Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Nina is loving all the outdoor and family time this summer. We've listened to 4 bands in as many days at Como and Nina is thrilled to hang out with all the animals, real and wooden. The family enjoyed Calvin's graduation party, the engagement party for Adam and Jasna, and we look forward to our time in Battle Lake. Nana has been such a blessing as Kara and Ben have had to put in some hours at work, and Annie and Rod came to help out today too. We're so lucky!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Three shorts

Despite being slowed down by her fever for most of the trip, Nina still had plenty of fun. Here are three episodes of silliness.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Peaks and Valleys Road Trip

Our latest family road trip was full of ups and downs; we've compiled a list to go with some of our pictures:

Spending time with both sets of grandparents, going to the College World Series, playing cards with Aunt Annie, Uncle Adam & Cousin Gus, reuniting with Cousin Ashley & great-cousin Ella, running into Kristen & Cody, Nina waving frantically to any animal she sees, hanging out with Carly & Ben, Nina finding small chairs to sit on, meeting Patti & Luke, and visiting the Schreiner family.

Severe weather at the baseball game, navigating said severe weather with a broken ankle, Nina running a fever, unfortunate food reactions, and Grandpa Rod's infected salivary gland.

We'll get up some little videos from the trip in a few days.

Who, me?----------------------Happy Father's Day!

I see you, mommy--------------Helping Nana with her orders

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Making Strides

Summer is here and we're doing our best to take it all in. Nina is doing a good job bringing books to Ben on the couch so they can still read together. We recently rented a knee-walker so we can continue our family walks around the lake. With all the concerts and animals in abundance, we'd hate for him to miss anything. Many thanks to Aunt Annie who came over to entertain, cook, and make Nina's day!

Reading and scooting along

Enjoying the music across the lake and up close

Goslings being watched by the turtles on the branch

Friday, June 10, 2011

Tough break

Well back to the ER go the Naks; it was Dada's turn this time. Ben broke his ankle playing basketball and the doctors advised he stay on crutches for 6 weeks, then a month in a walking boot. Not the start to the summer we were planning. Nina has decided that since Dada isn't walking she would pick up the slack and has started taking some steps. Kara is excited to be the only parent capable of keeping up with the little speedster. We've attached cute photos of Nina standing around a not-so-cute picture of Ben's ankle after 4 hours of icing to make the swelling go down.

Monday, June 6, 2011

11 Months

Nina was born 11 months ago today - can you believe it? These days she's obsessing about bananas and bread. Once she eats them all, she makes a point of raising her voice to let us know she wants more. She's also getting a lot more naked baby time thanks to the 90 degree weather. This month she was lucky enough to spend quality time with all of her grandparents. She continues to provide ample entertainment!