Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Years are Flying By!

When we left Korea we obviously didn't take much time to keep up with this blog.  For lots of reason (excuses) that I won't bother mentioning.

Lots has changed in the past 2 and a half years ... most noticeably, the size of our family.  We have grown from a family of 3 to a family of 5!  Esther will be 5 this summer, Elijah is 2 and a half and Isaiah is 5 months old tomorrow.

We have a lot going on these days, but who doesn't, right?  In the midst of the busyness I would like to do a better job updating this blog in an effort to share with friends and family what is going on in our lives.

Little did I realize how appropriate "The Great Adventure" was as the title of this blog.  Kudos to Cory - he must have known that our adventures would last way beyond our first few years of marriage.  I sure am thankful for him and for the children we have been blessed with!

We'll share with you soon a little more about the adventure we are headed for next!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

What a cute kid ... but I am biased

After a catnap on Daddy's shoulder Esther woke up on a old fashioned San Fran trolley!

Esther loves to catch up with her grandparents on the phone - but SHE insists upon holding the phone!

Hanging out at the park on Labor Day - it has a splash pad and it was definitely warm enough to enjoy it!

Helping Mommy in the kitchen wearing the apron Aunt Mandi made!

Getting creative with her toys ...

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Our Trip East ...

Heading to the "East" used to more than likely refer to Asia for our family.  These days, it means the East Coast of the good old U.S. of A!  After 10 years of living in the Eastern Hemisphere we have now been back in the States for almost a full year.  Time sure does fly!

Cory and I had been talking about visiting WV during October so that I could finally introduce him to my favorite time of year - the Forest Festival!  I don't know the last time I got to go, but as a kid our family went just about every year.  It was kind of a family reunion time as well as a week + of fun festivities to attend.  The trees usually are around their peak for the Fall season which always adds such an awesome element to the event, in my opinion.  My plan to finally take Cory to witness all of the great aspects of the Forest Festival was thwarted ... by baby #2!  How could I complain?!?!  

Needless to say, plans to travel in October were cancelled as this new little Dyck is due the end of that month!  Instead we decided to travel this summer.  Cory is doing a lot of business travel and my sister in law (Josh's wife) is due in July.  It just so happens I got to throw her a baby shower, so the timing actually worked out just right!  Esther and I stayed for 3 1/2 weeks and Cory came in the middle for a week long visit.

Esther got her first official 4 wheeler ride!  Grandma Larkin and I were supposed to go while I was in but the weather just never cooperated with us on the right day.  Next time, Grandma!

Esther warmed up to Gig and Grandpa VERY easily!  They came and visited us in March but I was concerned that it had been too long for her to really remember them.  When Grandpa picked us up at the airport she took his hand and walked out to the parking lot with him like she knew exactly who he was!  How sweet! 

She also learned a thing or two from Grandpa ...

While in WV we also got to spend some time with Aunt Mandi and Uncle Josh!  Esther LOVED eating watermelon at her house, but unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of her WITH them!  Here is one taken by my Aunt Anita of the expecting parents/aunt & uncle.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Esther Turns Two!

Esther got to celebrate several times - in WV with family and then with us here in Cali on her actual birthday!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Farmer, Conductor, or Fashionista?

Esther can't quite decide today what she wants to be ... we haven't been outside yet to put her farmer skills to work (we'll head out this afternoon with our shovels and rakes to work in the garden).  She has played a lot with her train this morning, but the thing that she has been most interested is the pair of black heels she found in my closet.  SHE picked them out from a row of shoes - I think it's impressive that she picked matching ones!

Here you can see her "clopping" around the house!

Here are a few other pics I've taken in the last week or so ...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Valentine's Day Treats

Esther received a package and a card from her grandparents which we let her open up on Valentine's Day after dinner.

Thanks, Gig and Grandpa!  The dress fits perfectly!