Thursday, May 30, 2013

Memorial Weekend 2013

The end to our busy week last week was our annual trip to northern Minnesota for a family fishing weekend.  We left Friday morning early as early could be considering the week we had and how much time we didn't have to make wheels up by 8:30 AM.  I think we were on the road by 9:30 or 10:00 AM. 
 
We made it to our favorite truck stop for breakfast at just the right time.  When I was a kid a truck stop was some greasy spoon in the middle of nowhere, bordering on the side of dirty.  The truck stop we visit was nothing of the sort.  Nelson Bros is absolutely amazing!  I always get the Minnesota Omelet.  It is a three egg omelet with a hollandaise sauce, tomatoes, wild rice and a lot of cheese.  It's heavenly.  I digress, I'm hungry.
 
We finally made it to camp about three hours after that.  Usual Friday night camp night, fishing for Adam and Henry, campfire for the ladies.  Saturday some of my Aunts and Uncles came to visit us at the campsite and get in on the fishing action.  Most of the crew went fishing and I stayed back to visit with some family.  The sun was shining, the kids were playing as fish was being brought to the table. 

















Usually we are scrapping to have a fish fry on Sunday night but this year we had to have one on Saturday night to be able to fish the rest of the weekend due to getting close to our limits.  We fished more on Sunday, sat around the camp, ate a lot of good food, biked, played and had another fish fry on Sunday night. 
 
Two things about this weekend that might be considered a little strange.  First, I'm pretty sure we managed to leave with more food than we arrived with and this our core group:


Top Left:  Adam, Me, Jim, Tonya, Mom, Dad, Sally
Bottom Left:  Henry, Karley Sophie, Hannah, Hailey
 

Maybe you missed it.....my Mom & Dad haven't been married to each other for at least 35 years.  So how does this camping trip happen?  My best guess is that a few years back we invited my Dad & Sally to come visit us because it was my Dad's birthday.  I think I was pregnant with Sophie?  Well, it turns out that Dad & Sally have friends that camp at the campground too and liked coming to visit their friends as well.  Then a few years back we sold our first camper to Dad & Sally so last year they came camping with us.  It was stranger last year!  That year I didn't take the usual camping photo but did mark the weekend, just because.  I'm not sure what to make of it this year either.

I also wasn't sure what to do about the photo this year and was going to let it go.  But my sister or somebody rounded everybody up and even asked somebody else to take the photo.  I clearly wasn't ready {zero make up} but it's marked for history.

Memorial Weekend 2013.

It was a great weekend.  Zero rain, a lot of fish, food, great weather and good times {not a lot of pictures though}.

God Blessings!







Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Henry's Kindergarten Graduation

Henry graduated from Kindergarten on Thursday, May 23.  It was a busy week for us and the Thursday wasn't an exception, the entire day was busy.  The morning was filled with the Teddy Bear Band and a picnic for Karley's pre-school.  After that we went to another park in town for Henry's picnic day, home for a quick bit to eat and then Kindergarten graduation Mass.


 

 
We gathered in the social hall at church where the kids put on their pint sized cap and gown.  I thought I'd get all choked up and spill tears like I did at Mass a week prior for the seniors, but I didn't.  The seniors took the pews that the Kindergarteners usually sit in and my mind flash forwarded years down the road, years that are going so quickly already.  Eemotions got the best of me as I envisioned my son having his last class Mass to the point of tears washing my face. 
 
Kindergarten Mass was different, it was cute and God willing it won't be the last school Mass.  So the good-bye was cute, fun and not the end but more the beginning.  The kids all did so well and were so grown up.  At least they all seemed so grown up until the cake and ice cream that was served afterwards started kicking in.  After that point the kids broke out running around the social hall.  
 
We are very blessed by our school which has been both a guide and an extension of home.
 
Henry,
 
You've had a wonderful Kindergarten year.  You loved your teacher Mrs. B {we couldn't ask for a better Kindergarten teacher} and all of your classmates.  You've learned to add change, starting to tell time, read, you've learned additional Spanish {I think}, your art has been wonderful  {especially the Hopson Hats that you and your classmates created at the Hopson Hat Shop},  You've learned how to participate in the Mass, sing new songs, addition, subtraction, writing, sounding words out, how to assemble, additional prayers, Pledge of Allegiance, and much more.  You love school, yet were ready for the break.  You've enjoyed your classmates and have broadened your comfort zone in making friends.
 
I missed having you at home with me for lunch everyday and was very grateful to be able to volunteer in your classroom on Friday mornings.  I enjoyed helping your teacher and class at Mass, cutting & pasting many art projects for your assembly.  It was fun to put your homework in your mailboxes and I'll never forget sorting your very first school workbooks on my first volunteer day.  It was a blessing for me to drive you to school every day {with the exception of the broken leg days} and an even bigger blessing to pick you up from school the days that we did.  I had a hard time the first half of the year letting you go and adjusting to a quieter home without you here all the time.  It wasn't until I broke my leg that I felt more at peace with you being at school {I think it was forced}.  Your Dad does a great job at knowing what's best for our family and that school is the place for you and your sisters, even if I missed you and wanted you with me all the time. 
 
You've have blossomed right along with all your classmates.  But just to keep you grounded I'll remind you that you still don't like going downstairs by yourself and request that Sophie goes with you.  Your heart is so kind that you currently want to buy each of us motorhomes so we can all camp together and hop from trailer to motorhome each night.  Somehow Dad and I are going to drive them all as you recognize that only the adults can drive, yet somehow you are springing the bill.  You want to be a racecar driver, a "worker" {as in road worker}, you've mentioned a priest and a racecar driver {I think this could be more because I offer the former as a possibility} and I haven't had the heart to tell you that both of those careers have Sunday at the "big day".  You don't want a girlfriend because "you have to be with them all the time during the week but on the weekend you don't have to be with them".  You love playing legos, your Kindle, you've moved away from some of the baby cartoons and would prefer Sponge Bob {even if I don't}, you like swinging and making forts, tunnels, and attempting to grow watermelon in your "garden of ease".
 
Henry you're a sweet boy and Dad & I love you very much.  You a blessing to everyone you meet!
 



















Happy Kindergarten Graduation!

Mom & Dad Love YOU!












Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Summer Blogging

I'm hoping to be able to carve out a little time for capturing our summer.  I have been away from capturing our lives via blogging and somewhat by photos.  I've missed it and have been trying to find a nitch of time that I can actually do this again. 
 
Karley finished the school year on the 17th with a good-bye party.  My picture taking has fallen by the wayside but I managed to get a few pictures of her with her teacher and a couple with two of her classmates.  Then Sophie, Karley and I were going to be helpers at Henry's field day where three local schools joined together for a field day.  It ended up being a bust due to rain and not a single picture was taken.  Kids were crying walking back to school all soaked, my child was running off hiding under trees because it was too scary with that many people, I was soaked and cold and eventually sent my girls home with my friend, Sarah, who lives right across the street from the park.  I walked back with the kids, got my car and returned to my friends house for afternoon coffee.  That's always a good thing!




As we were driving home my Mom called to tell me that her brother, Steve was getting ready to leave this world for the next.  All 10 of his siblings and his children were called to come quick, he was losing his battle with blastomycosis.  I believe his age and having acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) from the blastomycosis was too much for his body.  This was my Mom's first sibling (she's one of eleven) to pass away. 
 
Over the weekend we worked on our inside house projects and went to our neighbor Chad's 40th birthday party.  He's a miracle and we are blessed to be his neighbor.  I'll share how he blesses us another time.
 
Monday Henry had his Cub Scouts Blue & Gold dinner.  We had a nice dinner and were able to visit with another family from our school and church.  It was a late night for the kids and I was thankful that Karley was finished with school. 
 
Tuesday I was blessed enough to have my friend Sarah pick the girls up after lunch, take them home with her, pick Henry up from school and then take all three of my kids to dance for Karley.  She took them home with her afterwards and waited for Adam to pick them up, all so I could drive three and a half hours north for my Uncle Steve's wake. 
 
After the wake we went to my Uncle Ken's for a little food and fellowship.  It was nice to see Aunts,  Uncles and cousins I haven't seen in a awhile.  Wednesday was the funeral.  I think there was a deeper sadness for and maybe for others, this was the first of my Mom's siblings to pass away.  I think it was pretty incredible to have eleven kids from one family to live this long.  It seems that when I hear about a large family like theirs I hear that somebody passed away from some type of tragic accident but to they are all living to an older age.  My Uncle was 61 going to turn 62 in July.  He was the sibling just older than my Mom my guess is this would be really hard for her.  He will be deeply missed by his three children and his six grandchildren, one who was just days old when he passed away.  Rest in peace dear Uncle Steve.









I was glad to get home to Adam and the kids.  Especially Adam.  It was nine years ago on the 22nd that we first met and eight years ago that we got engaged.  May 22 is special for us.  It's also the feast day for my (or our) patron saint, St Rita.  There's another story there!
 
Thursday was Karley's Teddy Bear Band picnic day followed by Henry's picnic day.  We went from one event to the next all on an unusual cold day.  We've been having a lot of them.  (Truth be told, I even had the heat on today.)  They kids had a great time at both events.  Karley was surprisingly reluctant to get up and dance with the Teddy Bear Band but Sophie wasn't going to let that stop her. 






 

 


Thursday night we had Kindergarten Mass and Graduation.  That deserves it's own post, coming soon! 

It's good to be back! 

God Bless!

(I feel like I'm very out of practice with this & the photos!)