Munch’s trip to Disneyland on Dad’s Birthday

Juat a cute Munchkin

Just a cute Munchkin

A new friend has started joining us on our journey’s.  Her name is Munch and she is special for two reasons.  First,  our daughter’s favorite animal is an Okapi.  She saw one at the SD Animal Park and it just so happens our new travel friend is an Okapi.  Second, when Kim was a toddler, her Grandma Waldau once affectionately called her a “munchkin” .  It stuck and became her nickname.  In her early teens, she said she was too old to be called Munchkin, but after some thought said I could still call her “Munch” if I wanted.  Well, many years later and here we are…a stuffed Okapi called Munch who travels with us on our special trips.  Enjoy Munch’s journeys……

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Kim Earns Her Third Stripe!

Watch out world, here I come!

Watch out world, here I come!

Yes everyone, it’s official.  As of October 2nd, almost at the end of her first tour of duty in Iraq, Kim has been promoted to a Sergeant! She has been looking forward to this for some time.  Here are the pictures of the event directly from Iraq.  Eventually her feet will get back on the ground and she will find her next focus.  You just never know where she will put her efforts next.  She has worked very hard and lately, every time we would get in touch with her, she always had to get back to her books to get ready for the “boards”.  We are all very proud of her accomplishment and wish her the best.  It’s hard to believe she has been in the Army for just over three years.  She has spent time in Missouri, Arizona, Germany and now Iraq.  When she finishes in Iraq this November, she will go back to Germany for a few months and then be reassigned to a station in Colorado.  It will be nice to have her back in the states and closer to home (and family).

Nicely done Sergeant Stavros…….We love you (and keep safe!)