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Emma’s 1st Hockey Game

So last night I took Emma to her first hockey game! We picked up grandpa at the car lot and the 3 of us drove down to Portland to watch the Winterhawks play Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals vs Kelowna.

She did so good and I’m glad I took her. She had a blast and loved the fact she could yell and scream and not get in trouble. Plus, she liked to watch the mascot, Tomohawk, run around the rink and do funny things. It was like Where’s Waldo for her… she would scan the arena looking for Tomohawk and get excited when she spotted him.

I bought her a bag of caramel popcorn and a water and she was so happy. She ate the whole bag all the way to the bottom where she actually chewed some seeds, which made her cry for a second.

It was a great experience! I’m blessed to have kids who love me. And I’m grateful I can do things like take them to hockey games. Life is good!



Lincoln City & Sunriver Vacation – April 2015

It’s Thursday, April 16 and we just spent the last 6 days on vacation! Last week Lacie suggested we go visit my grandparents (aka “Nana & Papa”) and also go to the beach. So I called them and found out it was their 52nd wedding anniversary and they were headed to Lincoln City for the weekend! We asked if they wanted to just meetup at Lincoln City and they said they’d love to.

So I got all my important work done early last Friday and then we packed up and headed to the beach. It was a 2-hour drive and we arrived in Lincoln City around 4:00 p.m.. Loretta, Henry and Gunner came down with us too. And we all stayed in a little beach house Lacie found on VRBO. Here are some pics:

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Benjamin Samuel Monen is Born!

Benjamin (Benji) Samuel Monen was born on February 7, 2015 at 4:48 a.m. He was 9.0lbs and 22 in long. Here’s a photo from the day he was born:

Benji's birth


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Monen Baby #3… It’s a ____ !

Emma Grace was born on St. Patrick’s Day and now we’re having Irish Twins… if only we were Irish!

That’s right, Lacie is pregnant again and her due date is Feb 15, 2015, just one month before Lily’s first birthday (Mar 20, 2015)!

We didn’t find out the sex of the baby last time but we decided to this time…

They're going to be big sisters!

They’re going to be big sisters!

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Life with Two Little Girls

For the last five months we’ve been enjoying life with two beautiful daughters, Emma Grace and Lily Joy.

It’s been a blast being a dad, and I really mean that. One of my favorite things to do these days is to play with my girls. And since I work from home full-time I get to see them a lot, which I love!

So here are some photos our girls over the last five months.

Lily and Emma - May 8, 2014

Lily and Emma – May 8, 2014

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Newborn Photos of Lily Joy

Here are some photos of Lily Joy. They’re from right after she was born… so they’r a few months old. But better late than never, right?

The day Lily was born: 3:56am. 8lbs.12oz. 21 3/4 inches

The day Lily was born: 3:56am. 8lbs.12oz. 21 3/4 inches

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Our Move Home & Baby #2 On the Way!

All Our "Earthly Possessions"

On Saturday, January 25th we moved into our new home in Washington.

Here’s how it happened…

This last Thanksgiving we decided we wanted to move home. Bend is a beautiful city to live in but it’s just not home. And with Baby #2 on the way (due any day now!) we decided this was the right time. Lacie and I both agree that raising our kids around family is important to us. Plus, I got tired of Lacie being gone so much up in Washington. She’d go up to visit about every 5-6 weeks for a few days while I’d be in Bend missing her and Emma Grace. 🙁 Continue reading

Our New House in Bend

On Sept 14, 2013 we moved into a new house in Bend. We’re renting still but this house has a lot more room. Our last house had 1,775 sq ft and this one has 2,826 sq ft. Which means I get my own dedicated home office, Emma get’s her own room and we have a big guest room (in addition to Sarah’s room and our bedroom). So we’re grateful for this house and have been enjoying it a lot over the last 2 months.

Front of House

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Photos of Emma Grace from Our First Year In Bend

Thought I should update this blog since it’s been a year since the last post. So here’s an assortment of photos (90% of Emma) from our first year in Bend. We just moved into a new house to start our 2nd year. I’ll post some pics of that as soon as I get a chance. (By the way, you can click on the small photos to enlarge them).

Recent Photos of Emma Grace (Oct 2012)

Here’s some recent photos of Emma Grace… she’s getting cuter by the day!

Emma Helping with the Dishes

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