S: 2009 memories
1: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories.
2: Celebrating Christmas in January with Hannah and Clint.
3: The girls and their BEAUTIFUL jewelery that they get from Santa every year.
4: Havin' a little slidin' fun!
5: Just Being Silly!
6: Gavin's special day to bring home adventure bear from school. | Ava's first swimming lesson. March 2009
7: Ava and Mommy had fun at Josie's Princess Dress-up Birthday Party! Ava had a blast making glitter hair gel and a princess door hanger, going on a Princess treasure hunt, and eating cake and ice cream!
8: Ava's first haircut bye-bye mullet!
9: She did great sitting still (for an almost 3 year old!) It looks so much better but, where did our baby go?!
10: Gavin and Ava had fun at our neighborhood egg hunt in the park! They found lots of eggs with candy and got their faces painted!
11: Coloring Easter eggs with Caden. | All ready for the Easter Bunny!
12: Happy Easter
16: Life is good
17: Spring is here!
18: Gavin's class took a field trip to Little Farm Hands. They learned how to feed and take care of the animals, grow crops, milk cows, and drive tractors.
19: Gavin lost his first tooth. May 15th, 2009 | Carver Elementary families at the Twins game. May 22nd
20: Happy 3rd Birthday Ava May!
21: Ava had a great time opening presents, playing with friends and eating cake and ice cream!
22: We went to Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys for Ava's birthday.
23: Track and Field day at Gavin's school
24: Our trip to Reno was awesome. We saw downtown Reno, drank a little, drove to Lake Tahoe, played lots of games, drank a little more, went bowling, toured Scheel's (where Hannah and Clint work) and did a few shots. All in all it was a successful vacation!
26: San Francisco was a lot of fun too! We toured Alcatraz, biked to the Golden Gate Bridge, ate some good seafood at Fisherman's Wharf, rode the trolley and did a lot of walking and site-seeing!
27: San Francisco
28: We enjoyed the tour of 'The Rock'. We learned a lot of new facts and heard some very neat stories of some of the inmates and prison guards.
29: To the right is one of the inmates, Darwin Coon who, served time at Alcatraz, signing his book.
30: Blessed is the home where each puts the other's happiness first. | Live | Laugh | Love
32: Summertime Fun!
33: Waterworks at Battle Creek Park
34: Happy 6th Birthday Gavin Tim!
36: A little ride action at the Mall of America Gavin playing T-Ball
37: A day at The Minnesota Zoo | It was a beautiful day and we all had fun watching the animals, especially the prairie dogs and dolphins!
40: Missouri | The kids had fun riding on the Gator, lighting sparklers, going to the Dutch Store and getting treats, and most of all, hanging out with family!
41: Fun | August 2009
42: Gavin's last T-Ball game of the season
43: We had a blast at the Saints game with the Benson's!
44: We had so much fun on our summer vacation. We started out at a waterpark hotel in Brainerd and then ended at a house on the lake at Grand View Lodge.
45: We played games (and won!), ate ice cream (and shared!), painted toenails, and of course, played in the water! The kids loved the lazy river and the slides.
46: The kids had so much fun swimming, swinging, playing baseball, making new friends, tubing, making sand castles, making crafts, roasting marshmallows, eating s'mores and having a bonfire every night!
47: Beautiful! (The scenery's not bad either!) | Family | Touch em' all Gavin | Mmmm... | S'mores | Fun, Fun, Fun
48: Feeding the ducks, having a water balloon fight, and enjoying our last day of vacation together.
49: Minnesota State Fair August, 2009
50: End of summer
51: Gavin's 1st day of school
52: Ava's 1st day of Preschool She loved every second of it and was sooo ready to go!
53: Soccer time!
54: We had so much fun on Ava's first field trip to Afton Apple Orchard. We went on a hayride and got to pick our own apples and pumpkins!
55: We had a blast at Sever's Corn Maze again this year. The kids loved feeding the animals and playing in the corn!
56: We watched the pig races, Ava rode the camel with Grandma, and Gavin rode the camel with Mom!
58: Nora Rose October 27th 2009 | Gavin and Ava got a new cousin! Ava painting her pumpkins for Halloween
59: Ava's Preschool Halloween Party We had so much fun dressing up, playing games and winning prizes, decorating and eating cookies, and getting lots of candy from friends!
61: Happy Halloween!
62: Gavin had fun tailgating and going to his first Gopher's Game with Dad and Dano!
63: Nora's Baptism and Nolan's 1st Birthday November 21st, 2009
64: Ava, Juliet, and Avarie went to see a ballet production of Cinderella Ava having surgery to remove her adenoids
65: Togetherness | Having some winter fun playing outside, Gavin reading to his sister (my favorite), and Ava's Barbie Revue!
66: Tis the season! Decorating the Christmas Tree | Making a gingerbread train with Auntie Jen | A visit with Santa
67: Ava's Preschool Christmas program | Children's Christmas program at church
68: Merry Christmas! 2009
70: Another wonderful year with family and friends! Here's to 2010
71: Families are like fudge...sweet with a few nuts!