Sunday, December 10, 2017

December 2017

 View from our picture window
There's nothing like a North Dakota sunset!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November 2017

Celebrating 47 years! :-)

Thanksgiving weekend: Ana and the girls came home:
 They found lots to do with the "old toys" at the farm.
 Lydia, Claire, and Cecelia
 Kathy whipped this up on Thanksmas morning.
Our theme this year was the letter "E"
 (Some of) the Fritel men
 Jill got a whole new set of encyclopedias!
 Doug became "The Elf" (not on the shelf)
with his prize gift
The gang is(n't) all here!

On Friday, we headed to Grand Forks to see "The Nutcracker"
and take in a hockey game.
 We posed with a ballerina.
 We sat in the mezzanine at the Chester Fritz...
Free time was spent in the pool.
 The girls had to take a pic with Uncle Jerry and Grampa
 Claire found a new friend.
 The girls were excited when they were on the big screen
at the hockey arena, but were tired after the overtime game.
But, we still managed to have a "pretend" birthday party
for Claire and eat ice cream and cupcakes!

Heading to Killdeer to visit Jimmy and Kelly--
we took two pickups because Bob was heading
to Wisconsin on Sunday and I was coming home.
A gloomy crossing over Lakes Audubon and Sakakawea
 Dunn Center is Jimmy and Kelly's new mailing address
 The road from the farm to Killdeer where their church
and school are located
 Luke and Matthew beat everyone to the breakfast table
By early afternoon they were ready for a nap!
...must be genetic
Ready for spaghetti!
The kids with both sets of grandparents
 Andrew and his friends....
Luke, Grace, and Matthew keep busy
The pickups and trailers are ready at 4 a.m. Sunday
as Bob and Jimmy get on the road to Wisconsin
to bring some of Jimmy's equipment to ND
 Is that a four-o'clock (a.m)-shadow, Jimmy?

When I arrived home on Sunday, I found
5" of snow in the yard.....but it's still Fall, isn't it?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October 2017

We helped brother-in-law Jerry celebrate his birthday
on October 30th with pizza and chocolate cake--yummy! :-)

We flew to Cleveland on the 17th
to clean out my mother's condo,
attend the Hall of Fame induction at her law school,
see Donna's new condo, but mostly.....
to party at Mark and Kira's wedding
David and Susie treated us to dinner at Mahle's
the night before we left.
Bob, Leanne, Kira, Mark, David, Laura, Susie, Mary Anne
We invited all the family to "shop" at Mother's condo
(like a reverse "Antiques Roadshow") before we left town. 
Val and John found some "treasures."
 Party time!
 Ari and Grace
 Leanne, mother of the groom, and Bob
 Cousins Chrissy and Mary Anne
with Leanne's sister Nancy in the middle
 Jimmy and Ellen
 John, Ian, and Annika (with her doll)
 Mark and Leanne
 Cousins Pat and Susie with Bob and Val in the background
Caiden in front is pondering his next move
 Mark surprised Kira with bagpipe music
Ian did not appreciate "the piper"
 Cousins Sara, Katie, and Mike
 Cousins Matthew, Leon, Caiden, and Jett
danced up a storm
 Tim applauds Mark and Leanne while Ray poses for me
Tom, Trina, Val, and Laura

Mother was inducted into the 
Cleveland Marshall Law School Hall of Fame
with 119 others to celebrate the school's 120th anniversary
Donna gave the closing address.
Cousin Susie, also a Cleveland Marshall graduate,
was our mother's law partner for many years
before taking over the practice when Mother retired (at 91)
 The kids tried out the exercise equipment
 Muscle power
 Matthew, Caiden, Andrew, and Jett playing football in the pool
Annika, Ariana, and Grace


Note the "barn doors" on the closet
Living room
Looking toward the bedrooms
Guest bedroom with pics of the kids
a few photos yet to come
"Munchers" Pat, Bob, Sara, and Val
before we ate "Aunt Lou's spaghetti"made by Mary Anne
Sara must have been hungry!!!
Happy Harvest :-)
We went to Frances's house for breakfast after church,
and found these in her garden!

 This is the first batch--the rest are still orange/green
 Six pints of salsa and five pints of tomatoes
Kosher dill pickles