Posted on January 1, 2020
Dear friends and family, Apologies for the annual poem being tardy, I was with the kids at a hotel New Year’s Eve party. 2019 was a year filled with plenty of change. But not writing a poem about it would feel quite strange. The year started with our standard family unit: The…
Posted on January 1, 2019
Dear friends and family, This poem’s deadline is coming down to the wire, So much to discuss regarding this year prior. The year twenty-eighteen kicked off in our hometown. Dan and Emma left for a trip minutes post-countdown. Off in a flash to see the Northwest’s top goods: Seattle, the Oregon Coast…
Posted on December 31, 2017
Dear Friends and Family, Before we welcome twenty-one-eight, It’s time for our annual rhyming update. As 2017 was arriving, We kicked it off with some indoor skydiving. Winter is a great time for sightseeing! We took our guests for some amazing skiing. Winter is also a great time for a dare: Brinton…
Posted on December 31, 2016
Dear family and friends, With a rhyming dictionary and a steady flow of caffeine, It is time to review and say goodbye to 2016! In January, amid loved ones, and with zero aplomb, We celebrated the life and passing of my bonus mom. After looking for months for a dog—we’re quite…
Posted on December 31, 2015
Dear Family and Friends, As the year 2015 winds down to an end, It’s time we share our year with those on which we depend. January began with a trainer who helped advise, It took lots of work and strength but I went down a dress size! Despite this, I continued the…
Posted on January 2, 2015
Dear friends and family, As is the tradition—now ten years’ time— It’s time to review our year in a clever little rhyme. The year was full of trips, visits, and too many school breaks, And—this is no exaggeration—at least a thousand cupcakes. I started a local movie night, the first cupcakes looked…
Posted on January 3, 2014
Dear Family and Friends,
Again this poem is late,
Hard to find time and still make the kids’ Christmas great.
As some suggest, thirteen can be unlucky.
Our ’13—compared with other years—was kinda yucky.
We had times ranging from difficult to sweet.
But to be honest, I’m glad the year is complete.
Our year began with new roommates: Chad, Kally, Clarice.
Chad is Dan’s brother; Clarice: Chad’s wife; Kally: our niece. Continue Reading
Posted on January 1, 2013
Dear loved ones,
Once again, my annual poem is a little bit tardy.
Meanwhile, I hope you were busy with your New Year’s Eve party.
Our last poem wrapped with news we were expecting a baby.
So our adventures were limited. Shorter poem? Maybe.
January was bachelor(/ette) month for our local friends.
Dan went to Key West (again!), which he clearly recommends.
I went to Miami and the Bahamas for a short cruise.
I had lots of fun on the trip, but without all the booze. Continue Reading
Posted on December 23, 2010
Dear friends and family,
As I sit down to write the (sixth!) annual poem again,
I’m proud that I’m writing it while it is still 2010.
We were in Wyoming with extended family for New Year’s—
I hope as I go through the months, I don’t bore you to tears.
February was filled with plenty of snow, cabin fever, and ice.
Amazingly, the region was hit with a blizzard not once, but TWICE! Continue Reading
Posted on January 16, 2010
Dear friends and family,
I know I’m extra late this year, the time has been difficult to surmount.
We went out of town for the holidays, so these past two weeks don’t count.
Once again with our poem, for the year’s events, I’ll start at the top:
Being pregnant and sleepy, I was barely awake to see the ball drop.
Dan started working for a new company. The job makes him content,
I don’t know much of what he does, but he built software for the President. Continue Reading