don't get me wrong, i love living in michigan. ever since i moved here in 2003, i have seen my affection for this state grow...the people, the lakes, the arts and culture. so much to celebrate in the high five state.

but i would be lying if i didn't say that i often miss the mountains of my youth. i cherish the memories that have stood the test of time. i am grateful for the childhood i experienced, and the wildness of the pacific northwest that has a piece of my heart.

and so, a few years ago we began the hopeful planning of a holiday with our family high in the cascade mountains. this past Christmas, that dream became a reality and the whole english clan descended upon leavenworth, washington's bavarian village. and what at trip it was! here is just a taste of our time in the emerald city and among the towering pines of the evergreen state*