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Disney Cruise and Alaska


We had such a fantastic time on our vacation last week! In the cruise terminal the first thing she did was run up to Mickey and give him a huge hug and ask “Where’s Minnie?” From then on sh was hooked ad she would turn corners of the ship looking and asking for Mickey or Minnie.

The programming for kids was top notch (I’m sure the adult programming was too but we never made it to anything) and we especially loved the dance parties. They had one called “Wake up with disney junior” every morning that we weren’t ashore. Helen Jeanette really got into it and was ecstatic when Jake the Pirate would show up.

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They had another dance party called “Pirate and Princess dance party” where most of the kids dressed up and Jake and Sophia showed up. Helen Jeanette was a bit tired and grumpy for this one (we woke her from her nap to make it on time) and she wouldn’t play with the kids who wanted to play with her and she didn’t dance too much, but she still had a great time.

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We had brought pirate costumes so we all decked out for the Pirate and Princess Dance Party.

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When we went ashore we would head straight for the ranger station to see what short hikes we could go on. Alaska was absolutely stunning. We didn’t see much wildlife but it was still beautiful.

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They had a Pixar Pals Dance party which was a ton of fun. We got there early to be right up front and both kids got really into it. The characters alternated who danced on stage so most of them danced right in front of us at some point.

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We also spent a good amount of time just walking around the ship. The weather was nice and sunny but also cold and windy. Chris and I did go to the hot tub one afternoon while the kids were in the nursery and afterwards we sat out in the sun.

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Helen Jeanette wasn’t too interested in “storytime with Belle” but I thought it was really well done. She read some of the story and then led all the kids up to the top of the play ship and finished reading there. When they were walking they all pretending they were going into the forbidden west wing.

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I have some more pictures picked out, but Chris needs to help me with them, his Linux is a bit confusing for me!

Disney Cruise!


We just got back from Alaska and had a blast! I’ll post more pictures soon, hopefully tomorrow, but here are a couple of Mickey Mouse! (My pictures are sorted by title and I’ve only uploaded those starting with “M”.)


In the cruise terminal waiting to board.

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Posing with the couple themselves.


Character Breakfast.


Character breakfast.


Character breakfast included napkin hats.


Waiting in line to see Chip and Dale.

Catching Up


There are some tidbits worth sharing so I am going to list them here.

  • At his 6 month well-child check up Killian weighed 18 lb 3.4 oz. Helen Jeanette weighed 18 lb 10.6 oz at her 9 month check up. At 7 months old we just transitioned Killian to a convertible car seat even though Helen Jeanette didn’t make the switch until 12 months. He’s a big, chunky, healthy boy!
  • Helen Jeanette is talking up a storm! We’ve had a couple particularly memorable lines such as “Daddy read book, Mommy prop feet, look computer.” She also has started interrupting during prayers to say her own prayer such as “THANK YOU LORD MAMA PAMPA” or just cutting off her Opa with an adamant “AMEN”. Her spanish is also coming along really well, but we don’t hear too much of it because she saves it for Silvia.
  • Killian is moving everywhere using the army crawl/scoot method. We’ve seen a couple attempts to crawl normally but no success so far. He’s trying to pull up but he’s concentrating most of his attempts to stand on moving into a downward dog position and then trying to stand up.

There’s a lot more going on but the kids are fussying for me so I’ll have to add more as I get time.

Family Pictures!


It’s that time of year again! The time when we take our annual family pictures! We always do this in the summer sometime near our anniversary. We used again this year and were thrilled with the results! She hasn’t edited any for us yet, so this is just the first draft!family2010

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2011- Wedding pictures- first real family pictures!


2012- First anniversary, we look like such babies but we had just bought our first house!


2013-First pictures as a family of 3, Helen Jeanette was only weeks away from making her appearance!


2014- First pictures as a family of 4, although you can’t really tell and we hadn’t officially announced it at this point.


2015- First pictures of our family of 4 where we’re all showing our smiling faces! I love these pictures so much, they’re really the first family pictures we’ve taken where everyone is showing some personality! Helen Jeanette wasn’t in a cooperative mood (hint: she never is when it comes to pictures) but we still got some good ones! family2015-2 family2015-3 family2015-4 family2015-5 family2015-6 family2015-7 family2015-8 family2015-9 family2015-10 family2015-11 family2015-12 family2015-13 family2015-14 family2015-16 family2015-17 family2015-18 family2015-19 family2015-21 family2015-22 family2015-23 family2015-24



I have been shooting in manual. I thought it was going better then it is, but I just discovered aperture priority mode so I’m going to switch for that for a bit.

The first few weekends are from a leisurely weekend in the mountains. Then there are pictures from Uncle Daniel’s graduation party and then a few playground shots.

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