Sunday, December 31st
We closed out the year and found
St. Hugh's church down the street from Donna's
Cousins Rich and Carla, their kids and her parents
joined us, Corey and Ana, and Donna
for an early New Year's Eve dinner.
We flew to Miami on the 27th to
celebrate New Year's at Donna's
and attend the Orange Bowl game
between Miami and Wisconsin
on the 30th.
"Flash" befriended some tailgaters and tried on
a "U" chain which is a symbol of a sack on the field
Cousin Sean, Flash, and some tailgaters
The Badgers take the field (and the game)
The Hurricanes lost their wind in the 4th quarter
Halftime show at the Hard Rock Stadium
December 26th at the Mall of America
The Mall used to be the Twins stadium...
Harmon Killebrew hit a 520 foot home run marked by the chair!
Christmas at Tom and Trina's
There were 24 of us celebrating an Iowa Christmas.
The kids' shirts are a map of Iowa with a star
by Cedar Rapids. They say, "Fritel Family
|The Gang's all here: Ariana, Andrew, Jett, Caiden, Claire, Matthew,|
Annika, Grace, Cecelia, Lydia, R.J., Julia, and Luke
Key: Black, Trina's; Red, Jimmy's; Purple, Ana's; Blue, Sara's
Mom, Dad, and "the kids"
The Grinch even showed up :-)
Yummy Joe's Stone Crabs--
Thank You Emilio and Lucy!!!
Julia wanted to hang on Mommy's leg,
but Trina and Sara wanted to hang on their mommy's leg
Annika with the laughing dog!
Grampa Bob and his "Pope Soap"
Tom and Trina, our exhausted hosts
The Grandkids exchanged names
Andrew and Tom discussing Lego construction...
Ana's girls opened gifts when we stopped
en route to Iowa. They came down later
with some honey-baked hams--we brought
Theresa's German potato salad and macaroni
We swam at the pool in Buffalo
and the girls read stories to Grampa...
Go Dog Go! is a favorite for another generation.
First stop: Fargo, so Bob could check out the
Germans from Russia section of the NDSU library.
We visited our friend Ray in the nursing home,
and Diane did some shopping at the NDSU Bookstore.
This was the weather we faced when we left home.
Our tree--which is actually the top
of Gramma Fritel's tree
Dec. 15-17 We went to the Farmers' Union
Convention in Bismarck
View from our picture window
There's nothing like a North Dakota sunset!