School Begins

I am so excited about start school again. I am taking all online classes for the first time and so far, I am enjoying it. I just hope I feel the same way about it in a week or month from now!!! My husbands family and my family have a tradition coming up next month, Blizzard Ball. We play softball in the snow for the weekend of Feb. 10,11. We are very psyched about it and can’t to drink some beers and hit some balls!!!!!!!! Too bad there isn’t really any snow! That’s what is going on with the Norton Family. Kids are getting so big and Nevaeh is going to school. It’s amazing how fast they grow up. when you just have them, people tell you that all the time, but you never pay any mind to it, until they are already in school and graduating!



Change is Good

I know many fear change.  Me, I just embrace it.  Prepare yourself to be embraced.  Although, I’ll be continuing to keep the family updated, I’ll be working on a new theme for our site.

When will it be out?  Hopefully, within a month.  Alongside keeping DoddemaGen going, I’m also working on getting the USS Riverside site ready for next month as the Riverside becomes a full-fledged chapter of SFI.  Exciting times, indeed.

So, keep checking in.  You won’t be disappointed.  Of course, I always look forward to hearing how others in our family are doing, extended family included.  If interested, post a short message about how you’re doing.  I’m not looking for a book, it’s a blog, remember!?

Baby news from Kavan and Sarah

Just received this email from Kavan, Kara’s brother. I hope he doesn’t mind that I’ve taken the liberty of sharing his message:

Hey everybody — Most of you have heard the good news already, but for those who haven’t yet I apologize for the late notice. The exciting news is that Sarah is a good five months pregnant and we found out yesterday that she’s pregnant with a healthy, lovely little girl.

And although I can’t possibly top that news we have a couple more exciting family updates — First, Sarah will be very happy to complete her Masters in Library Science this May, just weeks before the baby’s June 1st due date. And second, this is my last week at and next week I will begin working for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I will be a communications officer in the university’s public affairs office and also will begin working on my Masters degree in some yet-to-be-determined discipline probably involving public policy.

Best wishes to all of you for a happy New Year!


Kavan, Sarah and little baby PJ (Peterson-Johnson)

Congratulations, Kavan & Sarah. We look forward to hearing more from you in the next few months regarding this blessed event. Remember, Auntie Kara and Uncle B have lots of experience that you can rely on.

Whole lot of change going on

Many of you that have been following this site since its inception in late July/early August know of the many incarnations of DoddemaGen.  Ease of use, ability to customize, benefit to the user and more are considered before any changes are made.  Nothing is done by halves around here!

I’ve added a few more plugins that maybe you haven’t noticed (some were just updates) but one I think important enough to mention is the “Notification” plugin.  Now, you have the option to automatically receive an email when a new post or comment is posted.  To do so, login and go to your profile.  At the bottom left, you will see a drop-down box with the options.  Save and you’re ready to go.

I’ve added the pages widget again but still debating if I need this with everything in the navbar.  Do you have an opinion?  Of course you do!  What’s your take on this site?  Use the poll, comment or contact me and I’ll get back to you!

Christmas with the Doddema’s

Explore Strange New Worlds-Day One–We left for my parents on December 23rd. We figured with the possibility of us moving in a few months that we would spend a little extra time with family. The trip normally takes around 2 1/2 hours, depending on bathroom breaks, fights, etc.. Regardless of the season, it’s a beautiful drive through the mountains. We finally arrived in Trout Creek, Montana at the Trout Creek Motel where my parents had graciously lodged us for the next couple of night. The outside had been totally redone, giving it a rustic, outdoorsy look. Although the inside was pretty standard for a motel, what really made it appealing was that the manager had made my family a plate of home-made goodies–from cookies, fudge, etc. There was something with chocolate and coconut and that’s all I seem to be able to remember for a few moments. Along with the goodies was a Christmas card. Now that’s cool!


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