A Wintry Week in Scotland, Part One

Due to the delightfully unexpected appearance of Ellie and the subsequent cancellation of a long-awaited Paris trip for which plane tickets had already been purchased, we had some international flight money to use up before the end of February. Unfortunately, … Read More

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The Rest of January

After returning home from our visit to Texas, we spent the rest of January close to home enjoying some great quality time with friends and family. James and Ellie just hanging out together. Ellie gets some time with her Papa. … Read More

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Happy New Year 2018!

The Traveling Shenks rang in the new year in Texas with some of our favorite people, the C Family. Having left Utah for the lower altitude of the Dallas area to improve Evie’s heart health, they welcomed us into their … Read More

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Ellie’s First Christmas

The end of December 2017 brought us Ellie’s first Christmas, and we were excited to spend this milestone holiday at home with our friends and family. Step One. Get a tree. Step Two. Decorate the tree. Step Three. Hang the … Read More

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Bittersweet Days in Pennsylvania

Not all of our trips are for fun. In mid-December, we got the news that Chris’s uncle, Mike, was hospitalized in the ICU and they weren’t sure what was wrong. It turns out that last-minute plane tickets in December are … Read More

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Ellie’s First Flight

 In the beginning of December, we took a quick weekend trip to Denver to introduce Ellie to some of our favorite people, Aunt Charlotte and Uncle Jim. Though our visits there never quite seem to be long enough, we are … Read More

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Thanksgiving for Four!

In true “Traveling Shenks” fashion, Ellie’s first Thanksgiving was a busy one! Ellie hanging out with James watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A quick family portrait before we head off. Thursday, we enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with the Shenks at … Read More

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Chattanooga in the Fall

In mid-November, just before Thanksgiving, we took a fun road trip up to the Chattanooga area to get some fun time outdoors before the holiday madness. We took our trailer with us and camped at a KOA that was technically … Read More

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Fall Fun and Visitors Galore

Fall is my favorite time of year and this one was especially nice! After welcoming Ellie into the family, we were thrilled to introduce her to so many of our friends and family members who spent time with us and … Read More

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Now You’ll Know What We Did This Summer

Due to my pregnancy, we stayed close to home this past summer, enjoying our pool and visiting with friends who came to town. It was pretty relaxing, although we have definitely missed traveling. This is right before he launched him … Read More

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The First Six Weeks

Ellie is such a wonderful addition to our family and we are so thrilled to have her! The first six weeks went by in a sleepless haze, as all parents will probably remember of those newborn days. She is often … Read More

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Goodbye to Utah. Again.

We love Utah. And we love our friends that still live there. So, any chance we have to head west and visit, we take it! Once I got into the second trimester of my pregnancy, I started to finally feel … Read More

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Welcome to the World!

Our last picture as a family of three (plus Leo) taken a couple days before she arrived. She’s here! Our beautiful baby girl arrived on September 27, 2017 at 6:56 am weighing 8 lb. 9 oz. and measuring 20 in. … Read More

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Springtime Weddings & A Big Boat

Two of our closest friends, Dave & Larcy, tied the knot in April and we were thrilled to be invited to their wedding celebration on a 3-day cruise to the Bahamas. James was excited to celebrate two “firsts” for him– … Read More

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A Summary of Spring

Not to be confused with “a summery spring”, which we didn’t really have. This past spring in Florida was quite nice weather-wise.  This summer, however… UGH! But that’s another post. While super grateful and excited to be pregnant again, I … Read More

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James Turns Eight!

On February 27, our sweet boy turned eight! He is thoughtful, kind, funny, smart, sweet… I could go on and on. We are so proud of the person that he is, so grateful to be his parents and get to … Read More

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