2016 Pictorial Review

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!!

Not sending out Christmas cards this year, instead, enjoy this visual of 2016 highlights for our family – imagine you’re sitting next to me on a couch and I’m showing off a photo album as I love to do – but this way there are way fewer pictures, and I can share with so much more of you at once!  With our love and best wishes for a joyful Holiday season and a 2017 full of laughter and precious memories,

Norbert, Rachel, Josiah & Aubrieanne, Joshua and Danny Lakatos

January

  • we began 2016 ALTOGETHER, and while that didn’t happen again this year, it’s been a year full of togetherness in groups and parts and with many dear and special friends
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Altogether in Disneyland

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with Rachel’s sister Sarah, cousin Melanie and brother Noah’s family

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with dear friend Marilyn in Budapest, just months before her battle against Leukemia began, she went home to Jesus in June

February

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ICSB’s Basketball Tournament, the biggest school event of the year – Go Bulldogs! Danny’s BFF Ali is on the left, and extra points if you can count how many hair colors Danny went through this year.

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Norbert’s birthday lasagna dinner

March

  • Joshua returned to Europe in March, initially to attend a YWAM DTS in Germany, which ended up canceled, so he spent time as a Teacher’s Assistant at his old school in Budapest (and is now considering becoming a teacher) and then spent the summer as staff at Schloss Heroldeck Christian Conference Center in Austria
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Easter weekend trip to the Budapest Zoo

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Easter Day with Norbert’s sister Nora’s family

April

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ICSB Junior Senior Banquet

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Family BBQ at Norbert’s cousin’s home with his mom, her sister, three cousins and their kids

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Boys will be boys…

May

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CEO Picnic, friends as dear as family

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Norbert hosts the 4th Pastor’s Retreat in Szeged

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with Joshi on Margit Hid (bridge) near our home

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Rachel’s best friend from High School arrives for a special visit!

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Teaching Denise to pronounce her favorite treat in Hungarian…or trying to at least. 🙂

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dinner at our favorite traditional Hungarian restaurant in Buda, Margit Kert

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with Denise enjoying the nightly musical and lights fountain display on Margit Island

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Szeged Days family photo

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Danny’s beautiful photograph displayed at the ICSB Fine Arts night

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father and son on our bridge before he heads off for the summer

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Joshua heads to Austria…

June

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Wednesday morning women’s Bible study that Rachel leads meeting at Elizabeth’s house to enjoy her amazing rose bower in full bloom

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our nephew Viktor is one year old, and Uncle Norbert gets to play with Lego’s!

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with Nora, Attis and Viktor at the cool Lego event in town

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another friend flew across the ocean to visit, this time Danny’s best friend Skylar

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and then Norbert & Rachel flew to the US, and Josiah joined us in CA to see Grandma

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our first trip to Disneyland with just ONE child

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Siah didn’t have any fun without his brother and sister

July

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back in Colorado we had company too, Rachel’s cousin Emily and her family

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but most of our time in Colorado this summer involved gloves, shovels and way too much mulch…

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….but some work breaks were had with special friends, including Rachel’s best friend Robin

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in our newly re-landscaped backyard, with our Colorado Welcome bear Frank who has traveled back to Budapest with us and now greets any visitors to our home here, come meet him!

August

  • We flew back to Hungary early in August, but first we flew to Maine and spent a wonderful week with Rachel’s family there, before heading on to Budapest via Boston (wow – three hours off our regular flight made an amazing difference!)
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on the ferry to Peaks Island with family in Maine

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Rachel’s brother Zac and his family introduced us to Fielder’s Choice Ice Cream – yum!

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Family Shot at the Willson Homestead in Mechanic Falls, ME

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meanwhile in Austria….yep, Joshua got baptized!

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we drove to the Missions Conference in Austria with this carload of lovely young ladies…it was not quiet.

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more friendship hang time in Austria, Third Culture Kids and MK’s bonds are deep

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caught Joshua hanging with friends in Austria too

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but this year’s Missions Conf. will always be the year Joshua and a group swam across Lake Millstatt!

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family shot before we leave Schloss Heroldeck, our family’s favorite place on earth

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our car-load back to Budapest (plus an extra friend in the shot)

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Danny’s last first day of school at ICSB or any regular school, our High School Senior this year!

September

  • In mid-September Rachel took an unexpected two month trip back to Colorado to be with our oldest son Josiah as he became a father – for more about that time (and more baby pictures!), see the previous blog post.
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Joshua flies to Italy for Bible College

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Norbert’s surprise Danube evening river cruise for Rachel’s birthday

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how our family keeps connected while spread all over the globe

October

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at Josiah’s Disney-themed Daddy Shower

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father and daughter, our precious first grandchild, Aubrieanne

November

  • Rachel flew home to Budapest in mid-November, a week before we drove to Italy to pick up Joshua from Bible College to be home for the Holidays before heading to spring semester in York, England.
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Rachel’s sister Sarah came to Colorado for a short but sweet visit over the same weekend that…

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….Josiah dedicated Aubrieanne back to God

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Joshua’s Bible College classmates and staff in Montebelluna, Italy

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Venice, Italy was amazing!

December

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Smiling, chunky-monkey Aubrieanne

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Budapest Christmas Market

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Merry Christmas from Aubrieanne and Santa!

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