Sunday, August 19, 2007
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Update -- Ryan & Jessica get married
We're married! On Friday, August 10th, we were married at the Cass County Courthouse in Fargo, North Dakota, a little after 1:30 p.m., surrounded by our immediate families. It was a quick ceremony and was all over in a matter of a few minutes but we were legally wed.
Next it was off to the NDSU Alumni Center to get ready for the formal ceremony for our extended families. The forecast had been for rain and it wasn't looking good so we were worried that we'd have to bring everything inside, instead of having the outdoor wedding in the garden that we had been hoping for.
However, the rain held off and we made the decision to go for it outside. Indeed, we had a beautiful ceremony with all of our family. A full gallery of the event is available at:
Saturday was our reception in the Multiband building in Fargo for the rest of our friends. We had a wonderful slide show chronicling the lives of the two of us separately and then our time together leading up to the wedding. We weren't allowed to see it beforehand and there were sure a few embarrassing pictures in the show! We had a great time but had sore cheeks from all of the smiling.
The months of anticipation and preparation are finally over and now we have special memories from a beautiful day to cherish. Thanks so much to everyone for the warm wishes and all of your help.
Update -- Erik's 6th birthday party
After seeing an article in a magazine where the kids got to dress up as knights and joust (among other things) for a birthday party, we decided to do much the same. When the guests had arrived, each one (six boys, two girls including Erik and Ashley) popped a balloon to find out their name for the day. We had Sir Laughs a Lot, Sir Piece of Cake (Erik), Sir Coco of Nut, Sir Saves the Day, Sir Hot of Chocolate, Sir Lolly of Pop, Lady Ice of Cream, and Lady Bubble of Bath (Ashley).
Each knight chose a crest and picture to decorate it and I wrote on their name. These were attached to their tunics. They also chose a decoration for their shield. The ladies wore their crests from a ribbon and they had cone shaped hats with filmy fabric falling down the back.
Then they were off and running! There were ample bow and arrow sets (rubber-tipped arrows) for all and they practiced their archery. Then they jousted by riding stick horses (I made one for each kid) and trying to hit a balloon suspended from our deck with a pool noodle. Next was the javelin throw through a hula-hoop, also suspended from the deck. This one was a bit tricky as the hoop kept spinning but we couldn’t have anyone hold it still as some of the throws were a bit wild.
Refreshments were then served in bejeweled goblets. After a snack of grapes, strawberries, cheese, summer sausage and crackers, there were a couple of more traditional birthday party games: put a ball between your knees and get it into a bucket some distance away without touching the ball with your hands (difficult with tunics getting in the way), and dropping clothespins into a jar. The grand finale was a balloon stomp with about 35 balloons and all were popped within about 20 seconds.
After the cake, which was a castle well on its way to being ruins before the party even began, Erik opened gifts and then there was a good hour of free play for all.
For completing their knights-in-training challenges, each knight and lady received a bag of "gold," their goblet, tunic or hat and crest, shield, a bow and arrow set, and their horse. They left with big smiles.
When I asked Erik if his birthday party was OK, he said, "Are you kidding? We had a blast!"
I guess the extra work involved in preparing for this party was worth it. And thank goodness the weather cooperated! I am not sure my house would have survived if this had been moved indoors!
Update -- Johnsons go weekending in California
These pictures were taken when we went to visit Rich's sister Kathy in Madera, California, for the weekend. On Saturday, we visited the beautiful Yosemite National Park. Like Rich told Heidi and Ryan, "I've seen rocks and I've seen trees, but I've never seen anything quite like Yosemite." We'd like to visit again with some serious hiking boots and a tent.
On Sunday, we had meeting at Kathy and Dave's and got to be with Tom Miller. Lou wasn't there because of severe pain she's having with a pulled muscle. He reminded me that it was Mom and Dad's anniversary on the following Wednesday and he knew that it was going to be their 57th. That made me feel a little silly because I wasn't sure of the year myself. We got to take this picture of us together for The Bulletin.
On a side note, I guess we slept through a magnitude 4 earthquake on Thursday. We're so used to the trailer bouncing around anytime someone happens to get up at night that we didn't even notice.
Update -- Diana and Russ, at rest together on anniversary
I just wanted to update you on a couple of issues.
I would first like to thank all of you who have sent donations to me to pass on to The Cancer Society in the name of my mother, Diana Martin. Your generosity is a great kindness and my sisters and I are very grateful to all of you.
My mom and my beloved step-father, Russell, had requested that they be buried together, so this past Wednesday, August 15th, a burial was held to lay Mom and Russ to rest. It was, of course, bittersweet as we chose this date because it would have been their 31st wedding anniversary.
Since the passing of my mom, my life has not been the same and I miss her each and every day, but I find comfort in knowing that she and Russ are in a better place and no longer suffering with cancer.
My wonderful husband, Greg, and I are looking forward to moving as we have purchased our very first house. We will still be living in Young America.
Thank you for my subscription to The Bulletin; I love reading the issues.
The Matriarch Speaks W
Thanks For A Lovely Day!
Don and I have decided that 57th Wedding Anniversaries are so fun that we will have several more in following years!
My favorite thing was all the mail it generated! I do love the modern invention of e-cards ... such a variety of those arrived that we hardly got on with the other festivities. And the traditional type of Snail Mail pretty cards certainly were attractive, all lined up around our pretty bouquet that had arrived from some dear friends of ours.
We enjoyed breakfast and noon lunch out with friends and relatives. No pressure planning festivities, just enjoying telephone calls as they came in, along with all the other excitement of the day.
Don and Dorothy
Who Is This?
Let's Play a Guessing Game: Whenever it is handy to do so, we will run a picture of someone of the subscribers or staff members of our e-magazine. Tell us who you think it is -- we will let you know who was the first to guess it right -- and the correct guess -- in the following week's Bulletin.
How many can you identify?
How 'bout that wedding picture of Don and Dorothy? I have NOT a clue as to your attendants -- so will be anxious to read that.
Most all the GUESS pictures stir up so many memories! Yes, Anita -- gives one's heart an extra flutter!
Ruth Weiland Kitto
I'm guessing that most of you know...
That's my mom and dad, Don and Dorothy Anderson, on their wedding 57 years ago! Aren't they handsome ... and beautiful?
Marlene Anderson Johnson
The GUESS picture seemed sort of easy; the first one looks like Roger Slotten. Then it must be Gertie, along with the bride and groom, Don and Dorothy, taken 57 years ago.
Betty Weiland Droel
The shooting of Domingo's dogs, Oscar and Rosy, when they'd gotten into the sheep and pulled some wool (back in December), had thrown Domingo into such a protracted huff that he was a disruption to the lambing operation.
I was included in the foci of his indignation. In ranch Spanish (a mixture of Spanish, English, and pantomime), Domingo would rant and rave about this or that; Esteban would stand at his elbow, making their disgust mutual by clicking his tongue against the back of his teeth, "nt, nt, nt!"
In an attempt to restore some civility, Jack and Jackson restored Oscar and Rosie -- alive and well! It turned out that Jackson hadn't shot them after all, as he'd been instructed to do; instead he'd found homes for them in town, from where he now retrieved them.
But returning the dogs did little to ease Domingo and Esteban's ill feelings. Learning that he'd been fleeced about the dogs being shot embittered them even more: Domingo had needlessly suffered the grief of losing his canine friends.
One day when I walked by Domingo's sheep-camp, a crowd of the guys had gathered around to see what he had in a big cardboard box. I stuck my head into the circle and saw that he had acquired a Blue Heeler Cow Dog puppy.
With one "glass" eye, the puppy was especially endearing. But Blue Heelers are bred to bite at the heels of cattle, swing by their tails and, in a pinch, grab them by the nose -- way too much power for herding sheep!
Domingo, one of the ranch's sheep herders, was grinning from ear to ear, clearly pleased with this addition to his pack of dogs.
Where In The World Is Weston? S
When Sindy first proposed throwing a benefit to raise money for TGen's ATAC cancer research fund, I was immediately on board with the idea. A fundraising event in New York would spread the word about the need for ACC research and help provide the funds needed for the ongoing search for improved treatments of the disease. However, there was one problem: neither of us had any idea how to organize a fundraiser.
We began by brainstorming ideas. Sindy suggested a fashion show, which would allow her to put her fashion design degree to some good use. Or maybe a concert featuring some of her musician friends. Eventually, we decided that the "main event" of the benefit would consist of a dinner. "Dining for Research" became the working title of the event.
Once the general format of the benefit had been decided, Sindy began doing the legwork needed to get the event off the ground. With some helpful planning tips from the folks at TGen, who have actually done this sort of thing before, the pieces began to fall into place. Sindy found Haru, a restaurant serving an upscale Japanese buffet for a reasonable price (at least by New York standards). The restaurant's management would furnish our group with our own private area and provide free beverages to our guests. Guests would contribute $100, which would cover food costs and a donation to the ATAC Fund.
As an additional means of generating funds, we decided to hold a silent auction during the dinner. Soon, Sindy was procuring a wide variety of items: an autographed CD, artwork, tickets to a Yankee game, a signed photograph of former New York Giants' player Tiki Barber, several gift certificates and many other items. At one point, Sindy asked me if I thought we needed more goods for the auction. I told her that probably wasn't necessary, as I was starting to worry that we'd have more auction items than actual guests!
The benefit was set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 5th. Sindy invited several of her friends and co-workers, but we were still concerned that we wouldn't attract the turnout we were hoping for. I decided to post a message on the ACCompassion message board, an online community of ACC patients and caregivers who are seeking information on treatment options or just looking to correspond with others who share their experiences. I knew there were some New York area members in the group and hoped that some of them would be able to make it to the benefit.
The first member to reply was Howard, an ACC patient from New York City. He and his wife had already planned a vacation for the Fourth of July week, but he generously volunteered to contribute a gift to our silent auction from his wife's employer, Estée Lauder. As it turned out, they donated two large baskets of products, one featuring men's products, the other for women.
My next reply came from Caryn, another New York City ACC patient, who said that she would be attending the event and even bringing some family members. Little did I know that by "some family members" she meant her husband, parents, siblings, children, nieces, nephews and quite possibly even a second cousin or two.
As the 8 o'clock hour approached on the fifth, more and more of her family members filed into the restaurant to support their wife/ daughter/ sister/ mother/ aunt/ second cousin. Eventually, as Caryn's family and Sindy's friends continued to arrive, the group filled the four large, round tables the restaurant had reserved for us.
Everyone spent some time visiting and getting to know each other. Caryn's family was very large, friendly and talkative (reminiscent of a typical Anderson family get-together). It was also fun to meet many of Sindy's friends, including one who drove all the way up from Maryland after work that evening, and planned to drive right back after the dinner was over!
Once the guests had gotten a chance to mingle and place some starting bids on the silent auction merchandise, we decided it was time to eat. We all gorged ourselves on everything from steak to lobster to sushi, then went back and ate some more. Finally, our host from the restaurant presented us with a cake for dessert. At first I wasn't sure I could eat another bite, but in the end I proved my old adage: there's always room for cake!
After the meal, the guests' attention turned back to the silent auction items. At this point, I began to see another side of Caryn's family: the competitive side! It was brother against brother, mother against daughter, even grandpa against grandson as they tried to outbid each other for Yankees tickets, cosmetics baskets and all of the other items on the table. Sindy's friends got in on the action, too, and soon bids were being topped left and right.
Finally, when the battles began to wane, we called the auction and announced the winners. Fortunately, the bidding was all in fun, so there were no hard feelings, despite the hard fought battles that had ended just minutes before. Soon, everyone began to say their goodbyes and head back into the New York City evening, many with fabulous silent auction prizes, and all of us with full bellies, new friends and the satisfaction of knowing that all of the fun had benefited a great cause.
The next morning, Sindy and I tallied up the checks and cash from the previous night. All told, we had raised more than $2,200 for ACC research. Not bad for a couple of novices! I thought. I was glad everything had come together so well, and I was also glad that all of the planning leading up to the big night was behind us. But Sindy was already thinking ahead. As we stuffed last night's donations into an envelope for delivery to TGen, she said, "I'm already thinking of ideas for the NEXT fundraiser!"
To be continued...
Cruising To Alaska -- Part 2
Monday was the Juneau port and we got in about 11 a.m. Jane, Romaine and the boys did some exploring and shopping in town, but Ginn and I had been there three times before, so there wasn't anything new for us. We stayed back and rested as our excursion wasn't until later.
Everybody was back to the ship by 4:30 to catch our shuttle to a sled dog camp. It was about 12 miles away and a beautiful drive into the rainforest, which as we approached, lived up to its name; it started lightly raining. The dog teams were all hooked up for us and barking like crazy because they wanted to GO!
We took a ride on a special sled on wheels that they use to train the dogs in the summer. It was so cool how the dogs shut right up as soon as they could run. At the end of the ride, we got to play with the dogs and their musher told us about them, then on to the puppy kennels! We got to hold and play with 4 week old puppies, and 2 month old puppies.
There was a puppy named Denali! Jane was so excited, she had to tell everyone about her friend who named her daughter Denali Alyeska!
Then a veteran musher gave a talk on the dogs, the training and the races. Turns out he is a good friend and fellow musher with Ed Iten, who is from the same town Jane and Romaine live in, and Romaine knows him and Jane knew his mom; she worked at the Care Center before she retired. So that was pretty exciting. He told us all about a musher's life and it's pretty intense. There is a very necessary connection between the mushers and their dogs that is really impressive.
When we got back to the ship and changed clothes (we were muddy and smelled like wet dogs!) we went for a late supper at the Lido. While we were eating, we saw several whales, not sure what kind. So, after we ate, we spent some time on deck, just watching for whales, and saw a few more. It was so cool how everyone on the ship would holler out if they saw a whale so everyone could look. One jumped really close to the ship and showed its flukes and everyone cheered and clapped.
That evening we weren't interested in the show they had, so Romaine and I went to the casino. Took us a while to get the hang of it. We kept wondering why the slot machines weren't taking our coins, until a nice casino man told us we had to use tokens! Duh! We played the nickel slots and had a lot of fun. I lost my $5 pretty quickly, but Romaine played for quite a while and still broke even.
To be continued...
Celebrations & Observances
This Week's Birthdays
This Week's Anniversaries
More August Birthdays
More August Anniversaries
Miss Hetty's Mailbox:
Dear Miss Hetty,
Thank you so much for Sully's e-card ... he loved it! I can't believe he is three years old ... it's gone by so fast! He had a great birthday party ... it was a pirate theme. Grandma Lois Dake was even able to make the trip up to our house ... she traveled with Aunt Patricia and her family.
I made Sully's cake (and don't know if I'll ever try that again!). It was SUPPOSED to be a treasure chest washed up on the shore. Sully liked it, so I guess that's all that really matters!
Adriana Stahlecker Brown
Thank you for the beautiful anniversary card. Aunika cooked us a delicious four-course meal, using recipes from a cookbook she bought when on a cruise with her aunt and uncle Jeff and Ev and Cara Swenson this spring!
Mitzi and Sheldon Swenson
Keep Us Posted!
Please drop Miss Hetty a line and tell us who, and what, we've missed. And how about a report (photos welcome) of YOUR special celebration?
+ LETTERS TO THE EDITORS?
First of all -- to many years of wedded bliss -- Happy Anniversary!
Next, Jane is Cap'n Jack's and Ginn's daughter -- not Judy. Jane is mother of Chase and wife of Romaine.
Everyone must help to keep The Bulletin alive and well! Thanks to everyone for reviving the "olden days" -- along with the new!
Ruth Weiland Kitto
Photo Editor's Note: Oops! ... a slip of the fingers when I named the photos immediately after placing Judy Riesenberg's guess. I'm sorry, Jane ... I corrected the archived copy on the web.
Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
Of course, those impressive yellow roses stood out bold and beautiful for the first picture of our Bulletin #269. Reminding us of our Editor's anniversary on the 15th.
What a cute candid shot of Carrie with her latest attempt at making dessert!
Then the huge project Rich is involved in. We have a couple of these projects near us that are almost that huge. It seems unimaginable that a project like that could be supervised by someone we know. Very admirable work, Rich, and we hope there will be no setbacks like weather or mishaps for you to deal with.
I met Hunter Holman the other day. What a thrill, knowing he is a Bulletin star!
The photos Donna Mae took shocked me totally. I didn't realize Beaver had lost that much weight. It didn't seem like the same person except the signature white beard. It would be much easier to handle the donkey with that many less pounds, and we admire you more than we can express in these few words.
We need an update now on Don and Patty. They have to keep encouraged daily to ever maintain their magnificent miracle weight loss. It might help to keep sending The Bulletin current pictures.
It was fun to read Dorothy's favorite flower list. I don't know why the rose seems the all time favorite of most people. I hope you get some nice flowers for the 15th of August!
Thanks, Larry, for coming through with another fascinating story for us. Pretty gruesome and horrible to have to deal with that foot rot in sheep.
Was very happy to see another chapter from A Long Time Ago. The pets that the Johnsons had would be a memory the children still review now and then, and maybe they call it the Good Old Days. Roy and his two brothers very near in age had some unforgettable pets, too, that I still hear about.
And then Weston adds another chapter to this Yankee Stadium story. He left us hanging on his last words last week at meeting Sindy. So, we had expected a detailed description of this Sindy now this week. NONE! So, we hope for the "To be continued" to give some pictures, Weston.
We are always smitten by any Greetings from the Netherlands, Ary. Thank you for taking time to share with us, and links and pictures whenever you send them. I am trying to figure out just how that bridge really looks.
I haven't seen Jane (Adair) for so many years that I did not recognize her on the pictures in Capt Jack's cruise story. She is looking more like her mother. She always was a sweet, pretty little girl.
Fun to share in Weston's birthday dinner, and the Mexican hat looked great on him. I can't even remember back to being 30. The prime of life, for sure.
Finally we have a picture of Kyra! Thanks for letting us see Jerrianne's daughter. The cats look pretty content and clean and well taken care of.
I was sincerely disappointed that no one commented on Levi and Great Uncle Donald resembling one another. I am probably expecting too much to think anyone would read my LTTE when it gets so lengthy. No pictures of Sully's third birthday, either. I am so addicted to The Bulletin that I think everyone else must feel the same.
I love how these moms have their cameras ready for prize shots as they happen, like Hunter's dilemma in the Chuckles. Children always get to the heart, and anything they do seems funny or clever or special.
Suffer and liking summer in the "Quotation for the day" is about right. But, all we have to do is think about a couple months from now and no more suffering -- just enjoying the warmth and happiness of a summer day.
Thanks for another Bulletin. They are interesting to read over any time you pick one up, and if you don't happen to have one, just check the archives from the very beginning or the last one to arrive.
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