Paul & Annie

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Our Home

  • Exterior shot of our 5-bedroom home in Blaine, Minnesota
  • The kitchen - one of our favorite parts of the house
  • One major draw for us was the amount of storage
  • We're able to have a full pantry, plus room for utility items such as stepladders.
  • Though we're not drinkers, there is a full bar area that we often use for entertaining
  • Paul at work in the kitchen making Latvian bacon-filled rolls called Pirazini
  • The dining room and kitchen, as seen from the living room. We love the open concept on the main level.
  • Sitting area in the living room, featuring pictures of family
  • Our living room in use as a play room - pretty common when our niece stays overnight
  • Annie loves decorating for Christmas - here's how the living room looked for Christmas 2018
  • The baby's room, with plenty of gear for a little one!
  • Here's a Pack-and-Play we've acquired, with a removable changing pad!
  • A swing and a bouncer seat, ready and waiting!
  • Here's the baby's library, featuring hundreds of books
  • Our Dr. Seuss collection, complete with a plush Sneetch!
  • Some of our board books and Sesame Street books
  • A collection of Care Bears ready to be loved!
  • Our stroller/car-seat combo is ready to go!
  • Old Disney movie clamshells decorate the headboard in our niece's room
  • The closet in our niece's room is filled with toys and art supplies, all able to be used by any kiddo that visits
  • Another shot of the playroom closet with all its toys and stuffed animals
  • Paul is very handy around the house! Here he is fixing one of the lights in the master bathroom
  • Annie's office features framed albums by her favorite musical artist, David Bowie.
  • Our family room is a great place for binge-watching shows like Stranger Things!
  • Behind our house is a scenic nature preserve called Pioneer Park, with lots of walking paths!

Our Friends

  • These are Annie's two best friends - Mariel (left) and Emily (right). Annie and Mariel have been friends since 1995, and she and Emily have been friends since 1990!
  • Right after getting engaged, we went down to Atlanta where Mariel and her husband Jeff live.
  • Annie and Mariel pose in their matching sweatshirts from Georgia Tech, where Mariel works as a professor!
  • Mariel was Annie's Matron-of-Honor in the wedding and helped plan this Parisian-themed bridal shower
  • Here's Annie, Emily, Mariel, and Annie's cousin Marissa - all of her bridesmaids!
  • Annie and Emily sipping tea at Annie's bachelorette luncheon
  • Annie's bachelorette day also included a picnic at a local orchard
  • Orchard selfies!
  • This is our camping crew up in Gooseberry Falls!
  • Every year for several years, we would camp up in Spirit Mountain in Duluth, MN with several friends
  • We would spend our camping weekends exploring the North Shore with our friends
  • In 2015, we traveled to Yellowstone National Park with our camping crew!
  • We had a great time exploring in Yellowstone, like this day trip to Mammoth Springs.
  • We also enjoy taking canoe and kayak trips with our camping crew, up in Taylor's Falls MN
  • Canoeing in a group is fun!
  • Here's Paul and his groomsmen being goofy
  • Our wedding party included a lot of our favorite people, like Paul's BFF Matt
  • Somehow we found a Santa hat while signing the marriage license, and it was a perfect fit for Matt
  • We love cooking with Mariel & Jeff and coming up with fun new recipes to try
  • We even took a cooking class for fun with Mariel & Jeff, where we learned to make different kinds of pizza and pasta
  • Here's Annie with the son of one of Paul's oldest friends, Dorothy. Her son's name is Nigel
  • Annie and Nigel became fast friends!
  • Here's Paul with Mariel & Jeff's second-born son, Finn
  • And here's Paul and Finn being buddies just a few months later, around Christmas in 2017
  • We visited Mariel & Jeff when they were temporarily living in Washington DC - Annie got to try a baby carrier and toted Finn home

Our Families

  • Here we are with Paul's parents, Indulis (Indy) and Charlotte (Char), at the wedding!
  • Here's Annie with her parents, Paula and Tom - not pictured is her younger sister Katie, who was in labor on the day of the wedding!
  • Here's Annie with her entire immediate family - her parents and her younger sister Katie - at a Minnesota Twins game in 2012
  • Annie and Katie being goons wearing bear hats and gloves
  • We always had fun babysitting my younger cousins Joey, AJ, and Ellie. Here's Joey & AJ having fun with Paul's hat
  • Paul and I would always take turns reading to Joey and AJ before bed.
  • Here's Paul and Ellie on the day of her baptism - we were named her godparents.
  • Annie & Ellie
  • Annie & her mom having fun at the company holiday party - Annie & her mom worked at the same credit union where she met Paul!
  • Annie & her cousin Marissa, one of her bridesmaids, at her Parisian-themed bridal shower!
  • Annie & her Aunt Mary (always affectionately called Auntie Deedee) at her bridal shower
  • Annie, her mom, and her sister (with niece Harlow still in her sister's belly)!
  • Annie and Paul with Paul's parents at the NYC wedding of a family friend
  • Annie, Paul, and Annie's family on Thanksgiving 2016!
  • Katie & Paul being goofy on Christmas Eve 2016
  • Annie, Char, and Paul's cousins Nicole and Liz out for a girls' lunch in Stillwater, MN!
  • Annie, her sister, aunt, uncle, and cousin celebrating Annie's mom's retirement day in 2016
  • Annie & Paul with Paul's mom, cousins, and uncle for Christmas in 2014
  • Annie & Paul acting as witnesses/celebrating Char & Indy getting re-married in 2017
  • Annie, Paul, and Annie's family on Christmas Eve 2017!
  • Playing board games with Annie's family on Christmas Eve
  • Paul, Annie, and their goddaughter Elouise on her 4th birthday!
  • Katie, her husband Paul (yes another Paul!) and Harlow at Harlow's 4th birthday party
  • Annie's dad Tom and his 3 favorite girls at the playground in April 2018
  • It's always fun when Annie's extended family is all together for birthday celebrations!

Our Adventures

  • April 2015 in NYC - here we are in front of Rockefeller Plaza
  • We did a  "Top of the Rock" tour that led us to the upper deck of the Plaza
  • We had a great view of Manhattan - from the Empire State Building to Central Park and more!
  • Here's Annie under the NBC sign! NBC is home to many of her favorite shows - Friends, SNL, and 30 Rock!
  • The NYC skyline as seen from the Statue of Liberty ferry
  • A beautiful view in Central Park
  • September 2015 in Yellowstone with our "camping crew"
  • Annie & Paul pose in front of Old Faithful waiting for it to erupt
  • After seeing Old Faithful, we got to look at beautifully-colored sulfuric pools
  • Pausing for a snack while hiking through Mammoth Springs in Yellowstone
  • Having fun at the campsite in Yellowstone
  • A beautiful shot of the Grand Tetons
  • Artist's Point in Yellowstone - the picture doesn't do the view justice
  • On our way back from Yellowstone, we stopped at the Reptile Gardens in SD to pet giant tortoises, like this one named Tank!
  • September 2017 - we spent the weekend of our wedding anniversary at a friend's huge cabin near Brainerd, MN
  • Paul checking out the huge vaulted ceilings inside our cabin
  • This is the best breakfast spot we found near Brainerd, MN - such amazing food!
  • On our cabin vacation, we took a day trip to Itasca State Park - we love exploring state and national parks
  • Annie pretending to fall in the headwaters of the Mississippi River
  • The plaque at the headwaters of the Mississippi
  • April 2018 - our trip to visit friends in Washington DC! During the day, we toured the National Mall
  • A quote on a wall at the national World War II memorial
  • Annie poses for a pic with the original Kermit at the Smithsonian
  • September 2018 - our trip up north to visit Annie's aunt & uncle in Tower, MN - fishing on Lake Vermilion!
  • Posing for a pic on the pontoon on Lake Vermilion in Tower, MN

Our Home

Exterior shot of our 5-bedroom home in Blaine, Minnesota
The kitchen - one of our favorite parts of the house
One major draw for us was the amount of storage
We're able to have a full pantry, plus room for utility items such as stepladders.
Though we're not drinkers, there is a full bar area that we often use for entertaining
Paul at work in the kitchen making Latvian bacon-filled rolls called Pirazini
The dining room and kitchen, as seen from the living room. We love the open concept on the main level.
Sitting area in the living room, featuring pictures of family
Our living room in use as a play room - pretty common when our niece stays overnight
Annie loves decorating for Christmas - here's how the living room looked for Christmas 2018
The baby's room, with plenty of gear for a little one!
Here's a Pack-and-Play we've acquired, with a removable changing pad!
A swing and a bouncer seat, ready and waiting!
Here's the baby's library, featuring hundreds of books
Our Dr. Seuss collection, complete with a plush Sneetch!
Some of our board books and Sesame Street books
A collection of Care Bears ready to be loved!
Our stroller/car-seat combo is ready to go!
Old Disney movie clamshells decorate the headboard in our niece's room
The closet in our niece's room is filled with toys and art supplies, all able to be used by any kiddo that visits
Another shot of the playroom closet with all its toys and stuffed animals
Paul is very handy around the house! Here he is fixing one of the lights in the master bathroom
Annie's office features framed albums by her favorite musical artist, David Bowie.
Our family room is a great place for binge-watching shows like Stranger Things!
Behind our house is a scenic nature preserve called Pioneer Park, with lots of walking paths!

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We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Paul & Annie

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