S: Two Thousand and Eleven
BC: A Good Beginning Makes a Good | Ending
FC: 2011 | a year in | REVIEW | The | Mildes
1: HIGHLIGHTS: | A. 02/22: Zoey Londyn Milde is born !!! B. 05/25: Moved back to Mesa, Arizona C. 06/27: Brad begins orthodontic residency D. 08/10: Cayden becomes a second grader | Two Thousand and Eleven | B | A | D | C
2: Buffy wasn't as thrilled with the snowball fight! | Cayden dressed himself & built his own snowman | JANUARY
3: SNOW DAY
4: Cayden attended a "Sibling" class and made a "Big Brother" mug... he toured the hospital & learned about infant safety. He's SO excited for his baby sister to come!
5: February was very busy with Dr appts & preparations for a new baby... Plus, anxiously awaiting her arrival
6: Zoey Londyn Milde | arrived at 12:00pm | 6lbs 5oz 18.75inches | on Feb. 22nd
8: is a little world created by love.
9: "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln | Proud BIG Brother
10: Poppy Mark & Grammy Cheryl tried to gather as many of the Milde clan as possible for dinner at Shoguns. What a wonderful night! Zoey was able to meet her Great Aunts: Mary, Fran, and Irene; Also, several of her second cousins: Leeann & Marco, Andrea, and Susan. Of course, Mommy, Daddy, & Cayden were there too, with the guest of honor-Zoey Londyn Milde | Zoey meets The Mildes
11: Bonding with our
12: making | Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breaths away. | Making
13: March 2011 Zoey 7wks, Cayden 7yrs | Memories
18: day | with Zoey
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20: The Milde family got together for Cheryl's birthday. At dinner, Jon & Bess revealed their pregnancy. Then later that weekend, we were able to introduce Zoey to everyone at the big party
22: Orhchard Elementary | FAREWELL
24: Zoey meets her great Grandpa Herb & Grandma Sonya | Zoey & her 93yr old great-great Grandma Dorothy- looking FABULOUS! | Dorothy never passes up the chance to sit by Brad | Spent her 4mo b-day chillin w/Grandma Sonya | OKLAHOMA VISIT
25: Our EVENTFUL road trip... | The most deadly tornado since modern record keeping in 1950, & ranked the 7th deadliest in U.S. History | Barely missed this | And ran straight into THIS!!! | 2 tornadoes on the ground in El Reno, but the one that crossed the highway in front of us was called a "maxi tornado". It was an F-5, rain-wrapped, & measured over a mile wide. | ***Please read attached story, it was the scariest day of our lives***
26: We have some serious road-trippers in this family. Besides the tornado incident, we were as happy as anyone can be, cooped up in a jeep for 5 days! Zoey was quite the trooper & took the opportunity to catch up on her beauty rest most of the time. | ROAD | T R I P | 44 | 5/21 to 5/25
27: We arrived on May 25th | Our New Home!
28: Oct. 2010-We flew out to AZ to find a new home-an empty lot is what caught our eye...Actually, it was the idea of building a brand new home on this lot that would overlook the playground behind it and have amazing mountain views from all sides. What was initially called "Lot #108" would become a cozy 5 bdrm + loft, 2.5 bath, 2974sqft home that we got to design from the ground up. We were excited, but not able to view the progress from Missouri, so we had to rely on a few cell phone pics from the salesman to document the process. | Home Sweet Home
29: Back to | 27th Brad started his orthodontic residency at ASDOH. So, after a 4yr taste of the outside world, he's back to school for another 26months. We are SO very proud of him. I also have to admit that it was fun taking his "1st day of school" picture along with Cayden's this year! | JUNE
30: Grandma Dana spent the 4th with us & we attended our neighborhood block party
33: Mom came out to AZ this summer to see our new house (and us!) We had a lot of fun, and also made the 4hr trek up to "Blaine Ranch" while Brad was at a conference. We hit golf balls, played cards, hung out on the hammock & even fed Zoey ice cream for the 1st time. It was wonderful to have 4 straight generations of women together again. The last time we had this was in 2000 with my Mimi. Now, Zoey fills that 4th spot and my mother has become a "Mimi" to my kids-So very special. | August
34: ABOVE: Teacher Mrs. Skinner BELOW: new best friend Romi
36: Fall Photo Shoot
37: Zoey 7 months | Cayden 8 years
38: Cayden | Happy 8th Birthday
40: Fall Ball | Go Diamondbacks!!!
41: The Cardinals Win the World Series!!! | and the Mildes were here to watch the game & celebrate with us!
44: HAPPY | Eating her 1st Thankgiving meal
45: An open home, an open heart, here grows a bountiful harvest.
46: December 2011
48: Surprise | We hid clues all over the house that led to a package under the tree. It had a map of California & Mickey ears. He has ALWAYS wanted to go... | We Are Going | to DisneyLand!!!
49: Our first stop in California was Sea Port Village. We arrived Saturday night, grabbed some dinner & walked around all the little shops. Cayden was super excited to see the ocean-even if it was pitch dark, ha! We stayed at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina, so he got a great view of the harbor the next morning. | CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS
50: La Jolla Cove Zoey loved the seals
51: We visited La Jolla Cove Marine Preserve, our favorite place. Cayden loved feeding the seagulls, searching for crabs, & playing in the waves. Miss Zoey loved watching it all.
52: DisneyLand Dec.. 19th 2011 | Grandma & Zoey on the Tram | Cayden's Hulk impression | Mommy found her ears | 1 | 2 | 3
53: Grandma Dana took Steph & I to DisneyLand for the first time when I was six. It has been her dream to take Cayden as well. She has been telling him that she would take him to California since he was a baby, and it means a lot me that Grandma was able to go with us.
54: A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS... | Cayden loved the Buzz Light Year Adventure but we ALL loved Space Mountain the most! | A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS...
55: The 60ft drop on Splash Mountain | Our 1st ride: It's A Small World | The view of the castle from dinner
56: This was us after 10.5hrs of DisneyLand (not to mention water rides) standing at the base of the big Christmas tree on main street. | The Milde's DisneyLand Christmas
57: Grandma, Cayden & Zoey at Cinderella's castle
58: This was Zoey's 1st visit to see Santa. Cayden, however, danced with anticipation in line-he was on a mission.. He wanted to make sure to put in a few very important requests: 1. a trampoline (oh boy) 2. a green light saber 3. Lego "kingdoms" | While Cayden was rattling off his VERY long (& detailed) Christmas wish list, Zoey was busy hamming it | up for the cameras! She was not scared of Santa, but wasn't too impressed either!
60: Christmas Morning
61: The Aftermath | Zoey's 1st Christmas
62: Missouri | We flew to | Dec 27th-31st &had a ton of | Fun
63: Zoey's 1st boyfriend | Miles
64: Zoey with her Poppy Mark & Grammy Cheryl New Years Eve 2011
65: let's count down to the | new year | We spent New Year's Eve traveling back to AZ. Zoey really enjoyed the plane ride. We landed in the evening, had a little family dinner @ Oregano's, & came home to a neighbor-hood block party. We didn't stay long, because we wanted to ring in the new year together quietly- Just the 2 of us!