If only it wasn't every 100 years….

What a fun and busy weekend we had! It was Karlstad’s centennial celebration this weekend, and there were lots of activities to keep us busy. First we had a parade with over 200 entries (for a town of 800, that’s just crazy). Rick rode in the ambulance since he’s squad chief. The kids thought that was really cool! We think we had over 5000 people there for that. You should have seen the bag of candy that we came home with…and my fingers were hurting from holding on to it while the kids picked it up. When we came home we filled up 1 and 3/4 icecream buckets full of candy! We spent the afternoon with Rick’s family who were up for the day. Then we had 4-Him in concert. That was really fun. Actually it was 2 and a half HIM since one of the guys was a fill-in for one of the regulars and one ended up getting really sick and had to go to the hospital in Grand Forks. It was still a great night. And what centennial would be complete without fireworks? Only we thought we could see them from our yard only to find out after seeing glowing sky in the distance that it had already started. So we ran to the car and flew down main until we could see it clearly enough. Oh well! All in all, the kids had a great time–stayed up way too late and ate way too much candy–and no naps! :0) Yay!

Here she is…


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)

We're Baaaaaack!



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.

Run Away! Run Away!

We are leaving for vacation tonight (family reunion this weekend then loads of mindless fishing for the rest of the week). It should be fun living with the kids in a tent for 10 days 😉 I may have to talk with them about dad’s “no man’s land”… haha. We’re just praying that it’s neither 100 degrees nor really rainy. Speaking of which…last night during my board meeting we got slammed by a storm that produced golf-ball sized hail! It got pretty intense, especially concidering the news said it would go south of us. Obviously they meant south of Canada. Oh, well. We’ll have pics from camping when we get back.

You Should See Rick Eat!

It’s a first (as most things are for babies)! Cambria had her first tastes of “real” food–yummy carrots! We’ve had MANY firsts over the last two weeks. Her first ear infection, first viral pneumonia, first nebulizer treatments, and her first two teeth!! You can probably imagine what our house has been like for the last two weeks! But after all this crazy stuff, she is a happy, healthy baby girl! And speaking of happy, healthy babies…we are a new auntie and uncle (and cousins). My sister Heidi had a baby boy last Friday–July8, 2005–Richard McCabe Shannon! 8lbs and I don’t remember the length (oops, I’m a bad auntie). Richard is after Eddy’s (her husband) dad and McCabe is my dad’s mother’s maiden name (did you follow that?). I should be able to see him next week when we go on our vacation–so pictures should follow soon!

Families a'campin




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”!

A little more rain

Just north and east of us got about close to 10 (!) inches of rain last night plus 3 tornadoes. We only had a severe thunderstorm and maybe 2-3 inches of rain. It was an exciting storm though. Hopefully it will stay dry for our church picnic we’re doing tonight after church and also for the celebrations tomorrow on the Fourth. Hope everyone has fun blowing stuff up on this great day of festivities (just a note to Bob – don’t wear polyester shirts when people fire roman candles at you ;-).
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A new Gunderson…

Wednesday’s entry would probably make a little more sense if the cute picture of Abbi would have shown up! She was wearing some pretty butterfly wings she got for Christmas last year. Oh well!!

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)

A Pretty Butterfly


“Butterflies”

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

AAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGG!


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!