Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Christmas Letter

I try to send out letters to everyone, but inevitably, I miss people. I'm sorry. If you missed out letter, here is mine from 2011:


Yes, you may be a bit surprised…we’ve added to our family. I found Crosby’s birth announcements recently…about a year after I finished making them. What a perfect time to send them out…for his 18 month birthday!? ?????

Welcome to life with 3 little ones! Poor Crosby. No really, he’s not a poor kid. He’s a doted over, happy-go-lucky, smiley little guy. He’s into everything. Especially playing football with his daddy, “Bay-ey” (Blakey) and “Nenna” (Makenna). He loves to run around the kitchen and have us chase him, and then he’ll run into the living room and throw himself up onto the chair or couch. He thinks it’s the best game, and we think it’s pretty fun as well! He’s chatting up a storm and recently started to say “Bible” when we read from it to do our advent calendar. Have you ever heard a little person say “Bible”? You should. You’d be asking him to say it almost as much as we do, if not more!

At 5, Blake is all boy and sweet as can be. He played soccer and t-ball this year and learned how to ride his bike without training wheels. He loves to go biking with me when I go for runs. He is gearing up for kindergarten next year and enjoys learning about letter sounds and spelling. His other love is Lego’s. He’s obsessed….’nuff said. He is strong-willed, kind-hearted and has a minimum word count he has to hit each day before he goes to bed. Many nights we can hear him chatting away with anyone who will listen while he lies in bed!

Makenna, Makenna, oh how we love thee! Our spirited 3-going on 13-year old who is into all things her brothers are, as well as taking care of her babies. The only thing she asked Santa for this year is “jewelries…. Lots of jewelries”. When asked why, she said because she wants to wear them to work when she turns 4. She mimics many of the things I do or say and definitely adds a little emphasis to her words when she wants to by adding a little lip smack to it! She is into fashion and accessories, as well as wearing skirts while playing soccer and bike riding. She has gotten pretty good at biking and is a determined little thing!

Mike is in his 5th year teaching kids with Autism. He teaches in the Ghetto…Minneapolis. Actually, it’s a nice school. I just like to tease him. He took up shooting a bow this summer, which has now turned into bow hunting. Saturday mornings are typically spent in his tree standing waiting, waiting, waiting for a deer to come. Someday he’ll get one and then I’ll have to cook venison. No thanks! Maybe we can donate it?

I am still in pharmaceutical sales with Daiichi Sankyo… Sounds like God Bless You! I’ve picked up woodworking this year and built our headboard and a craft table, among other items. It’s great… when I actually finish a product! I have some pictures of our bed frame on our blog: www.thevpfamily.blogspot.com

In other news, we got a cat. His name is Buzz and he lives in the “old garage” and has already earned his keep by catching a chipmunk. We got him in September and he weighed less than 5 pounds. I’d guess he weighs 10-15 now. He has a healthy appetite, to say the least!

Kali, our 8 year old Labrador, thinks Buzz is pretty cool, except when he bites her tail. She loves to go in and play with him, as well as snoop around his “house”. Speaking of houses, we built a dog house for her. Fully insulated and with roofing to match our house. She’s pretty stylish!

We hope you have a fabulous year, we KNOW we will… Attitude is a choice!

Love always,
Mike, Nicole, Blake, Makenna, Crosby,
Kali (the dog) and Buzz (the cat)

And the picture to go with it?


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