Monday, December 29, 2008

New Nephew

JJ and Kate had a son yesterday. After alot of contractions for the last several days and then getting to the hospital only to almost be sent home, the drama finally ended with the speedy delivery of a healthy baby boy. His name is Jackson. A son to carry on the Hannah name. Jj is so proud, as we all are.
I am a little sad I will not meet him in person until April in Florida, but I will take what I can get.
God is good!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

WE had a wonderful Holiday this year. My mom and dad came up and stayed for 5 days. We had lots to do decorating cookies, gingerbread houses, Greenfield village. Luckily the weather warmed up for us. The 9 inches of snow made it beautiful to walk around under the moon casting light for us.
We spent Christmas Eve afternoon at church and then went to a friends house for appetizers and drinks afterwards.
The kids were fairly easy to get into bed on Christmas Eve night. (to bad there isn't that incentive every night)
Santa pleased all in our house on Christmas morning. The kids each got new bikes. He new how desperately there were needed. Although there was still lots of snow the kids were excited. Whitney also got her DS that she wanted and Lucas got few new Wii games. This along with tons of other stuff. So many fabulous gifts under the tree.
We had our traditional egg casserole breakfast after opening gifts and then returned to play with everything after eating.
Trish and Gabs drove up Christmas Day afternoon.
More presents and tons of laughter Christmas night. IT is a snowman war between Trish and I on who gets more each year. She has now started something by "stealing" one of my snowmen when she left my house.
Let the games begin sister!!!
We are truly blessed this year. In Michigan, and everywhere where so many families are struggling, we are stable, happy, healthy and loving life. Many blessings to all your families.

A blessed Christmas we had.

Everyone received gifts they loved. Whitney had one request...a Nintendo DS. John enjoyed the 6 he got under the tree of Michigan brewed specialites.

The family before church on Christmas Eve.
Please notice Whitney is almost as tall as me.

An annual tradition is decorating gingerbread houses with Mimi and Papaw. They stayed at our house for several days and it looks like the boys team were happy with the finished products.
We spent a night at Greenfield Village, Kind of like Conner Prarie for you Hoosiers. it was beautiful walking around in the snow, carolers, reindeer, sleigh rides, hot chocolate, and Santa.
Here we are taking a break and warming up by the fire.

Whitney and Lucas helped me make buckeyes from my grandma Hannahs rec. then we delivered to some friends for Christmas.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Winter wonderland

It was a beautiful snowfall the other night, so we decided to take a walk at night through the neighborhood. The snow looked like it had glitter in it.

This is this morning. We had 6 inches by 8, by 11:30, we are at 11 and still coming down hard. The kids are having a blast outside on their snow day. Although last night they were wanting to go to school. They had fun stuff planned on their last day before break. i think i have the only 2 kids on the planet that want to go to school. They are enjoying themselves outside now however.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!!

Turkey Day in Indiana. Whitney and Gabs are cheesing for the camera.

John, Me, Mom, Dad, Julie Hill (my cousins wife)
Whitney, Gabrielle, Lucas, Nick Hill, Trish and Bella
We all had a great day at my mom and dads eating a ton of food. (Trish makes the best sweet potato souffle ever). Then we played up your giggy. a game we used to play with my grandparents that is so fun for the entire family.
Of course football and some couch time were included in this day.

Decorating the tree

Whitney and Luc help decorate the tree before we head to Indiana for Turkey Day.