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!

Another Martian Invasion !

Jenn and I just came back from her 10 year reunion out in western North Dakota and we spent some time with Grandma Esther. Grandma has gotten hooked up to the Internet (though she mostly only e-mails). It seems someone sent her an e-mail about Mars being closer this coming August than any other time in history (so close in fact that, according to the e-mail, it would be as visible as the moon with the naked eye). Well, grandma thought I’d be interested to have a copy. So I did some checking and discovered that it was a letter being circulated from 2003 and that Mars has never and will never be that visible. Oh, well 🙁 So much for the much anticipated invasion. I’ve attached part of the article that I found dealing with the actual facts of the Martian experience.

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August, 2003

Mars

by Valerie

The top story in the news this month is Mars. On August 27, a day before its opposition, Mars will be closer to Earth than any time in recorded history. The next chance to see it closer will be on August 28, 2287.


NASA

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.