1: The Beauty Outside Our Door
2: What a fun weekend! The Sandvig women enjoyed a cruise to the Bahamas. The Dolphin Encounter was a real highlight of the trip!
5: The seas were too rough to allow us to go into the island we were supposed to visit. Instead we enjoyed a relaxing day on the ship. It was a little chilly, but the sun still felt great.
6: Happy 1st Birthday, Nathan!! | What a sweet little boy, Nathan has become! He enjoyed diving into his football cake and made quite the mess with it.
8: Nathan's 1st Year | 1 month | 2 months | 3 months | 4 months | 5 months | 6 months
9: 7 months | 8 months | 9 months | 10 months | 11 months | 1 Year!
12: Nathan's first time in a pool was in Des Moines at the Boy's State Basketball Tournament. Brian was playing and we all went to see the game.
13: Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice... | Crazy Hair Night at Awana
14: He brings us all such joy!
15: He's got all the moves! | Nathan loves to dance. Spinning around to the music until we are sure he will fall over.
16: Some of our favorite photos of the kids
18: Backyard Fun
19: Playing in the dirt with the neighbor girls. | The kids' hut that is down in the trees
20: Living History Farms | This lady did an origami story and recited "Little Orphant Annie" for the girls.
21: Petting the chickens
22: Outrigger Island Vacation Bible School
23: What a fun year of VBS. This year we shaved Matt Nelson's head at the closing program, and he had a lot of hair to shave.
24: The girls trying out their photography skills.
25: Eating makes me happy!
26: The girls spent several days at the lake with Grandma and Grandpa. They also got to see Nicholas and Great-Uncle Rick. | Swimming, fishing, eating, and riding bikes around the lake were just part of the fun. It was a few days after this trip that Grandpa had his heart attack.
28: Our field trip with the Nelsons started at The Science Center. After exploring there, we went on a picnic in the back of the suburban since it was raining. Then we went to the zoo. Fun day!!
31: Before she went outside, Nicole was told to stay out of the mud (which at the time was her favorite toy). This is what she looked like when she came back inside. When Mommy reminded her she wasn't to play in the mud, Nicole's response was, "I wasn't in the mud, I was in the water." Mommy had to clarify that a muddy rain puddle counts as mud.
32: Fun with Daddy!
34: This was an unusual 4th of July for us. Instead of being at the lake, we visited Grandpa who was recovering from his heart attack. We were so thankful he was okay!
35: We went to the Kansas City Zoo on a very hot day, but still had lots of fun feeding the birds and seeing all the animals.
38: More Lake Fun | This was a great summer for the kids.. The girls did all sorts of stuff behind the boat, jumped, flipped, and dove off the dock, and swam for hours! Nathan enjoyed the baby pool, boat rides, and his first swim in the lake.
39: Nicole loves toads! She even kisses them! | Lunch is such hard work. | Nicole and Nathan reading together. | Snuggle time with Nathan's doggie
40: Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!!
41: We celebrated Elizabeth's birthday by having a weekend at the lake with the Nelsons. It was a lot of fun until Elizabeth and Julie became very sick with strep throat.
42: Sandvig Family Reunion We had a lot at the reunion this year. It was Grandpa's first trip to the lake all summer. We were so glad he could be there.
44: Cousins | Katelyn and BJ came to visit for a few days. We played with gooey gunk, did crafts, went to the zoo, jumped on the trampoline, and had motorcycle rides. What a fun time!
46: The girls went to stay with Grammie and Papa for a few days and, boy, were they kept busy! They did so many things we can't even list them all. Emily did a video-interview with Grandma Grace about her life. It was fun to hear some of the stories Grandma Grace remembered.
48: Fun in the Sun! The first day with pea gravel was such fun for the kids. Nathan loved his first summer of playing in the backyard.
50: Water-balloon fight!!
51: Is anybody looking?
52: Happy Birthday, Daddy!!
53: Random Photos | Kaleb Schroeder and Nathan
54: Such a busy birthday! First we visited the pumpkin farm and saw lots of farm animals before picking out pumpkins. Then we went for a walk at Brookside. Finally, dinner at Hickory Park. What a great day for our sweet Nicole!! Grammie and Papa visited a few days later.
57: Bugs | Nicole
58: Never a Dull Moment With Elizabeth Around! | I'm melting!!
59: Winter Memories | Mommy and Nathan | Emily | Elizabeth
61: The girls were all in Stonebrook's Christmas Program. Emily and Elizabeth each had spoken lines and both were in the chorus. Nicole was one of the "children all over the world" and went on stage for a couple of minutes. They all did a great job!
62: Christmas | Nathan wasn't very happy about taking pictures on Christmas Eve, but he brightened up for Christmas morning. Christmas day was spent playing Wii together and lounging in the new bean bags from Grandma and Grandpa. The girls put on a wonderful program for us.
64: Sandvig | Christmas
65: Moe Christmas