Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Eve

Our Christmas Eve was spent at my mom and Steve's house. We had a great time. We enjoyed a fabulous dinner made by mom, opened presents, went to Christmas Eve service, and came back to play games. We are thankful for these special times with family.

Kyra and Drew all dressed up on Christmas Eve.

Kyra saying "Cheese".

Cousins ~ Natalie(4), Katelyn(3), & Drew(3 1/2) having fun on Christmas Eve.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Kyra's Baptism

We were blessed to have Kyra baptized with our family present on Sunday. We sat in the second row (Not reccomended). Kyra was such a beautiful little girl in her white dress. She didn't care for the water placed on her head, but did a great job. It was a very special time for our family.

Matt (Godfather), Mike, Drew, Me, Kyra, Carrie (Godmother)

Kyra meeting the congregation.

Kyra opening a present.

Natalie's 4th BDay Party

Yesterday it was my neice's 4th birthday party. We went bowling and to an arcade. Drew and Kyra had a blast. Here are some pictures from Nat's party.

Drew bowling for a strike!

Cole (cousin), Drew, and Mike playing bubble hockey.

Kyra playing in the arcade.

Drew and Kyra playing a race car game.

Kyra and I playing a game.

Kyra and Daddy trying to win the race car game.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Drew & Natalie Bathtime Fun

Drew and Nat shaving in the bathtub.

Merry Christmas From the Belleson's

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Our weekend in D.C.

Mike and I had the opportunity to have a weekend get-a-way in Washington D.C. for a work Christmas party. We stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown and that was just the beginning.

On Saturday morning, Mike and I walked around National Mall and toured the Air and Space museum where we saw the plane that Mike's grandfather flew. We also walked to the Washington Monument and the World War II Monument. One cab driver drove us past the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery.

Saturday night was the Christmas party at the Phillips Collection Museum. We got all dressed up and had a FABULOUS time. The after party was back at the Four Seasons where we sat around and mingled until 1:30 am.

Sunday morning we tried to get up early and see more sights. We started at the Lincoln Monument, the Vietnam Monument, and the Korean Monument. It was an amazing experience, and we hope to go back when we have more time.

Mike and I had a wonderful weekend thanks to ATK for inviting us and Mike's parents for watching our kids!

P-A-R-T-Y Time

Mike and I at the Phillips Collection Musuem for the Christmas party.

Being a Tourist

Mike with the Capital building in the background.

Capital Building

Me standing in front of the Capital building.

Touring D.C. Monuments

Mike and I in front of the Lincolin Memorial.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Decorating X-mas Cookies

What is the holidays without decorating Christmas sugar cookies. Today the kids sprinkled and shook, plopped and piled to decorate the most delicious cookies. Fun was had by all!

Santa Land

Every holiday season, the Macy's department store in Minneapolis has an animated holiday show. My mom, sister, and I try and make it each year. This year's theme was "A Day in the Life of an Elf." Not our favorite, but still it was good and very entertaining. After we walked through the show, we waited in line to see Santa (again for Drew & Kyra). Many great memories were made today!

Emily (my sis), my mom, & me waiting in line to see Santa ~ for the kids =)

Drew & Nat hav'in fun together!

Natalie, Drew, & Kyra lov'in the Macy's 8th floor Santa's Elves display.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Family Picture with Santa

We finally got Drew to sit on Santa's lap! YEAH! But when Santa reached for Kyra, she started to we made it a family picture. Happy Holidays everyone!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Our Thanksgiving

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, we spent it with the Kelley Family. Kathy cooked a fabulous meal. Drew and Luke had a blast playing with each other. I think they took out every toy Luke has and played with it. They sure made a mess, but it was obvious they had fun together.

Kyra was busy trying to keep up with the boys. She was up and down the stairs a lot because my legs are sore from keeping an eye on her. Kyra loved watching baby Josh eat sweet potatoes for the first time. Man, he really liked them; he ate the whole jar.

Mike and I were in great company with Kathy, Karl, and Pete (Karl's pilot friend). We are very thankful for our new found friendship. Thanks to the Kelley Family for a fun night!

The kids in their Thanksgiving Day hats! Kyra, Drew, Josh, & Luke

Drew & Luke ~ New BFFs

Cutie Pie Kyra

Monday, November 24, 2008

Go MN Hockey!

Kyra Lee

Fall has been such a fun time of year for all of us, but especially Kyra. Now that she's 14 months, she's walking, climbing, and getting into everything. She loves her independency. She LOVES to read books, push her baby doll around in a baby stroller, play with the toy kitchen, and do whatever Drew's doing.

Drew Martin

Drew started preschool the end of August and is loving it. He has 4 other kids in his class and really likes his teacher. He has also starting ice skating lessons. He's doing well, but he really likes when Mike or I take him to open skate. We're hopeful he'll like hockey.He's in swimming lessons as well and LOVES it! The teacher said he was a great listener and will do really well :) Drew's excited to go to MN for the holidays and skate with his Uncles Matt and Mark and Grandpa Greg, play with his cousins Natalie, Cody, Cole, Katelyn, decorate cookies with Grandma Mary, go shopping with Grandma Sandy, play with Steve, stay at Aunt Emily and Uncle Zach's house, and all the other fun things that we'll do when we're there!