Sunday, November 4, 2007
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Update -- three daughters, three weddings
On September 22, Travis and I went to Kimball to enjoy Rosanna Miller's marriage to Aaron Dahlinger. In case you don't know, Rosanna is Duane Miller's youngest daughter.
We got there right on time, but didn't know where the park was. It ended up being right across the street from the hall where the reception was to be. We did get to see the wedding party arrive at the hall, riding four-wheelers. I also left my camera at home so I didn't get any pictures.
This picture was taken at Candice's reception:
October 19th brought us another beautiful day and the marriage of Candice and Peter. The bride and groom looked awesome. The picture of Pete was taken when he saw Candice coming down the aisle with her dad.
It was fun watching the three flower girls, Abigail, Ashley and Ava, walk hand in hand down the aisle in matching white dresses. They were so cute! Especially when Ava (the youngest) decided she'd rather stop half way down the aisle and visit. Now Abigail and Ashley are attempting to "pull" her down the aisle. Her mom's standing in the front of the church saying, "come here," Dad and Grandma are sitting up front and can't see what's going on, and Grandpa and Aunty are waiting to come down the aisle.
Rosanna was giving her "the look" that all mothers have learned to master. Let's just say Rosanna needs a little more practice, as Ava can hold her own. She stayed and visited a while and then made her way down to the front.
The minister spoke of two individuals that come together in marriage as one. There will be differences that you have to work through and not everything you plan will necessarily work out how you expected. Candice and Pete will have to share in many important decisions ... like how you squeeze the toothpaste out....
Charlie and I had a really nice time at the wedding. We stayed overnight in St. Joseph and went home early the next morning. Oh wait ... I did say three daughters and three weddings...
Penny and John plan to marry on May 2 in Florida. So that just leaves Jay, but he's not talking...
Family Update -- the Indermarks
A lot has changed for our family over the last month. Jim accepted a new job in Phoenix, so in two weeks' time we packed our house and moved to Arizona. Actually, we are still moving as I write this. I flew down the beginning of the week with the kids and moved our suitcases into our empty rental home. We are actually staying at Mom's semi-empty rental home until the men arrive with our things.
Jim and Mike (Kelly's husband) are driving the moving trucks with ALL of our things. They left on Friday morning and are hoping to make it here sometime Sunday afternoon. They have about 1,900 miles to drive two moving trucks that are each towing a vehicle behind.
Because of the size of our Suburban, we were not able to tow it behind a moving truck -- so on Saturday (last week) we traded it in on a new 2007 Chrysler Town & Country. We also sold our other van, which allowed us to tow Mom's car down for her, as well. Jim will borrow Mom's car for a week or so, until he can buy a new car down here.
Jim's parents are very sad to see us go; they only lived one block from our house. On the flip side, Mom is very happy to see us come down her way.
Jordan is starting a new preschool on Monday. Tyler will now be staying at home with me. Our third baby is due in February and we now know we are expecting another boy.
So I guess I can sum it all up by saying our lives have been flipped upside down and turned around, but it has been a very fun adventure for all of us.
Family Update -- the Hills
I'm finally getting some more of Jaxon's birthday pictures sent out. It seems like we have had a very busy Fall!
Jaxon turned 1 on Sept. 26th and officially started walking two weeks later. (This was how old Jazmine and Jonathan were, too, when they started walking.) He is now walking, climbing, investigating, etc. -- quite a busy boy!
Jonathan loves to play with Jaxon -- he just has to remember to play gently with him! Jonathan also loves to be outside, working or playing!
Jazmine finished the first half of her pre-Kindergarten classes. She will have four more this spring. She is also enjoying taking piano lessons from Grandma Janie (since last January).
Nathan and I keep busy working full-time and trying to keep up at home the rest of the time.
Nathan and Brenda, Jazmine, Jonathan, and Jaxon Hill
Update -- Madi is 9 months old
I've been intending to get another update out for some time now. Please pardon the delay.
Madi turned 9 months old on the 30th of October. We can hardly believe what a little person she is becoming. She has quite a strong will (don't know where she gets that from!) and such an adorable personality.
She is still under the impression that she is much older than she actually is. She started pulling herself up on furniture and walls and climbing stairs well over a month ago. Kurt and I thought we'd have much longer to baby-proof the house and to buy safety gates for the stairs. (Hence, my having little to no free time to go online and write updates!) Her crawling has progressed from "fast" to "lightning speed."
When I'm not chasing her around the house, she's a permanent fixture of my leg. While I'm cooking or washing dishes, she pulls herself up using my pants and wraps her arms around my knee like a little koala in a tree.When wearing drawstring pants, I have to make sure to make sure they are tied tight!
Let's see ... what are her latest "tricks"? Oh yes, she's now discovered the toilet paper dispenser and has gotten quite efficient at unraveling the paper all over the floor. Another of her favorite tricks is to shred any piece of paper, napkin, tissue, etc. that she can get her hands on into teeny, tiny pieces. And to think we spent nearly $50 for an electronic paper shredder at Office Max!
She decided about a month ago that she's way too old and mature to eat baby food. She only wants what Mommy has. I've tried to find good alternatives for her like yogurt, whipped potatoes, smushed up cottage cheese, etc. She really likes yogurt, so I thought I'd outsmart her by putting some baby food into an empty yogurt container, but by the second spoonful she was on to me!
She cut her first tooth about three weeks ago and is working on the second one right now. Poor little thing ... I wish that tooth would pop through already. I hate seeing her so uncomfortable. She has been out-of-sorts for a few days now, which is just how she was right before that first little chopper poked through.
Madi's big sister, Sami, comes to stay with us every other weekend. Madi just adores her (and vice versa!). They spend a lot of time playing together while Sami is here. Every once in a while, Sami will want some alone time in her room (as most about-to-turn-13-year-olds do), and as soon as Madi realizes that Sami is gone she crawls to her bedroom door in protest.
As for Kurt and myself, we are also doing well. Kurt is still enjoying his job with Piller, Inc. His traveling time is becoming much less than before as he starts getting more and more training under his belt. It is so nice to have him home more and more.
We have been slowly chipping away at making our new home feel more like ours. We have gotten every room but the downstairs bathroom painted and every room but the office unpacked. It's getting there... We have a long, cold winter ahead of us to get lots of home improvement projects done. Once we're finished, I'd like to put together a slide show of "before" and "after" photos of each room. It's really starting to look quite different and feel more like our place.
I hope this note finds each and every one of you well. I'll try to send out the next update in a more timely manner.
Update -- Hallowe'en in Moorhead
In our neighborhood, our household of ages 32, 29, 5, 3, and 0, we probably still only manage to pull the average age down to about 60. So, of course, all the girls' "extra grandpas and grandmas" spoil them rotten on Halloween. It only took one loop around our block to completely fill their pumpkin buckets, plus they got a "Cooties" game from one neighbor!
Camryn didn't get to partake in the trick-or-treats, but each neighbor made sure to give the big girls treats "to share with Camryn."
It was a busy week, as in addition to Hallowe'en on Wednesday, we had dinner with Weston on Tuesday. He came to Fargo to present information for his company on a study for the Fargodome. Since Weston hadn't been to Paradiso (Fargo's best Mexican restaurant) in years, we brought him there with our family of five and Chris and Jessy.
Thursday afternoon, the Ashby Arrows football team played in the District 4 Championship versus Verndale in the Fargodome. Dad, Donna, Caity and Caity's friend Bailey came up to watch the game, so we joined them. Unfortunately, after a very good game, the Pirates beat the Arrows to win the District. After that, we again met Chris and Jessy, this time for dinner at Ruby Tuesday's.
The busy week continues on Friday night as we join some friends for a birthday party, but after that, we're looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home!
Update -- first cousins and now best friends
After hanging out with lots of people 5 foot 5 inches or bigger, I've finally found someone my size! It took our parents eight weeks to get us together but Camryn and I were finally able to meet.
We got along great -- as you can see from the photos. During our discussions, we talked about jumping rope, playing hoops with our dads, playing dolls with our moms and someday breaking boys' hearts.
We look forward to many more play dates!
Day to Day R
Patty Anderson Inspires A Cast Of Characters
Thought you might like to see how Patty A's talent worked out on Hallowe'en...
She made the Little Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf costume for herself and Don to wear to the Fireman's Legion dance.
No one else had any costumes, so she suggested we "come up with some" ... and she did!
She had extra red drapery along. I said that Jessy could go as Scarlett O'Hara, so Patty whipped up a Scarlett costume and I figured out the stuff to go with it and Rhett's get-up. Lori came up with the Mr. Clean costume for Shawn and Patty made her a skirt out of my old tablecloth. There again, I gathered other items for her and Mr. Clean to make their outfits, from things I found around the house. Caity thought to add the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers box.
Patty also helped Beaver with his "feet" and painted "tickle me" on Weston. (That is a saying for Elmo ... tickle me Elmo). Weston wore Jayce's costume from when he was very young. I think he's the only one who could have gotten that on!
The ones who went in to the game came home and got dressed; we went in to the Legion at 10:30 p.m. and were back home by midnight. The costume circle competition was at 11. Sadly, none of our group won, although I felt the judging was poorly done! It was lots of fun getting them all ready, though, so we did enjoy the effort and how they turned out!
Thought you might enjoy the pictures.
We had two new animals join the group this last weekend: Jessy and Chris's Paisley and Eric and Leona's Ozzie.
Both fit in great amidst all the commotion of people and other dogs. Paisley is a puppy and Oz is, I think they said, six years old ... a rescue dog that they've adopted. I was impressed with both of them.
The Matriarch Speaks W
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?
Editors' Note: Correct guesses appear in bold face type and incorrect guesses in normal type.
That is my two cousins and me holding the cute puppies (though I would have enjoyed it even more if they had been kitties). Going from left to right, that is Harriet Vanderberg, Me (Gert Dake), and Norma Benson. We are in front of Mom's flower garden, which was in the middle of the front yard of our home place. A nice summer day when we were probably somewhere close to seven years old.
Gert Dake Pettit
Puppies finally old enough to be held ... in front of our home place ... and that was a favorite occupation of Gert Dake and her cousins ... well, not exactly cousins ... the one to the left is Harriet Vanderberg. The Vanderbergs were part of our family because their grandma, who was a young widow with two (or maybe three) boys, married our Uncle Isom Cheney (or some spell it Chaney), who had a couple of children ... and then they had two children: Bill and Doris (who changed her name to Dorothy) Cheney Benson. The little girl to the right is Doris's daughter, Norma Benson. As far as I know, all three of the cousins are living and all are married.
Brad and I were tending to a "June lamb." This was the third or fourth of these tiny lambs to be born. Each required special care because of their diminutive size. Jackson had told us they weren't worth messing with. He said the shepherds called them "June lambs" because they usually died before the end of June. But how could we ignore them? They were so-o cute.
The crisp morning air, outside the sheep shed, was presently interrupted by the chop-chop-chop of a helicopter and the wail of a police siren. That's curious! Suddenly, there was a burst of machine gun fire! Rat-a-tat-tat! Tat! Tat-tat-tat!
Brad and I ran outside to see the helicopter working its way up the ridge above the buildings. What is going on? The chopper was hovering over rugged, roadless territory. The police siren blew again and was followed by: Rat-a-tat! Tat-tat-tat-tat-tat! Tat! Tat-tat-tat!
Seeing our consternation, José, who was watering mixing pens nearby, walked over and explained that the government trappers were hunting coyotes. They'd blow the siren, which was mounted on the helicopter. The coyote and five or six fuzzy puppies -- in their excitement at the "great howling in the sky" -- would come tumbling out of their den, to be greeted by the spray of bullets. Mean trick!
The trappers killed 27 coyotes on the ridge that morning.
In spite of all out war on the coyotes, their numbers had proliferated. Early mornings, and late evenings, we'd grown accustomed to their chorus of yipping and howling.
It was not evident that we'd been losing any ewes or lambs. However, any dead ewe or lamb left in the field overnight would be gone by morning -- including their wool and bones. The coyotes must have been hungry. We'd frequently see them in the fields as we made our rounds; they didn't seem particularly wild.
In addition to the government trapper's endeavors, Don, the neighbor, hunted coyotes, too. He'd stretch and tan the skins, and sell them. Over the past twelve months he'd made $3,000 selling coyote furs. During lambing season the previous year, he'd shot a bobcat whose fur had brought a handsome $400.
Secretly, it all seemed so unfair. But, I figured, if I was going to be a shepherd, I'd have to buck up.
Celebrations & Observances
This Week's Special Days
This Week's Birthdays
More November Birthdays
November Special Days
Miss Hetty's Mailbox:
Dear Miss Hetty,
Thank you for the card you sent! I had a very happy birthday. My uncle and Grandpa came to my house and my mom made me shrimp for supper. I got a new guitar that is just like my grandpa's, and it is fun to play with him.
Thank you for the birthday wishes. I had a fun day celebrating. A couple of co-workers bought me lunch. And that evening, Keith and I met Mom, Dad, Lisa, and Steven at the Olive Garden by our place. It was fun to see everyone and share dinner.
Keith and I are also happy to report that the air in Southern California is starting to get better, now that the fires are dying down. On Saturday, I swept all the soot and ash off our patio. And tonight, the air was clear so we went for a walk to the grocery store. The latest round of brush fires really hit home. The Santiago fire started just a couple miles up the road from our house. Luckily, our community didn’t receive any damage.
Thank you again for thinking of me.
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?
The Bulletin was nice again, as usual. I have missed hearing from the Netherlands for a while. I thought of them as I planted some tulips the other day! HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL ... that's why we stick those little things in the ground!
Elaine Anderson Wold
Congrats on the new home! It looks spectacular!
Hmmmm ... I do believe I see a family resemblance between our son Justin and my cousin Bitzi in the photos in this week's Bulletin! Would it be possible to be put on the list to receive 8x10 framed and autographed copies of the lovely photos? They would go so nicely with the one Cody contributed of me awhile back! (Smile!)
Carol Dake Printz
Oh, I am so sorry, Carol, but our supply of framed photos of the family beauties was sold out within minutes of being put on sale ... well, I think that is what must have happened as I can't find any left in stock. --The Matriarch
That was so nice of Betty Droel to scan the picture (me, my son, Jason Rude, and granddaughter, Hanna Rude -- born May 31st) and write about our stop. Since I was in the metro area and on my way to my cousin's home, Shvahn Williams at East Bethel, and was going right through Moundsview, I quickly called Betty to see if she wanted me to stop -- I had around 15 minutes to spare. Thanks to cell phones, communication on the road is easier.
My original trip was October 17-21 to Toronto and home to Great Falls, with a change of planes at MSP. However, when Aunt Rose died, I changed my flight plans to get off in Minnesota and go back Wednesday evening. You can do anything for a price. I had been to Litchfield for the funeral and luncheon and came back to the Twin Cities area Tuesday p.m.
Betty mentioned Montreal, but I was not in Montreal. Sometimes we Americans think of Toronto and Montreal as nearly the same, but they are two different large cities in Canada and quite a distance apart. I wasn't always aware of that until I started visiting Toronto last March -- my first time there!
I have two name spelling corrections. Our Hanna is without the "h" at the end, so it is just HANNA. And my mother's name, Jeanette Miller, was spelled with just one "n." Since she is now deceased, her name won't often be spelled, but since I was sending the correction for my new baby Hanna, I decided to just mention Mother's also.
Editor's Note: We regret the errors and thank you for sending corrections -- we really do want details to be right. The Bulletin 280 web page has been corrected, which is important for enabling the search engine to locate the right information whenever we look something up. If we had thought to check our own search engine, we'd have found the correct spelling of your mother's name. Hanna's name was spelled both ways in the report and we picked the wrong one.
Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
The shocking orange took your eye right straight to the rug with the three cat faces on it. You knew immediately whose house you were at. Two of the cats were standing guard, ready to hiss away any goblins invading their territory.
With all the fire news and destruction and violence, it is fun to have something to smile about, and this issue is about cats, which has become an ongoing news item. One thing led to the other, and now we have five famous cats to keep up on. Two in Alaska and three in California. Looks like Chester and spiders and Boo, Peanut and Trixie are vying for our attention, lest the cats take it all.
Carol Printz, we appreciated you taking time to give us an update, even to Eric having been home a few days. If he goes to Alaska, he just may see Diego, and Arg and Kathy. Hope we can hear about it if he does.
Talk about mental telepathy. I had just been wondering if we wouldn't be seeing another creation by Bitzi featuring Carrie Horne pretty soon, and we did.
Then my dear sister, Ruth Kitto, even took time to send an account of their trip to North Dakota over Kenny's birthday. Too bad they missed seeing the Morgans.
Thank you for printing our visit with Judy Riesenberg. It's fun to submit something to The Bulletin, knowing it will be regarded as worthwhile to include some week. It takes a bit of editing to make clumsy updates into interesting reading.
Does Chester live at Levi and Kira's house? "Got Bones?" was a good caption.
I looked back in the Archive to find why Louise is getting up to speed. She had been in the hospital, etc., and for some reason I just can't find a story on that. So, Jess, could you please give us a bit more information about her mishap?
Excellent Halloween photography on the grandkittens. Pretty scary, I'd say!
So Caity is finally auntie again, and the long wait is over, now that Thomas Logan Johnson has arrived. What a Big Boy is right, and he will grow way too fast, too!
We were thrilled to have a picture of Hawthorne Estates. It seems so much safer for you with the exit as handy as it is. You will have to put the 911 escape chair on Craigslist, Don. One big bedroom, so that must mean the den will be The Bulletin office. So nice you can be so central to stores and activity and visitors.
It called for a smile and sigh of relief to see LTD Storybrooke managed to submit a next chapter to the breathtaking story of the sheep ranch. I didn't even want to try to picture the mechanic's workbench. Larry and Sherry earned every penny of their pay. How could you dress warm enough to work outside at 30 below zero?
Weston, I tried to picture this tailgate lunch with the little stove and food, and these big men standing around eating, trying to be patient until the door opened to their beloved clash between the Gophers and the Bison. Very good picture of the four. I will comment again that someone has an excellent camera, and it must be Weston. I'm not sports minded enough to understand the vocabulary he used to describe the game, but I was impressed that he was so knowledgeable.
The spider pictures give you the creeps, but you have to admit they are works of art, even in their ruggedness.
Miss Kitty. We were so afraid you wouldn't get an opportunity to write this week, but you did. We had to laugh right out loud at the descriptions of the off limits for cats you encountered. Especially, the vacuum cleaner that was Miss Jerrianne's only way to control the situation. I don't think that is one bit fair for anyone to think you would have to share either Miss Jerrianne or your food dish or litter box. If I may make a suggestion, just really hiss and yowl and let them know your feeling on this. Gunsmoke has GOT to go. He's so fierce looking, but seems to be perfectly content with whoever is holding him in that way too cropped picture.
The photo I had sent of Rich and Verlaine and their cake turned out so clear and so good. We have a truly professional photo editor and we are never ever going to let her go. We had dinner with Rich and Verlaine and Steve and Marci and Shalana and Krista today, along with Steve Sorenson, here from Finland, Martha and Gladys.
I asked Rich how it felt to be 65 years old and his comment was, "you should know." I told him I couldn't remember back that far.
The Printzes gave us a good picture of perfect teeth -- having fun with the camera.
My sis, Ruth Kitto, as well as so many others, really valued the Living With Polio story, so well written. It helped us to see into the hearts of those victims.
I haven't seen Bitzi for a while now. The CHUCKLES picture brought me up to date on "what big eyes you have," and you could add "red tongue."
I really enjoyed the Quotation for the day this time: "A Grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween." There is something about grandparents or an auntie or uncle that just can't get enough of those little goblins. I hope Shalana lets us see how she will look as an aquarium, and Krista as smarty pants.
I had better just end this right here. Roy would like some supper. I think I will make a ham sandwich out of the very delicious leftover ham Verlaine sent home with us. Thank you again, Editor and Photo Editor, and each one that contributed to #280.
Roy and Betty Droel
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