Monthly Archives: December 2014

Christmas Card 2014

I finally got all of our Christmas cards out in the mail after a little snafu with the pictures being printed incorrectly!  We decided to go simple this year, and Bob’s only request was that we have snow in the picture! I absolutely LOVE sending and receiving cards so December is basically the only days of the year you will find me walking through the snow to get the mail!

We pray that you all have a blessed Christmas and thanks for stopping by!

I am linking up with Faith for her annual Christmas Card Carousel.


Vikings vs. Jets

Sunday afternoon, Bob and I headed to TCF Bank Stadium to cheer on the Vikings!

Bob’s buddy Brian had a box for the game and graciously offered to take us!  We were beyond thrilled and so thankful for the experience!  It was pretty cold outside, so we were so happy to have a heater right above us!

I even wore a purple scarf and cheered the Vikings to a WIN in overtime!

We had a tv right in front of us which was awesome to be able to watch replays and see the slow-motion video that you sometimes miss when at a game!

Bob was happy to have access to their menu of food and very much enjoyed it!

I had to get a Dilly Bar just because it was freezing outside and we were warm in our box 🙂

After the game we enjoyed their many food buffets (that chocolate peanut butter cake was amazing!)

Brian, Carl, Kelly, & Bob

Thanks again Brian for an awesome time!

Ashleigh’s Baby Shower

Our friends from church, Don & Ashleigh, are expecting a new baby in January and we couldn’t be more excited for them!  Bob and Don were in a singles small group before we met, and so I have known them since basically day 1!  They are the sweetest couple that truly loves the Lord, and we feel so blessed to have them as friends and love their company in our current small group.

Becca, Terri, and I threw Ashleigh a baby shower at church and it was so fun to get together to celebrate!

I was in charge of decorations, Terri did the yummy food, and Becca made the cutest games!

Ashleigh got some wonderful gifts, and Becca and I had a good laugh because we both got her the SAME EXACT gift!  Great minds think alike…right?!

We played the cutest game where we were handed baby pictures of both Don and Ashleigh and had to ‘create’ what we think their baby will look like by combining their features!

They turned out so cute! And then Ashleigh picked a ‘winner’ and they got a prize.  It was so fun.

Becca and I both LOVE babies and we were thrilled when baby E came to the shower….it was so fun to get to cuddle with her!

I knit Ashleigh a white blanket and hat, and I loved the way it turned out!

Kelly, Ashleigh, & Becca (Terri managed to avoid pictures the whole time!)

I cannot wait to meet their sweet baby!

Thanksgiving with Cam

We were happy to spend Thanksgiving with Bob’s family before we headed to WI. Misti, Ashton, & Cameron came up for the weekend which was so fun! We jump at any chance to see this little cutie!

How can you not smile at this sweet little guy!

Cam is almost 1 year old and I can’t believe how quickly the year has flown by!

He is busy busy busy!

Grandma J (Cam’s great-grandma) got to meet him for the first time and got some sweet snuggles!

Melts my heart!

Operation Christmas Child & Packer game

Last weekend, our church hosts a major packing party for Operation Christmas Child.  This was my first year helping pack boxes and I was BLOWN away by how big everything was!  All donations were set up and separated into the age divisions and gender to help the sorting/packing go smoother, and our entire open area was filled with overflowing tables!

My friend Carrie came with me since Bob had a school engagement and we packed and packed and packed boxes!

We had so much fun, but were exhausted after all of the work!

I have been busy buying and wrapping gifts already, and am determined to truly enjoy the Christmas season this year!

We have started decorating our house for Christmas, and Bob was SO excited to unpack all of our lights!

We were able to celebrate Thanksgiving with both of our families (another post to come once I upload the pictures from my real camera) and I was so happy to get to spend some time with our nephew, Cameron!

Before the Packer/Viking game

Mom, Uncle Jim, Jake, Dad, Kelly, & Bob

The Lambeau Leap statue that is new this year

My cell phone camera has not been working the best but we did go to the Packer/Patriot game yesterday and had a blast at Lambeau!

All bundled up! (The game started at 30 degrees and didn’t drop too much so we stayed fairly ‘warm’ the whole time)

Bob took this photosphere picture with his phone and I thought it turned out awesome!  We were so happy the Packers could pull a W and always have fun at Lambeau!

Alex’s Baby Shower

Yet another of my co-workers is expecting so we threw her a baby shower!  Alex is due in January with a little girl and we are so excited to add another little babe to the crew at work!

Colette, Carrie, Alex, Jeanna, Laura

(back)  Laura, Kelly, Liz, Liz

Laura and Liz both brought their twins so we had 4 sweet babies to love on!


After working a straight 8 days after coming home from SF, I headed to Michigan to see my sister, brother-in-law, and favorite niece!

Benta greeted me at the airport!

I was a little worried the first night because she was being a little mama’s girl, but she quickly warmed up to me!

Thank goodness because I love this little girl to pieces!

We went to see the K-Wings play hockey and had so much fun!

Benta was SO good the whole game (even into overtime!) and the K-Wings won in a shoot out!


We mostly played and played though…little miss got her first (double) ear infection so we had lots of cuddles and nosewiping!

We went to the Air Zoo one day, which is an aviation museum

Benta loved the kiddie rides

While Nick and I played the simulator a few times….I am definitely not the pilot of the two of us!

Nick & Kelly


She cracks me up!

Snuggles with her mama

This one is blurry but I thought it was too cute to not post!

We had such a fun week, and as always it was hard to leave!

San Francisco Part 2

Our first full day in San Francisco we headed to the Golden Gate Bridge

A year later, and I was still in awe of it!

From there, we headed to see the Painted Ladies, this row of Victorian houses that sit across from Alamo Square

I absolutely LOVE SF architecture!

Then we walked to see the ACTUAL house from Full House!  Last year it was under construction so I was happy to see the entire house this year!

We purchased bus passes, so it was SO simple to just hop on and hop off so we headed to Chinatown from there…

And then went over to AT&T Park where the Giants were playing in the World Series against the Royals that night!

Dad and the Willie Mays statue in front of the park

AT&T Park all decorated for the World Series!

Then Mom and I headed to Ghiardelli Square for a little snack 🙂

And then to Musee Mechanique to look at all of the quarter machines!

That night we watched the Packers play the Saints (they lost) and the Royals vs. Giants (Giants won game 5)

The next morning was our trip to Alcatraz and again I was excited because due to the government shut down, wasn’t able to visit last year

Alcatraz Island

3 stories of jail cells

They have an awesome audio tour that takes you through the whole site and really gives you a feel of how the day to day life was

View of downtown SF from Alcatraz

Warden’s house that burned down in 1970

Then we headed to Pier 39 to see the sea lions

And then to Coit Tower to take in the beautiful frescoes that line the inside of the tower

Mom headed to the top (The Transamerica Pyramid is in the center)

Mom at the top of Coit Tower (dad wanted to keep his feet firmly planted on the ground)

Coit Tower

Just a typical SF street!

Dad headed back to the hotel and mom and I continued our day to the Palace of Fine Arts

This was my first time there and it was GORGEOUS!  Originally it was built as a temporary exhibit for a national Exposition in 1815, and was restored in 1965 and then again starting in 2003.

The Octagon House

Heart sculpture in Union Square

In Union Square, we hopped on a cable car to head back to the hotel

Our final full day in SF, we had a tour of AT&T Park

This was Dad’s favorite thing of the trip, and I really enjoyed it as well!

The field is situated right on the bay, and if a Giant hits a home run into the water it is known as a Splash Hit (which there have been 68)

Dad with the Giants last two World Series trophies (2010 & 2012)

Dad in the dugout

In the visitor’s locker room

McCovey Cove

We headed to the Cable Car Museum from there

And then rode a Cable Car to Lombard Street

Mom & Dad on a cable car

We made one last trip to Ghiardelli Square for a treat!

Fisherman’s Wharf

Our last stop was to see the Haas-Lilienthal house which is typically open for tours but due to it being close to Halloween was closed their normal hours.

We had a fun trip and it was neat to see all of my favorite sites again and then to add some new ones as well!

San Francisco Part 1

It has been almost 2 months since my last post, and I apologize for the delay!  I spent over half of October traveling and that led to a busy November so now that it is December I will try to catch up!

In October, my parents and I traveled to California to basically replicate our trip (Bob and myself) from last year.  Due to my dad’s health condition, they were planning on going with us last year and ended up not being able to come.

We started off the trip by flying to SF and then driving up to the Eureka, CA just south of the Redwood National Forest.

This was my first time to the National Park since last year we happened to travel during the time of the government shutdown.  It is impossible to take pictures of how massive the trees are without some kind of reference point (like a person). The above picture is the Big Tree and if you look closely you can see my dad standing at the bottom!

The gorgeous Pacific Coast where we ate lunch

My parents

Chapel Tree

We rode the Sky Trail gondola up to a scenic lookout…twice because my dad enjoyed the ride so much the first time we just had to do it again!

Trees growing off of a redwood branch! (the Candelabra tree)

A banana slug!

Pacific Coast

We drove into a herd of elk that were just grazing by the side of the road!

The Carson Mansion in Eureka, which is now a country club but was originally a lumbar baron’s home!

Mom and I traveled to Ferndale which is this cute Victorian village that was just a few miles away from our hotel

Their main street was so beautiful!

The gingerbread house (B&B)

The best part of Ferndale was when my mom spotted this Penny Press! (it was NOT on the penny finder app!)

After two nights, we headed back down to San Francisco and stopped at the Chandelier Tree in Leggett

Mom driving our rental car through

My dad is 6’4″ so you can see how tall the carving is!

We made it back to San Francisco and headed down to Fisherman’s Wharf for dinner!

We ate at Boudin Bakery for my favorite clam chowder in a bread bowl! Yum!

They made the neatest breads in different designs for each month of the year

Seriously amazing clam chowder!