Everett’s ONEderful Birthday Bash!

We arrived back into Queenstown, NZ just days before Everett’s first birthday, after nine months away – we were so excited! We were very happy to be back to be able to share in this happy occasion with so many great friends and all the bubs Everett’s age. We had a great time planning and organizing his first party. We went with an UNO theme – what fun! And after spending a few late nights in Melbourne making decorations and getting things ready, all we had to do when we arrived was setup and have fun. And, have fun we did!

 

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Our Month in Melbourne

For the new year, we decided we wanted to put a new stamp in our passports from a place none of us had ever visited. And, can you believe, we’d never been to Australia! We had heard incredible things about Melbourne and decided that would be our spot. Ross needed a great place for the rest of his marathon training and we wanted to be pretty close to the city center. We were lucky and landed on a great little apartment just a block from the Botanic Gardens. The location could not have been better. We met some amazing friends, spent loads of time outdoors, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute – even when it was 45+ C (115+ F) outside. What a beautiful way to jump start the summer!

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Christmas in Canada

For Everett’s first Christmas, we were lucky to be able to get all of Lindsay’s family together up at Jes and Andrew’s. They always have a white Christmas and don’t mind lots of visitors – so it was the perfect place! Thankfully, it also wasn’t too cold this year – just one day of -40C! After a beautiful visit, Ross headed to Denver for a dear friend’s wedding, while Lindsay and Everett headed down to visit Great Grammy and Great Papa before joining Daddy in Denver. All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas season!

 

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Placer in Playa del Carmen

After a beautiful stay in Barcelona, we made our way back to Mexico once more, to spend the fall months. Jenn, Jerry, and kiddos had made their home in Playa del Carmen while we’d been away, and they were expecting baby #4. We couldn’t miss the opportunity to be there with them during that special time and spend a bit more time with all our lovely friends there. It couldn’t have been a better time.

 

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Back to Barcelona

Barcelona – the city, the food, and especially our friends, will always hold a special place in our hearts. We were so excited to return and introduce them all to Everett and to share with him our favorite part of Europe, and one of our most favorite places in the world.

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Summer in the USA

After a beautiful couple of months in Mexico, we were so very excited to head back to the US to catch up with family and friends and introduce Everett to the rest of his family. We spent a beautiful week in northern Idaho, and a gorgeous week in Denver. All the while, reminiscing about old memories and creating new ones. It’s our hope that this trip helped to introduce Everett to some of our favorite traditions. If the smiles he shared with us along the way were any indication, he sure seemed to enjoy it just as much as we did.

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Moving to Mexico!

After a beautiful stay in Hawaii with Jenn, Jerry, and the kiddos, we were off to our next long(er) term stay. We’d decided to head back to Playa del Carmen, Mexico to enjoy a couple of months of beautiful weather, catch up with wonderful friends, and simply take it easy for a while. We had an absolutely great time reconnecting with Vincent, Georgina, and Lucca as well as taking time to enjoy some of our old favorite spots. We even had some surprise visitors! The two months we spent there were magical, and the perfect first move for us with Everett. We think he enjoyed it pretty well too!

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Everett’s First Big Adventures – US Islands

Just after Everett turned three months old, it was time to head on. We’d spent an incredible nine months in New Zealand, made amazing connections with new friends, created beautiful memories, and truly cherished our time there. We decided to make our first stop in a place that wasn’t too far away, that was new to all of us, and that was filled with people we love. We made that stop Hawaii – with Jenn, Jerry, Tobias, Chloe, and Phoebe. We had such a nice time catching up with them (it’d been close 1.5yrs since we’d seen them, aside from Jenn who’d come to be with us during Everett’s first week). It was a great first adventure for Everett and a wonderful opportunity to catch up.

Then, after a quick landing in Mexico (more on that in the next post), we headed off to Puerto Rico. Ross had won a trip through work, and since none of us had been there before, we took the opportunity to go and see what it was all about. We spent all of our time at the resort, which was a totally different type of travel than we’re used to, but really enjoyed ourselves. It was truly relaxing and the perfect type of vacation for a family with a four month old.

 

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Introducing Everett!

These photos were taken just five days after Everett was born. We wanted to be sure and capture the wrinkly newborn moments. It also gave the three of us a wonderful opportunity to simply be together in the moment – a beautiful excuse to stare in amazement.

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Welcoming Baby

In the middle of the night, the day after finishing a big project at work, and three days before the “due” date, Lindsay started to feel something happening. After waiting a few hours to ensure this was the real thing, she woke Ross and let him know the little one was on its way. The rest of the day was the most amazing, incredible, and beautiful day. We welcomed the most perfect little boy at 11:45pm.

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