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

Trevi Fountain
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.

Strike a pose
Rome... somewhere...
Farm House
The farm house in the Tuscany region was possibly the most peaceful place on the planet. It was perfectly located to have day trips to some hot spots... all self guided.
Pizza in Pisa. Only an hour from our farmhouse.
Cinque Terre on the Med

LOTS of hiking
San Gimignano


Then we headed north to Lake Como...

Lake Como

And then to Paris
The Palace at Versailles

Oh man...

Never enough

...and finally to London.
London Bridge

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.