Category Archives: Family

Mardi Gras 2008

Mardi Gras 2008 arrived early than ever for us this year. The night parade was February 1st, and mardigras2008the grand parade was on the second. We celebrated this Mardi Gras in our hometown, Pensacola. Susan’s brother, Steve, Kelly, Katie and Emily were able to join us for both parades this year. After the Saturday parade, we went to Mcguire’s Irish Pub for dinner. We did not make the Sunday beach parade as it fell on Superbowl Sunday this year. Here is a photograph of us at the Friday night parade.

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Christmas 2007

On December 14, 2007, we visited my mom in New Orleans. Mom was graduating with a bachelor’s degree from college. While in New Orleans, we saw Miracle on Fulton Street. The exhibit included artificial snow, live reindeers and various photograph backdrops. Harrah’s Casino xmas2007puts on the display near their hotel and casino. To the right is a photograph of us at Miracle on Fulton Street.

For Christmas 2007, I  woke everyone up bright and early! I had to work on Christmas day, so we had to get up early in the morning to open presents before leaving for work.

On the day after Christmas, Roy Jones, Jr., was promoting his upcoming fight with Felix Trinidad. xmas20072Brian and Aaron had the opportunity to meet Roy Jones and take a photograph with him. To the left is the photograph of Brian and Aaron standing with Roy Jones Jr. Roy Jones signed two boxing gloves and two posters for the boys.

On the weekend after Christmas, Phil and mom came into town after spending a week in the mountains. We waited to share gifts, so we had Christmas again! On New Year’s Eve, Phil and mom took Brian and Aaron to Pensacola Beach for a fireworks show.

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Mike’s Mom’s College Graduation

On December 15, 2007, mom graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Leavell mikesmomgradCollege, which is located in New Orleans, LA. The graduation ceremony was held at the seminary’s chapel. I was very proud for his mother to return to college after such a long hiatus. After the ceremony, all of our family and friends got together for several photographs. Here is one of the photographs from after the ceremony.

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July 4th, 2007

For July 4, 2007, we watched the fireworks downtown. I was on call for work. Since I was on call for work, I decided to work a sidejuly4th2007 job at  a wharf, that was near the firework show. My mom, stepdad and our niece, Nicole, were able to join us to watch the fireworks. All of the family joined me at the wharf. Before the fireworks, the kids seemed to want to take a lot of silly photographs. Here is a photograph of Susan sitting on her niece’s lap. My mom and stepdad are in the background.

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Destin Dolphin Cruise

On July 1, 2007, we went to Destin Harbor to take a dolphin cruise into the Gulf of Mexico. Nicole,dolphincruise our niece, was able to join us on the cruise. The cruise lasted for about an hour. On the way out of the Destin pass we saw quite a few dead fish that were caught in an outgoing tide and could not survive in the salt water. We saw no dolphins on the dolphin cruise…lol. We had a nice time though. The boat captain let Brian and Aaron steer the boat for a little while. He also had water guns to shoot at the kids. After the dolphinless cruise, we ate dinner on the harbor. Here is a photograph of us right before we left Destin Harbor for the Gulf of Mexico.

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Susan’s College Graduation

On May 5, 2007, Susan graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Elementary Education/English as a Second Language. All of Susan’s familysusancollegegrad and my mom and stepdad were able to celebrate Susan’s accomplishment with her. Susan now meets all of the requirements to become a teacher in the State of Florida. She will begin teaching in August 2007, at the same school Aaron attends. After the ceremony, several of us went to Pensacola Beach and celebrated Susan’s graduation at Capt’n Funs Beach Club. We thank everyone that traveled to Pensacola to see Susan graduate. Susan would also like to thank everyone for the wonderful gifts she received. I saved an article that was published in the Pensacola News Journal about her graduation.

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Mike’s Mom’s 50th Birthday

On March 4, 2007, my mother had a small party to celebrate her 50th birthday. The celebrationmikesmom50th was held at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where she lived and went to school. Phil grilled hotdogs for everyone. Afterward, Phil led us in a game to see who knew the most about mom. Paula, Debbie’s sister won the game. Here is a photograph of Debbie standing around her friends from the seminary.

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Mardi Gras 2007

Mardi Gras 2007 arrived early this year. We spent the weekend before Fat Tuesday in Pensacola. mardigras2007The downtown parade was on the same day as Aaron’s birthday, 02/17/07. Steve and his family were able to make the parade. Although it didn’t rain, like last year, the weather was cold. On the following day, Susan and I attended the parade at Pensacola Beach for the first time. We knew someone on a float. After getting their attention, Susan, who was sitting on my shoulders, was bombed with throws. Everyone had a great time at each parade. We always look forward to the parades each year.

Brian and Aaron spent the day with their grandmother. Here is a photograph of Mike and Susan at the beach parade. Click on the photograph to view the entire gallery.

Birthdays – Brian’s 13th and Aaron’s 8th

On the weekend of February 17th and 18th, 2007, Brian and Aaron celebrated their birthdays. birthdays2007Brian became a teenager and Aaron turned eight years old. On the 17th, the family attended the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade. Since Susan’s brother, Steve, and his family were in town for the Mardi Gras events, they were able to celebrate the birthdays with us.

On the night of the 17th, we had a bonfire in the backyard. Several of their neighborhood friends came over to play by the fire. To the right is a photograph of the boys and their friends during the bonfire. On the 18th, the boys spent the day with their Grandma and Phil, who took them to a movie. Click on the photograph to view the entire gallery.

Christmas 2006

Christmas 2006 was a busy holiday season for our family. Brian and Aaron were in a Christmas play, we went to New Orleans, Brian played in a Christmas musical and of course we had our christmas celebration out our own house.

On December 10, 2006, Brian and Aaron participated in a Christmas play at St. Andrews Methodistxmas2006 Church. St. Andrews is a small church where one of our friends is a member. The boys practiced for the play for about a month. The play went really well. Brian had to read a script and sing in a trio. My mom and stepdad happened to be in town during the play. So they were able to see the boys perform. The photograph to the right is of Brian and Aaron in the play.

On December 16th, we drove to New Orleans, where my mom was living. We stayed one night to visit with my mom. On the 16th, we took a ferry ride across the Mississippi River. This was the ferry made famous in the movie Deja Vu. When returned to the New Orleans side of the Mississippi, we strolled through the xmas20062Riverwalk mall. There we played around in the Brookstone store, ate some Beignets at the Cafe Du Monde and watched the Carnival Fantasy cruise ship set sail. The photograph on the left is Susan and Brian playing around at the Brookstone store. We then explored City Park. City Park was decorated with numerous lights. They had some ferry tale exhibits and a laser light show. Since this would be the last time we would see my mom before Christmas, we went ahead and exchanged gifts during our visit. On the following day, December 17th, we headed to a New Orleans Saints football game. My mom and stepdad treated us to our first NFL football game. The Saints lost to the Redskins, 10-16. After the game we went to Margaritaville to enjoy some seafood, a cheeseburger in paradise and a large plate of nachos. After filling our stomachs, we browsed the French Market right before we left New Orleans for our home.

On December 18th, Brian played in a Christmas Musical with his middle school band class. His xmas20063class played very well.

Susan’s mom, Mrs. Lafreniere, was able to join us for Christmas day. On Christmas Eve we went to St. Andrews Church for a candlelight service. Afterward, we opened one gift, which is a tradition with our family. The photograph on the lower right is Brian and Aaron on Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning, everyone opened their presents. After opening presents, we had a nice ham dinner. This was an eventful Christmas that we will never forget.

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