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6 January 2009

Happy New Year! Here's wishing everyone an awesome 2009!

Our holiday was a blur, like most of you, I'm sure — and went by way too quickly. We followed up a great Christmas with an awesome New Year's Eve with friends, and a belated Christmas celebration in Mason City. And Emma definitely isn't letting us lose sight of the next big milestone — her eighth birthday, on Jan. 16!

Be sure to visit our new January and updated December pages for all the latest...

21 December 2008

As most of you are painfully aware, Winter made its entrance with a bang this weekend. Between inches of sleet and ice, several inches of snow, 35 mph winds, and windchills in the -30 degree range, we spent most of the weekend at home.

As there are fewer and fewer candies on their Advent calendars, the girls keep reminding us that Christmas is just around the corner. They are SO excited! …They've each told Santa what is on their wish-lists (and their wishes have miraculously not changed for months), and now the hard part for them is just waiting. :-)

We hope you all have a happy and safe holiday, and are hoping for better weather (and safer travels) over the next week.

Be sure to check out our updated December page to see all of our holiday preparations.

12 December 2008

Happy Holidays from the Maifelds!

  • Troy and I are both still at Wells Fargo, with Troy having the great opportunity to join a different technology team this year
  • We always like to travel, and got to visit San Diego and Disneyland on our California trip in January, and Chicago in May
  • Emma is in second grade, and loves reading, writing and anything artistic
  • Jenna is 4 ½ and likes reading, cooking, and playing babies and dress-up
  • Both girls love their gymnastics classes and are lucky enough to go to the same gym as Shawn Johnson — even watching her prepare for the Olympics!

Visit our updated September and October pages and new November and December pages for even more updates…

We hope you have a great holiday season, and a blessed 2009,

— Troy, Jami, Emma, Jenna & Joe

3 November 2008

What a great Halloween! The girls' kicked things off by trick-or-treating in our neighborhood on Oct. 30. (Most of the towns in the Des Moines area have Beggar's Night for trick-or-treating, the night before Halloween.) Both girls had fun parties and activities at school on Halloween, and we wrapped up the festivities on Halloween night with our friends! The weather was awesome, too — hovering around 70 degrees. We couldn't have asked for anything better!

Visit our updated October page to see more about all of our fun…

19 October 2008

What a crazy weekend! Friday, Troy and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. We went out for a nice dinner, and the girls (very happily) stayed home with their babysitter Emily... whom they absolutely adore! At church on Saturday night, Emma got surprised when she found out the kids got to sing in front of the congregation. She was SO excited about that! And we spent most of today taking family photos... and what a perfect day it was for that! It was a very busy – but really great – weekend!

Check out the October page for updates...

13 October 2008

Can Halloween already be around the corner? The girls already have their costumes ready to go, and we've made our annual trek to the pumpkin patch... so I suppose it is about time. We've been having such a beautiful Fall that I'm not quite ready to be holed up inside for five months. (Winter – and Christmas – can't get here soon enough for the girls, however, who have been working on their Christmas lists for months now. Ugh!) Hopefully, we'll have a little more time, at least, before getting hit with our first 14" snowfall. ...But, this is Iowa, so who knows? ;-)

Visit our new September and October pages to see all the latest from our family…

2 September 2008

What a great Labor Day weekend! Between spending a fun day at Lake Ahquabi State Park, listening to some great music by Fat Tuesday and the Greasefire Horns at Snus Hill Winery and Vinyard, and having a couple movie nights with the girls, we had a lot of fun! (Well, we also spent a day cleaning out the garage – which was pretty much the complete opposite of fun – but we won't go into that now. Ha!)

When Emma finished first grade, her amazing teacher, Mrs. Schnedler, told the kids the end of the year was "bittersweet," which she told them meant she was both happy and sad. She was happy for the summer and for the kids to have grown ready for second grade, but sad because she would miss them. What a great way to explain it to the kids! Emma talks a lot about things being bittersweet. …That's pretty much how I feel about Labor Day. It's great that fall is around the corner (my favorite season!) and I love seeing how excited the girls are about their new classes – but I can't help but feel a little sad that summer is almost done…

Be sure to check out our updated June and July pages, and our new August page, to see all that we've been up to, bittersweetness and all…

27 July 2008

Emma went to an awesome slumber party last night and (surprise, surprise) didn't get much sleep. :-) So, we had a pretty quiet day, making sure she got some rest. Then storms that went through this afternoon put a damper on our plans for later today (pun, well, kind-of intended). We spent the afternoon in the garage tye-dying shirts, which was fun, too.

Be sure to visit the July page for updates…

13 July 2008

We had a great afternoon at Raccoon River Park today. We went for a nature "treasure hunt" on one of the trails, and played at the park and in the lake. Joe got to go to the dog park and for a swim in the lake, too! (He was very proud of himself when he found a dead fish in one of the trees near the lake, and started to try to eat it. …We weren't quite so proud of that! Ha!). It is also my birthday today, and was a great way to spend a birthday afternoon!

From Fourth of July and the Des Moines Arts Festival to swim and gymnastics lessons – and a whole lot more – it's been a busy summer for us so far! Emma even said today, "This summer has gone A LOT faster than last summer!" …Very true! :-) Check out the updated June and new July pages for all the latest…

8 June 2008

As most of you reading this know first-hand, Mother Nature has dealt Iowa a tough hand this Spring. On top of several tornadoes, seemingly non-stop rain has created horrible flooding across the state. Especially hard-hit is my hometown, Mason City, where record-breaking flooding even closed the water treatment plant today. (Translation: No water for the city for at least several days.) Please keep everyone affected in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with clean-up efforts over the next several weeks.

During breaks in the rain, however, we've been spending a lot of time outside with the girls. Emma finished first grade last week (I can't believe the year is already done!), and with gymnastics, swim lessons, and more, the girls have a lot of fun in store this summer! Be sure to visit the updated May page or new June page to see what we've been up to!

12 May 2008

Jenna turned four today. I suppose every parent feels this way, but I can't believe she's already four! She had a great birthday.

We also just got back from a long weekend in Chicago. We hadn't all been there since Jenna was a baby, so it was a fun trip. We had a blast downtown, and also spent a day at the Brookfield Zoo.

Be sure to check out the updated April page or new May page to see it all.

19 April 2008

Our love affair with our nephew/cousin Thomis continues! :-) We were lucky enough to get to spend some more time with Thomis – and his mommy and big sister, Brooklyn – today. He's such a great baby! It's fun to see how much he's grown even in the past two weeks!

Check out our updated April page to see the latest…

7 April 2008

We had a quick, but fun, trip to Mason City this weekend to meet the newest member of the family — our new nephew (and cousin) Thomis James! He was born last Thursday, and is perfect in every way. Even after being passed around, he was such a content little baby!

We also took the girls to see High School Musical on Tour, at the Civic Center, a few weeks ago. It was part of Emma's birthday present, and the girls had a great time.

Check out the updated March page or new April page to see all that we've been doing.

23 March 2008

Happy Easter! We've spent the past week doing all kinds of fun stuff — from egg hunts to coloring eggs to visiting the Easter Bunny and more! The Easter Bunny even made it to our house in the snow flurries we got last night (so much for Spring!), and we also had a fun Easter today.

This was also Emma's Spring Break week, and she and Troy had fun at a special camp-out late last week. They went horseback riding, did archery, made smores… and did a lot of hiking.

Check out our updated March page to see it all!

10 March 2008

My brother Jake and sister-in-law Dana's first baby is due any day now, and we had a great time at their baby shower last weekend! Poor Dana is eight-months-pregnant-and-can't-breathe uncomfortable, but hopefully the end is in sight for her! :-) It was a lot of fun to see everyone. ...And I don't know who was crazier – the three granddaughters (Emma, Brooklyn and Jenna), or my mom, Aunt Cheryl and Mom's best friend, Susan! (My money's on the three bigger "girls"!)

Be sure to visit our new March page to check out the latest!




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