2015 Holiday Letter
There was a slight error in last year’s letter. That is, last year was the Tenth Anniversary Edition of our holiday letter and, this year, we have moved to the Eleventh Year. This holiday season we have been thinking about how we are moving past the little holidays as Natalie, who turns 10 this month, is in Fourth Grade and has only one year left of elementary school. Meanwhile, Noah is halfway through middle school and when we write the Thirteenth Edition in 2018, he will be a freshman in high school! Yikes!
It’s been another busy year in the Flick family filled with school and sports for the kids and the ever present challenge of finding a work/life balance for Ralph and Wendy which basically makes us just like everyone else! We had an exchange student, Marie, from Germany, we traveled two California a couple of times and we kept busy with our day-to-day lives.
- Noah. Noah played his last year of little league having aged out on account of becoming a teenager in January (he turns 13!) When he’s not flying model airplanes with Ralph, he enjoys playing on his computer and not doing school work.
- Natalie. Natalie is our soccer star. Her West Narrows team won an away tournament this summer and then went undefeated in their league in the Fall. Natalie does well in school and loves all the extra curricular activities.
- Wendy. Wendy is full time now at the local distillery, Heritage Distilling Company, where she is in charge of just about everything that nobody else wants to do. She’s also the official boozy baker incorporating company products into all kinds of treats.
- Ralph. Ralph also works at Heritage but on a part-time basis as the company grows. He also has other business interests and his law practice too.
For those of you who are still reading and want to see some pictures, we put a slideshow together just for you:
Last Year's Tree
Last year's Christmas tree just before it got recycled.
Natalie gets mummified at her class Halloween party.
Our Future Trailer
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Bears @ Seahawks
We went to see the Bears get shut out by the Seahawks.
Self Portrait of Natalie
Van Gough has nothing on Natalie.
Meeting Stephan Patsis
The kids got to meet Stephen Patsis (the writer of Pearls Before Swine) on his book tour.
Bowling with Style
Nat can knock 'em down.
Noah is turning out to be quite a photographer.
First Day of School
Not too many more like this left!
Natalie the Kayaktivist
It's the northwest so, of course, Natalie goes to Kayak camp.
Trying on sunglasses at the store NEVER gets old.
We finally had a chance to sit in King's Court for a home game when Felix Hernandez was pitching.
One of the benefits of going camping: riding your bike in your pajamas.
Can't Take Them Anywhere
Take the kids to McDonald's and this is what you get.
Jake in front of Jake
Jake the dog in front of Jake the Hillbilly still.
West Narrows takes the trophy!
Watch out when the Flicks have three seats together on a flight.
Noah's New Bike
Nothing like a car vs. bike accident to justify a new bike!
Homer Simpson's Donut
Noah sacks a life size Homer Simpson donut at Universal Studios.
Riding Bikes and Ruston Way
One of our favorite things to do in the summer is ride our bikes on Ruston Way in Tacoma.
Marie's Last Day
On the Sea-Tac subway on the way to see Marie off to Germany.
Lots of Salmon
Coming home from Alaska with some bags and a LOT of Salmon.
First Class, Baby
They let the hillbillies up front sometimes.
Noah and Paco in Ketchikan
We had a great time in Alaska courtesy of Paco.
Not Just a Fish Story
We caught some serious salmon.
Not Mets Fans
It's the Gig Harbor Little League Mets!
Natalie does not just win medals for soccer...she is also an award winning reader at school.
Natalie loves frozen yogurt!
Nat and her best friend, Morgan.
Have you ever seen a cuter Easter Bunny?
Bus Stop Mornings
It's still pretty cold in January when Natalie walks to the bus.
Jump Roping to the Bus
Of course, the cold does not stop Natalie from jump roping to the bus!
Noah has been a Minecraft fanatic for some time now.
Natalie Loves her White Board
...and her Mommy too!
Working in a distillery does have advantages!
Natalie and her Valentine
Thanks to iPhones, we can just take a picture and that seems to satisfy them most of the time.
Noah and Ralph got into the model RC airplane hobby and went to several model expos.
The Flick Air Fleet
Too many airplanes is never enough.
Natalie the Scientist
Natalie did a great job with her science project in the Harbor Heights Science Fair.
Marie's Family Visits
Our exchange student from Germany, Marie, hosted her family and they came to the Rotary meeting.
While not Seahawks fans, it was a bummer to watch the Delfatetriots beat the hometown team. Watching the game at the distillery was cool, though.
California Here We Come!
Have drone, will travel.
There are not many pictures of Ralph and Wendy...this is why.
Happy Birthday, Paco
Hanging out in Palm Springs for Mid-Winter Break, we got to celebrate Paco's birthday!
A quick trip down to Portland for the children's theater is always fun.
Natalie and Oh
She might be growing up quickly, but she still loves her stuffed animals!
Oldie but a Goodie
We came across this one of Noah recently and couldn't resist including it.
Good Bye Until Next Year
Nice picture, eh?
Ralph, Wendy, Noah and Natalie (and Jake too)