Ouro Preto | Minas Gerais | Brazil

This time last year, Felipe and I were getting ready to say farewell to Brazil. But before we left, there was one festival that we knew we wouldn't have the chance to see again: Easter in Ouro Preto. Aside from being a well-preserved architectural gem, Ouro Preto is a historical hub for the mining roots of the Minas Gerais region. The rolling cobblestone hills topped with church spires are a sight to behold.

But for Easter, this charming town pulls out all of the stops. We arose early in the morning to hit the streets to see the tapetes de serragem, or sawdust carpets, that fill the streets Easter morning.

Some religious designs, some not, these colorful patterns fill the streets to mark the route of the Procissão da Ressurreição or Resurrection Procession. Following the throngs of locals and tourists, we took in the beauty of these temporary works of art on our way to the starting church.

Every year, the main churches in the city trade off being host to the starting position of the procession and dress up as different Biblical characters to illustrate different stories. When we arrived at the church, the participants were were preparing for the walk.

Walls Family Farm

Being abroad for five years, one of the things I missed the most was the seasons changing in the fall. Since this is Felipe's first whole holiday season in America, we took full advantage! Over Thanksgiving weekend, we made the trek to Terrell with family to the Walls Family Farm for some Christmas cheer. We've been an artificial tree household my whole life so this was a new experience for us all. It was well worth the trip for Felipe to chop his first tree. Thanks to my sister Haley for snapping the shots of Felipe and I!

Felipe was chomping at the bit to chop a tree down but he was a champ and made it through our little photo shoot first for me.

Post-tree chopping was a quite the experience too! Newly chopped trees were put on a de-piner to jiggle out the excess needles then thrown through a black hole to cover the tree in a net. Our little guy got stuck under a larger tree and almost went home with someone else!

YMCA Turkey Trot 2016

For the second year in a row, Felipe and I have made it to the YMCA's annual Turkey Trot in downtown Dallas. The Turkey Trot has been an Irons family tradition for as long as I can remember. The costumes have gotten quirkier but the announcer is still the same (Sic 'Em). Piper also made the trip with us and had a great time sniffing and making friends. But, she slightly underestimated how far 3 miles was!

60th Anniversary Shoot

You guys, my grandparents are the cutest. They've been married 60 years as of August and I was so excited when they agreed to let me do a photo shoot to commemorate the occasion! We had originally planned to shoot in Addison Circle but do to an influx of people who had to "Catch 'Em All", we had to move on to plan b.