Apple picking with Gracie & Brandon!

we took the kids down for a little trip to one of our favorite towns, julian, california (julian is also the location of my june workshop for photographers)!   it is this adorable and quaint tiny farm town up in the mountains just outside san diego.  it is like a hidden gem with salvage shops all along the road, caramel apples and apple pie on every corner and just a feeling of small town simple comfort!  it’s not often we take off on a whim with our two little monkeys for endless hours in the car but we are trying to take more adventures and stop putting off the good stuff.  :)   we stayed in an old historical house that made us feel like we were in a hideaway 100 years ago out in the woods!  on our last night there, we sat down in an old wooden rockers in front of the furnace with homemade cinnamon rolls from the corner pie shop and just listened as brandon and gracie chased each other around the house barefoot on the old wooden floor.  it’s these simple things that make the most beautiful memories, the ones that i so often overlook in all the busyness, but on this trip i soaked it all in.  looking forward to a lot more of this kind of good stuff.

and a few with the self timer of the whole fam…

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Merry Christmas to all…

and to all a good night!!!   :)

lots of love from our family to yours.      xoxo,  joy, donny, gracie & brandon

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hello, i’m joy!  sunshine chaser, child of God, mama to four & wife to one good man.  we traveled all over looking for a place to call home and we found it.  we live a simple life out in the country with bare toes and happy hearts.


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