Monday, December 29, 2008

The Big 4-0

Some friends threw a wonderful birthday party for one of my best friends, Dawn! It was a wonderful time. I got to see a lot of old friends who I hadn't seen in a long time. The party was held at a beautiful little catering company that doesn't normally serve large groups. They have a few tables set up at the front for "tastings" for weddings, but on this night, they set up some lovely tables for a group of about 20 girls!
The food was amazing, the drinks were unbelievable and mixed by a great bartender! Dawn was surprised by the turn-out and so thrilled at this gorgeous affair!

She is a wonderful friend and I am so glad to have been a part of this terrific milestone in her life!







Happy 40th birthday, Dawnie!



Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas 2008

Christmas was wonderful this year! (Aside from Lily having a really bad cold, which follows the tradition of having a sick kid in the house on Christmas EVERY SINGLE YEAR FOR THE PAST 6 YEARS!!)
We spent the holiday with family and kept warm inside!
On Christmas eve the Vizdal family hung out at mom and dad's house. Uncle Roger and the kids (minus Aunt Marla, who was needed in Rockford), Aunt Peg, Cousins Chris, Bill, Dana, Katy, Craig, Joey, Katie, and all of our fam had a good time. We played Guess the Christmas Carol, Christmas Charades, Name that famous person, pool, and ate, ate and ate!!
Zoey was passed around a lot, but was such a good baby! People are amazed at how little she cries. God finally blessed me with a good one! And I am truly grateful!
Back at home, we left out the cookies for Santa and in the morning, he surprised us with more toys than one family needs! Here is a picture of the aftermath...yikes!!
After opening presents at home, we went back to grandma and grandpa's on Christmas morning for more presents. Can we say SPOILED???

Steff and Jackie posed with Zoey in their new footed pajamas.




This was the first Christmas that Matt was not afraid of the Christmas Moose...




The favorite gift this year..(Matt has asked for it every year for the past 3 years) -- I guess Santa could finally afford it!











Best of all were the smiles on these three faces...I couldn't have asked for anything better this Christmas!



















Thursday, December 11, 2008

Our Christmas Tree

Those of you who know me well, know that I am a bit of an obsessive compulsive control freak (and that's putting it nicely). So this year when Matt and Lily showed interest in helping to decorate the tree for the first time, I gulped, but allowed them to hang the ornaments while I tended to Baby Zoey. I usually make sure that the ornaments are evenly spaced around the tree. I step back to ensure that there are not any empty spaces. I string several yards of baubles and beads on the tree as well as bows that I have hand-made from ribbon. NOT THIS YEAR! Instead, Jack and I decided that however the kids decorated the tree would be the way it would stay. Not only does it give them pride and ownership in their work, but it's less work for us. So....gulp...here is our tree...with no beads, no ribbons, and all of the ornaments on the bottom 2/3rds of the tree. And this is how it's going to stay. And I actually love it. Because I know that my children decorated it themselves. :)











Monday, December 8, 2008

Gingerbread Houses

Aunt Alice came over to make gingerbread houses with the kids last night. She is a scout leader and made this project with her girl scouts. She had some extra supplies so she let Matt and Lily have fun with the left overs. This one is Matt's house. He has bears on the roof and an army of bears in the backyard to protect the house from enemies, of course! LOL :)
This is Lily's house. Can you see the snow fort/igloo of white marshmallows in the front yard?

Frosting is fun when it's on your nose, isn't it?





















Sean's mom sent some costumes for the kids because she knows they love to dress up. Lily is wearing the pirate costume...































Christmas Photo Extravaganza

Last night Jackie came over to take our family Christmas photo in front of the tree. Of course, the oldest and youngest children in our family were quite cooperative. It's the middle child that once again gave us a run for our money. These are some of the outtakes from the photo shoot.

Btw...we ended up taking a pic of the entire family for this year's Christmas card. I won't post it here so it will be a surprise to all that see it!
This one was runner up for best faces! I wanted to use it on the card, but Jack thought it was a little silly....



































Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving there is much to be thankful for: our good fortune, our new baby, Zoey, our health, happiness and well-being. Thank you to my friends and family for always being there. Thank you to God for blessing us with this wonderful new addition to our family. Thank you to America for selecting the right candidate to be our leader.
Here is Matt, loving and adoring his new baby sister:


Guess how many photos we had to take before we got one of all of us looking? LOL (This is not one of the best of the bunch, but I love how we look so ridiculous!)


Matt and Lily holding Zoey:



Lily loving her sister, for the moment....



Grandma and Grandpa fawning over their newest grandchild:





Steff and me and our annual fight over the wishbone. (BTW...I always lose!)











Happy Thanksgiving!






Sunday, November 23, 2008

New Zoey Layouts...

These are the first three layouts I've done with Zoey's hospital pics! Thanks for looking...






Saturday, November 15, 2008

Here they are...

After months of wondering, we finally have our answers...

Our beautiful little baby turned out to be a girl! Of course, Lily is excited to have a baby sister. We thought Matt might be disappointed because he was hoping to have a brother, but he is such a wonderful, doting big brother to his new sister!

I think God has finally decided to give me a little break. After having very rough pregnancies, this was this easiest labor imaginable! I was in pain for a short time after my water broke at home and we rushed to the hospital. We called my next door neighbor, Lorri, and asked if she could stay at our house for a few minutes since Matt and Lily were sleeping (it was 11 p.m.) just until my mom could get to our house. My mom lives about 7 minutes away, but ended up arriving at our house about 4 minutes after Jack called her. LOL

We drove pretty quickly to the hospital which is about a half hour ride from our house. It felt like it took forever for someone from Labor and Delivery to come down to the ER and wheel me upstairs to the L&D ward. Apparently they didn't realize that this was my third child and I have a pretty quick track record for laboring.
The triage nurse prepped me, the doctors examined me, the anesthesiologist gave me an epidural and I literally pushed twice to get the baby out. The first push ejected her head (which came out wailing, of course)!! The doctor removed the cord from around her neck, and we waited a few seconds for the next contraction. The second push took care of the rest of her body. It was so easy and wonderful!

Jack was there holding my leg, rubbing my back and supporting me all the way! He was such a great support too!

We chose the baby's name for several reasons. Zoey means "Life." And I think it's a beautiful and unique name. Jack's grandma was named Zofia, so it is a loose version of that name. We liked the idea of having a family name as the middle name because my son, Matthew, has my husband's first name, Jack, as his middle name. Lily has my middle name, Renee, as her middle name. So, we decided to use my mom's name, Virginia, as the baby's middle name. My mom was touched when we called her a few minutes after Zoey was born to share the news with her and tell her the name. I am not sure what she said but I heard a lot of sobbing and blubbering on the phone.

Anyway, Zoey has been wonderful! She eats well, sleeps well, poops well! She is so content and cuddly! We think she is perfect and we are so glad that she has been added to our bunch!

Here are some pics I took this morning...
We call the first pic our "Popeye" pic!! LOL










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