Tuesday, December 27, 2011


We have had a very busy week of celebrating Christmas this year!  It started on Thursday morning with the FOUR family Christmas.  We baked a butterbraid for breakfast, opened presents, went out for lunch, played with the new toys, had Emma & Kolden come over to exchange gifts,prepared a fancy (including getting "dressed up") steak & crab leg dinner and went for a car ride to look at the Christmas light displays in our neighborhood!  Marissa picked out her favorite dress and then picked out a dress for me.  You'll notice in the pictures that we are dressed exactly alike.  I even got a very special necklace from Marissa.  She has been so excited to give it to me and it will always be special because she picked it out especially for me!  Here's a few photos from our day.

Kids posing before opening their gifts!

Marissa making a "HEART!"

My very special necklace from my VERY special girl!

Marissa, Brody, Kolden & Emma

Matching dresses!

Our Christmas Dinner

Daddy and Marissa

The boys!

Friday morning, we headed over to my mom's house for Christmas with her!  We ate a delicious breakfast, opened our presents, worked on installing the light that we had given her, did some more eating of a fabulous lunch, took Brody into the doctor (he had a sinus infection) and worked on putting together all the toys, watched Christmas Vacation movie and then I passed out on the couch! 

Marissa making dessert!


Brody's new bike!

Saturday morning, we loaded up and headed down to Iowa at 7:00AM!  We enjoyed a Christmas Eve lunch with my family, did some baking at Grandma's house and after we got the kids down watched, "It's a Wonderful Life."  Christmas Day, we went to church and then spent the day with family playing games and catching up!  Monday, we packed up and headed to my brother's to celebrate Christmas with them.  The moment we got there Lukas & Marissa were off and running!  They are such good friends!  Lukas cried so hard for Marissa to stay!!!  I felt so bad for him! 

Baking with Great-Grandma

Playing with Drew!

Great Grandkids minus two

Brody wanted nothing to do with this picture!

Best Buddies!  Lukas & Marissa

The Christmas celebrating isn't over yet!  We have next weekend to celebrate with the Holgrimson side of the family!  Hope everyone enjoyed their 50 degree Christmas!  I know we sure did!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Marissa's Preschool Christmas Program

Today we enjoyed Marissa's school Christmas program!  It is always fun to see her perform with her class! She even got to have her cousin, Meghan along with Grandpa, Grandma & Grammy come see her program!  She is enjoying having Meghan over for a playdate today!  It's cute to listen to them play!  Here's a few pictures from our morning!

Marissa & Meghan

Marissa and Grammy

Grandpa and Grandma

Marissa & Emma with their teachers!

Marissa and Emma

Monday, December 19, 2011

Birthday Weekend!

I just had an amazing birthday weekend!  My family surrounded me with lots of love and made me feel incredibly special!  Tony planned a day & evening out just the two of us.  It has been a long time since we've had some time together so it was super nice!  It's amazing to just have dinner without being interrupted 105 times!

We started the birthday weekend with dinner in Uptown at Amore Victoria with my mom on Friday night.  It was the BEST Italian food!  We will definitely be going back SOON! 

Dinner with the girls!

Me and my baby!

On Saturday, the kids gave me presents from them.  One of my favorites is this hat!

The new hat!

Me & My kiddos!

Tony took me to a park in Maple Grove to spend a few hours tubing down the sledding hill.  Since we have no snow yet here, they made snow so that we can enjoy some winter sports :)  Who would have thought that they would need to make snow but I'm loving this warm weather!  We warmed up with hot chocolate in the chalet afterwards before heading home!



Saturday night we headed out downtown Minneapolis for dinner!  The city was vibrant along with the warm weather that it was fun to just walk around the city.  We had an amazing, yummy dinner and loved the live music over dessert! 

Night out!


Sunday, we met up with the Holgrimson family for brunch at Granite City and a birthday party at Craig & Marley's.  We ended the night with a pizza party and a DQ ice cream cake with my mom!  Wonderful, awesome weekend! 

We are looking forward to having an awesome Christmas week!!!!  More posts to come for sure!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Marissa's 5-year appointment.....

Marissa went her for 5-year check-up this morning and got her last shots!  It was a horrible experience but FINALLY she is done with shots! 

Her 5-year stats are:

Height:  44 3/4 inches (90th percentile)  So she is staying tall for her age!
Weight:  44 pounds  (74th percentile)

Funny how she was 44 for both height and weight! 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Happy 5th Birthday, Marissa!

Today was the big day.....Marissa's 5th Birthday!!!  We had a VERY busy weekend and we are all exhausted!  Yesterday, we spent downtown Minneapolis going to the Macy's Christmas display THREE times, eating dinner at the Spaghetti Factory and the Hollidazzle Parade with my mom and brother, Cam & his girlfriend Tara and my nephews Degen and Lukas. Here's some pictures of our day!

Today, we had Marissa's big birthday party at Gleasons Gymnastics!  The kids had a blast playing on all the gymnastics equipment and it was AWESOME that everyone could be there to help Marissa celebrate! 

Marissa and Emma

Charlie, Marissa & Emma

Cousins:  Marissa & Meghan

Marissa with big cousin Jake

Kyja & Marissa

All the kids!

Group Picture!