Annual Poem 2020

Dear Friends and Family, As I start to write my yearly poetic salute,All I can think is “I want to give this year the boot!” As the year began, I was hopeful for a better shotthan ’19, but what a shitstorm 2020 brought! The first two weeks of the year were going…

Annual Poem 2019

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…

Annual Poem 2018

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…

Annual Poem 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…

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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.
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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