Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas 2012

We just finished 3 out of our 4 Christmas celebrations for the year! 

Christmas #1:  We celebrated with the Holgrimson 11 group with a present opening, yummy Christmas dinner, game time and finished it off with our traditional appetizer feast.  Super fun day with lots of great food!  Perfect Christmas celebrations!  Here's some pics:











Christmas #2:  We headed out to Great Grandpa and Great Grandma Meyer's house this morning for more present opening, the traditional cinnamon roll and bacon breakfast, more game time with the kids and Christmas lunch with the Meyer household.  It's fun to watch the little kids play together and always good to spend together as a family.



Christmas #3:  Tonight, we had our fancy dinner at home and then opened presents the 4family!  The kids did good at taking turns opening and it was fun to watch their reactions! 

We are thankful for our family and the time we get to spend together this week!  Merry Christmas everyone!


Christmas #4 is coming up on Thursday/Friday with Grammy!  More pics to come!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

My Birthday Celebrations!

Well another birthday has come and gone....is this the age where we start counting ahead and just stay at a stand still????  Regardless of the number, I feel blessed for another year with amazing family and friends and I feel spoiled by all the celebrations this week!

Monday started the celebrations with a trip downtown to a restaurant I've been wanting to try out for a couple of years.  Mom treated me to a special birthday dinner at Rosa Mexicana.  It was delicious, authentic Mexican food and we really enjoyed a dinner out on the town!  Throw in some shopping, a DQ cake and some presents which makes for a perfect night!





Tuesday was my actual birthday so Tony & I got to go out for a sushi lunch and do some shopping before picking up the kids.  We enjoyed some kid-free conversation, some free birthday caribou drinks and a 4family celebration later.  I decided to go to Zumba that night which I'm glad I did because my awesome Zumba teacher gave me a shirt and I got lots of love from Zumba girls!




Wednesday night, I got to get in some girl time with Betsy.  She took me out to Osaka where again I had sushi....do you see a pattern?  A night out is not complete with a trip to Target kid-free.  I'm pretty sure we wasted time in there so we wouldn't have to go home and put the kids to bed :)


Thursday night, we exchanged presents with the Johnson family.  We decided to meet up after school at Cherry Berry Yogurt shop.  The kids all loved their presents and we kept the craziness there!  We are blessed to have such awesome friends!

Friday night, we met up with Mom and had dinner at Chili's, went grocery shopping and hunted all over for new winter coats.  We were successful but almost froze to death in the proceses!  I'm ready to move!

Saturday, we headed over to Maple Grove to meet up with the Holgrimson family to do a  little sledding with the kids and celebrate my birthday!  The kids had fun and I managed not to break anything so I would say it was successful!








Then last night, we headed to St. Paul with the intention of going to the Holiday Lights Show at Lake Phalen.  With what appeared to be a 2-hour wait, we quickly changed plans and headed downtown St. Paul to see the pretty lights at Rice Park.  It was cold but really beautiful!




Which brings us to today!  This morning at church, the Sonday Adventure (no, I didn't spell that wrong) kids performed some Christmas songs that they had been working on for a few months at Sunday School.  Marissa did such a great job.  I had a hard time getting a good pic of her but I did grab one when she was on the big screen! 



Can you find her?  Second from the left in the middle row!
 We are looking forward to a fun week of celebrating Christmas with our families!  Merry Christmas from the 4family!


Monday, December 17, 2012

Cam & Tara's Wedding!

We headed to Iowa for the weekend to celebrate with my brother, Cam and his beautiful bride, Tara's wedding day!  It was a beautiful ceremony filled with love and close family!  I am blessed to have such a wonderful new sister-in-law!  My camera did not agree with me so I didn't get that great of photos but I will share a few that I did get!  On Sunday, we celebrated Christmas with the cousins before heading back home.  When we got back home, we quickly unpacked and got Marissa to her friend's birthday party at Pump It Up!  It was a whirlwind of a weekend and I can tell both kids are super tired today! 

Here's some pics of our weekend!


MARISSA'S HAIR ALL DONE FOR THE WEDDING!

SIDE VIEW!

DAD, CAM AND I!

MARISSA WITH HER DADDY!

THIS IS RIGHT AFTER TARA WALKED BY.  I LOVE MY NEPHEW, LUKAS'S EXPRESSION!

THIS IS DURING THE PRAYER!  TOTALLY CRACKS ME UP!  SHE IS GIVING ME THE LOOK LIKE AREN'T YOU SUPPOSED TO BE PRAYING?

FINALLY MR & MRS!

THANK YOU TO BRODY FOR PUTTING DOWN THE CRACKER TO TAKE A PICTURE!

LIMO RIDE!

THE BEAUTIFUL NEWLYWEDS!
FAMILY PIC!
BED BUDDIES

LISTENING TO THE CHRISTMAS STORY

COUSINS!

Today, Tony has the day off so he surprised Marissa at school and ate lunch with her!  She's one LUCKY girl!

Friday, December 7, 2012

American Girl Doll Birthday lunch

To help celebrate Marissa's 6th Birthday, our BFF's came with us to have lunch and do some shopping at the American Girl store.  The girls had a great time and I was impressed at how good the food was!  I think we'll have to do this again soon!










On her actual birthday, we got kicked out of the house because of this whole flooring nightmare going on at home so we headed to Caribou for some hot chocolate, then met up with Grammy for lunch at Bonfire and then went back to Grammy's house to make cake pops and play.  She got to go to Awana Sparks and have a special dinner date with Daddy.  All in all, I think she had a great time celebrating and we are super proud of our big SIX year old! 


Caribou time!

Making her own pizza at Bonfire!

Birthday Cake Pops!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Thanksgiving, Birthday Parties & More catching up!

It's been a very busy few weeks around here and my blog is falling behind again!  We enjoyed a few days at my Grandma Allyn's in Iowa over Thanksgiving.  We had good food, went for a beautiful walk around the lake, took the kids to the park, played games, had a girls Black Friday shopping trip, a few sick kids and husband, a flood in our kitchen, Christmas tree & house decorating and a 6th Birthday party!

Marissa enjoyed celebrating her 6th Birthday at the local bowling alley with her friends & family.  This afternoon, we went downtown Minneapolis to fulfill our tradition of the Hollidazzle Parade & 8th floor Macy's display.  More celebrating will be happening around here the next few days and more posts to come on that!  Marissa got an American Girl doll for her birthday and it's been fun watching her enjoy it already.  We've been told it's her sister and her name Calissa.  The doll hasn't left her side since she opened it!  She's thanked us endlessly for it so I'd say she is one happy birthday girl!


I'll let my pictures do the talking :)

Playing with big cousin Natasha

My mama!

Playing UNO with Lydia

These two spent a lot of time playing PS3

Great Grandkids....Brody wanted nothing to do with this picture!

Self Portrait of our black friday shopping trip!

Walk around the lake!

Playing trains with Great Grandma

Marissa and Great Grandma

Setting up the Christmas tree

Helping!


Now for Birthday Party Pictures!














Now pics of the Hollidazzle.....