Our other cat, Neo, who is now 12 years old, hasn't quite forgiven us.
So we got a kitty condo to soften the blow. Penelope helped Alex build it.
Now the kitties tolerate each other at least.
We finally gave in and conceded that, seeing as how we are in fact parents, it was high time to buy a minivan. It was an immediate hit with the kids, who decided that it was basically a portable play area.
In February, Alex took Alexandra fishing, and she caught several suicidal trout.
We stayed at the super-fun Jupiter Hotel, where you can decorate your hotel room door with chalk. Cookie Monster!
Penelope's 2nd birthday party in July was a big affair. Everyone was able to make it, which was fabulous! For weeks afterwards, Penelope was saying: "I love birthdays!"
Alex spent July and August at another dig in Idaho, this time at the Cooper's Ferry site. He found some more chert sources for his thesis, and successfully piloted his new Archie artifact entry system (the cute little Dell notebooks).
For the last week of the dig, Alexandra flew out (by herself!) to meet up with her daddy in Idaho and help out on the dig.
Kirsten kept busy all Summer with the girls and with family. We ate a lot of lovely salads made from the contents of our harvest boxes - locally grown organic food, yum!
Penelope and Alexandra kept us on our toes all year, but got along amazingly well.
In November, Kirsten and Alexandra went to Vancouver, Canada for Great Grandma Grethe's funeral. Alexandra got to meet her cousins - Sara, Grace and Matteo - for the first time.