Thursday, May 31, 2007

Summer After School Program ~ Peter Pan

We have started our Summer After School Program. It started out with a BAM....we had the Prairie West Theater bring two actors out to help run, director our kids in the production of Peter Pan. Here are some pictures of what we have done Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

10 Years Fly by!!

10 years ago on Memorial Weekend, both John and Caristy were celebrating graduating from High School. Today we got together with some of our classmates to reunite and look back at how these 10 years have changed us. We had lots of food, laughter and good conversations. We also got to see how our school has changed since we were going to school there. Here are some of the pictures.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Lilac Bushes (Hedge)

We bought 25 lilac plants so that we could make a hedge to kind of hide our backyard from the highway traffic. Here is what our little lilac plants look like right now. I can't wait for the flowers to bloom and for them to grow.

Monday, May 21, 2007

John golfing!

So I've walked with John golfing two and 1/4 times. The second time I actually had my camera so I could take pictures. The 1/4 time I golfed two holes (don't worry....I did horrible because I was really, really cautious.) But it was fun to swing a club and hit the ball. :-) Here are some of John hitting the ball. Plus a cute little guy who decided to keep me company while I waited for John.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

The Chopping Battle!

So John, Zac, and David decided to see how fast they could chop a piece of wood down.

Here are the times (pictures also):
John: 2 minutes 15 seconds (he had the thickest log)
Zac : 2 minutes 13 seconds
David: 1 minute 15 seconds (but he was chopping a different type of wood)

We then had a fire, roasted marshmallows and made s'mores! YUMMY!! It's sitting in the back yard enjoying a fire time of year!

Congratulations GCCHS Graduates!

Today, we had 4 students from our church who graduated from our local high school. Congratulations to them and we wish them the best of luck in the future!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Congratulations Lexi!!

Today Caristy's sister graduated from college! Sadly I have no pictures of her but here is an oldie but goodie from her graduating from high school, 4 years ago. Congrats Lexi and I'm so proud of you! We wish that we could have been there to help celebrate your special day. When I get out to CT I'll change the picture so it's actually of her graduating college instead of high school! :-)

Congratulations Seminary Graduates!

We made a quick trip to get down to Fergus Falls for Seminary Graduation. We got there and we got to watch 10 students graduate from seminary. 5 graduated with a Master of Divinity, 2 graduated with a Master of Art in Religion, and 3 got a certificate in either missions or youth ministy. It was pretty neat to see and to look back at how we were feeling a year ago. God is very much in control of our lives as we have discovered!!! Here are some pictures from graduation. Congratulations graduates and good luck where ever the Lord takes you!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Cattle ~ A Mother's Day excursion.

We went to visit some cows and calves! :-) Here are some cute pictures of the cattle!

Happy Mother's Day!

So today is a special day!! :-) Happy Mother's Day to both John and Caristy's Mom!

Friday, May 11, 2007

YEAH for Ole!!

So today Ole graduated from the NDSU with a degree and master's in Pharmacy. We went to his hooding ceremony and then celebrated with him.....with a little party! It was a great time and we are SO excited that Ole is finally done with school however SO SAD that they are leaving Fargo for his new job. Congratulations Ole!!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Our flowers!

John bought Caristy a rose bush! While we were gone a rose decided to bloom. John also planted tulips and they decided to bloom and be pretty so that we could see them when we came home too. SPRING is finally here!! YES!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

A Visit to the Nilsen's

We were in the twin cities and decided we were so close to Ryan and Kjirsti so we had to go and see them. They have a very busy household right now. The girls are home and SO CUTE.....Ryan and Kjirsti are doing a great job as being parents of three. While we were there we tried to help out the best we could....cooking spaghetti (okay so that wasn't really helping because Caristy really wanted Spaghetti), holding the twins or entertaining Owen (okay so maybe that wasn't helping either because they were so fun to hold and play with), and helping pick up sticks and cutting down branches (okay maybe that wasn't work either because it was fun taking pictures of John cutting with a chain saw)....basically we went down because we wanted to see Ryan and Kjirsti and go to be entertained by their kids and them. Thanks guys so much for a great time!!
Family of Five
(P.S Kjirsti is right about just taking one shot, this was the first shot I took)
The kids
Ryan cutting a dead branch
John making firewood
Caristy and Clara

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Lunch with Kari & Julie

We decided to hang out in the cities for a little bit longer. The night before we got together with Darren. It was great seeing him. It will also be nice that he is moving closer so that we will be able to get together with him more often.


Today we went to Panera Bread (YUMMY) to meet up with Kari, Julie and baby David. It was great being able to talk and hang out with both of them. The food was great and the conversation was so much fun.

Kari, David, Julie


Mommy and Son


Proud Auntie and nephew!

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Baby Shower for Baby Olson

On my mom's side of the family we had a baby shower for Baby Olson. It was a celebration of Kavan's birthday and then also a baby shower for Caristy and baby boy. We had a brunch with egg bake and caramel & cinnamon rolls!! It was SO delicious!! Thanks so much everyone for such a great shower and time to hang out with family. I actually have NO pictures from the shower......opps!

Linz, Lexi, & Eva

Derek, Rich & Bryant


Tante Judy & Andrea

Jon & Billy

Newlyweds

Linz, Care & Lexi

Happy Birthday KAVAN!!

May 6th was Kavan's Birthday (Kavan is Caristy's cousin)......we had a great time just hanging out at his parents house......we celebrated just by hanging out with all the family.
Kavan and his mom
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