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You may have read about my friends the Brekke’s in previous posts. Susie and I have known each other for a very long time. We went to camp together, we worked at camp together, we went to college together. She and her family (husband Erik and daughter Jannah) currently live in Madison, WI. It’s been great having them relatively close. In about 3 hours I can swing up and visit them all, which isn’t bad considering most of my other friends outside of Chicago live 7+ hours away! When Jannah was born, my husband Justin and I were named at godparents! We take that role seriously and hope to be a large part of Jannah’s life and guide her on her way!
Well, happily Erik has accepted a position at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL – a suburb of Chicago! This will bring them much closer to us! Yay! They were there this past weekend looking at places to live so I went out Thursday night and stayed with them through Friday. Friday morning they had a bunch of housing appointments, so Jannah and I spent some quality time together at the park. They dropped us off on their way and we spent quite a bit of time swinging, sliding, swinging, picking dandelions, swinging, chasing squirrels, swinging…she really likes swinging! When she was ready, we walked back to the hotel. It wasn’t far, about 1/2 mile – but that’s a bit of a distance for an almost 2 year old! She did great though. Enjoying picking more dandelions and taking her time enjoying the walk. I even found the perfect sized walking stick for her for a bit. We had to cut through a townhouse development to get back to the hotel and I got CAKED in mud! Here are some pics of our time at the park:
Going up the stairs, with dandelions in her hand!
Pretty Jannah in her sunglasses.
On the walk back…don’t you think she looks like Gandalf?
Had a great time with the rest of the Brekkes on Thursday night and Friday. We played a lot of “Banangrams” which was a lot of fun! Oh – and by the way Erik, “cagey” is too a word! Check it out. On Friday Erik went to the school and Susie, Jannah and I hung out. Jannah napped a long time and then we took her swimming which she loves to do. She jumps in, and goes under water, and floats around on her floting ring thing. It was good to spend time with them. I’m really looking forward to them all being closer to me! My ultimate plan is to get all of my friends to move to the Chicago area…now I have Abbey & the Brekkes here. Who’s next??
I recently made an ADORABLE jumper for my goddaughter, Jannah. If you’d like to see my process, check out the post on my sewing blog.
Here’s some pics of Jannah modeling the new dress I sent her:
She’s quite the character! We were just visiting her and her parents on Sunday-Monday and had a great time. Hope to see them again soon!
And here’s part two (if you missed part one, just scroll down to the post prior to this one, or click here)!! Now I’ll tell you all about the New Year’s’ Eve bash we had at our house and the out of town visitors we had this past weekend.
We througha New Year’s Eve party every year. This is our 3rd one. Usually what happens is I invite everyone I know, get about 2-3 RSVP’s and then tons of people show up at our house for the party that night. This year was no exception! We also tend to meet a lot of new people at these parties, because we tell those we invite to invite their friends, and they do! I think we had 3 newcomers this year!
Here is Larry, Daniel, Clove, Tripp, Sherry and Carly.
Carly brought 2 of her friends, Michael and Adam, who were great fun and enjoyed the 2 pitchers of Long Island Ice Tea I mixed up (that’s roughly 11 tall glasses full of this delicious nectar). They were a lot of fun and I hope they come to more of my parties!
Rev. George V. Hudgins III (Tripp) and Rev. Larry Kamphausen
Of course, no party would be complete at my house without kilted pastors in attendance – and might I add, they are very well dressed kilted pastors! Some people would just throw on a kilt and head out, these two take their time and do it right!
Yup that’s right…a glass in each hand! The larger glass is the aforementioned Long Island Ice Tea that is my specialty. The smaller one is a Chocolate Stout that Larry brought – it tasted like Hershey’s syrup in milk, pretty tasty! I was sampling a small glass of that, so I did not walk around the party all night with 2 drinks in my hand!
Kate & Malcolm share a moment…
Poor Malcolm…there were so many people at the party, and no one to snuggle with! You can see how happy and content he is that Kate decided to spend some quality time with the small brown one!
Clove and Daniel
Aren’t they cute? Clove and Daniel we married this past spring. Yay newlyweds! Clove of course is looking fabulous as ever in her red boa!
Sarah & Michael
Here we have Sappers and her bf Michael. They’re way cute. We like Michael, we want to see more of him!
Tripp got a hold of my camera and started taking shots of himself with everyone.
Kate, Larry, Sherry, Michael, Carly
Some of the gang waiting for the count down. We got all decked out in hats, tiaras, streamers and champagne (actually, it was probably sparkling wine, but whatever…)
Trish was ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS decked out in a green dress with crystals on it and costume jewelery. She had to leave for a bit to do some singing with one of her theatre groups, Hell in a Handbag Productions, singing some songs from “Poseidon, an Upside Down Musical”. I think next years party I’m going to require fabulous costuming – Kate, Clove and Trish seem to be all set!
And here we have Kate attacking Evy with her tongue 😀
The party was great, loud and lots of fun. I think everyone was out by 2 am. There was a bit of clean up the next day, but what is New Years day but the day to clean up and recover from New Year’s Eve!
On Saturday we were joined at the Llama Nee Inn (our apartment for those of you unfamiliar with the name) by the Brekke’s (Susie, Erik and Jannah) and later that evening by Kiersten, my college roommate who lives in Norway now. She was home for Christmas and usually the old gang from school gets together for a night. Unfortunately we weren’t able to all get together this year, so we had a long weekend with 3 out of the 5 of us. Becky lives in Minnesota, and Mandy is in New Jersey. Here’s a shot of us that Kiersten’s parent’s were nice enough to take before they headed back to Iowa after dropping her off in Chicago:
Susie, Jannah, Erik, Kiersten, Justin, Me and Malcolm
We had a fun time this weekend, watching Jannah run around the house, pulling things off the tree, petting Malcolm, and saying words that we’re probably not her attempt at cursing, but sure sounded that way! Justin and I got some gifts for everyone, but my favorite was what we got for Jannah:
It’s a little wooden cutting set. The veggies have velcro holding them together and you cut through with a wooden knife. It really sounds like you’re cutting vegetables! It’s really fun. I got it from a local shop called Green Genes that sells recycled, organic and re-pourposed toys. Jannah really liked it, and I’ve even heard that Susie’s day care kids are enjoying the toy as well! Jannah was very grateful and gave her godfather Justin a big hug!
And with very little prompting from Kiersten was soon putting all of the veggies in her mouth, but don’t worry, the toy is made with lead free paint!
Jannah is a fan of singing, as is her daddio, Erik. I was able to capture the “5 little Monkeys” song on video a bit, but be warned: the cuteness is almost too much to handle!
The Brekke’s joined us for church Sunday morning and then came back for a lovely brunch cooked by Justin. We had biscuts, gravy, scrambled eggs and sausage (provided by our meat share). It was all really good. The Brekke’s headed out shortly after that to get back in time for the Vikings game (but I guess it didn’t matter, since the stupid Vikings lost the game anway…).
Kiersten stayed with us through today. Actually, as I was working on this post, she and Justin stopped by the office to say goodbye on their way to O’hare airport, as she’s flying back to Norway tonight. It was great to see her, and I’ll miss her for another year!
That’s it for now folks…hope you enjoyed all of my posts today!