Honey!

Aug 15, 2019

So last weekend we got to harvest our first batch of honey from our beehives! It was our first time trying it so it was a bit stressful but we did a pretty awesome job and produced 40lbs of honey! It makes a great little surprise gift for family and friends and Roberto has harnessed his inner Pooh Bear and found many uses for honey with our food. It was a really cool process (although it took several hours and lots of hard work) and it's amazing to see how hard creatures as tiny as bees can work and how much they can produce. They're really fascinating! Here's a picture of some of our honey jars! For more about us please don't forget to click through our profile, read our letter, and check us out!

Playtime with our nieces

Aug 02, 2019

The other day we drove to Nicole's sister's house to visit her family, including our 3 nieces. It's always great to spend time hanging out and playing with them, great training for parenting! Roberto has gotten really good at playing pretend games with Eviana, age 5, and she knows exactly what accessories he needs to wear to make the game great (see photo). He has also proven to be a very useful jungle gym for them to climb on top of when they need a new adventure. And of course Nicole made sure everyone was fed after playtime with a giant pot of pesto pasta! Overall it was a great day and we all had a lot of fun!

Keeping busy

Jul 12, 2019

We've been pretty busy since we got home a few weeks ago. Lots of family stuff to do over July 4th and plenty of work as well. Nicole has been busy taking care of the honey bees on the farm who have been working super hard so far this summer! You won't believe how quickly those little bees can expand their hives and make honey. Roberto has been working on all the photos he took in Germany as well as other projects that need to get done here at home. He's been shooting more film lately which means days spent in the dark room developing them (most people shoot digital now, but he really loves to develop his own film whenever he can). Also, more good news, Nicole's sister just gave birth to her 3rd baby so we have a brand new niece! Very exciting!

Home Again

Jun 28, 2019

We had a really fantastic trip to Germany, very tiring, but really great. It was the first real family vacation we've been able to take with Roberto's father and brother in years so it was great to see a new country, learn about the cultures, and also spend time with family. We're definitely tired from the trip home and have a lot to catch up on now that we're back, but it was a lot of fun. Now Nicole has to catch up on all the farm work that she missed while we were gone and Roberto has a few thousand photos from the trip that he needs to work through and see what he wants to do with them (print them, submit them to art galleries, etc etc). The picture for this post was taken at the peak of a mountain in the Swiss Alps that we climbed with Roberto's dad and brother for his dad's 77th birthday. Yes, at 77 years old his dad is still climbing mountains!

While we really enjoyed the trip it was hard to avoid thinking about traveling with kids and how we would manage that in the future. We definitely don't agree with parents who tell us you can't travel with young children, Roberto has been traveling since he was a month old when he flew home from Chile with his parents after being adopted so we know we want to bring our children with us wherever we go.

Update from Stuttgart, Germany!

Jun 17, 2019

Well we made it to Stuttgart! Germany has some beautiful scenery once you get out of the cities, lovely little mountain towns. We took a tour of some of the hillside vineyards on our first day here and yesterday went hiking in the Black Forrest (the site of some famous fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel!). The picture is taken in front of the house in Stuttgart where Roberto's grandmother lived in her childhood. She and her parents were forced to flee Germany in 1933 after the Nazis took power, they moved to the United States as refugees. Visiting her old house was a great experience and a wonderful insight into Roberto's family origin story. It's so important to know where you come from and understand family history, it's one of many reasons we're supportive of an open adoption - everyone should know where they come from.

Arrived in Germany!

Jun 13, 2019

Well we made it safely to Germany for our family vacation! Flying overseas can be tiring and we’ve definitely got some jet lag going on, but so far day 1 has been fun. We went a bike tour of the city Munich this morning which was a great way to get a feel for the city. Did you know that over 80% of the people who live here own bicycles? That’s an insane amount! They seem to be very health and environmentally conscious here in Germany which is great to see. It does make for crowded bike trails though. After our bike tour we visited BMW Welt which is the museum and visitor center for the BMW car factory.As you can see in the picture, Nicole found a car just her size! But wow are we tired now, we could probably fall asleep if aren’t careful, but we haven’t eaten dinner yet. 

Busy weekend!

Jun 10, 2019

Wow, this has been a busy weekend for us! Saturday Nicole had a table set up at a local vendor fair where she was selling our farm fresh maple syrup and eggs - she sold a ton! But it was a warm day in the sun which is always tough (but we celebrated with sushi for dinner). Today we were volunteering at a local charity fundraiser all morning, Roberto volunteered as the event photographer and Nicole and her parents helped out at the snack and drink table. It was a busy day but we do this every year as a family to help support a really good cause! Of course we have to leave for Germany in 2 days so we also have to pack, clean the house, re-pack, make sure the lawn gets mowed, etc etc. So there's a little bit of stress . . . but we're really excited to be going on our trip! We'll be meeting up with Roberto's dad and brother over there which will be great. We know Roberto's dad will have a lot of questions for us about our adoption journey, he's VERY excited to be a grandfather!

Enjoying the nice weather

Jun 05, 2019

After several days of rain here in New York we've really been enjoying some nicer spring weather this week! Nicole's been able to take care of all our farm critters like the chickens and bees without getting covered in mud and we got some mountain biking in over the weekend for date night as mentioned in the first post. We picked a trail that LOOKED easy but ended up being pretty tough, so we were both pretty sore on Saturday morning. We've got a 2 week trip to Germany coming up next week so we need to start packing and making sure we have everything we need from Roberto's photo gear to clothes for roaming cities and probably a few mountains as well knowing us. We love to travel and are excited to share that part of our lives with a child!

First post!

May 31, 2019

Yay our first post on Adoption.com! Putting these profiles together is a lot of work, but well worth it. We're so excited to be parents and add a baby to our family! Nicole spent the afternoon taking care of the honey bees on our farm while I put together our profile and tonight we're excited for date night which will definitely include some mountain biking now that the weather here in New York is a little nicer.

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