I’m not a big sucker for Valentine’s Day, but this year I decided to send out photo cards in lieu of the Holiday cards I never got around to ordering and sending a few months back. I think it was a nice surprise for our friends and family to get happy mail in February! I might just make this our new tradition 😉
Happy 40th birthday to my dearest Lanee Valentina! Love you girlie!!
Every year around the holidays, my group of HS girlfriends gets together for a big dinner. Or at least we try!! It is very hard to coordinate schedules to make it work, and sometimes we end up rescheduling. Its all good though because we have fun whenever we can get together. This year we met at Saji Ya (as we did in 2005) and besides me, Bradie, Kelly, Jessie, Mandy and Andrea, we had Andy and Jason join us. It was fun! We ate a ton of sushi, drank some hot sake, and enjoyed each others’ company. Quite a few photos as well….. customary for us gals 😉
I apologize for the poor quality photos… not sure what is up with that?
For the record: Super Saji, Pablo Escolar, California, Spicy Tuna, and Philly… just to name a few.
I have so much to be thankful for. I’m sure my list looks much the same year after year but its still important for me to acknowledge the blessings in my life 🙂
My healthy and smart children, Dash & Bash
The boys being able to stay home with their Dad while I work
A handful of dear friends
My career as an educator
A specialist job in a school I love
Being healthy (thanks in part to Plexus and Young Living)
Helping others get healthy with oils and supplements
“Me time” in the wee hours of the morning
Our new family dog
Our home, working vehicles
All modern conveniences. I don’t take it for granted!
For the first time ever, we are making a turkey at home, with just us. My parents are in Florida along with Brian, Michelle and the kids. Jeffanda is in Thailand this year. The turkey is in the oven and starting to smell wonderful!
We celebrated the Mother’s in our family up at the lake as we usually do. It was nice that everyone could make it, including Gram and Gramp. For a fun surprise, we revealed the gender of our new baby!
We chowed down on artichoke dip and crackers for an appetizer and then had a delicious dinner of stuffed pork tenderloin, strawberry spinach salad, twiced baked potatoes, rolls, and strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream for dessert! Yum!
Before everyone left I made Jeff take a few photos of the ladies and the kids
My second Mother’s day with this special little boy
It was the weekend after Thanksgiving (if I remember correctly!) when Santa and the local fire dept made their way through my parents neighborhood to collect toy and food donations. Bretton and I headed up to my parents house for a nice supper before Santa made his appearance.
Here is our first official “photo with Santa”
Wait……. where is Santa!!?? Where is Bretton? Oops, handed my camera to the wrong person to take this picture! lol. This photo cracked me up when I saw it!!
This one below is slightly better, Bretton was mesmerized by the lights from the firetruck and all the activity on Santa’s sleigh (which was really just a flatbed/wagon trailer)
I think this will be a fun tradition to continue each year!
I also took a couple photos of Bretton with this Santa statue. I thought I would maybe use some of these for his Christmas Card photo, but decided not to use any of these.
I did, for the most part. Bretton and I stayed at my parents house on Halloween Eve, as my parents were planning to watch the baby while I was at work on Thursday (Halloween). Our school district has never allowed students to dress up in costume for the holiday, however my school earned “crazy head day” on Halloween with good student behavior. Anyone could wear a hat, crazy hair, wigs, bobble ears, etc. I chose to wear the little black sultry wig I wore for Halloween a few years ago. Bretton did not love my new hairdo and would hardly look at me until he realized who I was!! The reactions of students and staff at work were also pretty funny…. many people didn’t recognize me at first…. including my boss!! lol. Kids are so funny…. they thought I actually cut all my hair off. When I told them it was just a wig, they couldn’t believe all my long hair was still underneath. How did you do that, Ms Sauer???? I tell them I am magic 😉
After work I went back up to my parents house to meet Brian, Michelle, Erin (Shel’s sister) and all the kids for dinner and then trick or treating. We dressed Bretton up as a purple octopus (aka Kid Kalamari). We bought this costume at Babies R Us last November when we weren’t even half way through the pregnancy! It was on clearance and too cute to pass up. I mean, have you ever seen a cuter octopus anywhere????!!! lol
We had a delicious dinner of tacos with all the fixin’s and then we went Trick or Treating around my parents neighborhood. It was cold and rainy but we still had a good time. Bretton was a champ and did awesome up until the last 5 minutes. Here is the crew!
This year marked the 3rd annual 4th of July party up at Brian and Michelle’s cabin on Lake Chisago. We chose to stay home last year because it was literally 103′ and I couldn’t take the heat. This year the weather was much cooler and it turned out to be a decent day, so we spent the afternoon chatting it up with everyone. Both Brian and my Dad (my parents live on the same lake) had their boats out on the water for cruising, tubing or whatever. I spent half the afternoon snacking on chips and guacamole that my Gram made and visiting with family.
Bretton made his rounds…
When it came time for dinner, Bianca took everyone’s orders….. hot dog, hamburger or brat. She did a great job!
We left after dinner and went home for awhile before heading to Stillwater to see the Fireworks. The baby did great…. he slept through the entire display. We were happy campers!
This year after just three weeks of Motherhood, I was able to experience and be honored on my first Mother’s Day. I received some very sweet gifts from Bretton and Erick and then we went up to my parents house for the afternoon. The weather was cool so we weren’t able to spend any time outside so we hung out inside eating cheese and drinking wine. We also took a few photos including this one of me and Bretton as well as some cherished family photos of the three of us 😉
Gram and Gramp were there too
I love this pic of Bretton with Gramps
I LOVE this photo of Bretton with Auntie Michelle
……. and this one of Michelle and the kids
We had a delicious dinner of marinated pork loin, roasted veggies, twice baked potatoes and Gram’s turtle bars for dessert!
Today I get to celebrate my very first Mother’s Day because of I am the lucky lady who can say she is your mommy! What an incredible difference a year can make from one Mother’s Day to the next. Just a year ago I was unsure I would be able to have children and this year I am the luckiest woman in the world to have been blessed with you. Bretton, you truly are a blessing and a little miracle. I am still amazed that I carried you inside me while you were growing into this perfect little human. You are such a strong and healthy little boy and you are getting so big so fast! You eat like a champ and can’t get enough of mommy’s milk. Your daddy and I think you’re such a cute baby, not to mention a little sweetheart. It melts my heart to nurse you and cuddle with you, especially early in the mornings when we can fall asleep together on the sofa. I love how alert you are and how you make eye contact with me, especially during feedings and bath time. You always smell so good and I can’t help but kiss you hundreds of times a day. I love all the faces and expressions you make both when you’re awake and when you’re sleeping. You are simply adorable! The sounds you make are so cute too 🙂 Every moment of every day has been extra special as we have gotten to know you.
While I look forward to each stage you grow into, thinking about you getting big makes me sad because I know you will never be as tiny and innocent as you are now. The past three weeks have gone too fast, before I know it you are going to be going to kindergarten and then graduating from high school! I have cried a lot about this in the few weeks since you have been born but I blame most of it on my crazy post-partum hormones. I also smile and laugh when I think about all the stuff you’re going to get into and the things you’ll say and do. You might just be a little stinker like your daddy was!
Bretton, I am so proud to be your mama and I will love and cherish you forever.
My family had our annual Christmas Eve fondue at my parents house on Christmas Eve, as we do every year.
Unfortunately I woke up that day feeling crummy and knew I was getting sick. Even though I had been looking forward to Christmas Eve very much, I was feeling worse and worse as the night went on. I didn’t eat as much as usual at dinner and pretty much sat on the sofa like a lump on a log for most of the night. I took a very minimal amount of photos. You know I must be sick when I am far from my usual Kristarazzi paparazzi self. lol
Despite all this, it was still great to spend the holiday with my dear family and the love of my life. It was fun to future trip and think about next year’s Christmas and our new edition. Baby Boy will be about eight months or so on his first Christmas. Oh, I can’t wait!!!
I enjoyed watching everyone opening their gifts and got some great gifts as well. One very thoughtful gift I got was the Baby Emergency Kit that my SIL Michelle put together. She made an adorable bag made of owl fabric and inside it contains a diaper, wipes, changing mat, spare outfit, baby Tylenol, baby bottle. I’m going to keep it in my car so that I am always prepared in case of an emergency 😉
We gave each of the kids a soft, new blanket. Pretty sure they really enjoyed them. I wish I would have bought oen for myself too. lol. Bennett also got Legos and the girls each got a new outfit. We also gave them build-your-own snowglobes.
Here are the handful of photos I took that night….
Amanda and Michelle. It is so great to have sisters!
Bennett got these binoculars from someone and had to check them out
Bianca and Jeff goofing around.
That’s it for photos. I didn’t even get one of myself or the tree or any decorations this year. We didn’t stay too late after we opened all the presents. I went home to bed and slept fr0m 10pm to 1pm the next day. 15 hours!! I did feel slightly better on Christmas Day though. The sleep helped!
Yep, it is January and I am just now blogging about Thanksgiving of last year!
*** Please note that all photos are unedited, straight out of the Camera. They would never get posted otherwise!!***
Thanksgiving 2012 recap: my family joined with Michelle’s family at her and Brian’s house. It was nice to have a smaller, more intimate Thanksgiving than the BIG Sauer family Thanksgivings. We missed Jeff and Amanda who were out East visiting her parents.
The day started out relaxed but quickly turned ugly (slightly kidding). I had made two Jell-O dishes with fruit to bring for dinner and put them in a paper bag to transport. As I made my way up the driveway into the house, the bag ripped and the glass dish full of blackberry Jell-O and raspberries broke all over the driveway. I was pissed!! Oh well, lesson learned…. paper bags suck!!
We had a great dinner! We had two turkeys, one roasted and one smoked. Here is Bri carving the bird
And an abundance of yummy desserts! I took a piece of each to-go and ate them all myself over the next three days. Pumpkin cheesecake is a huge weakness 😉
I was 19 weeks pregnant and had my BIG Ultrasound scheduled for the following day. This was the last night of my pregnancy before we found out the gender of our baby. At that point I was still 97% convinced that I was expecting a girl. Here I am with Michelle’s sister Erin, who was 27 weeks pregnant at the time (expecting baby boy Maverick in February 2013!)
This is Chandler, Erin and Stew’s little guy (at 13 months)
While we were eating, it started snowing. We quickly got about 2″ in an hour or so. The kids in the snow….
All in all it was a very nice Thanksgiving! Thanks to Bri & Michelle for hosting!
It’s been a very mellow evening of eating suki yaki with my honey and watching the Halloween movie marathon on AMC. Gotta love Michael Meyers and cheesy 80’s horror flicks!! Oh, and Facebooking 😉
Well, since I didn’t dress up this year, I’m going to leave you with photos of my nieces and nephew in their Halloween costumes, taken by Michelle Sauer Photography. (shamelessly stolen from Facebook. Thanks Shel!)
Annika the Pioneer Girl
Bianca the Rock Star
And Bennett the UPS Guy
I hope everyone had a great Halloween, looking forward to seeing pics of everyone and the kiddos in costume!
PS I knew I had to blog when I looked back and saw that I have NEVER missed blogging on Halloween since the inception of this blog in 2005. That’s pretty bad-ass, you’ve got to admit.
Last weekend my family met up at my mom and dad’s house for boating and dinner in honor of Mother’s Day. It was a beautiful day; we spent a couple of hours on the boat and at the dock, watching Bianca and Bennett catch a ton of fish. Bianca would literally catch a fish, have it just taken off the hook, drop her line in the water and another one would be caught! Each time she would scream “I got one!” with excitement. It was pretty cute. Good thing her Uncle E is very patient and helpful 😉
Bennett only fished for about ten minutes but he caught a couple too!
Bri and Shel
For dinner we had grilled pork tenderloin with strawberry spinach salad, roasted parmesan dill potatoes, and fruit salad. We also celebrated Jeff’s birthday (May 18th) 5 days early. Beebs wanted to help him blow out the candles but apparently Jeff wasn’t having it! lol
Gram had a few jokes to tell
After dinner I convinced everyone to go outside for a family photo. Not bad for using the timer!
Some of us can be silly too 😉
A few other pics…
Me and my mom. IRL she is 3 inches taller than me but I was standing on a step here!
Michelle and the kids…
It was a great day, I hope all you Mothers out there had a nice day as well and felt appreciated and loved!
I wrote a couple of Valentine Haikus for my Sweetie last year, and I thought I would give another attempt at writing extremely cheesy poetry 🙂
My Dearest Valentine
Do you know how much I love you?
I love you more than Ice Cream
I love you more than Sunshine
I love you more than more than Puppies and Kittens
I love you more than Rainbows
I love you more than Thunderstorms
I love you more than The Ocean
I love you more than the Mountains
I love you more than Sushi
I love you more than Chocolate
I love you more than words can say
For those of you who know me IRL or have followed this blog over the years, know that my MIL is from Japan and that we celebrate a traditional Japanese New Year every year. The menu changes somewhat each year but we ALWAYS have sushi of some kind that my BILs make….
Christmas is usually a busy time of year but can you imagine what it would be like to have a Christmas birthday?? My neighbor, Darrell, was born on Christmas Day. Black Baby Jesus!! lol Every year on Christmas night he and Denise throw a birthday party at their house and invite a bunch of friends and family. This year was extra special because Darrell turned 40!
A few photos I took that night….
Blowing out candles…
The birthday boy and his daughter Breanna
Birthday Boy with his old homeboy (yes, he put on the Vikes jersey just for this photo!)
Denise, me and Shannon (ugg, I hate flash!)
A few others from the night…
It was a fun night but kind of low-key compared to past years. We ate and drank a little, talked a lot.