2011: The year in review

2011 was a big year for our family with the addition of Zelda in September.  After an initial trip to Dallas in August to meet our birth mom and test whether we could survive the Texas heat, we headed south again over Labor Day weekend and then awaited her arrival.  She showed up right on time and we spent the next couple of weeks getting to know each other before we all returned to Alaska as a family of three.

Of course with the addition of a baby, our fall and winter have been filled with firsts for Zelda.  Her first Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

We also made a quick trip back to Iowa so that she could meet most of her extended family and attend Zach’s cousin’s wedding.

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Unfortunately, with the addition, there was also a loss.  We lost one of our chickens and the egg production seems to have tapered a bit as a result.

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Before the arrival of Zelda, Zach and I had a busy first 8 months of the year.  We undertook many house projects, including painting the exterior of our house from yellow to blue, a garden and a new hive of bees.

I learned to ride a motorcycle and got one of my own.  While obviously tiny (we hauled it home in the back of the volvo), its still a motorcycle, not a scooter.  Zach also got a new bike, upgrading to a larger model Honda.

The summer wedding season also found us busy.  We made pies for our friends Kim and Andy’s wedding at the end of June and the next weekend, I decorated a wedding cake and Zach officiated the marriage ceremony of our friends Kelly and Forrest.

Last year also brought some travels around the state for each us for work.  I made it out to St. Paul Island.  I also made it to Kodiak where Zach was able to meet up with me for Memorial Day weekend and enjoy Crabfest.  Zach’s work sent him to the north slope a couple of times.  He managed to catch a glimpse at some polar bears during one of those trips.

Overall we had a pretty awesome year and we look forward to what 2012 has in store for us. Happy New Year!

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