2014: Of Birthdays, Weddings, and... Popcorn?

The year has swept passed us carrying new adventures and lots of weddings! Yes, that's right; three friends and family have already been married half way through the year with three more before the year end. Needless to say our life has been busy! So how about a little review thus far...

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Uncle Andrew came out to pick everyone up in the spring for Aunt Emily's wedding and a couple days later everybody had a nice breakfast with Cousin Andy and Grandpa!

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After breakfast all these ladies worked on roses for the wedding... lots of roses! There was something called a rehearsal and the next day a wedding. Isaiah played it cool when he lined up for a pic with Uncle Andrew, Grandma, and Grandpa.

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The wedding pary including Aunt Xiu Ying, Allison, Emily, now Uncle Mark, Mommy (Rachelle), and other family and friends gathered for a picture. Daddy said Mommy was gorgeous! Daddy and Mommy (Nathaniel & Rachelle) also had their picture taken together. Click on above pictures to enlarge.

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Back at grandpa and grandma's house, Isaiah and Lilia discovered a kitchen play center, but all the cooking exhausted Lilia. Later in the summer daddy built them a play kitchen of their own you can see here.

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On memorial day daddy went on a family "Men's" camping trip with his friend Kevin.

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Everyone took a trip to South Dakota where we spent the day celebrating Great Grandpa's 70th birthday. Lilia spent much of her time looking for the most comfortable lap including grandma's and the birthday boy (left). Isaiah was sleepy and cuddled in grandpa's arms for a nap. Below we took a 4 generation picture of Great Grandpa with his oldest son Alan, his oldest son Nathaniel, and his (my) oldest son Isaiah. Rachelle and Lilia got pictures with grandma and great grandma too! Click on below pictures to enlarge.

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Grandpa and Grandma came out to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Click on above pictures to enlarge.

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At home Isaiah and Lilia open gifts from Grandpa and Grandma!

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Finally the twins chill in their old car seats.

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Lilia watches eagerly for the 4th of July parade with Great Grandma. Isaiah not so much.

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There's no better chair in the house for watching "Baby Signing Time"!

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Is there anything better than popcorn? Not to this pair of twins!

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Mommy and Daddy take a third year anniversary picture at the very place Daddy proposed to Mommy! A beautiful ending to a wonderful day!

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Family trip to the Union Pacific museum in Council Bluffs

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George H. W. Bush was the last President to make campaign speeches from a rail car, thus Union Pacific made this mach back section of a rail car as a stage platform for his last convention speech. Lilia decides to try her turn at rail car campaigning!

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Much as the Bison scared Isaiah and Lilia who had never seen one before the dynamite proved to be more terrifying.

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After brief evaluation these little conductors felt quite comfortable handling this train simulator.