Today we celebrated Emma’s 8th birthday.  The celebrations  started with her friend party at the gymnastics center.  Both gymnastic and school friends joined us for the celebration.

 

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Emma Birthday collage - school friends

Emma Birthday collage - gym friends

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New Years Day ~ January 1, 2014 ~ Day 1

Posted by danaandtammy on Wednesday Jan 1, 2014 Under Daily Life, Holidays, Kid Pictures, Traditions, Travels

For the past few years we make the trip to the Mall of America on New Years Day.  Emma’s favorite thing is the new American Girl Doll of the Year comes out Jan. 1st.  This year she got Isabelle with her Christmas money.  Kenny’s favorite is the Lego store.  Today he picked out the Gold Mine set.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted by danaandtammy on Thursday Feb 14, 2013 Under Holidays, Kid Pictures, Special Events

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us!

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Lowes Creek Tree Farm

Posted by danaandtammy on Saturday Nov 19, 2011 Under Holidays, Kid Pictures, Traditions, Winter

Every year we go to a local tree farm and cut down our tree. Usually at the same time we try to get our Christmas card picture. With my sister and family in town we put her to work; she really did get some fun shots. Usually we just post the good ones but this time I decided to include some of the outtakes.

Here are some outtakes.  I cannot figure out why making a collage makes the photos compressed and lose their sharpness.

2011 Christmas card outtakes

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Barbie and Ken ~ Halloween 2011

Posted by danaandtammy on Monday Oct 31, 2011 Under Holidays, Kid Pictures, Special Events

This is probably the last year that Kenny won’t have his own ideas about what he wants to be for Halloween. I love my little Barbie and Ken!

This year the Gorman’s joined us for trick-r-treating in our neighborhood.

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American Girl Halloween Party

Posted by danaandtammy on Sunday Oct 30, 2011 Under Holidays, Kid Pictures

This year Emma had a American Girl Halloween Party. Each girl brought their doll and had fun making a doll sized Halloween cape.  They also decorated cookies and made American Girl sized candies.

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Valentine’s Day Pictures

Posted by danaandtammy on Saturday Feb 5, 2011 Under Holidays, Kid Pictures, Photographs

Getting a banner picture with both of the kids smiling was tough. One kid at a time is much easier.

 

 

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Emma’s Friend Party

Posted by danaandtammy on Saturday Jan 15, 2011 Under Holidays, Holidays, Kid Pictures, Photographs, Special Events

We had a houseful of friends today at Emma’s friend party. It was an action packed party with some crafts, present opening, the always fun group shot, and then pizza and cake.

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Emma’s Present Opening

Posted by danaandtammy on Thursday Jan 13, 2011 Under Holidays, Kid Pictures, Photographs, Special Events

It is tradition in our house for the kids to open birthday presents right away in the morning. So this year at about 6:50am the opening started. Highlights were some American Girl travel accessories.

Our little “geek” likes to help with the videoing.

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Opening Presents in Colorado

Posted by danaandtammy on Monday Dec 27, 2010 Under Holidays, Holidays, Kid Pictures, Photographs, Special Events

We celebrated Christmas in Colorado a day later than scheduled as we volunteered to give up our seats on our scheduled Delta flight to Denver on Christmas Day. We were compensated nicely though for the inconvenience.

The kids wore their matching reindeer pants made by Grandma Fish and we all had an enjoyable time.

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Christmas Day Celebrations

Posted by danaandtammy on Saturday Dec 25, 2010 Under Holidays, Holidays, Kid Pictures, Photographs, Special Events

The children woke up bright and early to open presents at our house. It was a fun time of just the four of us, and this year dad didn’t fall off a chair.

Probably never to look like this again, putting this together took Dad well over an hour. It would be handy if Playmobil use some sort of logic in how they package the hundreds of tiny pieces.

Emma helping mommy with her stocking.

Before heading to the airport to go to Colorado, we had brunch with the Wisconsin family at a local restraunt.

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Christmas Eve Celebration

Posted by danaandtammy on Friday Dec 24, 2010 Under Holidays, Holidays, Kid Pictures, Photographs, Special Events

On Dana’s side of the family, celebrating and opening presents occurs on Christmas Eve. Dinner included Swedish Meatballs as the main entree. Lots of fun with everyone.

The girls love their mashed potatoes with gravy.

After dinner, but before present opening we did a bunch of group photos. The kids were pretty motivated knowing that the sooner pictures were done, the sooner presents could be opened.

Uncle Tracy, Aunt Tara, Landry, Avery and Carter.

All the nieces and nephews with Uncle Ryan and Aunt Tessa.

Granma and Grandpa Swany with the grandkids.

This paper is close to 30 years old.

Emma’s American Girl doll that she named Lily.

This toy train was actually Dana’s when he was a little kid. It stills works, which is actually too bad because it plays some pretty annoying music.

A fun night with family.

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Santa on Christmas Eve

Posted by danaandtammy on Friday Dec 24, 2010 Under Holidays, Holidays, Kid Pictures, Photographs, Special Events

The day before this, we waited over an hour to see Santa, but when we realized that we would probably have to wait another hour we gave up. That left us with only one day (Christmas Eve) to see Kris Kringle. I (Dana) got to the mall 45 minutes before Santa arrived for the day. I then waited in line until the rest of the family arrived. It worked out just great and both Emma and Kenny were happy to sit on Santa’s lap.

The cousins also showed up a few minutes after us, so we got a picture of them also.

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Making a Gingerbread House

Posted by danaandtammy on Sunday Dec 19, 2010 Under Holidays, Holidays, Kenny's Health, Kid Pictures, Photographs, Special Events

Lots of fun. Lots of mess. Lots of sugar.

The candy in this picture is significant. A few hours after making the house, Emma tried to put one of these little candies into Kenny’s mouth while he was laying down. Somehow the candy ended up going in his nose. We almost got to the point where we thought we would need to go to Urgent care, when a strong external push shot the candy out of his nose. The whole time sister Emma was much more concerned than Kenny.

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Preschool Christmas Program

Posted by danaandtammy on Friday Dec 17, 2010 Under Holidays, Holidays, Kid Pictures, Photographs, Special Events

Emma’s Christmas program was just a lot of fun to watch. All of the kids where so expressive in their singing. It really helped get us all into the Christmas spirit.

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