Wow, well we apparently haven’t done a great job at posting on our blog since last year since the last time we posted was our Christmas card in 2014! It’s been the fastest year of my life and that’s proof!!
Here’s what we wrote and the pictures we shared in our Christmas card this year…
Hello Friends and Family!
Our hearts are full this bright and joyous season. We are warmed by the excitement our little ones have as they look wide-eyed at decorated Christmas trees and point to the bright lights that line Main Street here in Moscow, Idaho. We feel blessed that our daughters remind us of life’s beauty & wonders.
This past year we sold our house and moved into an apartment to save money for sabbatical. It was hard to leave the only home our three babies ever knew and the memories we made in the past 6 years, but we are beginning to enjoy the simplicity of living with less and looking forward to this next phase in our lives. Mike is still making arrangements with host universities, but we will most likely spend half the year in New Zealand and the other half in a Spanish speaking country. Brooke and the girls started learning Spanish once a week and are already enjoying the influence of a new culture.
Hannah (age 6) loves gymnastics, singing, dancing and playing the marimba. Her biggest accomplishment: learning to read. Kaiya (almost 5) likes to watch documentaries on PBS because “everything is interesting to me” including the history of the Incas and fishing shows. Ailee (age 1.5) loves to smile when people say her name (in all its variations). Her favorite pass time is dancing with her sisters or snuggling with her mommy.
Here are some pictures we included in our Christmas card to show some high-lights of our year…
Mike, Hannah and Kaiya completed the Moscow Parks and Rec Triathlon! Kaiya was so proud of herself to compete and get her first-ever medal!
Picture of our beautiful girls smiling together during our family photo shoot this summer.
Brooke and the girls out by Lake Chatcolet exploring the great outdoors just 45 minutes from our home in Moscow.
And just for fun….
We call this photo “Lowry Soup” a picture from the Lentil Festival in Pullman in August :) (we didn’t actually include this in our Christmas card, although I wanted to!)
Love from us to you!
Ailee, Brooke, Kaiya, Mike and Hannah