Well, sigh… no Christmas cards this year. I had one weak moment on December 22nd and almost sent out “last-minute-oh-crap-gotta-send-something-out” cards, but Hubby literally pulled me away from the card stock. He wanted our only vacation night without kiddos (Zeke went to bed super early and Bubba stayed the night with the in-laws) to be OUR night, not “Alyssa’s frantic card-making extravaganza.” After returning from our mountain Christmas vacation (courtesy of the in-laws), I decided to write this letter. Drumroll, please, as this is a first edition Aarhaus Christmas letter…
Dear Family and Friends-
We hope you enjoy these Aarhaus 2009 highlights with cheesy pics included!
January took us to Orlando for a week with Alyssa’s entire family and included a sweet visit to Mickey Mouse. February 1st Alyssa officially left the active duty Army. It would take more than this paragraph to explain why, but she hasn’t regretted her decision to leave for a second. When not chasing the boys around the house, she enjoys her National Guard job one weekend a month.
Bubba is our dinosaur expert and has far too many preschool girlfriends. He turned four in November and loves anything involving a super cape. His favorite places are the Dinosaur Museum (Denver Museum of Nature and Science) and the Children’s Museum.
Zeke (or Zek-ee Benito as we like to call him) lost his baby face and became a little boy. We celebrated his baptism in April and can’t believe he already turned one in August. He loves his brother, which we hope lasts for awhile, and just started walking.
We hosted a couples bible study this year and celebrated the end of our first study by surprising Hubby for his 30th birthday in June. Hubby’s still designing power plants and any other carpentry project Alyssa schemes.
In August, Alyssa celebrated her 30th birthday by hiking a 14,000 foot mountain with Hubby. She’s recently returned to writing and thanks Hubby for wrestling with the boys so Mommy can update her new website, FromMilitarytoMom.com.
This is the first year we don’t have an Army move pending and hope you can visit us in Colorado soon. Thanks for remembering us with your beautiful Christmas cards. We are thankful to have made such amazing friends throughout the years.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Love Hubby, Alyssa, Bubba, and Zek-ee