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Christmas 2014

The best part about Christmas 2014 was that we were able to spend it with most of our family. I was actually off this year! I guess that made up for working on Thanksgiving. On Christmas Eve, Brian came over to our house to spend the night. I think he was worried DSCN0463about if Santa would find him after he has moved around so much during the previous year. Aaron lucked out and received a MacBook Pro. Susan was quite happy that she would be able to use her laptop at the house now. We gave Brian a new Motorola Andriod phone. He was pretty excited since he broke his last phone. Forrest is always confused with all of the excitement on Christmas mornings. He usually gets lost in his stocking. My mom and stepdad came in Christmas afternoon. It was nice to be able to see them for the holiday. It was a quick visit. They had to DSCN0496leave the next day, and so did we.

On the day after Christmas, we drove to Montgomery to visit Susan’s family. We stayed at her brother’s house for the weekend. We did a lot of catching up. All of the cousins were able to get together. While in Montgomery we went to a Dillard’s discount store. It was our first time in that type of Dillard’s. We also went to the Mexican restaurant that Susan’s mom loved.

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Christmas 2012

For Christmas this year, we stayed at our home in Pensacola, FL.  My mom and stepdad droveDSC00821 over from New Orleans to celebrate with us. I had to work until 2am on Christmas Eve. Shortly after I went to bed, the boys got up to see if Santa came.  Santa must have made a very quick visit, but he did come. Brian got a nice camera. Aaron got the new iPod Touch, some video games and some clothes. Susan got a Coach purse, a box of goodies from Victoria’s Secret, some FSU clothing and a linen set.  I got some Bose headphones for running, a FSU cooler, some clothes to wear to school and some Vibram Fivefingers.  Susan and I gave my mom and stepdad tickets to DSC00868Cirque du Soleil. On the right is a photograph of Brian playing with Forrest and his stocking.

On the day after Christmas, we traveled to Mobile, AL, to see some of my family. We have not seen many of them in almost ten years. The day was nice. The boys enjoyed playing pool while the adults sat around and caught up. To the left is a group photograph that we took right before we left.

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Christmas 2010

The week of Christmas 2010, we traveled to New Orleans, LA, to visit with my family. We walked around the French Quarter to witness Christmas in New Orleans. We stopped at a hotel that was decorated real nice. We also went to Christmas on Fulton Street. Harrah’s Casino xmas20101decorates the street with Christmas trees, lights and fake snow. We also went to a concert that was held in the St. Louis Cathedral. The next day we went to a cooking demonstration in the French Quarter. We visited the Katrina Museum, which was breathtaking. For lunch we ate gyros near Bourbon Street. We capped off the visit with a nice ham dinner prepared by mom. The photograph on the right is of everyone in a French Quarter hotel.

After a busy three days in New Orleans we returned home to celebrate Christmas. We had a quite Christmas celebration with just the four of us. On Christmas morning Brian and Aaron woke up xmas20102around one in the morning. Susan got up and chased them back to bed. This Christmas was the biggest yet for the boys. Brian received a Macbook and Aaron received a 32″ LCD television for his room. My present was probably the best of all. I got four tickets to the Chick Fil A Bowl, which FSU was playing in. Susan would probably argue her present was the best though. She received a new Mazda 6 unexpectedly. The Mazda will replace the Honda she has been driving since 1998. The photograph on the left is of Susan and I Christmas morning.

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Christmas 2009

Christmas 2009 was another wonderful Christmas with for our family. On December 12, 2009, we attended the Fraternal Order of Police Christmas party. Many of my coworkers were at the party. When the party closed, most of us went to Seville Quarter to dance.

The week of Christmas we went to Montgomery, AL, to spend time with Susan’s family. We had a xmas20091very nice time. On December 22, 2009, Susan’s family got together at her mother’s house. We ate a big dinner and finished the night playing dirty Santa. We received some nice presents. The photograph on the right is of Brian, Aaron and their cousins in Montgomery. When we left Montgomery, we brought Susan’s mom back with us so she could celebrate Christmas at our house.

I was able to be off of work for this Christmas. I went around the house around 5am and woke everyone up. Everyone received xmas20092some very nice gifts. Brian received a new television. Both of the boys got a new Playstation 3. I got a painting of the Pensacola Bay area that I asked for. Susan received some nice boots that she had her eye on for awhile. After everyone was done opening gifts, Susan cooked a nice ham dinner. The photograph on the left is of Susan and I on Christmas morning.

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Christmas 2008

For Christmas 2008, we stayed home for a Pensacola Christmas. I had to work during the day.xmas2008 However, I was able to come home and spend time with the family. Susan’s mother was able to join us from Montgomery, AL. Here is a photograph of Susan and her mom Christmas morning. On Christmas Eve, the boys opened two presents. They got a tent and a tent light for camping off of the boat next summer. The following day, everyone woke up very early to see what Santa brought. The kids got many gifts that they have wanted for some time. We opened presents before I had to go to work. Even the pets made out this year!

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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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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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Christmas 2005

The 10th Christmas (Christmas 2005) we celebrated as a family was excellent. We had a very xmas2005nice Christmas. Thankfully, I did not have to work. Brian and Aaron woke up about 4:00 am Christmas morning. After checking out their stockings they fell asleep on the couch waiting for Mom and Dad to awake. My mom and stepdad were able to stop by Christmas evening for a ham dinner. Here is a photograph of the boys sitting next to their presents, before they are opened. Click on the photograph to view the entire gallery.

Christmas 2004

We had a very nice Christmas in 2004. This year we spent Christmas with just our family in xmas2004Pensacola. We were able to visit with family before and after Christmas. Before Christmas, Susan happened to be in Montgomery when her sister, Lisa, was having her work Christmas party. Bob got Lisa a limo and Susan accompanied Lisa as her date. To the left is a picture of Susan and Lisa before the party. Thanks to everyone who helped make this Christmas special. Click on the photograph to view the entire gallery.

Christmas 2003

As always we had a wonderful Christmas in 2003. The weekend before Christmas we went to xmas2003Montgomery to visit Susan’s family. We forgot to bring the camera to Montgomery. On Christmas Eve, my mother and stepfather came over to visit. Christmas morning was quite a surprise for both of the boys. Santa left Brian a radio controlled dirtbike he has been wanting for quite some time. Aaron got his first “boys” bike to cruise the streets on.

This Christmas was our first in our new home, which made it even more special for us. Thanks to everyone who helped in making this a wonderful Christmas for us! We are fortunate to have such a nice family. Click on the photograph to view the entire gallery.