Sunday, July 6, 2008
Well, so much has been going on, that I'm not sure where to start. Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of all of it. I was too busy at some events, and then at others, my camera's batteries died. Here's some of the highlights...some with pictures.
The first big event of this busy time was my grandparent's 60th anniversary party, which was a surprise for them. They happened to be in town on their way to a church anniversary where Grandpa had started a church 50 years ago. It was so fulfilling to see tears in their eyes as they saw so many of their friends who were actually at their wedding 60 years ago.
The highlight of the party was when during a thank-you speech, Grandpa was talking about how many decendants they had so far, and he started by saying, "We have 7 children" and then looking at my 80 something Grandma, continued "So far..." My cousin Juliana and I were laughing so hard that we cried.
Speaking of family in town, my cousin Juliana and her husband Ashish were in town from the east coast on the way to the church reunion in Williston. It met their little girl for the first time, and that was great. My Aunt Christine and her husband John and their 3 boys ages 6, 7, and 10 were staying with us along with my parents. After the party, they hung around before heading out to Williston. We had a campfire one night, which everyone enjoyed.
We mostly played just all the time. My kids loved having the boys around to play with all the time! Silje was a little overwhelmed having so many boys around, that Mom and Christine and I had a little tea party with her one afternoon. Silje was so excited, but the ladies and I weren't sure what was proper tea party conversation, and ended up talking about our worst potty training poop stories. (By the way, David's poop painting won hands down.)
My Aunt, Uncle, and cousins were on their way to ND (but my parents stayed for more partying) and my brother dropped in from California to help celebrate Silje's 4th birthday. We had a ballerina party and had 4 of her friends over, for her first friend party.
At one point, all 5 ballerinas were huddled around David's tool bench, which was quite a scene! One of the little girl's brother, Preston, also took quite a fancy to the tool bench.
We distracted David from all the attention on Silje during the party by having him help his Papa put together the new red wagon that Grammy and Papa brought.
Is this the right tool Papa?
And the wheel goes right here...
We're almost done!
Dancing in the yard after the party...
The day after her friend birthday party, we had a combined birthday party to celebrate both Silje and Knut's birthday with all the grandparents. With Knut's 2 sets of grandparents, and Silje's 2 sets of grandparents, and the uncles available (Lars and Jeremy) we had quite a crowd. I think Knut's birthday was a little overlooked with all of the parties going on, that I don't think I will combine their parties again, if I can help it.
Well, that was last party, and everyone left except my parents. We tried as best to relax, and My Aunt and the boys stopped on their way back through town. My parents, by the way, drove this time, and brought some furniture to help us fill up our new house. They didn't stay too much longer, as they had the long drive back home.
Our house was trying to catch up when my sister, Kathleen, and her mom, Hermine, came up from South Carolina to visit for the 4th of July. (The Ronneviks really know how to do the 4th! They didn't stay with us, but got a lake cabin nearby for their stay. I haven't seen Kathleen in years, so this was an extra special visit. I'm trying to talk her into coming to school around here next year, and I hope it will work out.
Well, today is Knut and my 6th anniversary, and for a present to each other, we are doing absolutely nothing! Silje is starting swimming lessons tomorrow, and that will be the only eventful thing in the future...we hope!