Christmas Card 2021

Starting as a dreadful continuation of the year before, 2021 improved dramatically with the availability of vaccines. While the pandemic isn’t over, the fear of death has substantially abated, and a semblance of normal life has resumed. Dorinna celebrated with a trip to Colorado Springs, while Rich met his friend Doug for a backpacking trip in Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park.

Dorinna overall had a hard year – even after a replacement, her hip still isn’t doing well. She has had other annoying medical issues and is too busy at work. While an unfortunate reflection of the world, it’s a great time to be a therapist. Between the need in the community and increasing her training and consultation business, her business is thriving. And the extra income has afforded her the ability to buy some really nice shoes.

Nate welcomed the return to in-person school for 7th grade and is doing great. He keeps busy with Dungeons & Dragons, playing the tuba, WAVE (an after-school activity where they do a mock space mission), and archery. He even tried a wrestling camp (not for him). Over the summer, he flew by himself (!) to Oklahoma to visit his birth family. His biggest recent development: BRACES!!! He has a good group of friends and we all do a lot with them and their families. We are loving that!

Rich has returned to his co-working office and resumed his bicycle commute. Skiing, hiking, bicycling, and working out has increased his fitness level. On his road bike, he climbed to the top of Rist Canyon for the first time in 14 years. He completed a 40+ mile backpack in Wyoming’s Wind River range with his friend Jon, and is up to 100 pushups a day. With a promotion at work, his job responsibilities and rewards have both increased.

This year’s family vacation was a trip to Washington state. We spent most of it on the Olympic peninsula, visiting friends Kevin and Lisa, hiking, and whale watching. Nate had his first beach backpacking trip. We ended the trip with a few days in Seattle, visiting more friends and the usual tourist destinations.

The house enjoyed a set of upgrades- we had the backyard landscaped and after a long saga converted our back porch into a sun room.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

Family Photos November 2021

7th Grade Band Concert
Nate practices Tuba
Andrew, Nate, and Caelyn playing in the back yard (photo credit: Allison)
Backyard games (photo credit: Allison)
Caelyn and Nate at archery club (photo credit: Allison)
Homemade pasta dinner with Laura
Nate and Rosa (photo credit: Laura)
Preparations for episode 53 (!!!) of our Dungeons & Dragons campaign
Caelyn and Nate at Meow Wolf (photo credit: Allison)

Meow Wolf

Dorinna, Caelyn, and Nate at Meow Wolf (photo credit: Allison)
Thanksgiving game day (photo credit: Allison)
Thanksgiving dinner with the Weinbergers

Family Photos October 2021

Sleepover Hangover
Our new backyard patio
New back yard
New back yard and shed
Fire pit with the Liprandis
Nate at the pumpkin patch (photo credit: Dorinna)
Playing Catacombs with the Weinbergers (photo credit: Allison Weinberger)
Success! (photo credit: Allison Weinberger)
Family dinner out
Lokis! (see previous post for more Halloween photos)
Nate’s seventh grade school picture

Halloween 2021

This year our family went as various versions of Loki, from the Disney+ show of the same name. We were joined by our friends Dean and Amanda (unfortunately Jacob, slated to play Alligator Loki, had a last-minute stomachache).

We hosted a big party, the first time we’ve done that since before the pandemic.

As usual, we decorated our Radio Flyer wagon and served cocktails to other parents while trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, temperatures in the lower 30s and what the weathermen euphemistically call “mixed precipitation” kept crowd size very low.

Family Photos September 2021

Nate backpacking with his friend Dean in Wyoming
Nate and Dean at camp (photo credit: Tom Bradley)
Nate at Upper Gap Lake
Dean and Nate (photo credit: Tom Bradley)
Nate in the Snowy Range
Driving home from the zoo (photo credit: Allison Weinberger)
The Weinbergers at our first use of the fire pit
Rich bicycled to the top of Rist Canyon for the first time since 2004

Family Photos August 2021 — Vacation Edition

It takes me forever to edit my trip photos, but there’s no need to wait a year for the family shots. This year’s trip took us to Washington State.

Not too old to hold Daddy’s hand (my favorite picture of the year)
Dinner in Tacoma
Fab Sushi feast to start off our trip
“Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my cocoa” (Nate taking after his dad)
Nate working on his Junior Ranger badge in Olympic National Park
Sand castles on Second Beach
Nate and Kevin at camp
Adventure hiking
Descending to the beach
Not too old to chase seagulls
Rich and Nate at camp
Tired out from seagull chasing, wave-playing and sand castle-building
Playing in the passages of Fort Worden
Channeling my inner Zeus at Fort Worden State Park (photo credit: Kevins McNinch)
Meeting Dorinna’s college friend Dave Gershman
Nate and Dorinna from the Space Needle
Nate and Rich at the Space Needle

Family Photos July 2021

First date night in over a year
Bad mosquitoes in the Park Range this summer
Nate, Andrew, and Caelyn at a Fort Collins Foxes game (photo credit: Allison Weinberger)
Nate and Andrew watching the Foxes (photo credit: Allison Weinberger)
Rich on Mount Washakie in the Wind Rivers (photo credit: Jon Bassett)
Rich hiking in the Wind River range of Wyoming (photo credit: Jon Bassett)
Exhausted after a 47-mile backpacking trip
Andrew and Nate at the pool (photo credit: Allison Weinberger)
Nate cuddling his cousin Laura
Nate at the archery range (photo credit: Dorinna)
Caelyn, Nate, and Andrew at the pool (photo credit: Dorinna)
After an 18-month absence, Rich returned to his co-working space in Old Town Fort Collins
Nate dresses up for “What the Heck? Day” at Band Camp
Dorinna, Nate, and Jacob at the archery range
Landscaping project nears completion

Family Photos June 2021

Watching the Fort Collins Foxes with the Weinbergers
The significant event of the month was Dorinna’s hip replacement
Rich drove to the Denver airport to meet Soham, his summer intern
Visiting the Creperie with the Weinbergers (photo credit: Allison Weinberger)

Nate’s 12th Birthday

Andrew and Nate’s Dungeons & Dragons -themed Birthday Party

The kids solved a puzzle, fought monsters using D&D game mechanics, fought another monster using water balloons, and broke open a piñata in a bid to defeat the two night hags who were trying to steal their youth. (photo credits: Allison and Chris Weinberger)

Reunited after COVID- visiting family in Evergreen

Nate’s getting tall (with my Uncle Jim)