Tuesday, December 10, 2013

11th Annual Ornament Decorating Party



From what we can remember, this tradition of ours was started back in 2002.  That makes this year our 11th Annual Ornament Decorating Party with our good friends, The Ziegelmeier's.  As I look back on my blog at some of these parties of years past, it is unbelievable to me that all this time has gone by.

Here is a photo from our 4th party in 2005:


And one from this year:  


Since we've begun, Maia and Brianna were born - Diondra grew up and went off to college and Haley, Keira and Jake are teenagers or are almost there.

Our families have endured wonderful times and sorrows.  We've lost grandparents, endured Sandy Hook, changed jobs and Kristin has battled and beat cancer.

We've lost two cats and gained a dog.  Ate many dinners together and leaned on each other for advice and strength.


Each year Kristin and I go shopping together after researching ideas for homemade ornaments.  I think the shopping and planning is one of the best parts.



We have never missed a year but this year breast cancer threatened to take this tradition away from us...


But we're too strong for that.  So, instead, Kristin kicked cancer's ass and came back stronger than ever and shared a delicious drink to celebrate.
We look forward to another 11 years and many more together and will have trees FULL of decorations to remind us of of this wonderful gift of life we've shared.

1 comment:

Brook said...

nice party ;)

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