Thursday, November 19, 2015

Coming home to Hunting Season --Oh Deer! Nov. 3-8

Saw this sign en route to a Minot shopping spree
This is Sam and Zach's business
(Cousin Larry and Karen's sons)

If you look carefully, you can see the Pope
with Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
Grace is ready to hunt with Daddy (Jimmy) and Grampa Bob
Yes, you need to color-coordinate your hunting gear!      
We made brownie-cookies, but Gramma left them in the oven too long
We ate them anyway! :-)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New York, New York October 31-November 3

Instead of going back to Donna's,
we hung out on 46th near the Richard Rodgers theater 
because President Obama was arriving for the production of "Hamilton."
Donna said it was a special fundraising performance.
The police were preparing for the President's arrival.
(They actually blocked off the street and made everyone leave
before the President's entourage arrived).

"Hamilton" is the "hottest" show in town.
Note the security and police guarding the theater.
A canopy was set up to conceal the President's arrival.
We watched the security build-up for an hour!
One of the many security vehicles along the street.
We had a great dinner with "Flash."  She worked for Fox News
for many years and has met a lot of "celebrities" (besides herself).
She has many stories to tell!
On our way back to Donna's, we decided to hop a tour 
of Lower Manhattan
This 1925 West 32nd Street skybridge used to connect Gimbels with an annex.
It is no longer used.
Ellis Island is in the background
An American flag was flying from the construction crane.
The Statue of Liberty greets the shoppers
along the shore of the Hudson River
The tour bus approaches Times Square
The Peace Tower
Our second stop on Monday was at the Intrepid museum
(we were happy to stop after walking about a mile from Donna's office).
LEGO replica of the Intrepid at the museum
Bob and the Russian Mig  M15

On the deck of the Intrepid aircraft carrier

Our first stop on Monday was Donna's office
at the Clinton Foundation
Donna (and the Pope) at work
Donna's aide Allie Gottlieb giving Bob directions to the Intrepid Museum
Native American beadwork at the office
View from Donna's office
We had breakfast with Donna and Philippe (friend of cousin Rich Betor)
on Sunday morning before heading to Mass at St. Patrick's
Brass doors at the entrance to St. Patrick's Cathedral
This is for Katie Volk Dilse whose Confirmation name is Kateri
Diane and Pope Francis before Mass on Nov. 1st

We flew into NY on Saturday, Oct. 31st. Then we ran errands with Donna.
Donna took us to see "An American in Paris" on Broadway in the afternoon. 
  After the theater, Pat Cloherty took us to dinner at the 21 Club.
Pat had Halloween masks for everyone! (Donna, Bob, and Diane)
Donna and Bob
Ellen Fleysher (Flash), John Shley, Pat's Peace Corps friend,
and Pat Cloherty.  John had a chicken farm in New Jersey. 

He told some great stories about chicken farming in Brazil.
Cousin Michael John McGann

October 24-31st Whirlwind

We flew to Sara's in Virginia on the 27th
Five states in four days!
Slide in the park by the library
We played at the mall at Tyson's Corner
Grampa and RJ have matching caps..."Oh, Deere!"
Doug's "ab exercise"
Julia and RJ rock
Julia "makes a bucket"
RJ eyes the target
Choo choo train?
The builder, the puppy, and the Pope
I like Sara's costume the best :-)
Upper body exercise for Doug
Sweet swinger
Rockin' RJ

On the 26th we traveled to Jimmy's in Wisconsin
Grace smiled wearing Gramma's mask--
I didn't get a chance to photo the boys

Grace and friends
We drove to Trina's in Iowa on the 25th
 We had a "pretend" birthday party for Annika

Annika shared her cupcakes after Ari's dress rehearsal
for the "Humpty Dumpty" play
The kids wanted jelly, salsa, and pickles from North Dakota
Mom shared her garden surplus with the kids

We headed to Ana's in Minnesota 
after Sarah Sattler's wedding on Oct. 24th in Leeds
Claire, Cecelia, Gramma, Lydia, and Grampa say "cheese"
Grampa Bob reads a funny book--
or...Funny Grampa Bob reads a book!
Cecelia is all pumped up
Lydia gets ready to pump
The girls are "swingin'"
Mint plant travels to Min-t-esota
Claire's artwork
Kissa explores the tomato box
Our first stop was in Fargo en route to Ana's
We saw Fred Fritel at Mass in Fargo
We took Pope Francis to Mass in Fargo