I am feeling a little like a broken record here on the blog. I have been gone so long! And my last post was also about being absent here lately.
I had thought about writing a post for Thanksgiving, pregnancy announcement, Christmas, or the New Year. Well, obviously none of those happened!
I thought I would start off the new year by posting my Christmas Card and Letter from 2013. This will give you a glimpse at our year.
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,“ Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” John 2:13-14
January – We had purchased a house and moved in November 2012 and were still working on getting things unpacked and settled, though this house felt like home almost right away.
February – We joined Cole’s family in Bozeman Montana for the Annual Family Ski Trip. I tried to teach Sylvia how to ski, however she wasn’t quite ready. We celebrated Sylvia’s 3rd birthday with a princess castle cake at the cabin we were renting.
March – Cole went to State Bowling.
April – We enjoyed camping so much last year that we decided to purchase a new bigger camper this year. So, we sold our first camper after less than a year. Cole went to pick up the new camper in Fargo at the end of April.
May – We began our camping season with an impromptu trip to Sakakawea State Park at Pick City with Cole’s brother and family, and Grandma and Grandpa Johnson.
June – The real test of our new camper began at the beginning of June. We traveled to Watertown Wisconsin to spend some time with Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Tegtmeier. We camped in Casselton, ND and Menomonie, WI on the way there. Violet joined us on the way there. We spent four nights in Watertown, WI. Cole surprised me with a trip to Green Bay, WI to see Lambeau Field! Spent a night near Green Bay, WI. Then spent a couple nights in Maple Grove, MN where Luther and Julia joined us. We were also able to see a few other friends while near the cities. We also enjoyed going to the Children’s Museum.
July – The second weekend of July we all went to the cabin at Blacktail and enjoyed time with Cole’s family. We then traveled back to the cities, after leaving the kids with Grandma and Grandpa in Grandin, to take in a Twins game and watch Tough Mudder.
August - We traveled to Iowa, this time without the camper :(, to get together with Marie’s family. With Carl and Meghan living in Tennessee and us living in Hazen, Luther and Julia’s place in Iowa was about half way. It was great to see all the family and we also were able to take in the Iowa State Fair.
September – Sylvia started Playschool. She loves it and goes to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the afternoon. She is growing up so fast and wants to be a cowgirl when she grows up. September was a big month for cake! I made my cousin’s wedding cake and cupcakes. It ended up being the biggest cake that I have made to date. www.scrumptiousbymarie.com I sure enjoy making cakes!
October – October seems to be a busy month for cakes! I was kept busy with cake all month. I am on the preschool board this year and we had a busy month with our first Monster Bash – a fun night for monsters and their mummies and our wreath sales.
November - We have been in our house for a year and still have so much to do! (Mainly put things up on the walls.) We also found out that we will be adding another little one to our family in July. (We printed the cards before our 1st doctor appointment where the ultrasound told us that we weren’t as far along as we thought hence the new July due date.) Pray for a cool summer! I have been feeling sick, which is a welcome thing since I did not feel sick with either of the miscarriages.
December – Cole continues to stay busy with work. He was just upgraded starting the first of December. He also switched crews with this upgrade and we are beginning to get settled into the new schedule. Naomi’s 2nd Birthday! We had pizza and a Hello Kitty cake on her birthday with some of Cole’s family. We will be having Christmas early here which will be different. Sylvia will be in the Christmas Eve Service for the first time this year! We will also travel to Fargo to have Christmas with Great Grandma Eva and the extended family on Christmas Day and the day after we will have Christmas at my Parents’ farm with my family. Sylvia, Naomi and I will travel with my family to Watertown, WI to have Christmas with the extended Tegtmeier family. Because of the schedule change, Cole is unable to make the trek to WI.
We feel blessed in 2013 and we look forward to what 2014 has in store for us! May God Bless you in the New Year!
Cole, Marie, Sylvia(3), Naomi(2) and July Baby Johnson