Looking through the Christmas album, I find these tell a pretty amazing story. We met at Christmas time 2006, and one of our first dates was to Mychael’s work Christmas party.
This year will be thirteen Christmases together, and it’s been a blessed life, and one we both think of as undeserved.
It’s interesting to watch it chronologically, and see the family grow.
Our fist Army Christmas ball. Mychael is “out to here” with Kenna.
The following year, Kenna starts a tradition in our family. Suspicion of the big guy in red.
That year, Mychael worked Christmas eve (hence the nursing uniform) and we opened presents and went to church when she go home.
Chrnistmas morning church
Christoipher’s first serious hunting knife
The following year, we moved to a new duty station, and Santa had changed his entire look
It was also the year of the pointiest tree ever
Kenna crashes after opening presents
Baking Christmas cookies
One year, I came home from Afghanistan during R&R and we got to go to a hotel (alone) and go see Austin Ballets “The Nutcracker”
Salado Christmas Tree Farm. Christopher had a huge bandage on his finger from the neighbors dog who bit him.
David shows up, and this is one of my favorite pictures of him. Salado closed, so we tried Silo Tree Farm
And Christopher took over as the guy who cuts down the tree
That was the year we bought the big house that we lived in for almost seven years
Kenna did not understand what was in this box, but once I built the doll house she loved it
I started taking pictures of Mychael hanging tree lights
Snapped this one during a photo shoot for Christmas cards in the woods behind the house
You can see me in the background trying to hold up David
Aleksandar appears for the first time, only three months old
And it was out first Orthodox Christmas
Another Christmas ball, San Antonio
We had temporary duty for those two years, so we had to find a different tree farm, again
More of the tree light elf
Gratuitous picture of David “helping” me tie the tree down, another year.
I tried to recreate the magic of the cowboy hat David picture with Aleks, but this one is just not as good
Aleks takes suspicion of Santa to a new level, this time its just pure terror
Super cool filter for fireplace photo, another year
David–first gun that actually shoots a projectile (darts)
During the intermission at their sisters Nutcracker debut as a reindeer
And now, here we are, about a week out from Christmas number thirteen.
Aleksandar, the youngest boy, is still very suspicious of Santa.
David, has reached a level of not being so “anti-help” and actually gets some things done when I need him to.
In order to jam it into our temporary arrangement, the tree is much smaller.
The Montana sky is more breath taking than I imagined even in my dreams.
And my wife is still my dream girl.
Here’s to hoping all our readers have blessed Christmas season, and if we don’t see you on Christmas day–Hristos Se Rodi!
To finish off as we started this post, with another work Christmas party, what a difference a few years makes.