The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Happy New Year...27 days late!

Happy New Year friends and family! It has been a busy month filled with many wonderful memories. Here's a little sampling of all the activities!
New Year's Eve at our friends the Johnson's. We enjoyed a delicious 3 course fondue meal with so many sauces and tastey treats it took us over 3 hours to eat everything! Yummy!

Christmas was filled with special memories, although it was a sad time as well, since it was the one year anniversary of my mom's passing on Dec. 26th. We were able to make it a happy one for the kids though and enjoyed reminiscing of Christmas' past. Here are a few photos of Christmas morning...
Tom and Kyle enjoying the new mini ping pong table... and I model the beautiful diamond tennis bracelet Tom gave me! It is gorgeous, and I felt quite glamorous with diamonds and a bathrobe on Christmas morning! hee hee :-)



The oil painting I had commissioned for Tom. A wonderful local artist created this beautiful painting of the kids on our bridge. It took 3 months for her to complete it and was such a wonderful Christmas surprise!
Santa left a nice note for the kids along with a new computer for Kyle and a Barbie Glamour Camper for Ashlyn!

After Christmas we got our new curtains hung...and enjoyed a wonderful trip to Breckenridge with our friends and neighbors who have a cabin there.

January also included a fun weekend trip to Las Vegas with my girlfriend Charlene! We hadn't seen each other since my mom's funeral, so it was nice to have a positive reason to get together and reconnect.

The pretty botanical gardens in the Bellagio...

The beautiful Bellagio where we stayed for the weekend!


I came home with $200.00 from the slot machines!




Charlene before the "O Show" that Cirque Du Soleil performed. It was fantastic!



It has been a whirlwind month which has been a good diversion as it had been one year since my mom passed away on Dec. 26th. Her birthday was on Jan. 15th so there have been many reminders of my parents and that sense of loss that they are not here with us. What a blessing though to create so many special memories over the past few months...living fully and appreciating friends and family is what life is all about! May the new year be filled with good health and special memories for you!
With love from Colorado,
The Kofford Family :-)

14 comments:

Lucy Marie said...

I'm so glad to hear the holidays and the past month have been so full and busy and fun for your family! Bless you in 2010!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I'm so glad that you've had good holidays and that you've been having a wonderful time with friends and family. I was thinking of you during this time, and I'm glad to see you check in with us! Great pics. Thanks for sharing. Many hugs coming your way...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Anita said...

I'm happy to read your update, your new memories are a wonderful addition to a full and blessed life. I am so sorry that I haven't replied to your long email, I have just been busy and remiss in replying. I promise to do so soon. I have been blogging, so come by and see, I even have a new book review and give a way up this week.
love you!

ShutUpandRun said...

Glad to get caught up with you again via your blog. I know this has been a sad time in many ways, but you have also been doing some really fun things to brighten your days!! You have to tell me who did the painting of the kids. It is wonderful; I might have to do the same thing. Where will you hang it?

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Anita said...

I couldn't see a picture of the painting you had done............

Kat said...

Looks like you had a lovely holiday season with your sweet family. That bracelet is awesome and I LOVE that painting you gave to your husband. What an amazing and thoughtful gift. Happy New Year!!! :)

Traci said...

welcome back and happy new year! i've missed you. i hope this year holds nothing but wonderful memories for you and your family.

glitzen said...

Your bracelet is beautiful and so are you! What great things you have been doing.
I feel honored that my bday is so close to your sweet mother's, mine is Jan 16th. I have been thinking of you a lot, on this one year anniversary stretch. I know its painful, and the memories are so fresh still. ((((hugs))))).
I'm glad to see your blog up and kicking. I've been worried about you a bit. :)
OH, and that painting is GORGEOUS!! What a wonderful idea and finished piece of art!!! I bet Tom absolutely loved it.

Amanda said...

Where are you Denise? I have missed your blogging!

Sofia Striffler said...

Hey Denise. I am glad you had a great time in Las Vegas. You deserved it. I didn't get the picture come through of the painting of the kids. Talk to you soon
Love you

Screaming Meme said...

How are you, Sweet Girl! I have missed you! Meme

Jennifer@3sonsandadaughter said...

Sounds like y'all had a great January! I love, Love, LOVE the painting! What a sweet gift. Happy New Year to you, also. I hope it's a wonderful year! Jennifer

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