Thursday, January 22, 2009

I know, I know. It has been forever.

It has been so long since I last posted anything that I'm sure people don't even check my blog anymore. Honestly, I have thought about posting and have great ideas of an entry and then I just get doing other things and don't post. I want to try to post more, mostly for my own record keeping of the kids lives. So, I'm going to go back a bit in this post and try to catch up on some things...

November was a great month. We had Thanksgiving with some good friends of ours. The turkey turned out great and the time with friends was also great. We went and saw the movie "Bolt" and laughed all the way through it. Definitely a must see! The day after Thanksgiving was a blast. I got up early (3 am. ) and went black Friday shopping with the same friend that we had Tday with. We had a blast and were able to help each other get everything on our lists. We also went to First night at the Gateway and saw the "Upside down piano man" it was a fun way to kick off the Christmas season.

December was also a great month. We had 2 parties here at the house. One for the deacon team and one for Aaron's co workers. Both were fairly small in number, but it was a fun time to just get to have people over and get to know them better. We had our Hands of Praise Christmas Concert this month as well. I taught 3 girls a flag routine to Silent Night by Sarah McLaughlin. They did a super job learning the routine and performing it in front of an audience without me in front of them! The concert was a big success and many people told us this one was probably the best concert ever! We went caroling at Pastor Kevin's house

because he has been going through some spiritual battles and it was freezing, but we had fun surprising them. Christmas Eve we performed some of our H.O.P. songs for the service and enjoyed all the other acts as well. I love the candlelight portion of the service. Afterwards we came home and read the Christmas story from the book of Luke which is a tradition of ours. We then let the kids open the jammies and robes. And as usual they both got a Christmas book. We read the stories and sent them off to bed. Santa came to fill the stockings and on Christmas morning we woke up to a huge snowstorm and had a very white Christmas! We enjoyed opening our stockings and gifts...Aidan loved his Nintendo DS and Kaitlyn was thrilled to get her very own Ipod nano. We then spoke with our families on the phone. Then we headed over to our friends house to have Christmas dinner with them. It was such a nice time, we got to meet her mom and Step father and his sister and brother in law. Their kids had also gotten DS's for Christmas and the 2 boys sat right next to each other in the chair and played their games the entire time we were there...It was very cute and I totally forgot to get a picture of it! After dinner we had been invited to go over to some other friends house and we had a good time playing with their Christmas
present, Rock Band. Aaron had 2 weeks off and we pretty much just relaxed and had a good time being a family....
Kaitlyn celebrated her birthday on Dec. 30th. She turned 10. We went out to dinner and then Dakota spent the night. Kaitlyn had her party on the first Saturday in January (after the new years) and invited 5 girls to go sledding. It was a lot of fun!

January has been a fun month we celebrated New Years with our friends playing Rock Band again. Everyone made it until New Years. I spoke about Kaitlyn's party already. Other than that there isn't much else to tell right now. Well, I guess that catches me up to this point at least.

8 comments:

Betsy said...

Looks like you and your family have been doing a lot of interesting things. The Hands of Praise group looks very interesting!

Kim said...

I've gotta admit, its about time you posted! I was getting worried.
But, as I see, you've been having a good time with your family and that is important. The performance looks fabulous! The kids are getting so big adn BEAUTIFUL! Happy birthday Kaitlyn! And, Happy New Year to you and your family.

Stacy said...

I still look for updates every day. Glad to see a post from you.

Anonymous said...

Nice up date is the old man setting in the chair Aaron's grandfather?? Mary

Shannon said...

That would be Aaron's father.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Stacy - I check almost everyday for a new post. The pictures are cute - I love the one of all the rosey-cheeked girls. =-)
Looking so forward to seeing you guys soon. Make sure you bring the video of the H.O.P. performance for me to see since we couldn't be there in person.
Love ya,
Mom

Anonymous said...

This great family came and surprised us for Christmas. We had the greatest time. Yes, we know Aaron's Dad looks older than 18 months ago, because he had gastric bypass surgery. It took all the life out of him and aged his body.
We still had a great visit and Grandpa really enjoyed it too.
I love the pictures of the performance, good job Shannon, Kaitlyn and Aidan.
I am sorry to hear about my son's accident. I am glad he is OK. It looks like the car is not OK....if we can be of any help, let us know.
FIGHT THE TICKET, THAT IS STUPID.....

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear that you think the gastric bypass surgery made grandpa look old I always thought that losing weight and exercise made a person look younger. Mary