Friday, December 30, 2016


The boys love tobogganing! On a warmer day over Christmas break, we went to the hill for a little sledding.

Zack got a ski racer for his birthday. He was super excited to finally use it! It goes so fast!

Jakob trying it out, too:

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Family Ski Day

We wanted to do a ski day as a family over Christmas break. Since it was so warm out this week, we decided the night before and went!

The boys did lessons in the morning and Michael and I joined them for the rest of the day. Everyone did great and it was a lot of fun!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


We had a great Christmas! 
Christmas eve we went to church and then over to Jordan & Kristy's for the Hermann Christmas celebration:

Jakob trying out his virtual reality headset:

Christmas morning we spent as a family. The boys opened their gifts and then played all morning :)

After lunch, we went to the beach club to skate. It was a bit chilly, but the boys love our skating on Christmas tradition!

After skating, we went back to our place for Christmas dinner with my parents. It was a nice, low key Christmas!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Levi & Zack's Christmas Concert

Levi & Zack's Christmas concert was really great this year! I think it was one of the best yet. The theme was snowflakes. The kids all wore white and sang in German and English about snowflakes. It was very cute!

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Elf: The Last Week

This was the Elf's last few days with us:

The Elf playing checkers with baby giraffe:

Taking selfies on Levi's ipad:

Washing a few clothes before heading back to the North Pole:

That's it for the Elf for this year!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Bollman Christmas

We celebrated "Bollman Christmas" this past Saturday with Scott, Marnie, Sophie & Henry. The kids played, we went to Levi's soccer game, we ate and opened presents. The cousins had a great day together!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Gingerbread House

Our annual gingerbread house decorating party! This year at Oma & Opa's:

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Elf: Week Two

The elf playing his guitar with friends, hoping to make a few dollars:

Photocopying himself, he got in big trouble for this one ;)

Working out:

Hanging out in the boys' tree, observing. Felix spent 4 or 5 days in this tree while everyone was sick. He really wanted to avoid getting sick and it worked!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Oma Linke's 88th Birthday

This past weekend we celebrated my Oma's 88th birthday! We all got together in the party room of her building and had lots of fun!

All the great-grandkids and Omi:

Oma and her kids:

Each of the grandkids and their families (that were there, we're missing a few) with Oma, in order from oldest to youngest.

Neil, Tamara, Tyler & Tenley:

Amy, Michael, Jakob, Levi & Zack:

(Unfortunately Leanne & Dean were sick, so Marlene took the picture with her kids)
Jaden & Ethan:

Jordan, Kristy, Alex, Hailey, Oliver & Colby:

Tiffany, Steve & Wyatt:

Cam & Ashlyn:

Ben, Krysta, Violet & Ruby:

It was a great day celebrating Oma!