New Year Greetings


No recap post from me. No time. Just a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you who has stopped by this past year. I look forward to your company this new year and wish you all the best – lots of love, happiness and health!!!

Birthday Boy


Here’s a little collage of 12 pictures of our boy – our firstborn – from the past year.

Happy 12th Birthday, son!!!

We love you!

We hope you have an awesome year, almost teenager. (And how did that happen? One more year and I’ll be the mom of a teenager!)


My favorite part of Christmas

It’s been a busy few days and not just because of the holidays. We were watching our neighbors’ pooch for a few days. He is such a good boy and the girls had a blast walking him. Why is it that they were fighting over who could walk him but they never volunteer to walk our dogs? Christmas involved cooking (hubby and my mom), going out with grandma and hubby’s aunt and cleaning lots of wrapping paper.

My favorite part of Christmas is Christmas Eve – always has been and I’d wager always will be. It’s the big night in Germany – Heiligabend – we usually never saw the tree before that night and the magic of seeing the tree for the first time combined with the excitement over getting presents – Bescherung – never got old.

Christmas Eve dinner

We continue this tradition with our own kids and Christmas Eve is always reserved for time with my mom and presents that the “German” Santa dropped off early at her house. This year we also had a traditional Christmas meal of roasted goose, with potato dumplings, red cabbage, stuffing and gravy.

waiting for presents

The kids barely eat anything because they are too excited to open presents. They know that as soon as dinner is done and the table is cleared; they’ll get to tear into the mountain of presents under the tree.

wrapping paper everywhere

As usual, my mom  Santa didn’t disappoint and there were a lot of squeals and happy faces. And for once I didn’t have to spend two hours building any of the toys!!! (The boy built his own.)

working on his new chair

And after all the presents are opened, the wrapping paper and kitchen cleaned up, it’s time for everyone to relax and put up their feet. And try out the new toys!!!

the king in his new game throne

And then, the tree is waiting for more presents from Santa… but not until all the kids are in bed and fast asleep. Well, at least the littlest one… The other two are my helper elves now!

all cleaned up


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Last fill in of the year!!!

This is the last Follow Friday Four Fill In Fun hop of the year! Can’t believe it’s almost over. Crazy how time flies when you are having fun…

Each week, Hilary plans on listing four statements with a blank for us to fill in on our own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at Hilary(at)feelingbeachie(dot)com. If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Tami from Empty Nest in IL– she came up with the last statement!

Hilary would LOVE it if you could please help her spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This week’s statements:

1. without fail, whenever I fly__
2. I used to be___
3. When I ___ I ___
4. My greatest fear is ______.

My answers:

1. Without fail, whenever I fly (which hasn’t happened in a while) I listen to music and read. I can never sleep because I feel like I need to keep my eyes in the kids at all times.

2. I used to be a waitress in my parents restaurant when we first came to the US.

3. When I get up in the morning, I first walk the dogs and then have my first cup of coffee.

4. My greatest fear is losing one of my children. My heart hurts just thinking about it.