Friday, February 26, 2016

Ski and Sun / Boys Day

The boys went skiing. 


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Family Time

You now what really matters? Time with the family. This past Saturday we went to a puppet show in the morning...

...and a short hike in the afternoon. 

Relocating is tough. Shutting down one phase of life and opening another is emotional. These pictures show a lot of smiles and together-ness, there have been a lot of tears and hurts recently. Everyone deals with it in their own way. Some of those ways are positive; some not. 

Stopping for some super yummy doener is definitely one of the positive! 


Monday, February 22, 2016

Climb Kids Climb!

Yesterday we went shopping for new snowboard boots for the Mr. 

At the store, they have a small climbing wall for kids. Mine crushed it. 

And worked up a crazy appetite. 

It was a good morning. 


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

FlashBack: Finally Snow 2014

Wow - I just found these pictures stored under "draft". What a flashback! Gorgeous memories.

This was the first and only snow of 2014. The kids were very excited. We had to get all dressed up as soon as the sun was up.

Later that day we went down farther south to spend time with friends. There, we went up into the woods and got really cold.

The two boys chased each other and just generally wore each other out. Completely.

We also got this gorgeous picture. One of my favorites.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Trapped in NYC

This year I traveled to NYC for work. While there some exciting events took place. For example, I got to see the Knicks live from Masison Square Gardens. They won.

My personal highlight was the private bathroom and unlimited bottles of room temperature water. That was darn fabulous.

See, I was there! My second highlight was taking an absurd number of selfies of me at Madison Square Gardens and sending them to my sports-crazy brother. That was far too enjoyable for me.
Secondly, I got stuck in the snowstorm of the century. Thankfully a dear colleague had great pity on me and put me up with her lovely husband and adore daughter for the weekend. Boy did it snow!
I was still super sad that I had to wait another day to see my kiddos.

When I found out that I could finally fly out, I was amazed to see that the snowdrifts were almost as high as the moving containers!

I ended up spending almost 10 hours in the airport. At first, I was one of the few people there because my flight was one of the first scheduled to take off. I ate like a Mexican queen.

Then my flight got delayed by two hours. Then 45 minutes. Then another 45 minutes. Then I got a Guiness.

And started to make friends with other stranded travelers. Then - as food ran really low - I got some Reese's peanut butter cups.

The people I ended up spending a number of hours with, and laughing hard with along the way, were from Blackpool England. A father-son couple traveling that also got to enjoy the snow storm were excellent guys with some outrageous stories. 

We bonded. 

  Like, really. 

Then I finally made it home to my dearest dearest dearest babies. 

And, of course, my Mr. 

Colorado here we come (in another two months)! 


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

First 10km Race

A dear friend and I completed my first 10km race. I slowed her down and she brightened me up.

Next one is right around the corner!


Monday, February 8, 2016

Moments of Summer

This summer 2015 was one of so many small moments. Like these.

Our dragon infestation.

Bean chillin like a villan

Trying to get in on the coolness.

Like the dress? Me too.

The summer our baby really became a little girl.

The boys went camping.

So much happened. So many good memories. Good people. Good times.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Christmas Joy

Christmas has come and gone and the memories remain fresh.

We started our Christmas eve with some silly selfies while getting all dolled up. Its hilarious to me how much kids love seeing their picture being taken.

Before we went to Oma and Opa's house, I asked the kids to pose for a picture in their specially chosen Christmas outfits. PJ chose both his outfit and his sister's dress. Bean heavily and proudly accessorized.

Both kids wanted their baby doll in the picture, so we got a special chair for him and then posed. Hilariously, when I posed this adorable picture online, more than a handful of people thought it was a pregnancy announcement.

That would be one big fat nope.

Later in the evening, Bean got another accessory.

Thanks to the wonders of a selfie-stick, we managed to get a picture of the entire Steinbach clan on Christmas eve. Good looking family.

The next day, we celebrated American Christmas.

Bean got a doll she can dress, feed, and cuddle. She was thrilled and still sleeps with "mein Baby!" almost every night. She and PJ take turns caring for Baby and take their responsibilities seriously.
Little man got a horrifically un-photogenic Transformer as well as an extremely complex Lego set he put together patiently over a couple of hours with some help from me. I am fascinated how removing him from a negative, stressful situation has freed him up to concentrate on more complex, challenging tasks. Another sign that we made the right decision for him.

Then we took a walk in the surprisingly warm Christmas Day.

Like my sweater? Bean chose it for me at H&M. Someone please invite me to an Ugly Sweater Party.

We wrapped up our day with a fun puzzle from Granny and Granpa.

What a wonderful Christmas celebration.
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