Do you remember that song? We used to sing it in school growing up (gasp–what? the word Christmas is in that song…). Yes, Christmas is just right around the corner now (or as many in America are fighting for “the seasons” or “holidays”). Well, forget you all–it’s Christmas, so there!! Anyway, sorry it’s been 3 weeks, but I guess with all the Christmas programs we’ve gone to, not to mention having the flu around our house, it’s been a little hectic. Also, sorry, no pictures either. I (Jenn) have not mastered the art of putting the pictures on the blog. Every time I write and try to put the picture on I do something wrong. And everytime I say, “oh, I’ll remember next time.” But lo and behold, I forget. Rick thinks this is hilarious, of course. However, in my defense, my brain was not wired for computer memory skills. I’m lucky that I can write a paper, an e-mail, and this blog! So, sorry Rick, laugh all you want, but unless you are writing this blog, no complaining! ;0) 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!
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])
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.
Well, it’s already begun…Bryce received his first phone call from a (gasp) girl. There’s nothing like answering the phone only to hear this high-pitched voice on the other end saying, “Is Bryce there?” uh and who is this? Dariann. Last year “the” girl was Naomi. At least the whole conversation was about ladybugs and spiders (from Bryce’s end of the line, anyway). Now I am a little old fashioned, and I’m not even sure I approve of girls calling boys. That argument was a ‘little’ different when I was 13, though. I’m sure my mom remembers the arguments. ;0) But I can’t blame these girls, because of course Bryce is a complete heart-throb!
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]”.
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…
The last few weeks have just gotten away from me. I guess just trying to get back into a routine will do that. The house sure is quieter with Bryce back in school. Abbi is pretty good at entertaining herself and Cambria is just her own little person now, too. My newest endeavor (Jenn) has been to FLY in my home (www.flylady.net). I never knew I was such a perfectionist–okay, yeah I did! It has really helped me make some routines in my life that I really needed. It all started with the book Sink Reflections and now the website. 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!
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…