Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Only a few days left to shop till "season";-). I think the only one that didn't get in trouble while trying to take a cute picture was Elmo. It's funny that Bryce actually likes wearing ties right now...that won't last long.
Should be a great Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa time with Clark and Racinda home from their two years in Japan (and hopefully no tsunamis this year).
A Very Merry Nebulous Celebration of something or other to you and yours!
Friday, December 16, 2005
Christmas is coming--so make sure you get those last minute gifts (amongst the thousands of others crammed into the Wal-mart aisles) and make sure you are wearing a smile on your face!
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
I had the huge opportunity to have Huldah Buntain (her late husband was Mark Buntain) -- missionary for 51 years to Calcutta, India and founder of Mission of Mercy -- here in Karlstad (!) to speak for our Harvest Festival. She flew in Saturday and flew out Monday, and I had fun the whole weekend (though I was ready to be done with all the stress). I had to schedule the service with her missionary booking agent! Wow, it was a huge privilege! (pictured: Jenn, Rick, Huldah and Nancy Gibson [former AGWM missionary and now fellow traveller with Huldah])
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
It's hard to believe that just 2 weeks ago we had snow. Instead, we spent most of the day Saturday mowing up our leaves. 15 bags worth (and that is the big lawn and leaf kind)--and that was only the back yard. But before we cleaned up the yard, the kids enjoyed a rather nice, sunny day playing in the leaves.
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Thursday, October 06, 2005
I find it hard to believe it was that warm this weekend, but it was. And now look at the weather. The high today is supposed to be low 30's. Oh, well. At least I'm getting a little break from beet harvest ;-). We didn't even get as much snow as some places (6-12 inches in parts of North Dakota with 3 foot drifts). Last week, I (Rick) got to substitute teach Bryce's first grade class...talk about "exciting". Nothing like trying to manage 19 six-to-seven year olds, but at least it was only half a day. I did have visions of Arnold screaming in his Hungarian accent...by the way "it's not a tumah! [sic]".
Thursday, September 15, 2005
There's just nothing like seeing your 3yr. old's brain growing! As she's watching Bambi this morning, Abbi begings to ask me the deep questions. "Mommy, what happened to Bambi's mommy? Why did she fall down? Is she dead? (we get the dead question often ever since our fish Oscar died about 5 months ago) Is Bambi hurt? Where is Bambi now?" and my favorite, "Where is Thumper's daddy?" That is a good question! It's neat and a little scary to see her brain working out complex issues instead of just sitting and taking it all in without a thought in the world. And by the way, have you ever noticed how often the "dad" is missing (whether by death or not) in many of the Disney movies? Where's Dumbo's dad? Cinderella's dad dies. Bambi's dad is mostly absent. Lion King? dead dad. Snow white? dead dad. You get the picture...
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
A couple of things this last week: Bob (Rick's brother--those who don't know) had a birthday on Sat. Happy Birthday Bobbo!! and he is actually Master Bob now! :0) as he officially completed his masters program. Congrats! And also this last Sun. we had Rick SR. and Carol come and speak at our church (our sectional meeting). They both did such a terrific job--Thank you so much!!
I never seem to bring my cameral with me for the times I want to take pictures, though! sorry!
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Bryce had his first day of 1st grade today! But he's still at that age when you ask him what he did in school, the answer is almost always an, "I don't know..." comment. Although he usually can remember what he had for lunch! Must be a boy thing. I guess he did tell me that he was chasing girls at recess--must be a Wadholm thing! :0) 6 years old and in the first grade--can you believe it? Where does the time go? I can still remember when I was in first grade. Oh the memories...
Monday, August 29, 2005
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Well, here's my new "baby" sister, Ashley Michelle Gunderson. Doesn't she look like she fits right in? We had a special family get-to-gether with all of us siblings home and had a "WELCOME to the FAMILY" party. Talk about coming into many roles at once--a daughter, granddaughter, sister, auntie, niece, cousin.....and all Gunderson's on top of that! But she's a tough cookie--she'll survive!:0)
Friday, August 19, 2005
No, we did not spend a whole month on vacation, but it has been a little crazy since we've been home, and therefore we have not written anything. What a fun time we had on vacation. First we went to the Gunderson family reunion. Then off to MT to fish. We went to the beautiful town of Ennis--right in the mountains. It's supposed to have the best trout fishing from anywhere (unfortunately the only one who really caught one was Jenn's 5 yr old niece). None the less, it was a very relaxing time. We traveled through MT with Jenn's parents and sisters Amber and Ashley, and Jenn's sister Heather, brother-in-law David, and niece Brianna (from WV). This is the very summed up version of our vacation. In the next few days, we'll post some more pictures and tell you a little more of what we did.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Sunday, July 10, 2005
We just got back from MN Family Camp and had a wonderful time. It sure wasn't ND camp where you know everybody and they all know you, too, but it was a really nice camp all the same.
We only actually got to spend one whole day there (which is the day these pictures were taken--down at the lake for swim time). We stayed in a rather "rustic" (meaning old) cabin, but that's what makes part of the experience fun. At least that's what we'll tell our kids. At least they have an air conditioned chapel, and to that everyone says, "AMEN"!
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Friday, July 01, 2005
We finally have some sunshine today (as we've had a week of RAIN, RAIN, RAIN). And now it's JULY 1st!! (Happy Birthday Racinda) And as of Wednesday, we have a new addition to the Gunderson clan. Jenn welcomed a new sister, Ashley. (No, my mom did not have another baby...but she is a cute 13 year old who looks just like the rest of us Gunderson's) Whenever we figure out our picture problem, I will post a picture of her. Now my mom can delay the empty nest syndrome for a few more years. :0)
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Orange and black and sometimes spots is what a butterfly is.
First a caterpillar, then a butterfly, that's how it is.
Red, yellow, orange, black, and white.
Wings soft as petals while in flight.
As grace to a swan, it dances in the air.
Dances here, dances there, dances everywhere.
To be free as a butterfly, to fly in the air.
Oh how I wish I could be there.
Tasha, Mtn. Grove, Missouri,2nd Grade
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Just this morning, Bryce was looking at my arms (particularly the hair on them) and commented about it as follows. "Wow! Daddy you have a lot of hair!" "Do you think I'll have that much hair when I'm a daddy?" "HAHA, maybe I'll have more hair than you and that will be cool!" He's probably at least correct about having more hair (as long as he's referring to the head;-). Everyone loves a wookie!
Monday, June 27, 2005
While I like to follow astronomy news in a casual way, we don't own a telescope and our viewing of the sky is generally limited to eclipses, comets, and meteor showers. I was already aware that, although being quite bright, Mars would still just look like a large star in the sky. Without mechanical aid, we cannot see any detail of its surface and it doesn't even have the advantage of quick movement to make it more exciting. Our binoculars, which work admirably for viewing the moon during eclipses, are of little use for a distant object like the red planet.
I was therefore surprised when I happened to look out my bathroom window several nights ago and saw, through a reticulated cloudy sky, the full moon and the nearby planet Mars. No stars were visible, but those two celestial bodies glowed like beacons between the clouds, and Mars even appeared pink. It was a breathtaking sight.