Annual Poem 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…

Annual Poem 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…

Annual Poem 2014

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…

Annual Poem 2013

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

Annual Poem 2012

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

Annual Poem 2011

Dear friends and family,
 
2011 went by too fast. Apologies for being  so late.
We hope your year and holidays were similarly great.

Unlike in the past, I’ll try to keep this year’s poem short.
Aside from our big move, there isn’t a whole lot to report.

Our year began in Virginia, similar to years prior,
Celebrating the coming year and all that might transpire. Continue Reading

Annual Poem 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

Annual Poem 2009

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

Annual Poem 2008

Dear friends and family,

Please forgive this card for being late,
The year has flown by, we are about to say bye to ’08.

Our year started off quieter than past years might suggest,
Watching the countdown on TV with host Ryan Seacrest.

Most people resolve to exercise in the new year, no doubt.
But in ’08, Dan’s and my passports got quite the work out. Continue Reading

Annual Poem 2007

Dear Friends and Family,

It’s December already. I better sit down and write this rhyme.
After all, Christmas is next week and I’m running out of time.

As is customary with the usual holiday letter,
We’re doing well, and hope you’re even better.

We went to Ocean City to celebrate the new year
With friends, family, dancing (and too much beer). Continue Reading