2015, The year that was!
Hello friends and family! We hope this letter finds you cheerfully enjoying the holiday season.
There never seams to be a dull moment in our house. In fact it was hard to find time to write this letter! The kids are growing as they do. Miles turned 4 this year and Alice is a rambunctious 2 year old. She finally started to grow some hair and had her first hair cut in November.
|Alice and her 2 year old friends.|
|Puppies at Miles's dog birthday party. Thanks Grandma Kross for making all the masks for the kiddos.|
|Cheese! Miles and Nora|
|Our awesome friend Karla!|
|Miles and Elea|
This year seems to be the “year of breakfast.” We have tons of photos of us eating waffles, aebelskivers, and cinnamon rolls. Jen got an aebelskiver pan for Mother's day this year so that is probably why. Come on over for breakfast one Saturday, but you'll have to come early, we are a bunch of early risers in this house.
Jen wanted to make sure we soaked up the summer this year so we had lots of adventures outside. We went to Storybook Land in Aberdeen, South Dakota with our friends Ruby and Janelle. We went to the Bismarck Zoo and had many trips to “The Farm” to see Grandpa Sam and Nana Linda.
|Miles and the Monkeys|
|End of the rainbow at Storybook land.|
|Our camping experiment|
Our big summer fun activity was a road trip to Colorado! We stopped at Wall Drug in South Dakota and spent a day in Rapid City to see Mount Rushmore. The highlight however was not the big carved out mountain, it was a mud kitchen we found at the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks outdoor area. The kids played in the mud for an hour making mud cupcakes and mud-milk shakes. Good old dirty fun!
|Alice was in a grumpy mood at Wall Drug and she had a big problem with this giant rabbit.|
|The Family at Mt. Rushmore|
We spent time with Grammie Julie in Fort Collins and visited with Uncle Luke, Aunt Brandi, Cousin Carter and the family's newest addition, Cousin Clara. Miles continually tells us he loves baby Clara.
|Miles and baby Clara|
On that trip Jen and Aaron left the kids with Grammie and had a reunion with some of our grad-school friends in Gunnison. We all started to count the number of years it had been since we had seen each other and decided not to let it be that long again. We are planning another reunion in 5 or fewer years.
|Jen and Amy and a landlocked mermaid|
|Aaron and Theresa|
|The gang and a Vista!|
|What kind of flower is that Dude?|
|The girls and a Vista!|
In September Aaron and Jen had a once-in-a-life-time experience and went to Los Angeles to see our friend Steve Listopad receive the Hugh Hefner Free Speech award at the Playboy Mansion! We are so proud of his accomplishments and we were honored to be part of his entourage. While in L.A. we went to Venice Beach with Jen's friend from Girl Scouts Theresa and visited with Aunt Judie and Aunt Jonnie. We also did some typical L.A. things like see a taping of Conan, walk along Hollywood Blvd., party on the Sunset Strip, and eat at the In-n-Out Burger.
|No caption necessary, Dude|
|Sean, Aaron and Steve at the mall on Hollywood Blvd.|
|Our award winning friend Steve and the people who helped make it happen including our Jamestown Rep. Jessica Haak|
|Smooches outside the grotto|
|Giant Conan bobble head waiting for the taping.|
|Grammie Julie and the kiddos|
|Giant pumpkin at Pappa's Pumpkin Patch|
|SPARKLER! and Aaron|
|Alice and pig tails!|
|The family at Thanksgiving|
|Alice snuggling up with Grandpa Sam after Thanksgiving feast. Grandpa has some kind of magic, he can always get Alice to take a nap.|
|First big snow of the year!|
|What a cutie!|
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and peaceful New Year. May our paths cross soon in 2016!
Jen, Aaron, Miles and Alice