Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year 2010!!!

WOW !! Where did 2009 go?!! It sure the heck wasn't chronicled on my blog anywhere. So, I am inserting our December newsletter that we sent out to people on our address list for card exchange. We had fun sending out a holiday hello for the first time and really enjoyed receiving cards. Love and peace for this year!

Greetings from our new home in Lolo, Montana. We hope this letter finds you happy and well. It has been a great year and many wonderful events have taken place.
Our biggest celebration came with the birth of our newest daughter Anya Pauline, who was born the 2nd of January. Her birth was amazing! She weighed 8 lb 11 oz and has been a healthy and beautiful baby. Joseph was there to receive her, and once again, Mommy was the only doctor present.
In February, our first “family of four” vacation took us to see grandparents in Utah and then Florida. Nadia enjoyed meeting Ariel the mermaid, Snow White, and Tinkerbell at Disney World for her 3rd birthday.
Once spring rolled around, we went house hunting. We looked at several that weren’t good matches and finally found “the one.” The paper trail this time around was atrocious, but we finally moved in on July 4th. It is a spacious home with very nice views of the surrounding mountains and is an easy Sunday walk to church.
The spring brought us a new family tradition: camping! Anya and Nadia got a few overnight woodsy experiences, and it was a blast. Beth really enjoys all the details in getting new gear. The highlight campout was a Father’s Day trip to Glacier National Park and, yes, it is that beautiful.
The summer and new home brought lots of visitors to Montana for the first time. We were happy to host grandmas and grandpas, sisters, and other family and friends. If you ever get the urge, Montana is a great place to come! *wink wink*
In August, Beth completed her first year of practice at Missoula Osteopathic Clinic and continues to love what she is doing. She is working four days a week, and we enjoy the family time that this lifestyle affords. Nadia also began her first year of preschool at Clark Fork School. She really enjoys creating art, going on field trips, and playing outside (as well as lunch with her friends).
We managed a trip to Yellowstone National Park; however, we didn’t see much because of forest fires. We then prepared for our big vacation: the Virgin Islands! It was a distinct honor for Nadia to be the flower girl for our friends’ wedding, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in the sun and the sand. Joseph even got his first sunburn…didn’t think that was possible.
Halloween was fun as the girls dressed up as baby Yoda (Anya) and Snow White (Nadia). The Snow White costume won the prize for the cutest costume at the downtown Children’s Museum. It was also the first time that we had ever handed out candy as a married couple.
As we reflected back on the year during Thanksgiving and decorate our home for Christmas, we are so grateful for our everyday experiences and the fun little traditions that we are building. We are blessed to be healthy and are working towards literacy (Nadia) and mobility (Anya). We treasure our friends and family that love us. Please know that we love you too.
And with that said, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2010!
~The Chernich Family~

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Some pictures

Nadia being silly in the bathroom sink while brushing her teeth with her Tickle Me Elmo doll.

Nadia taking a walk in the woods in Missoula. Don't you love that sweater?

Our moving truck of stuff finally arrived from Phoenix after a couple of weeks.Note the excellent stacking and packing-- much thanks to our friends in Arizona. We are pretty much moved in and adjusting now. We definitely enjoy the change of pace and the change in temperature.

Belated Halloween...Thanksgiving in Washington

Nadia was a ballerina for Halloween. She especially enjoyed meeting the dogs of the houses we visited. We really enjoy living in Missoula, Montana. It is a much more laid back atmosphere and Beth enjoys her practice and schedule.

We celebrated Beth's birthday and Thanksgiving and Black Friday by running away from Missoula. Beth didn't really want to cook a dinner so we just took a car trip to Spokane. We did quite a bit of shopping and ice skating and also visited the temple. There was quite a bit of snow flurries as well. I am writing this from the hotel bed as Nadia and Beth sleep.

So I have not been super at keeping my blog up to date. But I have a new reason why to do so: last week my hand-written journal was stolen from my car along with some other books (like my Bible!). Complete bummer. Anyways, I am going electronic for a while to see if this works better... or at least makes me feel better.

Nadia is really excited to have a baby sister. For some reason, just one name is not sticking with this one; we keep jumping around among three or four different ones.
We'll see.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

I had a nice Father's Day as Beth and Nadia surprised me with a huge sign in the kitchen that said "Happy Father's Day" along with some of Nadia's patented artwork that she claimed was "ice cream". She was simply drawing her the best thing she could think of. We had a nice day at Church and then a birthday dinner with our friends Paul and Daria. Nadia very much enjoyed the pool there and especially riding on Daddy's back through the water calling him a "whale".

And a special happy Father's Day to Tiger Woods today. Another golf championship for a good guy. Not that we even play golf.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Riding a Bike (actually, a tricycle)

Nadia has taken another step towards independence. We purchased a tricycle over the weekend and she is now happy to ride it "more more more". She is sad when it is time to stop. Most impressive, she has an understanding of changing her steering from "right" and "left". This is something we have been working on with objects on the road. With her driving, it is coming along nicely.

I have not taken the photos from the camera and put them on the computer yet, so this is a photo of Nadia "riding" at the park.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Family History & Genealogy

I have been working to find out the names of my relatives and those who have lived before me. I even purchased a special little book to handwrite everything down. Family history lines have always been a source of confusion to me --with marriages, divorces, different languages, transliterations, and the like. However, I have caught the genealogy bug right now and I am working on gaining information. I have to give a ton of credit to a family member who I have never met-- but who contacted me and started giving me death certificates, census data, and lots of family photos. I have been inspired.

Hopefully, this will lead me to straightening out some of the family mess that I have in my head concerning all sorts of relationships. I always wonder, "How am I related to that person?"

The picture is from the Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Memorial. I saw the name on the wall and got to wondering again. Not that I know that person or even his/her first name, but perhaps in the future we will meet.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Loving the Waterpark

Nadia is in love with visiting the waterpark. There are three separate waterparks that we visit nearly every day. She is doing a great job of going down the slides and just has lots of fun overall.