her.  She was up against a lot of odds when raising her family, a lot of which I never knew about, but through it all, she chose to raise her kids in faith and with strength.  And I really admire her for that.  I am mostly thankful for the mother she was, and is, to her son, my husband.  Because weather he sees it or not, she has influenced his life in more ways than one, and he wouldn’t be the man he is today without her.  And that man is the world to me.

Sentimental rant aside, we had a wonderful week and can’t wait until we can go back again.  I can’t believe today is Christmas Eve already.  I hope you are all somewhere cozy and enjoying the holidays with family.  Have the merriest of Christmases.

* The aqua kitty hat and mittens in the top photos are from Baruch’s Lullaby and they’re our favorite! 

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  1. Danielle

    How magical is this?! So much love in these photos! Entirely jealous, I’m in 40 degree celsius temps here in Australia, haha.
    Warm wishes to you and your darling family this season Kelli!

    xo

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  2. Marilyn

    Snow is very magical to me too, being from Arizona. My family just took a trip to snow last week with the same sled. It’s great because you can do two at a time! Thanks for sharing these winter pictures and thoughts:) I especially love the family picture!

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  3. Rachael

    it sounds like you had/are having the best time. it’s wonderful to hear that you have a mother-in-law that you can sit down with like a friend :) minnesota is quite close to where i live in canada so i am used to the snow! why did rylee keep crouching to the side? so funny! :) merry christmas kelli!

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  4. Lauren

    love these – esp with rylee leaning to the side??? how cute is she!

    hope you all have a merry merry christmas!

    xo

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  5. Crystal

    Nice to see you guys enjoying such a beautiful Christmas. I guess we take the snow for granted here seeing how most of the time it seems to be more of a life hindrance but when it is nice, it is so nice. Us Canadians really do embrace it and nice to see cute little Rylee in the cutest of snow gears. My girls always looked like walking marshmallows.

    Merry Christmas Kelli! Hope you have a great year too!

    xoxo Crystal

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  6. teddi

    what a beautiful post kelli, in what you wrote, and the photos you showed! merry christmas to you too. i feel the same way about my mother in law. she’s wonderful! :)

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    • kelli

      You’re so sweet Jess…ya, it’s a lot better. It didn’t need stitches, so we’ve just kept ointment and bandaids on her! It’s healing up fine though. Thanks. xo

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  7. Kristy

    Lovely pics! Your boots! J’Adore! Are they sorrels? I am on the lookout for some good winter boots and I haven’t seen these. Merry Christmas! x

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  8. Lara

    beautiful pictures. you have a darling family! Do you know where you got that yellow hat for your baby? I am in love!

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    • kelli

      It was handmade on etsy by Opal’s Meadows Lara! How old is your baby? I have an extra (same hat in yellow) that has never been worn in a size 12-24 months…there was a mix up in shipping :)

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  9. Two Happy Hearts

    What a beautiful place! It’s funny, I was born in California but have lived in the Midwest for 10+ years. So I definitely understand living somewhere, but feeling like you have roots in other places. So fun though, isn’t it?
    Glad your beautiful family had a good Christmas!

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