2016 was a fantastic year for us.
Nathan continues to work at Midwest Dental in Faribault. He loves his work, his staff, and his patients.
Nichole works in finance 27 hours/week at Bethel Lutheran Church. She truly loves her job and the opportunity to utilize her financial management experience to make changes to the delivery, analysis, and overall financial management of the church.
Nichole also continues to coach 10-15 athletes from around the country as a part of TNC Endurance (TNC = Team Nichole Coaching). Her athletes are lean, mean, PR-producing machines! She really enjoys writing their crazy workouts, doing some of those workouts alongside her athletes (and was able to run alongside 5 different athletes from AK, WA and AZ this year!), laughing at the crazy texts and other fun racing/workout stories, and sitting on pins and needles for race results.
|TNC had a great showing at Grandma's marathon this year.|
|Nichole proudly represents the Defeat the Stigma group, a project that brings awareness to mental health.|
|Enjoying the zoo together this Summer.|
|Perhaps the coolest skiing picture ever.|
|Greta told Dad she wanted a horsey for Christmas.|
So he went out an won her one at the Mora Vasaloppet.
|Skiing with dad!|
|Nathan has really enjoyed his new bike! He often bike commutes to or from work.|
|The room on mom's lap grew smaller and smaller...|
|Nichole ran Grandma's marathon at 22 weeks pregnant. It was a very hot and humid day so she took it very easy with lots of water and a few walk breaks. She said she could used to running marathons "for fun"!|
|Nichole (~20 weeks pregnant) and Mesa took 3rd place at the Fast and the Furry 5k, a race they do together every year. Mesa kindly asked that Nichole not be pregnant next year so they try to RACE it!|
|Greta continues to have a love for LIFE! She is ever happy, curious, and a little smarty pants!|
|Greta loves being active. She loves to bike, run, swim - anything!|
|At the Frightening 5k, a race that Nichole directs in Northfield. Here is Greta with Tia Jessica!|
|Hard to believe she is already 2! Celebration #1 in the hospital the day after Anna was born.|
|Happy Birthday, Greta! Celebration #2.|
She chose the "Mad Cow" cupcake to eat :)
|Bike rodeo at school! She hardly said good-bye to mom when she was dropped off.|
Common comments from her teachers: Man, she loves to bike! Wow, she can really go!
|Visiting "the farm". We are members of a CSA and look forward to our weekly vegetable pick-ups. Greta always has to take us to see the chickens and the pigs.|
This was taken the day before Anna was scheduled to arrive. Her last day as dad's "only"!
|One of Greta's favorite things was learning sign language. She knew about 50 signs by the time she was ~20 months old.|
|Welcome, Anna Kathryn! 6 pounds, 13 ounces, 19 inches long. Just beautiful!|
|Named after her great grandma, Anna, and her great aunt, Kathryn.|
Great grandma was a little surprised - and honored - to learn baby was named Anna.
|Greta is such a great big sister!|
|Greta is helping Anna with "Tummy Time"|
|Supervising our Christmas decorating|
|Anna on her first day at Children's|
|Day 4... In the PICU|
|6th Floor... Day 8...|
|Biking on the trail that runs right next to the new house|
|Jim, Nate's dad, retired in April. We have had so much fun spending more time with him!|
|Music, and a grandparent... what more can a 2 year old ask for?|
|Nathan and Nichole spent a week in Alaska in June. It was the trip of a lifetime!|
|Meeting up with Lisa, Nathan's high school friend. She let us stay in her spare bedroom for a number of nights in Anchorage.|
|We hiked, ran, met up with friends, and enjoyed the perfect weather and nearly endless daylight! Here Nichole is with two of her TNC athletes, Erika and Beth (Beth was also a GAC grad).|
|On a day long glacier tour. Tons of wildlife sightings - definitely a highlight!|
|Celebrating Aunt Kathy's 60th birthday on her boat!|
|Gustavus Alumni race!|
|Lots of fun times at the cabin this year, including finishing the "sand boat"|
|Fishing with Tia! Greta was not afraid of touching the fish. Her cousin Simon definitely was :)|
|Cheering at TCM.|
|Grandma Colleen and Grandpa Pete came for a visit!|
|Nichole continues to speak about her running journey at high schools and colleges - even while 37 weeks pregnant! This is her before a presentation to the Faribault HS XC team.|
|Uncle Ben and Aunt Mary flew in for a week to enjoy deer hunting with my dad, Greta's birthday party, and a weekend with the girls!|
|One of Nichole's first runs after Anna was born. Grandma Karen made Anna a second sleeping bag for the Chariot. Looks like it works well for sleeping! :)|
|First bath together|
|Guess who cried through all four songs of the toddler program? :)|
|Great Aunt Kathy made Anna a Gustavus-colored throw quilt. You would think by Anna's expression that it was St. Thomas colored... :)|
|Anna says, "Merry Christmas!"|
-Greta, we don't talk with our mouth full. Greta proceeds to take the partially chewed apple out her mouth - and continue talking.
-Grandpa Pete, asking about his Thanksgiving 5k race: Is Grandpa fast or slow? Greta: SLOW!
-Nichole: Greta, let's sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider! Greta: No, mommy. Spider is dead.
-Someday we'll be able to cheer, Go Raiders! for you! Greta: Nooo (said in a you're silly! voice). Go Gusties!
Wishing you all the best in the upcoming year!
~Nate, Nichole, Greta, Anna, and Mesa