December 30, 2008
December 28, 2008
My sister Sheri and her husband Bob joined us on December 24th for a Christmas Brunch Celebration. Brunch was wonderful and the kids were so excited to open presents.
Christmas Eve was spent at the Annual Hodges Family Party …Dwight’s Moms Extended Family with about 40-60 people attending.
Christmas Morning the kids awoke to Santa gifts and patiently waited for Grandpa Stan and Bobbye to arrive. They joined us for opening gifts and Christmas Dinner. Christmas day was so relaxing I even snuck in a 2 hour afternoon nap with Makenna. It was WONDERFUL and very much needed!!!
December 26th we joined together with Dwight’s parents Bruce and Sharon and sisters family. We gathered at Nadene’s house for appetizers, gift exchange and karaoke. The karaoke was a blast. We all had a chance to sing… even the kids joined in.
What a blessing it is to share the holidays and special celebrations with our each of our families. Our kids were completely spoiled with an overabundance of gifts but loved every minute of it. Enjoy the photo slide show …
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December 26, 2008
Makenna turned 2 years old in November and is finally starting to talk. She is stubborn, adoring, independent, loveable, difficult, full of energy, in to everything, and a super helper. I’m not sure how we will survive the next sixteen years, but I can bet we are in for an adventure. She loves her baby dolls, Elmo and anything Justin has.
I am so blessed to have the opportunity to be a “stay at home” mom. I love my free schedule and enjoy our family time together. I spent most of the past year organizing and unpacking. My craft room still needs some attention. I hope to have it in order soon so I can get back to scrap-booking, quilting and working on other craft projects. I was inspired by a friend to start a blog … now I am an official “blogger”. It’s been very therapeutic and enjoyable for me to write, take pictures and share stories about our family with others.
Joyfully we welcomed a new niece and a great nephew into our family. My sister Lori gave birth to her fourth child, Emily Ann in July and our oldest niece Amanda delivered Memphis Jess a month early on Halloween night. Both babies are adorable and healthy. Sadly Dwight lost two very special friends this year. One of his best friends from high school, Vince Lucero who was also a groomsman in our wedding passed away in May. Craig White, Dwight’s very special cousin, passed away in October. Once again we are reminded that life is so precious. Embrace the ones you love!
The Michael Family
December 25, 2008
December 21, 2008
December 19, 2008
December 13, 2008
Justin and Makenna hand painted them white … Justin painted the faces on them and glued on the button eyes … Nadene hand stitched the hats and cut the scarves … last they stuffed them with lights and magically Frosty’s friends came to life!
Are these the cutest things ever!!
December 7, 2008
December 5, 2008
December 4, 2008
From a 5 year olds point of view … Dwight was being slow at getting the Christmas tree down from the rafters in the garage so Justin and I decided we would do it ourselves. Well it just so happens that an extremely pricey tractor that Dwight restored for a guy is sitting in our garage waiting to be picked up. I climb up the ladder and decide that it might not be wise for me to get the tree down. I tell Justin that we are going to have to wait for daddy cause I’m scared I’ll fall off the ladder … Justin’s reply “mom that’s ok if you fall of the ladder you can go to the doctor dad will be mad if you scratch the tractor”. We decided to wait for Dwight to get the big boxes down.
November 28, 2008
Thankfully we divided up the cooking between all of us. It would have taken me a week to cook all the food we had. Dwight and I were “Turkey Cooking Virgins” but we followed a recipe I found online at www.allrecipes.com called “The Perfect Turkey”. We figured with a name like that what could go wrong. It was “Perfect” and incredibly moist. Both Dwight and I were amazed at how easy it really was. Buy Fresh and Brine!
November 22, 2008
Dwight has enjoyed following the success of the Poudre football program. Amazing … 20 years later and the coaching staff is pretty much the same as it was when Dwight played in high school. If they make it to STATE Dwight says "he will really break into the archives". I'm not sure if I should hope for a win today or not:-)
November 21, 2008
November 17, 2008
Christmas has always been my absolute favorite time of the year. However the last few years have been challenging … adjusting to new family traditions after the death of my mom (2006) then surviving the discouragement of celebrating Christmas in a house half packed as we prepared for the move to our new house (2007).
This year I can honestly say I am SUPER EXCITED for the holidays! I’ve been begging Dwight for a week now to let me get the Christmas decoration down! Well it hasn’t happened so instead of singing Christmas Carols and decorating the house I’m reminiscing about the top 10 things … I love about Chirstmas!
1. Celebrating Jesus Birthday … sharing the true meaning of Christmas with Justin and Makenna
2. Receiving cards/letters/pictures from friends and family… sadly for too many this is the only time of the year we communicate!
3. Savoring the sweet innocence’s of those who really do believe in Santa
4. The magic of Christmas morning and the surprises Santa brings
5. Driving at night and seeing Christmas lights!
6. Decorating the Christmas Tree … each ornament has a memory to go with it!
7. Shopping …looking for that perfect present … sharing gifts with others!
8. Baking Cookies … even more enjoyable now that the kids are eager to help!
9. Reading Christmas Books and Watching Christmas Movies with the kids… makes my childhood come alive!
10. Extended Family Gatherings
November 15, 2008
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November 10, 2008
It makes me feel good that I have the time and the creativity to make my own children’s birthdays extra special. I love making special treats for the kid’s party bags. I spend a lot of time making their invitation, treat bags, party decorations and cake. I will confess I know very little about decorating cakes. My kids are lucky they have a very “artsy” Aunt Sheri who loves to decorate their party cakes. I bake them and Aunt Sheri does the fancy decorating.
I know that they are too young to fully understand it right now … I just hope when they grow older and look back they remember how special and unique to them each birthday was. Hopefully my kids will continue to love holidays as much as I do.
November 9, 2008
Mommy can’t believe her little baby is TWO. Time goes by so fast … it seems like it was just yesterday that the 2 of us were stuck in the hospital waiting to see each other face to face. From the moment I saw you I fell in love with your sweet innocence. Your darling button nose and beautiful sweet smile can melt a heart in an instant. Your cuteness has saved you from getting in trouble … many times.
Over this past year you have changed so much. Your endearing personality and extreme strong will shows more and more each day. Most of the time your strong will drives mommy ragged but I truly hope you never lose your determination to stand strong in this tough world. You’re beginning to talk more and more … I can’t wait for you to truly express yourself with words. I can imagine you will have as much to say as your brother does … and that’s A LOT.
Every night mommy checks on you before she goes to sleep and says a little pray that God keeps you safe. I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us.
Happy Birthday Sweet Baby … Mommy loves you “all the way to the moon and back”!