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  • Holiday Recap

    January 19, 2014


    The holidays have come and gone but I haven’t had a chance to post any pictures from our first Christmas as family of three.  We actually don’t have many pictures because Annabelle somehow took a nap right around the same time we started opening gifts and there were so many things going on with family, presents, and food that our camera stayed in my purse most of the time.  Here are just a few pictures to remember our first of many.  I look forward to next year and the year after when Annabelle really starts realizing what all the excitement is about.  It’ll be so much fun to set cookies out for Santa and wake up on Christmas morning to open presents and to go to our families to spend the holidays with them.

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  • Merry Christmas

    December 25, 2013


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  • Merry Christmas

    June 12, 2013

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    I’ve spent the last week updating our blog and realized that I never got around to wishing everyone a Merry Christmas or a happy new year.  Yes, it’s crazy for me to think of these things in June or even to think about wishing you all of these things so late in the year but I remembered taking pictures so that we could do it and now that I have the time I’ve decided why not just do it.

    Here’s a pictures of Dusty and I during the holidays as well as a picture of our annual holiday card. It’s an infographic of what we’ve been doing over the past year.  I was inspired by this year in review card and this one as well.  If you click on the image of our card, it will get bigger and easier to see.  When we mailed the card out I punched a hole in the MERRY card, folded the infographic card, put it with the picture and then tied it all together with the red string.  It’s probably my favorite holiday card I’ve done since we’ve been married and don’t know how I can beat it next year.

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  • Merry Christmas

    January 4, 2012

    Although this post comes a little late, we hope everyone had the most wonderful holiday season.  And we wish everyone has a beautiful 2012! Thank you for being a part of our lives and thank you for letting us be a part of yours!
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  • Happy Holidays 2009

    December 13, 2009


    Last year I promised myself that I would update our website at least once a month. Somehow the whole year passed and I did not add any posts. To update everyone on all the adventures we’ve had over the past year, I’ve gone back through our pictures and calendar in 2009. We hope you enjoying seeing what we’ve been up to this past year as we celebrate our second year of marriage and almost six years together. As always and especially around the holidays, we would like to wish everyone a happy new year and thank all of our family and friends for letting us be a part of their lives.


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  • Merry Christmas 2008

    December 7, 2008

    As you can see, we didn’t do a very good job of writing on our website this past year.To get everyone caught up on what we’ve been up to, I’ve put together a few entries that go back in time and highlight some of the exciting adventured we’ve had in 2008.We hope you enjoy reading about some of our happy memories as newlyweds.

    At this time of year we not only want to share some of our happiest memories together but we want to also thank those who have been a part of our life.We truly cherish our family and friends and all of the wonderful things they do for us.

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  • Decorating For Christmas

    December 7, 2008

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  • Merry Christmas

    December 21, 2007
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  • Happy Holidays!!!

    December 13, 2007

    Dear Family and Friends, Another year is coming to an end and looking back at 2007, we find so many wonderful moments to remember and share. The first part of 2007 was spent planning for our wedding in June. Of course, we started this website where people could go to read updates about the event and now we hoping to continue to write entries about our first years of marriage. The wedding was beautiful and a day we will never forget. We are still thanking everyone for helping make it so memorable and for being there to help us celebrate. We left for Kauai, our honeymoon destination on Monday morning and had a great time. We did all of the touristy things. We took a helicopter tour of the island, took a catamaran adventure to see dolphins, drove up the coast to go snorkeling, went to a traditional luau, drove up to Waimea Canyon, ate lots of great food and somehow found time to relax by the ocean. Again this year we were blessed with many weddings besides our own. We would like to congratulate those couples and also those couples who are getting married this upcoming summer. Even with the wedding we found time to do a little traveling. Last spring I presented at a conference in Greensboro, NC and Dusty came along to keep me company. In August we went with friends to Chicago to tailgate at the Iowa VS. Northern Illinois game. This October a good friend of Dusty’s from college, Ian, got married and we were able to go to Ft. Lauderdale, FL for the event. The weekend after Thanksgiving I went to Chicago with two girl friends for a “Girl’s Weekend Away”. I am still an instructor teaching and coordinating our Speech Center. This spring semester I get the opportunity to teach Interviewing as well as a special section of Public Speaking for high school juniors and seniors getting ready for college. These will be two new courses for me and a lot of preparation over the holiday break. I’m very excited for the chance to teach something new and work with high school students. Dusty has had many changes over the past year. He started doing consulting while working full-time almost a year before we got married. Shortly after we got back from our honeymoon, Dusty decided he had spent enough time in cubicle land and quite his job to start a software development company, BrightMix, with a good friend of his. They develop web-based software for businesses and are working on developing a few products of their own. Recently, they found that working out of their houses wasn’t always the most productive and leased an office space. Dusty works more then ever but really enjoys working for a company he believes in, a company he started himself. Dusty and I were very blessed to have an unforgettable year and are hoping the rest of our first year together as a married couple is as joyous as the past six months. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Marlina & Dusty

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  • Christmas at Our House

    January 4, 2006

    I have been waiting for Christmas since July. Over the past few years I’ve been collecting things to decorate for Christmas and finally have a place big enough to have it all out instead of rotating things every other year or so. Poor Dusty had to put up with me asking if I could decorate since before Thanksgiving. I finally got the chance after coming back from Thanksgiving at his father’s house.

    Here is a great picture of some of the Christmas decorations. We have huge 14 ft. windows so everyone could see our tree from outside. Dusty was CEO of Curb Appeal and made sure that we had enough lights on the tree. We ended up going to Walmart one night at midnight to buy more white lights so I could start putting on decorations. Our big tree is decorated in silver and red. The two smaller ones in the living room are decorated in family ornaments and the other is Santa Clauses. Dusty’s grandma has given him an ornament every year since he was born and so one of our trees has all of those ornaments along with other ornaments I’ve gotten from my mom and from my grandma.

    Dusty and I hosted Christmas at our place this year for my father and his family. My dad lives in Oklahoma with his wife Debbie along with my step sister and her family of six. We were lucky enough to have them home for Christmas again this year. My dad and Debbie stayed at our place while everyone else stayed with other family members. Christmas Day we had everyone over for a late dinner and the opening of presents.

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