Thursday, January 05, 2012

New Years Eve

I spent my New Years Eve morning waking up in our friends Jamie & Jen's house. They were kinda enough to let us bunk there for less than 24 hours. Thank you for giving us a hot meal, a comfy bed and watching the Washington Capitals on your big wall!

I shot straight out of bed to meet my friends Laurel and Kara for breakfast at IHOP. I'm sorry to all the friends I didn't see and I'm sure you might be mad at me now. I wish there was more time or more of me to spread around. I had a wonderful visit with my girlfriends before we all had to venture off in our destined places.

I raced back to Jamie & Jen's we packed up the last of our stuff and headed to the river house for the night.

Scott's mom was hosting a dinner party with two other couples, plus her friend Nila and of coarse herself and Michael. The kids were thrilled to race around the yard for over an hour on the golf cart ..fresh air is awesome! We had a lovely meal and it was straight to bed before the ball could drop on the new year!

We were up and out they door by 4am driving back to Florida on New Years Day.

Wish everyone a blessed 2012!

Christmas in Maryland

After celebrating with half our family in Virginia it was time to head to Maryland to celebrate with our other half!
Granny and Grampy had the house so warm and Christmas-y when we got there.

Ryan, Sandie and Sarah came to open gifts and eat with us.

Enjoying the photo album of their wedding I made on

Over to the park to work off some dinner calories so we could have some goodies! Pie, cookies, name it!

Grampy playing the "knock you off the sidewalk game" ...always an adventure! Watch your back!

Time to play on the playground!

Chloe got a SNOW CONE machine from Grandma for Christmas and we were all very excited to try it out! It's have to come down to Florida and have one by the poolside!

NERF war in the basement!

Granny pre baked the sugar cookies, but saved the decorating for us when we got there. We LOVE to do this together...our little tradition!

We bought granny a puzzle for Christmas and almost had it done before we left, but she finished it up without us.

Ryan and I
He didn't go to the park with us due to his hip. He's having surgery next week on it ...a new titanium him for my big brother!

As always our time with our family was too short, but we enjoyed every minute of it!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012


Holiday Celebrating in Virginia

We were hoping to have a white Christmas in Virginia, but no such luck!

This will the the last gingerbread house the kids make this Christmas!

Helping Grandma bake goodies for everyone to enjoy!

A pre get together with Aunt Wilma, Uncle Ron, Ronda (who is now our 'neighbor' here in Florida) and Fawn (visiting from California)

Grandma's friend Nila visiting for the holidays.

Christmas Eve
Time for a nice family dinner, visiting, playing and opening gifts!

Chris & Trisha (her mom Gayle)
Gabri & Olivia

Scott, Me, Isaac (12) and Chloe (10)

Isaac with his new toys plus playing Nerf with Gabri

Trisha & Liz

Olivia & Chloe

Christmas Morning

Doggie Treats for Lucy and Bella from Chris and Trisha
(by the way they gobbled them up really fast!)

Chloe a happy girl Christmas morning

Gallant Christmas

The festivities never end on Christmas day! Off to Grandpa's house!

Great Food and very yummy goodies!

Chloe enjoying 2 slices of pumpkin pie

Present time

Dave and Aunt Carol

Traditional Bow Photo

60pc Round Soccer Ball Puzzle...harder than you think

Us (minus our dogs) in front of the Gallant Tree

Back to Grandma's house for the traditional extended families visit

Great to see everyone!

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