Elora and Chris skiing

The kids love to ski with Daddy. Here are some picks from when Oliver was sick so Elora got to go out with Dad on the slopes all by herself! They found some new secret spy ski runs and had a great time together. I took these pictures from our balcony. All the kids love…

Massive Sled Run

Our friends Peter and Beate from Vienna came to visit us in Brian Head with their adorable little baby Nora. To celebrate the occasion, Chris and Peter built a massive sled run behind our condo. The snow was REALLY deep. Here is Chris pioneering the sled run with Marion in the sled… Here he is…

Oliver’s Birthday Party

Oliver’s birthday celebration started on Valentine’s Day – I made him pancakes for breakfast and he got to pick whatever he wanted for dinner. He said Pesto. I went to three grocery stores and they were all sold out of Basil. So he settled for the next best thing – plain homemade noodles! We made…

Oliver’s Haircut

Just in time to celebrate his birthday, Oliver finally got a haircut! He probably doesn’t even remember his last one, that he had sometime when he was 3… He didn’t really like getting his haircut. It bothered him the get the hair on his skin. But he made some really awesome faces. My friend Jill…

Chris’ Birthday

Chris decided to bake his own cake for his birthday this year. I had something planned for later in the week, but the Sunday before his birthday I came home to find Chris with a French flourless chocolate cake and homemade ice cream. He then asked me to bake my normal very chocolately moist cake…

Marion

Marion is just so cute that I end up taking a lot of pictures of her just playing. Two year olds are so fun (when they are not yelling at you) because they are curious, love to explore, and show so much joy about simple things. Marion figured out how to make Elora’s jewelry box…

Laser Tag

Oliver got laser tag for his birthday last year and now that Marion is bigger, she loves to play it with him! She somehow started out the game with both guns… Run away!!! She figured out the game pretty quick, but since she runs away giggling most of the time, I don’t think she actually…

Aprons

Oliver got a chef hat and apron from Grandma for Christmas this year. He looks very dashing when he helps me cook. I always have little helpers sitting on my counters and standing on stools while I cook. Time to get little Marion an apron now. Elora got one a couple years ago and still…

Costume Fun

A few months later, and the costumes are still a big hit. I love to see what ensembles the kids will come up with each day. Such as the double crown school princess. Batman and the UPS princess. And of course princess and the stormtrooper, all dancing with Marion. These kids are so fun.

Winter Fun at Brian Head

We come up to Brian Head the last half of pretty much every week so the kids can ski with Chris. The kids love to play blocks together after a fun day of skiing with Dad. These are Marion’s two favorite blocks. She calls them “apartments” and loves them because they remind her of our…

Christmas Morning – Take 2!

For “Christmas morning” breakfast we made waffles. The kids were almost as excited about the waffles as they were about the presents! Marion just looked around happily all morning. I’m not sure she really understood what was going on, but she could sense the excitement of her siblings and loved it! She loves waffles too….

Advent Wreath

After our anniversary we headed back to Glendale. The kids were starting to feel better, and the kids hadn’t actually opened the Christmas presents that we bought for them yet. So we had a second Christmas Eve. We lit the last candle on our Advent Wreath – it is an Austrian tradition to light a…