Thursday, January 8, 2009

Holidays 2009

Another Christmas has come and now gone. 2008 Christmas was fantastic. The right amount of family food and friends. The weeks leading up to Christmas are always a little tough trying to figure out where and when to be and for how long. BUT in the spirit of the holidays, it always works out. This year was special cause the entire Cassell clan was in town. Jeremy tried to play coy and play off the fact he was going to show up on Christmas morning...but umm we all knew.
It was not a quiet morning either. There were 4 little kids and Jeremy. I guess the days of nice quiet Christmas mornings are no more...especially with our soon to be added piece to the family, I am sure though he will be as quiet and mellow as his parents!
After the Cassell Christmas, we headed to Sheri's for a bit and had a nice Christmas interlude. Following that we went down to Papa Rons. My oh my...rock band has taken over in the Branca household. I am not gonna lie...Ron has the chops to make it as a Guitar Hero World Tour Rocker. I got to sing a bit, I am still apologizing to those within ear shot. We headed back up to the Kettles home to taper off our evening. We would like to say thank you to all of our loved ones who were so generous in both gift and gesture. We feel truly blessed to be part of such great families. We did miss our Mkinley arm of the family. We cannot wait for your new addition next week. I would also like to personally thank my wife for such a great holiday...I love her with all of my heart. Good luck in 2009!!!!

Ode to a dog

So...It has been a little while since I have been on here to 'blog'. So for our first blog of the new year...it will be dedicated to our beautiful little girl. She has been with us for over 4 1/2 years. She scratches our doors, stains our bedroom carpet, has a supercharged heart, diva attitude and sometimes does things that makes us want to pull our hair out. But for every one of those moments there are many more that make her a part of our little family. We love her like a child. When our little one comes along, in less than 8 weeks, Cassie will not be replaced, she will not be put aside, she will welcome our baby boy as we will.







Cassie and I enjoy one of the snowfalls last month.








Christmas morning. Cassie attempting to open her gift from Santa. Needless to say, the bag is no longer a bag.