Monday, April 7, 2014

The end of one, the beginning of another

The Beginning of a Long Road

Charlotte, North Carolina Airport - August 2010 (EARLY AM)

St. Maarten, April 2012 - Sunset

This journey of ours began on an island in August of 2010 with the intensity of a hurricane and has come to completion this month (March, 2014) with exhaustion and some wearing but definitely a strong fight until the end.  It seems that through the entire process there was always a bump or two in the road that we would have to hurdle, but we did each and every time.  At times when we thought it would be impossible to keep going we pushed and pushed and got through.  With a positive attitude, extremely hard work, and believing that it would always work out  Michael has succeeded.  He officially graduated April 5th, 2014 and was accepted into a Family Medicine Residency Program in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Congratulations to Michael, we are so very proud of you!!!!!!!!

The experience has provided us as a family with opportunities we would never have encountered.  As we look back we would not have done anything any other way.  Although we faced many bumps in the road we always came out with a positive on the other side.  Our boys have so many experiences that will help them throughout the rest of their lives and we are so thankful for this.

Stonehenge, England - August, 2012

Olympic Soccer game England vs South Korea, Cardiff, Wales - August, 2012

Amsterdam, March 2013

In all honesty we were shocked that we got Wyoming for Michael's match, as our hearts were really leaning in another direction.  Once again we were handed more lessons.  As we are adjusting to the idea and concept of living there our minds are opening.  It will be another opportunity to grow and learn as a family.  We will be in a small town in a state that has a ton of outdoor opportunities for us to explore.  The program is excellent and will provide a strong base of experience for Michael to build his career. Education for the boys will prove to be a challenge and once again I feel we are being lead in the direction of homeschooling.  It seems that it fits our family better, our lifestyle, and what we see as important for our boys.

Cheyenne, Wyoming - March, 2014

As we have reached the end of one road we begin a new journey on another.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The End of Hat Season (we hope)

I finished off (true) winter with a few hats for next year.  A couple for a dear friends little ones and an orange one for Dillon.  I think he has been asking for an orange hat for years now.  I guess it had to be the right time and place.
We are more than ready for a warm spring and some summer weather but mother nature seems to think otherwise.  We awoke to 4 inches of fresh snow.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Return To Amsterdam

When we returned from living in England I never completed my posts from our trip to Amsterdam.  It takes time and motivation to browse the photos and choose which ones to post.  This is also my creative outlet and if I do not feel motivated to work on something it simply does not happen.  The motivation to work through the Amsterdam photos has returned and we can all enjoy reminiscing about our time in a beautiful and amazing city.

With about a million bicycles in the city it is not surprising that about 25,000 end up in the canals (which are cleaned twice a year).

The Anne Frank statue outside the Westerkerk church 

The Westerkerk church is just down the street from the Anne Frank house.  This church is where some of my fathers family were entombed.

Would love to see the whole family on this one.

The Anne Frank house that was part of our family history.  My fathers great aunt (on his mothers side) lived here with her husband who worked for a trading company before Anne Frank lived there.  The house also stored goods that came from an Indian trading company

A wonderful restaurant that serves traditional dutch food such at Hotchpotch and Hachee.  When the restaurant opened the owner asked all the guests to bring their own cutlery, glasses, and plates, these dishes are still used today.  They also began a collection of photos of Mothers which cover the walls today.  Moeders is Dutch for Mothers.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Backwoods

After much procrastination we gathered up enough motivation to take a wander to the backwoods (on the farm - last summer).  The heat and bugs had been a little much - but we hoped we could last long enough to see what it was like back there now - as the last time I remember being back there was to cut down a Christmas tree years ago.

Just before we headed over the gate and into the woods.

yes, that would be wolf poop - with remnants of bones.  This being the exact reason the kids are a tad bit leery of exploring in the back woods.  As the story goes Papa has arrived at home to find a wolf at the back door of the farm house.

What did we find?  What used to be an open space with big flat rocks, a swamp and a beaver dam is now completely filled in with plant growth.  It was so thick with bushes and growth that we could have used a machete.  There were many, many juicy blueberries but the bugs were so bad the kids would not let us stop long enough to pick them and enjoy.  We also ran into some nice thick muck that liked to suck the boots off of our feet and of course the wolf dung.  Regardless it was a good adventure - but Papa, Oma and Sophia may have had the better idea - they hung out at home - free of bugs hmmmmm.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Glimpse

Historic downtown
Nestled in the mountains
Little bits of character