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A Year In Review

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1: We started off the year with a New Year's party and sleepover at the Bowlings house. They have a new addition (Lucy the Pug)!

2: It's amazing what can be carved from ice. We had a great time trying to stay warm on a very windy day as we walked around the beautiful icey sculptures.

4: A Belated Family Hanukkah Celebration

5: Due to several BLIZZARDS, our annual family Hanukkah party was delayed until the middle of January! We had an awesome time at cousin Laurie's house in Virginia with many cousins, Aunts, Uncles, grandparents, and dogs too!

7: We ended 2009 with a Blizzard (about 21"), and in February we get another Blizzard! Crazy, but fun! We had a great time getting all bundled up to go dig ourselves out! The kids LOVED the huge mounds of snow and created all sorts of paths and creations. We enjoyed plenty of time watching movies and cuddling up with blankets by the warm fire place! Of course, there was hot cocoa too!!!!

8: This is a truly crazy winter! we thought we were finished digging out and than we get pounded with another blizzard!!! there was so much snow that very few cars came down the street, so we had a blast using the sleds in the middle of the road!

10: Look....we are a family of 10!!! We are having snow much fun! This is our best snow creation we've ever had. there was plenty of snow to build a murphy snow family! Three Blizzards totaling about 20" of snow!

11: The Bowling Kids managed to get to our house for a Valentines Day weekend sleepover! We had a blast sledding, playing in snow, watching the huge truck scoop ice and snow off the street, playing games, drinking hot cocoa, and more!

12: Happy Valentine's Day

13: { | { | LOVE | Valentine's Day was a blast with yummy food, games, a visit from Julia (piano teachers daughter), and don't forget cards and chocolate for everyone!

14: A very special visitor came to visit the Local. Look how close Rich is to Barack Obama.

15: Maisie, Michelle & Kathy are excited for moving out of the old open space classrooms and into the new!!!! Of course we have to show our Raven's spirit for purple Friday!

16: We had a Poker night B-day celebration with friends for the BIG 40!!

17: Rich got a SURPRISE visit from Kathy at work with the cake above & balloons.!Later we went to Outback to continue the big celebration.!!

18: March 26 Bobby & Karen Get MARRIED! We were so excited to celebrate their special day!!!


23: PASSOVER | happy | A Pesach Sedar at our house! Katelyn even played the piano as we sang and retold the Passover story!

24: March 30-April 4 | HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY'S TO US!

25: Jamaica | What a relaxing way to spend our big birthdays!!!

26: April to June - A LOT of time is spent with the kids on the baseball & softball fields!!!

29: Mazel Tov to Jordan!

30: Yummy brunch with my family! It was a beautiful day!

31: I got special cards from all 3 kids and an extra surprise from Ashley who won a writing contest from school! I didn't know she wrote this. She got a $50 gift card for winning, but more important was how special it made mommy feel!

32: We had a delicious dinner at PF Chang's for the big 40th birthday!!! My birthday was continued with a family CRAB favorite!!!! Great birthday fun!!! | As Rich would say, "Lordy, Lordy, look whose 40!"

34: West Virginia | Murphy family fun Memorial Day Weekend. It's great to have a place we can all go to together.!!

36: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. ~Cathy Allen | We had a great weekend fishing, shooting, cooking, hanging out, playing & plenty of laughing.!

38: Summer Time! | The Bank Family annual picnic kicks off the summer fun! We take a family photo each year to document who could make it and the fantastic fun we had!

41: Ashley had a great birthday celebration and Elementary School Promotion! It's hard to believe she is off to Middle School in the fall! We LOVE our BEAUTIFUL Ashley!

43: The Murphy's & Canham's had a very sweet weekend! Katelyn stayed home with Grandma & Pop-pop to go to a BarMitzvah. We missed her, but we had an awesome time!

45: SWEET Fun...making our own chocolate!

46: The two Dad's....Tim and Rich!!! Such great times!!!!

47: Happy Father's Day

49: Our first trip to South Carolina with the whole Bank family was AMAZING! The weather was perfect (although a few night time lighting storms). We LOVE this special family time together!!!

50: Getting waves, playing games, and relaxing by the shore is awesome! What cute kids.....(from the left): Katelyn (12), Rachel (9), Gilly (9), Ashley (11), Tyler (11), Jacob (soon to be 9), and Jordy (12)

51: Our favorite, funny, fantastic, fabulously adorable 3 kids!!!!

52: WE LOVE THE LAZY RIVER.....especially at night!!!!

54: The two big shopping areas in Myrtle Beach (Broadway at the Beach & Barefoot Landing) have lots of cute shops, sweet treats, fun games, photo ops, and delicious restaurants. | Shopping and Play at. . .

57: Hurray for Uncle Rich/Daddy! He treats the kids to a breakfast in our room for all the kids one morning! The magic ingredient (according to Rich) is "Love!" The kids LOVE it

58: Eating out adventures with 15 people!!! We ate together several nights! | We love trying new restaurants!

59: Our first trip to South Carolina with the whole Bank family was AMAZING! The weather was perfect (although a few night time lighting storms). We LOVE this special family time together!!! | THE WHOLE FAMILY!!!

60: This was such a fun birthday party!!!! Cake of course was made by mommy! We went for Mexican too to celebrate more!

62: Fun Times with Friends!!!! We spent time with the Thomas's, Canham's, Macy, Katelyn had a few girl friends over for a pool party, sleepovers, and more!

63: Summer fun at home with cousins! We spent time with Cousin Susan & kids (Nathan, Sarah, baby Emily), Cousin Grace & kids ( & Will), Aunt Tracy (Gilly), Jordy, Tyler, Rachel, and Myra!

65: We had some awesome times with BBQ's at our house! Pictures on the left are a BBQ with the Heller and Keating families. We had fun eating, swimming and hanging out with Heather (Sydney & Morgan), Debbie & Mike (Melanie & Ryan)! Pics on the right is a fun birthday/retirement BBQ for Papa Choo with the Murphy family.


67: We spent time at the beach as a family and just mommy & kids too. We always stayed at the Canham house with our very best friends! Poor Ashley was trying to help cut a green pepper for dinner and cut the tip of her finger. A trip to the emergency room was not fun! She'll be fine (no stitches, but it will take time to heal. | FRIENDS! Christine, Amy, & Kathy

68: LOCAL #26 - IBEW ANNUAL FAMILY PICNIC | We love going to the picnic each year! There is always lots of food (hot dogs, hamburgers, turkey, roast beef, chicken, corn, crab soup, an ice-cream truck, snowballs, etc), kids rides, moon bounce, rock climbing, horse back rides, music(Martin O'Malley played guitar and sang too), and fun!!! This year we brought cousin Myra with us. She loved it!

69: Dressed in uniforms and ready to go!!! Katelyn is in 8th grade, Ashley is in 6th grade (1st year in Middle School), and Jacob is entering 4th grade!

70: We spent a whole day out in the sun hanging out at Cousin Steven & Grace's house with all the kids (cousin Susan & kids came too). We had fun crabbing, fishing, swimming, playing, etc. | Family Fun in Scotland, MD

72: New York, here we come! | Rich & Tim watched the kids!!! Great Husbands!

73: Girl Time Rules! It was a fabulous weekend roaming around New York with Christine, Carol, and Amy!!! LOVED IT!!!


76: Trick or Treat


78: Dinner and a Comedy show in DC with Mike & Kati Thomas! It was hysterical!

79: Rich went on a day long fishing trip with his dad, Bill, Bobby, & Karen! Look at the size of that fish Dad and Rich caught!

81: We were so proud of Katelyn!!!! She did a fantastic job!!! Awesome party too!

82: Let the FEASTS begin! Thanksgiving #1: Keating house at 11am. So much fun being with awesome friends! Thanksgiving #2: Bowling house with family!!! We LOVED every second of both meals and time with everyone!

83: A Day to Give Thanks

85: A Day to Give Thanks | Thanksgiving #3: Our house with the Murphy Family (minus Bill & Donna) on Saturday! It's great that we got to spend holiday time with both sides of the family!

86: 14 years and still VERY HAPPILY Married!!!! Here's to US!

87: Katelyn chose PF Chang's for a yummy 13th birthday dinner! Of course cheesecake was a must for her dessert! She is officially a teenager today... Oy, Vey!!! | Country Song "My wish" plays when card opens.


89: It's The Little Things In Life That Matter | During the eight nights of Hanukkah, we light the candles, we went to temple one night, we celebrated at Mom 7 Dad's house, and made latkes too! The kids all got lots of money too.... And a surprise will come soon!

90: Mom's 70th celebration was GREAT! We went to an Italian restaurant in Little Italy...Amicci's! We gave Mom a gift to go to a show in New York (with Dad of course)! Happy Bday Mom!!!!

92: !!SURPRISE KIDS On Dec 10th we pretended to take you to school, but really we took a weekend trip to The Great Wolf Lodge, VA. Second surprise was our friends, the Zeiglers (Lisa & Jeff, Jordan, Joshua, & Colin), came too. This was a great Hanukkah surprise and a fabulous, relaxing, fun weekend with friends.!

93: Family & Friends Make Every Day A Party | "The friends we meet on the path of life make the trip worth while."

94: We spent time at Uncle Bobby & Aunt Karen's, with the Murphy family, to celebrate Christmas. It was great to spend time with the whole family and new baby for Scott & Jessica too (they are engaged too...Hurray)!

95: J O Y | Donald, Laura, Donna, Bill Scott, Jessica, Douglas, Bobby, Karen, Rich Kathy, Tony, Dad | The Kids: Makayla, Claire, Patrick, Matthew, Faith, Jacob, Katelyn, Julia, Ashley, Michael, Hannah, baby

96: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts." | We hung out at Uncle Marty's with our Chicago cousins who came into town (Judy & Jeremy/kids), Steven & Grace/kids, Susan/kids, and Mom

97: MAKING MEMORIES | NEW FURNITURE in the playroom! We are moving up....moving away from the kiddie stuff and towards the teenager/young adult stuff! OY!!!!


99: Party time at Christine & Tim's house! There was some snow on New Year's Eve day in OC!!! Awesome party and fabulous New Year's Day on the boardwalk! Out with the old and in with the new! Cheers!

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