Welcome Miller!

Miller Kenneth was born over the weekend to Ken and Joana.


Welcome Miller, and congratulations Ken, Joana, and Luma!

A picture is worth...

My darling Chris, words could never express how much I love you, or how important you have been in my life over the past nine years. I hope that instead these few pictures can say what I am unable to.


Dating


Engagement


Wedding


1st Anniversary


2nd Anniversary


3rd Anniversary


4th Anniversary


5th Anniversary


6th Anniversary


7th Anniversary


8th Anniversary


9th Anniversary
All my love darling, for now and so many more years to come.

Kyra

Our Baby is Two

The other day, Astrid turned 2.



Here she is reveling in all the birthday attention.



She's done a lot of growing over the past year, but she still has that same goofy smile!



She was so little!





She's always had beautiful bright blue eyes.



She loves being outside.





And she loves to dress up and be goofy.







I think she has paint on her face.



OGA!



Oh, that cheesy grin!





She can be quite sensitive.



And she always loves to read.



Happy Birthday, Sunshine!



I love you!

Father-Son Day

Back in November last year, Luca had a day off, so I took the day off to spend it with him. We didn't do too much, but it was a good day.

We decided to start the day by going on a hike at a park in Middleton. It's just outside of town, and there was a large hill to climb. Luca is a very physical kid, so he was excited about it. Additionally, I figured he would sleep better if we burned some energy.

We arrived and started hiking toward the big hill. It was a quite a way from the parking lot we selected, but it was rather nice so it was worth the walk.

Once we got to the top of the hill, we read some signs and found out that there are Native American burial mounds around and on the hill. It seemed like they were working on clearing the brush from some of them, so we found a couple and walked around them.

We started heading down the other side of the hill, but found that a neighboring pig farm was rather stinky, so we decided to head back to the car. It would be about lunch time anyway by the time we got back. Back on top, I snapped a few pics:



Here you can see the river running by the park.





I was hoping to go to a certain cafe for lunch, but it had closed down. So we went to Hubbard's, and we had lunch at the counter. It's kind of odd eating with Luca at the counter - not sure why. We had pie and had a good conversation.

Then it was off to home for a nap. After that, we played Minecraft for an hour or two - why not? It's a day off - take a break!

Then it was back to the usual routine of dinner, family time, and bedtime.

Overall it was a good day. Thanks for sharing it with me, Luca!

Growing Up Fast in 2016, Part 3

Here's the final set of photos featuring Astrid's growth, from July and August.

Part 1
Part 2

Here's another from Olbrich, in the flowers.



Spaceman Spiff (with a dress)!



Nana with the kids at the bears at Olbrich.



Again with the skirt and one of her favorite things: a book.



We went to the Renaissance Fair in Bristol. I should write about that, too.



Astrid was a fairy, of course, and Luca was a goblin or orc. Kyra was beautiful, and I was weird. As usual.

Here's Astrid reading. Poor baby doll, getting left on the window sill like that.



And here she is outside enjoying the warm, late summer weather.



I haven't had a chance to review photos from September to now. I feel like she's come to a milestone, and is really growing taller for the most part. Her face hasn't changed quite as much since the last photo her, other than her hair getting a lot longer.

I know 2016 was tough for a lot of people, but these last few posts show that there were good things going on, you just have to look in the right place. I'll (try to) remember 2016 as a good year of growth for our kids, Astrid especially.