Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Valentine's Day

My little Valentine creations!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Six Nice Kids by The Vintage Sister

My Mom and Dad

The Six Of Us...Steffie, Mikie, Me, Mark, Shannon, David

As long as I can remember, whenever we asked my Dad what he wanted for his birthday or Christmas all he ever said was "Six nice kids"! He still says it, even though the six of us are now middle-aged, grandparents that have turned into half way decent adults! Not knowing what to get him, I was browsing in The Vintage Sisters shop on Etsy and was happy to see she does custom paintings of your family! Haha, I thought, so Tracy was employed to do me and my siblings! Tracy is fabulous to work with, after several conversations she went to work. I was so happy with the results I just had to share it with you! Tracy is amazing, and tries very hard to make sure you are happy! I'm telling you if you ever want a sweet piece of art or a custom portrait, she is the lady to see!

Saturday, December 27, 2008


These little snowmen were a gift from Natalie and represent my nine precious grandkids!

My favorite day is Christmas with my kids and grandkids, we always do it a couple days before or after Christmas, this year I forgot my camera so I didn't get my traditional "nine grandkids" picture!

One of our other traditions is going to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This year it was on Dec. 23rd. The weather was perfect, snowy and blustery and it was fun wandering around downtown Grand Rapids!

I am always a little sad when I have to take the tree down. Every single ornament is special to me. They have been given as gifts from friends and family and I cherish them all.


My family is huge and nobody in their right mind wants the whole clan at their house so we rent a restaurant on Christmas Day. There are 57 of us, Mom, Dad, sisters, brothers, in-laws, neices, nephews, and grandkids. It's always chaotic and loud, but a great way to spend time with the whole group! Unfortunately Natalie got the bug, and I missed her and her family!

My Mom and Dad still in love after 60 years!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas everyone!

This is the first time in my entire life that I will be happy when it's all over! All the shopping, wrapping, and cooking is wearing me out!
But I know it will all be appreciated, and then I will be anxious for Christmas again!