S: Oleson Family Album 2012
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FC: Oleson Family Album 2012
1: Mackenzie Turned 10 this year 4th grade soccer star | Matt & Amanda We celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary this year Traveled to Seattle for the first time | Elliott Turned 7 this year 1st grade sport enthusiast
2: Record Breaking Birthdays! | It was a once in lifetime event...both of our birthdays saw record breaking temperatures. We celebrated by grilling and getting outside and enjoying the unusual weather.
3: Spring Break St. Patty's Day Parade & bike ride on Trestle Bridge
4: Winter Basketball Elliott participated in his first season of basketball. He played with his friend Ben and some kids in the neighborhood through Upward Bound. He showed that he's a chip off the ol'f block.
5: Orchestra Winter Concert Mackenzie learned how to play the violin under her teacher Mr. Myers. She along with other fourth graders in the WDM school district played songs for parents and guests.
6: No matter how old the kids get they still love to decorate eggs. | This year they experimented with tye-dye eggs.
7: Birthday Season From the end of March till the end of August we celebrate many birthdays in the family. We spend a lot of our weekends celebrating the ones we love. The next few pages celebrate some of those special people.
8: Elliott's 7th Birthday | It was a lovely day to celebrate our son's special day. There were a lot of spankings handed out and even some silly string sprayed.
9: Mackenzie's 10th Birthday Manicures, Frozen yogo, birthday presents, friends, lemon poppy seed muffins, cake, family, and silly string! What girl wouldn't love her 10th birthday after a day like that!
10: Summer Vacation to COLORADO June 9-16 | This year we swapped the sunny beaches of Florida for the rugged mountains of Colorado. We stayed in a log cabin in a little town called Florrisant.
11: On our first day we went to the Garden of Gods to see the magnificent red rocks with the beautiful backdrop of the Colorado mountains and greenery.
12: After visiting the Garden of Gods we drove to a place called Seven Falls. There we saw miniature waterfalls and took a brief hike to a lookout with some gorgeous views. | Down below is a picture of the kids at the Cave of the Winds. We took a guided tour through some haunted caves. It wasn't scary, just a neat way to see the caves of Colorado.
13: Pikes Peak was 31 degrees with a 21 degree windchill. | Pikes Peak Cogway half day tour | The views at the top were breathtaking. | It was fun to share with the kids the views of the mountains.
14: White Water Rafting This was the most exciting part of our trip. It had been a long time since Matt and I did white water rafting, but to do it with the kids made us both a little nervous. Luckily, our tour guide, Justin, was amazing. He guided us easily through the rapids and made everyone feel safe.
15: Horseback Riding in the Mountains | Mt. Princeton Hot Spring Stables Horse names: Matt-Jake, Mackenzie- Prince T, Elliott- Echo, Amanda- Dixie
16: Mt. Princeton Hot Springs After a long day of white water rafting and riding horses, it felt good to sit in the hot springs and relax. The water temperatures were well above 90 degrees.
17: DAY HIKES
18: After a failed hike we ended up driving to the top of Cottonwood Pass or the Continental Divide. Again, Colorado didn't disappoint us. The views at the top were most impressive. We had fun taking pictures here.
19: After stopping at an old mining town, we took a break at Cascade Falls where we took in some of the sights and sounds of rugged Colorado.
20: Royal Gorge It wouldn't be a Colorado vacation if we didn't stop at the Royal Gorge. We rode the inclined railway to the Arkansas river, we rode the sky tram to the other side of the gorge, and took in the awesome views.
21: Mackenzie and Elliott enjoyed pretending they were in jail as we walked through an old (mock) mining town that was part of the Royal Gorge tourist area.
22: Soccer 2012 During the spring and fall the Oleson kids are running around attending games and practices. Kenz and Elliott each play for the WDM Soccer Club. Each have proven to be good players. Even their dad gets in on the fun, too.
24: Competitive Baseball-Team Wild Elliott and Matt spent the spring playing baseball. Elliott got a taste of coach pitch and playing like the big boys.
25: Another school year down, another year smarter. | Elliott with Mrs. DeRocher & Mackenzie with Mrs. Gansemer
26: SUMMER DAZE The lazy days of summer are so much fun for us. It's a time of the year that we slow things down and enjoy what fun activities the summer will bring us. This summer was especially hot, but that didn't stop us from going to some new places like Reiman Gardens or preparing for the Summer Olympics.
28: Bang! Boom! It was a steamy 4th of July! Same tradition every year. WDM Parade and fireworks in Altoona!
29: Ragbrai 2012 Two words sum up Ragbrai this year...Hot and Long! This year we did two days. They were Cherokee to Lake View then to Webster City.
30: Let's Do the Zoo! This year grandpa tagged along in our annual Blank Park Zoo trip. The kids loved having him join in on the fun! The best part was grandpa riding the train with the grandkids.
31: Up, Up, and Away! The Indianola balloons never let us down.They always put on a real show. This year we took the cousins along with us since their parents were in London for the Olympics. We stopped for tasty root bear floats afterwards, too!
32: Yum! Love the cookies! | Kansas City & The Iowa State Fair | Go Hawks! | Yippee! | Go Royals! | Harpos | Legends Mall | Beer Kitchen in Kansas City
33: Kids Day at Kinnick | We couldn't pass up a day to go watch our Hawkeyes practice for the fall season. Mackenzie had the most fun collecting signatures from the team.
34: Seattle Sept. 11-15 Matt's hard work paid off...again! Another all expense paid trip, but this time to Washington. We were so fortunate to visit this beautiful city. There were sunny skies everyday and the temps were in the low 70's. It was very unseasonal for the area. We were able to take in some popular tourist attractions.
35: Around the city we were able to see the Space Needle, the infamous fish market at the Public Market Center, the place where Starbucks started, the amazing Wheel, and take an underground tour of how Seattle all began.
37: We spent one day doing a whale watching tour on a coast guard vessel. First we took a ferry from Seattle to Friday Harbor. We took off from Friday Harbor and headed southwest about 25 miles to the Straight of Juan deFuca. We were hoping to see killer whales, but instead saw a humpback whale. We also saw walruses and seal lions.
38: 1st day of 5th Grade | Her teacher was Mrs. Meyers | 1st day of 2nd Grade | His teacher was Mrs. Riche
39: Mackenzie started her first season in Select soccer and Elliott started his first season of Academy soccer.
40: My Not-So-Little Pumpkins
42: Family Photo Shoot Missie LaFrenz took our family pictures down in Indianola.
46: Iowa football games, Carrie Underwood, and more orchestra... oh my!
47: Oleson Christmas
48: Our Family Christmas Once again our family was blessed to have a happy and healthy Christmas. The kids loved their gifts and were grateful for their presents.
50: Family Candids Throughout the Year
51: Say "Cheese"!
52: live life to it's fullest | Traveling is important to us and we enjoy doing it with the kids. However, there's no one else I'd rather be doing it with than my best friend.