Here area couple pictures of Brandon's baptism in February 2013.
Baby Matt w/ his favorite aunt.
Brandon's first Pinewood Derby.
The kids at Fort Clatsop, where Lewis and Clark wintered. We visited there over spring break.
Brandon's homemade haircut. I took this picture in the stealth of night. :)
Cool Bubba at the glasses store.
Alexis at her spring dance recital.
Alexis & Lester @ the father-daughter campout. They also have a father-son campout. Notice the lack of mom at these outings...which is just as it should be. :)
Alexis @ BizTown, sponsored by Junior Achievement. The 5th graders study economics and business for several weeks in class. Then they are "hired" for a day to perform certain jobs at BizTown, a simulated city with businesses such as a bank, store, cafe, insurance, healthcare facility, etc. Alexis was a project manager at Discovery Center, where they learned about robotics, etc. She was so excited because she got a robot working!
In August, we kidnapped the kids and took them to Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor water park in Washington.
Then we went up to Seattle. Here is a picture of us on top of the Space Needle. It was crystal clear, a rarity in the Northwest. You could even see the Olympic Mountains across the Sound and Mount Rainier to the southeast.
Here is a picture of the kids in their Halloween costumes. Alexis, as usual, is taking center stage. :)
This is Alexis at her dance recital in December. She loves it. The world could be ending, and she would still want to do dance.
Uncle Danny, Lester's younger brother, came to spend Christmas with us. He's the single uncle who spoiled the kids with toys. He ate his way across Portland in the four days he was here. I don't think he left a single restaurant untouched. To say he is a foodie is an understatement. It was so fun having him.
And after Christmas came the birthday season. It was fun and full of presents and friends and goodies. This is a joint birthday party Brandon had with his friend, Tyler. Great name, don't you think, M? :-)
And on January 13th, we celebrated Alexis's 11th birthday. Not quite sure what she's doing here.
And, finally, here is Brandon making a flag during his second week of Scouts. He really enjoys it. We had a FHE about getting baptized tonight. He is excited for his baptism on Feb. 2nd. We will send lots of pictures. Grandma Espinosa (Lester's mom) and Great-grandma Hoogendoorn (Lester's grandma) will be there.