Sunday, December 27, 2009


Today is my nephew Marty's 40th birthday. If an occasion like that isn't a kick in your mortality, nothing is. Anyway, his mother gave the party for him today. This one is the PG version, he is having another adult party at Kirby's down in Delano this evening. It was nice to visit with him and his mother who we don't get to see that often anymore.

Christmas at my sister's house

This was my sister's year to hold the Gerdes Family Christmas. We all went over to her house in Augusta in the afternoon. The little kids all get gifts and it was chaos while they were opening everything.
I started feeling bad while I was there, and couldn't breathe. Ray took me to the ER, where it was determined that it wasn't my heart, but no one had any idea why I felt so bad. I am hoping that it was a one time allergic reaction to something there. I had never been in the emergency room as a patient before and I don't want to do it again.

Here are some pictures taken Christmas morning here at home. The Blomberg's came over for Christmas Brunch after which we opened presents. Wyatt enjoyed opening his packages a lot, and he liked what he got. Of course the clothing was tossed aside quickly. Once again, we are so blessed to have the kids so close by.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Brown Family Dinner

We had Ray's family over last night for dinner and celebrate Christmas. For a while we weren't sure if it was even going to happen. People kept cancelling out with conflicts. In the end, everyone who could make it had a great time. We had supper with chicken and noodles, vegetable soup and hoagie sandwiches. Donna provided cake and sugar cookies for dessert. Too much was eaten by every one.
Ray had the kids so excited about opening their gifts that they could barely sit down. He even got them to cooperate in putting toys away first. It felt so good to spend time with family and enjoy the Christmas season.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The last Christmas Cards

I have made ten of these cards in different colors and patterns. They are being sent to our immediate family. The photo of Ray and me was taken in October for our church directory. We actually really like the picture, and splurged and had it touched up so we looked better than we do in real life.
I used Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses paper, and die cut snowflakes from my Silhouette. The design is a scraplift from last months Creating Keepsake. The original card was by Jen Jockich.

Christmas Photos

Nicole dressed the kids in red when she brought them over and asked me to take some pictures of them. This was easier said than done today. Wyatt was cheesy smiles and Andrea was headed out of the picture every time she had an opportunity. I managed to get on Nicole like and she is going to order cards with it. I remember now why I always thought it was hard to photograph children.

Walking here, walking there

Andrea took her first steps today. I knew it was going to happen very shortly. She had been doing everything needed, but hadn't taken her first step. Luckily for her mother, she did it while Nicole was here. Of course everyone is making a big fuss over her and she is eating up all the attention.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas with my Friends, Part Two

I went out to dinner with my friends that I worked with at INTRUST last night. We go out every year at Christmas and always go to Olive Garden to eat. It is tradition after all. Diane, Toni, JoEtta, Sharon and Joyce are always a lot of fun to be with. We catch up on all the news, eat too much and sometimes get too loud. However, we have never been asked to leave, so we must be fairly well behaved. I am very blessed to have all my women friends, they enrich my life so very much.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

High Tea

Nicole and I went to high tea today with my friends from when I worked at BankIV. We do this every year for Christmas and it is a lot of fun. A couple of people only come to this tea, so it is great to see them.

See my tooth?

Actually, there are two teeth in there now. The first tooth came through about a month ago, but it took this long for it to get big enough to be seen. Andrea wouldn't let me put my finger in her mouth to feel it unless it was to chew on it. Now all Andrea needs is a top tooth and she will be able to eat pizza.