Oh you have our hearts, Flagstaff!!! This is one of our favorites trips we take every year! What a blessing that for the second year in a row God gave us fresh snow to play in! We had three storms roll through town on our stay. It was magical and so so beautiful! Our snowy-time cups were filled up, and we were ready to come home to no shoveling and a lot less gear to wear :). It was perfect!!!
There was essentially no snow on the ground when we arrived. That quickly changed. It was a sweet treat for the boys to see the land transform.
This year was extra fun, because they boys are old enough that we can let them adventure by themselves a little bit. It was sweet watching Asher from the window taking care of his little brother, and the two of them having a ball playing in the snow together! You know they had fun when there was zero complaining about walking up huge hills in the deep snow!
Nothing better than ending some serious playtime with some relaxation by the fire :).
Lots of games, movies, puzzles, ping pong, Asher reading “The Tale of Despereaux” to us and getting us all hooked on the story, being together as a family, and just all around relaxing times. Can’t wait for next year!
Then God ended our time together with a beautiful sunset to enjoy on the ride home. Love all the adventure and fun we get to experience in AZ!
Kicked off the New Year with some fireworks!
I love this memory of you Asher. You were inspired to find a way to make some money, and you threw together a plan in a matter of 15 minutes. You made a sign that said, “Car Wash $3 Top to Bottom 20 Min” and you enlisted your brother to promote your business. You had a sweet customer in no time, and she generously gave you $15. You were so cute about working hard and wanting to honor the 20 minute claim on your sign. We were so proud of your creativity and hard working mentality! And, might I add that you have the best little brother!!!
That moment when you’re folding clothes and watching your kids play…and your heart bursts with thanksgiving.
Asher. January was a big month for you. You continue to work hard in school. We rarely have to help you stay on task and finish your homework. This month, your teacher shared a story with me about how much she loves you and how great of an example you are to the other kids in the classroom. She said she can, “always count on you to help.” We could not be more proud.
You also started texting us this month with the Kindle you got from Christmas. This might be my favorite stage, getting sweet little notes from you. Case in point. You sent this text to dad with this picture, “Friends Forever”.
And, this text from you cracked me up! I love your sense of humor!
January was also a huge month for you and our family in regards to cystic fibrosis. Daddy and I, and your whole crew of family and friends had prayed for an opportunity like this since we first found out you had cystic fibrosis. You started the new drug developed by Vertex, thanks to the funding by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and everyone who donates to the Foundation. We’ll need to keep close eye on you to make sure Orkambi is benefiting your body and not harming it. We are so thankful for the progress that has been made with drugs that are targeting your cells. We had to celebrate this day with the family, because this was a monumental moment in your life! We are hopeful, and filled with thanksgiving!
We also chopped off your locks in January. You’re super cute with whatever style you want to rock!
Beck. You are a total treat. You are getting so big, and yet there is still so much snuggly little Punkers in you that tugs at our hearts constantly. You are still teaching us all about the things you like and dislike every day, and I’m pretty sure you’re still trying to figure these out as much as we are :). We’re blessed to take care of you!! Here you are. You got ready for church all by yourself!
I know you’re not going to sit like this forever, so I had to capture the sweetness :).
Grandma Olimb and I took you to the Pro-Am Golf Tournament, and we enjoyed a beautiful day doing something fun together :).
Paxon. You are always a part of our family and our everyday lives. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you. Our home and our hearts are covered with memories of your life with us here. On our way to visit your gravesite this year, God placed a rainbow in the sky for us to admire. He was so kind to give us a visual reminder that He is always with us. It was perfect timing.
Just enjoying our backyard…
Christmastime! It’s so fun unraveling all of the boys ornaments, and listening to their memories about each one. We try to buy a Christmas ornament each year for the boys to symbolize their interests that year. This year added to the tree a soccer ball for Asher, and Minecraft for Beck, which pretty much sums up the year :).
Our Community had a little event with snow, lunch, face painting and sleigh rides! Asher asked Beck what he was going to build in the snow, and Beck said, “England”. Ha!
Asher had a cute Christmas performance at school! He had been working for weeks to prepare for this Russian Dance, and he had the sore legs to prove it :).
This is how Asher welcomed all of our guests at our Christmas Party. Hiding and shouting, “HEY!” when they came to our door. Oh my, it made him so happy, ha!
Fun date with my boys to the zoo! We LOVE no school schedule!!!
We just have so many pictures of them like this. They love each other so much!
Beck has been working so hard on learning his butterfly stroke! He’s such a little fishy! He also has the best swim coach, Mr. John. They’re friends :).
Forts with Daddy!
I mean, who doesn’t ride a zip line like this, right?! Ha!
Letters to Santa!
Enjoying Christmas gifts!
It’s been a pretty rough winter for the boys, especially Asher. Lots of sickness, and not super encouraging news with their weight and lung function. We pray a lot for our boys. We love them so much!!
Our friends hosted an Operation Christmas Child with our community group. The boys were so jazzed to put together their boxes and notes for the little boys God was going to hand select for them. I just have to make note of one of Beck’s answers on the questionnaire, “When I have the time I like to…” He said, “Relax”. Hahaha!
Soccer season was fun this year! Asher met a lot of great buds, and he’s going to continue to play with some of them again this winter because his coach invited him to play on their flag football team.
Beck got himself ready to go to some stores. He even fixed his hair :). He won some hearts with his too-small suit jacket!
Then Asher found this, and made some cute comment about how he was giving me his heart…sweet boy.
We’ve started to make this a monthly tradition! Wing night is the best night!
We were blessed to have Lance, Sarah, Micah, Mason & Reid stay with us, and celebrate Thanksgiving with all of them and Auntie Dana too! It was fantastic!
We were able to have some family pictures taken of the entire Olimb posse!
We were so blessed to get to go to Cali again this year! Too many memories to record, but our hearts were super filled up with family time, friends time, beach time, relaxing time. It was perfect!
And now for a major, photo dump…
This will be remembered as the trip that was Beck’s first time boogie boarding by himself. He had so much fun!!
Morning run on the beach!
Notoriously the jammy-jammed-packed month of all time for us! Lots of fun and memories for keeps!
We wrapped up another season of soccer. We love watching Asher play. He has major skill, and so much fun!
Goal! Yea, Number 10!
Someone has a little admirer, who doesn’t want to be very far from his hero :).
I have to make mention of this so we don’t forget. Jeremy let the boys watch a baseball Simpson’s episode where they chant, “Darrell, Darrell…” I’m guessing this will be a long-standing family joke for whoever is on the field :). Here’s Asher cutting off our chant :).
No goal, but awesome pass, and evidence of how fun it is to watch him play :).
Minecraft books in tow for half time entertainment :).
Park and splash-pad playdate with Auntie Lori! And, in case it’s not obvious, Asher loves McKayla!
Beck The Man. Grandma Olimb, Beck, and I ate until we couldn’t move very fast at a food show. With our lack of motivation and a desire to have a first with Beck, we asked a sweet bike lady with her carriage to give us a ride to our car. So fun!
Hope Kids blessed us with a Family Movie Night to watch three Halloween movies with pizza and popcorn and cotton candy! Such a fun little night together.
Asher and I were able to go and be a part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Stair Climb. Asher drew the thank you card that was sent home to all of the firefighters who helped volunteer and participate in the Firefighter Challenge. He did an awesome job! So thankful for everyone who helped raise money for the Foundation!!
Asher asked to go back to pack meals for Feed My Starving Children, so what better time to do that then during Fall break with friends :).
When you run into a sweet nurse friend at the hospital, and she says, “let me order dinner for your family…” What a blessing!!!
Beck in a bag :).
Just hanging out…
Someone turned 9 years old in our house!!!! I can’t get over it. Last year before double digits!
Halloween 2016. Lots of family meetings, and the final decision was for us to go as Pokemon characters. Daddy=Ash, the trainer. Mommy=Evee. Asher=Charizard. Beck=Pikachu. So much fun putting our costumes together! Jeremy and I, and Grandma Olimb will never forget the 14 hours we spent putting together your paper masterpiece, Asher :).
Just a little window into shopping with the boys…and their friendship :).
So thankful for this sweet smile. He started feeling better! Our family got demolished from whatever it was that was wreaking havoc on us. Poor little Punkers got it the worst though. On top of everything a flu (or whatever it was) has to offer, he broke out in horrible hives for about five days. So so SO thankful to have turned the page on this chapter.
We love biking to our park, then moving on to Geno’s for pizza :).
Diamonbacks game with Grandma and Grandpa Olimb!
Beck and Daddy camping! The long awaited campout finally arrived! Because of the grossness that hit our family, this little adventure kept getting rescheduled. Kudos to Punkie having patience and waiting his turn to have a special campout with just his Daddy!
Jeremy and Asher went on a family campout with our church. Jeremy said Asher was in heaven with all the new friends to play with! They were all playing football with their head lamps on late at night.
Family Dance Night
Asher worked really hard on this project! He needed to invent a cereal based on his favorite book, and make a cereal box and commercial selling his cereal. He even involved his little brother in the process :).
So proud of him! First time being a narrator. He even memorized his lines :). Beck was a little wiggly, and my phone died, but at least we have some video to document the play. Love him so much!
We are so thankful for Hope Kids, and all the fun they organize to bless families like ours. This month, we got to enjoy a private screening of Pete’s Dragon with free popcorn and drinks, unlimited arcade games, two games of laser tag, and bowling. Such an incredible gift to all of us!
Best Daddy award goes to…
I took Asher and his buddy on a dude night to dinner and a movie. All of the Pokemon conversation was cute to listen to :).
Beck graduated to a dolphin! He loves the water!!! Now he’s moving on and working on his butterfly stroke. We might have a future swim team star :).
Grandma Necas came to visit us, which we absolutely loved, but we need a do over. Beck got super super sick. We were so thankful to have Grandma for a few days, but we didn’t get to do much at all together. Come back, Grandma :).
Thankfully, Beck is feeling better! The epic 2016 flu bug has continued on through our family, but we’re hopefully near an end!
July 2016. The month the boys started sharing a room…and a bed. This is how Jeremy and I find them practically every night. It’s so sweet.
Asher started 3rd Grade! Holy cow, that’s insane! He picked out a Pokemon backpack for this year. Pokemon is still such a love for him, and now it’s even cuter because Beck has jumped on the bandwagon too. Lots of Pokemon cards and trading going on in this house :).
We love you, Asher! So proud of the little man you’re turning out to be!!
I turned around in the store to find these two being boys. Beck had the helmet on and he was saying, “Asher hit me and see if I can feel it!!” Lol!!! It was straight out of a Friends episode.
We took a trip to visit the headquarters office for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for Arizona. So neat to bring the boys in there and show them where our friends are working so hard to fight for a cure for them!
Lovin’ a little monsoon rain!
Ohhhhh how we love Punkie. I took him to a musical show at the library, and at the end of the show they invited the kids to come up and participate in the storytelling. This was a first for Beck. Afterwards, I asked him why he didn’t want to jump around with the other kids and he said, “I only like to be silly at home.” What a sweetheart.
Special date at Main Event with our little.
We took a day trip Horton Creek. We love this spot! It just so happened to rain that day, so instead of the creek being crystal clear, it was chocolately brown from the mountain run off. But it was still such a pretty walk!
Asher grabbed my phone for some selfies, and I later discovered these gems.
How lucky are we!!!
One of the prettiest hikes through Maplewood State Park.
We tried to find colorful leaves to make a rainbow. We couldn’t find blue. Beck said he would be our blue :).
After he drank a measuring cup full of homemade chocolate syrup, Grandpa was pushing him down the hill. This is what you call, “livin’ it up!”
I walked outside to find everything incredibly quiet (rare…and a little concerning) and found them standing super still in the water. Asher said that he was showing Beck what it feels like to have the minnows nibble on your toes :).
The clothesline was constantly full, because these two were in and out of the water all. day. long. They considered their regular clothes swimming suites. I mean, really, who has time to put on a suit when the water is calling you :). Asher’s favorite was catching fish in his net…which he did several times.
Beck’s favorite activity was collecting seashells. We had to take a picture of his 2016 Shell Collection so he could beat it next year :).
This was a big Summer for the boys. They shared a room. That took some adjusting too, not because they didn’t want to, but because there was a lot of partying, ha! But, it ended up going so well, that they are now sharing a room at home…with still a lot of partying :). And, I’m not quite sure what is the point of two beds :).
He was so quiet working in his coloring book. Pretty incredible that he was adding up all his birds :).
We went to the cutest little zoo!
This is what happens when you don’t have a little girl, and you’re going through old boxes with your mom :).
Ping pong with Grandma!
We celebrated the 4th of July for a whole week! Every night the boys would put on a little fireworks show for us :).
Beck has always loved sink baths :).
Our trips back to MN require a lot of planning and effort, but we are so thankful to be able to go and make a metric ton of memories. Here’s a picture of just breakfasts for the boys, and 1/2 of what they need for their lungs. God, please allow us to one day look back on this as a distant memory.
Thanks, Dad and Mom for being so willing to open your home, and do all you can do to give our boys wonderful lake memories!! Looking forward to 2017 :).