Brenda & Tommy

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We officially became mini-van-owners in 2020.
We officially became mini-van-owners in 2020.
Putting up Christmas lights
Putting up Christmas lights
Nell can read for an hour straight. It puts Tommy to sleep. :)
Nell can read for an hour straight. It puts Tommy to sleep. :)
Nell's first gondola ride at Beaver Creek
Nell's first gondola ride at Beaver Creek
Halloween
Halloween
Lots of snowmen last winter.
Lots of snowmen last winter.
Camping
We love sleeping outside! This is one of our favorite spots about 30 minutes from our house.
We love sleeping outside! This is one of our favorite spots about 30 m...
And we love waking up and having coffee outside.
And we love waking up and having coffee outside.
Sometime we backpack in. We'll take the kids backpacking when they're big enough to carry their packs.
Sometime we backpack in. We'll take the kids backpacking when they're...
Nell sleeps pretty well in the tent.
Nell sleeps pretty well in the tent.
We bring our hammock on most camping trips.
We bring our hammock on most camping trips.
We usually have hot dogs for dinner when we're camping.
We usually have hot dogs for dinner when we're camping.
Family
Nell has nine cousins on Brenda's side. Her favorite days are when she gets to play with them.
Nell has nine cousins on Brenda's side. Her favorite days are when she...
Tommy's fam is ready for another grandchild!
Tommy's fam is ready for another grandchild!
Tommy and his sis on a hike
Tommy and his sis on a hike
Brenda, her sister and mom making a mosaic table for our patio from old dishes.
Brenda, her sister and mom making a mosaic table for our patio from ol...
Popcycles with the cousins.
Popcycles with the cousins.
BBQing at Tommy's parents house. This is why we moved back to the Midwest - for nights like these with our family.
BBQing at Tommy's parents house. This is why we moved back to the Midw...
Swinging at Grandma and Grandpa's house.
Swinging at Grandma and Grandpa's house.
Travels
We love to spend time in cultures different from our own.
We love to spend time in cultures different from our own.
Spanish classes in Guatemala
Spanish classes in Guatemala
Wrapping up a surf day in Costa Rica
Wrapping up a surf day in Costa Rica
Morning after we slept in a cave
Morning after we slept in a cave
Brenda's snorkeling face
Brenda's snorkeling face
Beach sunset
Beach sunset
Kayaking through mangroves
Kayaking through mangroves
Where We Live
There are great metro parks within biking-distance from our house.
There are great metro parks within biking-distance from our house.
Walking home from our Saturday breakfast spot
Walking home from our Saturday breakfast spot
We bike to most places
We bike to most places
We can walk to the river from our house
We can walk to the river from our house
There are great single-track bike trails about 30 mins from our house
There are great single-track bike trails about 30 mins from our house
Brenda's dad built indoor monkey bars for the play room.
Brenda's dad built indoor monkey bars for the play room.
Hiking
We do a ton of hiking during all four seasons.
We do a ton of hiking during all four seasons.
We carry Nell everywhere in this pack. She'll probably outgrow it this year.
We carry Nell everywhere in this pack. She'll probably outgrow it this...
Tommy on the trail. :)
Tommy on the trail. :)
Brenda on the trail. :)
Brenda on the trail. :)
Snack by the river
Snack by the river
At the top of New York Mountain in CO.
At the top of New York Mountain in CO.
Dad's shoulders when we forget the backpack
Dad's shoulders when we forget the backpack
Snowboarding
Snowboarding is one of our favorite hobbies
Snowboarding is one of our favorite hobbies
Getting Nell into the sport too!
Getting Nell into the sport too!
Sometimes we
Sometimes we "skin" up the mountain, then snowboard down.
She's pooped! Ha.
She's pooped! Ha.
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