Holiday postcards are being sent this week, and on each is the url for our blog... so just in case anyone actually decided to check it out, here it is! I've included a few additional photos from our family shoot (as well as a link to the full deal here: http://tatianaskye.smugmug.com/People/Family/Schlameus-Family). Scroll down for pics from the last year, should be quick as I think the 3 preceding posts are the only ones we actually managed to post pertaining to 2011. Cheers!
Slacker. Yep, that's us. No excuses for having only TWO blog posts in 9 months. Was just reading an article one of our friends posted on Facebook - I think it was Tyler. Anyhow it made the request from it's readers to just stop telling everyone how busy you are. I liked it. No reason to make an excuse for something, either drop some of your commitments (b/c for most they are intentional/self imposed) or stop complaining that you didn't do x, y, z b/c "you've been busy". Everyone is busy.
And with that, here's what's been keeping this family "busy" (just like I'm sure your family is too but you've managed to keep up with your blog). :)
July: Brett & I left behind our girls to go on a South American adventure with two of our favorite couples. The trip was more "hiccup-filled" than any we've experienced in the past, which I guess just meant it was our time. But Peru was incredible, as was the special time we got with the Ware's and Kertson's. Here are a few pics:
Finally the long desired pic w/ a baby alpaca (in a hat - that was a must as far as Kimmy was concerned.)
After an Amazing Race-style adventure to try to get into Machu Picchu TWICE including riots, closed roads, negotiations w/ Peruvian governement - travel on planes, trains, automobiles - we made it! Brett & I made it to meet up with the other travelers in the Amazon for a couple days Cusco (jumping off point/town before heading to Machu Picchu)... and the place we ended up spending all but 5 nights of our trip
July 22nd we left for Peru on the 9 year anniversary date of our first date - we flew home on August 5th, our 5 year anniversary. August brought more fun in the Pacific Northwest with family & friends camping trips.
September brought a Schlameus family trip to Kauai (which resulted in Lillian playing hookie on her first day of school), and a big milestone we were very excited about - our little girl started WALKING!!
Lillian enjoying the age that you can still feel comfortable scouting out the fridge while wearing only a bikini.
Helicopter ride pic 3rd place in the costume contest (fell behind, last Hawaii trip we were in 2nd!)
First day of school:
Halloween is tomorrow, and even though we've already been to 3 parties w/ Lillian dressed up, I've been horrible about taking pics. 2 more parties to go, so I'll be sure to snag one.
Just dusted off the blog and thought I'd send a post out to catch up with what we've been up to since January and hopefully aim to update it more frequently especially with those interested in following our upcoming travels!
In an effort to avoid a 10 page blog entry I'll do my best to keep it short and let the photos do (most) of the talking...
February: Bye Bye Blue
We sold Big Blue (our first home we owned together) in search of a home with a better layout for kiddos (who knew bedrooms off the dining room would be an issue?? - these things did not come to the our minds as home purchasers in our mid 20's)
Jan was nice enough to once again open the deluxe hostel for not only her son, but wife, grandchild and grandpup - Thank you JAN for letting us live with you while we found our scouted a new home!
Lillian turned 1 on 4/25 and we learned what it's like to say so long to a baby and hello to our little toddler. She's fast on all fours and talking up a storm, keeping us on our toes with her little firecracker of a personality!
May: May Day!
Wonderful visit with family in Philly for Mother's Day... the same week we closed on our new home 6 blocks from our old house
Pham in Philly:
At the new house:
June: Attended Brett's 10 Year College Reunion at University of Puget Sound and ran my third 1/2 Marathon
July: While Lillian gets her first taste of how much more fun life is if only she could always be living with grandparents, Brett & I are heading to Peru with SIL Brooke, BIL Jake and dear friends Kimmy & Brad... more updates to come!