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....



































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