Saturday, January 01, 2011

Holiday Highlights

1.  We started a new Christmas Eve tradition of singing carols at a nursing home in the morning.  I think everyone who sang and everyone who listened could feel the spirit and meaning of Christmas.

2. Traditional Chili Mac.  Serious heartburn followed.

3. Playing with Miles.

4. Watching Lucy open gifts, especially the beloved Jack-in-the-Box.  Who would have thought?

5. Chriso made Italian sushi for Benjamin's birthday.  He is such a good cook, yum.

6.  A double yolker. 

7.  Miles giggling at Tony.  Tony would bellow "MIIIIIILES" in a really deep voice and Miles would giggle and giggle.

8.  Happy Birthday Bengamin!  It was so fun hanging out with the "in-laws" for Uncle Bobo's birthday.  I have never seen anything funnier than watching Tony and his brothers "horse back ride" with the Xbox Kinect. 

Probably my favorite Christmas moment was watching Mom open the "Baby Announcement."  I waited to tell anyone, aside from Jennifer, until Christmas morning and I was up at 6:30 am, hoping to will people awake with my mind.  Finally Coco and Alison arrived and we could get to the opening.  This was the only craft I did for Christmas this year and I think the silhouettes turned out really well.

Also during the Holidays, Tony and I celebrated 7 wonderful years of marriage.  We have had our share of downs but definitley more "ups."  At the end of the day, when we're laying in bed, I am always thankful to have him at my side and always on my side.  He's such a good partner who oftentimes gives more than he recieves and I'm thankful for him every day.

We were a little boring in our New Year Celebration, I feel asleep at 11:30.  All day New Years Eve we just relaxed and had fun.  Lucy is staying with Grandpa and Grammi until this afternoon, so today I'd better get some cleaning and laundry done.  I reflected a little bit on 2010 and it was really a great year.  We made some gains and losses this year that I feel good about.  I feel like each year I've learned new things and each year has been a little better than the last. 2010 was certainly a fun year, full of learning, service, family, and tradition and I'm excited for what 2011 will bring.  Thanks for reading Annadotes and Happy New Year!


Jennifer said...

I love the kiss picture!! Happy new year!

Janine Fredline said...

how exciting!!! everytime i see wendy i ask how you are and if you have had any luck with another....i am so happy for you. even now im a sap but hey i just love you. new years resolutions....keep in better contact with my sweet dear friends...starting with you :) hope all is well...drop me a line when you can!
luv ya

Stacie said...

Love the silhouettes! And the look on Marta's face...awesome! How fun that it could be a Christmas surprise. Glad your holidays were so great!

Stephanie said...

Aaaaghhhh! Yay! I'm so happy for you Anna! I loved your beautiful post about eternal families and how waiting can be hard. Your children will be spaced about the same as mine. I think you'll find that though it may not be what you orinally hoped for or planned, it all works out in the end. You'll eventually be able to appreciate the positives, you'll treasure all the one on one time you had with Lucy, and it will seem like this is just how it was supposed to be! Or at least that is how it was with me...