Friends and Family,

 This blog post is a fun and very photo-filled update of the past year (click on any collage to enlarge). As I am sure you have noticed we haven't posted since April. As you will see below, there was a very good reason for a shift of resources. It doesn't mean Abbey has stopped writing, her pending posts file is full! But there just wasn't margin for editing and upload. Who knows what 2013 will bring, but we hope it allows for some fun posts! Thank you for following and most importantly, being a part of our lives. Whether near or far.


The boys grew so quickly! 

Declan proved to have the spirit and determination of a first born. Eager to try anything, a lover of protein and a hands down ham. This little life of the party makes us smile and belly laugh on a daily basis. One thing is for sure, he adores his brother. Their bond is something to watch and teaches us so much about friendship, family and sweet gentle love. 

Rowan continued to amaze us with his intelligence and gentle spirit. His authority and leadership are so much fun to witness as he guides others with gentleness. Seeming to have the photographic memory of his mother and the developing verbal skills beyond his age made for some wonderful moments. As Declan has grown to almost his same height and weight there is no evidence of sibling jealous. True adoration and pride in his brother is commented on by strangers. His sweet spirit has brought and kept many little playmates. This year was full of play dates and new experiences. All of which he rose to the occasion  He conquered the slide! Potty trained! Learned to ride a tricycle! And started Preschool!

And now for a few pictures:

In January we cheered the ducks on from home, with our sweet boys. 
This one proved to have quite the appetite!

We met two new cousins, sweet Lucy and Kale. There were cousin's birthdays and one first communion. We love having cousins for our boys to spend time with, growing together! 
(no pics for their privacy) 
This year we were able to spend a good deal more time with them as the kiddos are
 bigger and able to play together, not just next to each other. <smile>

We went to Olympia a few times, but sadly not nearly as often as in the past. 

Abbey got to celebrate her new and very dear friend's birthday.

Easter Egg hunts the day before Easter:
(Nana came down early too with gifts for the boys, then a hunt with their best friends and finally an Easter Egg Hunt where the eggs were dropped from a helicopter!)

We hosted a small Easter brunch at our house:

Abbey was able to escape for a full-weekend with two of her best friends:

And then for the big, amazing, highly anticipated event of the year....GRADUATION! Ladies and gentlemen there is now a Doctor in the house. And we are so incredibly proud!!!! Three years, two kids, countless rotations, hours of studying, passing ALL tests with a 90% or higher, he did it all and did it well! He graduated school with a contract from Fred Meyer and to top it all off he passed both boards the first time around in July. A huge accomplishment to say the least, but not surprising. So without further ado a few more pictures:

White Coat Ceremony 2009 on Left (10 days before Rowan was born)
Graduation Award Ceremony 2012

Graduation Party

Congratulations Doctor, so proud of you!