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Christmas 2002

This holiday season was special for many reasons. After spending seven years in the Army, this was our first Christmas back home! xmas2002Since we were so close to family we got to spend Thanksgiving with Susan’s family and Christmas Eve with my family. It is good to be back! To the right is a photograph of all of the cousins in Montgomery.

Every year the Saint Anne’s Catholic Church had a spectacular light display. For our first year back in Pensacola, we decided to go and see the lights. Luckily we did because in two years Hurricane Ivan destroyed many of the light and Saint Anne’s stopped the display. While Susan and I enjoyed looking at the lights, the boys enjoyed enjoyed riding the train on wheels around the area. This was their 39th year having the display.

My mom, stepdad and stepbrother were able to spend Christmas with us. On the left is a xmas20022photograph of all of us at Christmas. Thank you to everyone who gave to us. I am better equipped for work with new clothes and a multi-tool, Susan will be looking snazzy at work in her new clothes, and the boys will have months of entertainment with all their new toys.

While we enjoyed getting all of our gifts, probably the most memorial event was watching Aaron fall off the loveseat, try to grab the tree while falling, and landing on the presents. He wasn’t hurt, but was quite stunned and didn’t try that stunt again!

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Christmas 2001

Christmas 2001 was our last Christmas in the Army and at El Paso, TX. This was one of the few xmas2001Christmas Days we spent alone as a family. The distance between our home and our family made it difficult to be with anyone for the holidays. We attended the Christmas party for my office. On Christmas day, we had a quite day as a family. Brian and Aaron made out with a lot of neat toys. Susan got an imported leather jacket from Mexico! Mike got the two DVDs he had been wanting for a long time, Pearl Harbor and Saving Private Ryan. To the right is a photograph of Brian and Aaron on Santa’s lap at the local mall. Click on the photograph to view the entire gallery.

Christmas 2000

Christmas 2000 was another great christmas. This was our first Christmas in El Paso, TX. We got xmas2000to share this holiday with Susan’s Mother, Mrs. Lafreniere. Needless to say, the kids got everything they wanted! Susan got Wiggles, a dog, for Christmas. Susan rescued her from the Humane Society. Thanks to everyone who helped made this day special for our family.

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Christmas 1999

Christmas 1999 was our last Christmas in North Carolina. We got to spend this joyful day with xmas1999my mother and stepfather. My stepbrother, Ethan, also made it to North Carolina to be with us.

As always, the kids made out like bandits. Thanks to everyone who gave gifts to our family even though we are so far away.

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Christmas 1998

Unlike previous years, we opted to celebrate Christmas 1998 alone as a family. We spent the xmas1998holidays at our home in Fort Bragg, NC. We had a very nice, peaceful day. Susan was seven months pregnant with Aaron. I was attending the CID Special Agent school and was able to drive home from Fort McClellan, AL, to be with Susan and Brian. Here is a photograph of Brian holding one of his gifts.

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Christmas 1997

For Christmas 1997, we drove down from North Carolina to be with our familyxmas1997 in Alabama. Just before Christmas, we stopped in Montgomery to spend time with Susan’s family for several days. After a short visit in Montgomery, we drove to Mobile, where my mom and stepdad were living. After Christmas morning, we drove back to Montgomery to spend Christmas afternoon with Susan’s family. Everyone helped make this a special holiday for us. This Christmas would become special because it was Mike’s last one with his Grandma. Here is a photograph of the three of us at Mike’s mom’s house.

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Christmas 1995

For Christmas 1995, we spent time with our family before we moved to North Carolina. Just beforexmas1995 Christmas, I graduated from initial training in the Army. I had a leave pass for about two weeks. When my vacation time was up, we had to report to our first duty assignment at Fort Bragg, NC. We visited our families in Montgomery, Mobile and Pensacola. Most of the photographs were taken at my dad’s house in Pensacola. Here is a photograph of Brian opening gifts in Pensacola.

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Christmas 1994

Christmas 1994 was Brian’s first Christmas. At the time, we were living in different xmas1994states. Susan and Brian drove to Pensacola to visit me during the Christmas holidays. Here is a photograph of Brian opening one of his first presents.

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