|Family pictures in Myaka State Park|
2019 was another big travel year for us. We spent a month in Italy supported only by four backpacks. It's best to show you the story in pictures.
|Backpack Italy 4 weeks 4 bags|
|Gelato.... every single day in Italy|
It started out a little cool in Rome so you'll see days with jackets. Our goal was to eat pizza and gelato every day of our trip -- we almost did it.
Then we headed north to Lake Como...
And then to Paris
|The Palace at Versailles|
...and finally to London.
It was a perfect trip. We spent 24 hours a day together for a month, living out of 4 small backpacks.
Back home in the states, the kids continue to progress in TKD. Rule of the house is that they will stick with it until they get a black belt... so it's the only extra-curricular activity we have.
Perfecting our bike riding
Lot's of love.
This is one of the canned goofy shots.... totally staged but you can see personalities coming out.
On balance, it was a great year. The twins are both growing together but also learning who they are as individuals. Zander is the brain power, but Zella is no slouch. Both are A students excelling at math and reading. Zella is a born leader and exercises that in every aspect of her life. Zander continues to grow his Minecraft brain while Zella is very creative.
The kids ecosystem consists of the Tae Kwon Do family, intersecting with the church family, intersecting with the school family. Julija is blessed to be one of the school moms so she stays tight with their whole world and the kids love their world. Julija keeps them reading books every day, makes sure the homework is done and feeds them a ton of vegetables :)
The family is strong. We love you who love our kids.