Monday, January 31, 2011

Prom dress

What a weekend! Saturday I got supper done mostly in the morning. I cleaned house. Nina's prom datr came over and stayed for supper. Aubrey and the girls were here also. I perfected the cheesecake recipe with the help of Alair. She was learning to crack eggs. Instead of 3 eggs and 1 yolk, I forgot and we used 4 whole eggs.I also baked it for 45 min.instead of 55 to 60. It was so smooth.

Friday we watched the one act. It was very good. Nina did a great job and I understood everything she said. The competition was Saturday. They didn't place,but still had a good time.

Sunday after church and Bible study we went to Rochester to look for prom dresses. Nina had her heart set on one she found in a magazine. They carried it in the stores we looked at but it was sold out. She tried it on in a different color and then tried the color on in a different dress. She ordered it and should have it in about two weeks. I am making HyeIn's. She won't have a chance to wear hers again when she goes home and doesn't want to spent the money. That's ok. I love to sew fancy things.

Emily and Andy and Aubrey were here for supper after we got home. We just had left overs, but that was fine.

We're late again today. Up to 10 inches of snow and then some wind. This is really getting old.

Friday, January 28, 2011


This morning the Bible Study Ladies of Southern Minnesota meet. Emily called us that first. She sent a thank you card for a bridal shower gift to the BS Ladies and I got it. We are a group of ladies of different faiths(all Christian) that meet almost every Friday. We have met for about 15 years. Some of us have kids that were friends in school and I am friends with one womans daughter. I am the youngest. We eat breakfast first and update everyone on our lives. Then we read the Bible.We have been there for each other through good times and bad. We count on each other for moral support. It is really good to have friends like this. They all are Alair's "Grandmas". We take turns having it at our homes. We have had some heated discussions on some topics, but we respect each other. I always hope to bring them around. I'm not holding my breath. I do have Martin Luther on my side though.

Nina is having dress rehearsal tonight. It's the only time the public can see it. We will be going to watch her. She is so excited to have gotten the lead and everyone is impressed that an exchsnge student got the part. There are only 4 parts. The first competition is tomorrow. Hope they do well.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I picked up one tired kindergartener today! They all went tubing at Camp Omega for about an hour and 15 mins. Not sure she will make it through supper.

American Idol is on tonight. I've watched it for several seasons and generally like it. So far I like the new judges. We shall see as the season goes on.

Emily is without a car again. Erik put new brakes in and yesterday the brakes went out completely. Luckily she was only in town and made it home. She stopped quite q ways from the house though as she didn't want to go through it. Erik stopped and looked at it and said there was no brake fluid. He will have to put in new brake lines this weekend.

Business seems to be picking up for Kim. It has been pretty tough this month and next month. He gets paid two months after his sales, so what he did in Dec. gets paid in Feb. Nov. and Dec. were not good. Something always seems to happen though and we make it. I just wish it wouldn't be so tight.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Still have a sore throat today. I was supposed to go to the Guthrie Theatre today and see Romeo and Juliet today with Cannon Valley. Kim is driving the bus, but I decided to let another person go instead. So I'm doing laundry for Aubrey today. She called this morning and her washer quit with a load soaking wet. Claire had an accident over night. I will take it in this afternoon as Alair and Claire have dance.

It's Parents night for girls basketball tonight. Nina has one act play practice until 5:00, so she won't be there until half time. The game starts at 4:30.

I guess we won't have Sunday Dinner this week. There is a sale on Prom dresses and Nina wants to go. She can't go Saturday as she has the one act competition and we don't know when they will get back, so we sill go after church Sunday. I will see if kids can come Saturday night instead.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Weekend

Allison and Evelyn got here mid afternoon on Friday. Emily and Carly were here to shower and bathe as there pipes froze. Then Emily hurt her back turning the wrong way and couldn't lift Carly. She didn't want to drive home and try to get Carly out of the car seat, so they stayed here to wait for Andy. Long story short, Aubrey and the girls stayed here for supper also. I made pancakes as I hadn't planned on any of them being here. Every one loves breakfast for supper any way.

Saturday Aubrey had to take the girls up for a Daddy visit. When she got back we all went to eat at the new cafe in Waterville. It was really quite good and there was a children's play are as the owner has two little girls. Definitely going back. Kim, Andy and Erik went ice fishing all afternoon and didn't get a thing.

Sunday after church, all the kids came for dinner. I really like this .I started going down hill early afternoon and still feel crappy today. Just another virus I'm sure. The girls don't have school today as it's the end of the semester. Alair and I will go babysit Carly this afternoon. Nina and HyeIn still have practice.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Change of Plans

OK, So we aren't making lefse tomorrow. Evelyn is sick, so Allison isn't coming down. She said strep is going though the day care she works at. I think she should take Evelyn to the dr. today. I don't know why kids always seem to get sick on a Friday. I remember our kids always did too and we didn't have urgent care way back then. We usually waited until Monday and hoped they didn't get too bad.

It is -30 degrees today, actual temp.,not wind chill. School was 2 hours late again. I can't wait for winter to end this year. Our exchange students are really experiencing a "good ole Minnesota winter" this year!

Kim, Andy and Erik are going ice fishing tomorrow. I'm glad they have a heated ice house. It's supposed to be a little warmer, but not much. Maybe it will hit 0.

Aubrey is having issues with Alec again. She checked her credit report and found out she is still on the mortgage and it is delinquent. Alec got really defensive and blamed her because of spousal maintenance and such. Really!

Marty is doing better. She went to her family dr. and got antibiotics for her infection. He said there was no need for her to be so sick. Sometimes you wonder about dr.s. Her oncologist said to just keep going, even with pneumonia. I wonder how he would feel if it were him or someone in his family.

Allison just called and Evely has an ear infection. She got into the dr. at 8:30 already. They are probably coming down now. We just won't do anything. Keep it low key.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Here We Go Again

Alair has a fever again! I'm not sure how sick she really is today. Last night her fever was 102.8. This morning not as high but still there. Right now it's very low and she wants to play. I guess we shall see as the day goes on. Nina is home today also. I know she is feeling bad. She is usually too stubborn to miss school.

Nina got the information about her return home last night. She is to leave on June 12th. Yeah...that's Bullhead Day Sunday. Parade? Kim driving the other foreigners? Don't know how this will all work. Too early to dwell on it too much yet.

Saturday we are going to Annette's church to make lefse. Allison, Emily, Aubrey, Alair, me and other BS Ladies. It should be fun.

I'm really in the mood to clean the house. Shampoo rugs. Clean the stove and exhaust hood. Things I don't do often enough. I also need to bake cookies. I better get going!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Another Monday

I haven't kept track of how many, but here we are, late again. This winter is really getting long. Every other day, it seems, we have snow.A lot of schools in the state are closed today already so it's not such a big thing. Can't wait for spring this year!

I'm really liking having "Sunday Dinner". It's nice having whoever can make it, come and eat. Aubrey and the girls, Emily and Andy and Carly, Erik, and sometimes Andy and Christine. Allison and Evelyn will come down this weekend, so they will be here also. Yestrday we got to meet Erik's new girl friend, Ashly. She seems nice. We can be pretty over whelming. Erik said she said she would come back again.

The foreigners had their Christmas party last night at Pizza Ranch. This was after I had cooked a BIG dinner. I was sure the party was Saturday night. Then I looked at the email. It was fun though. Nina and HyeIn are trying to stay here longer than they are supposed to. Don't know if it will work, but it's fine with us. AFS kids stay quite a bit longer. These guys have to be out by the 11th of June. We want to take them to see the Black Hills if we can.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Andy's Birthday

We had a birthday party for Andy last night. He turned 30 on the 4th. Emily had gotten pizza from his favorite place when they went to visit Indiana over Christmas. Aubrey and the girls came and Andy and Christine came. Andy had a hard time being there or at work. His Mom now has pneumonia and it's hard to concentrate on anything.

Erik went up to Hibbing Tuesday night so he could take an assessment at USSteel yesterday morning. He got 89 on the test and needed 92. We have to wait and see what happens now. He may get called for the next step any way or start over for a different position.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A New Year

Well, it's 2011 and many things are different. Emily and Andy moved into their tiny house in Waterville. It's really cute and totally updated. Marty is dealing with breast cancer. She now has pneumonia. We shall see. She was diagnosed right after the kids moved here. It was hard for Andy being here and not with his Mom. They went to visit after Christmas and that was hard also. It seems strange yet with the quiet of the house. I'm sure I will get used to it. I like being by myself also. I do miss Carly's smile in the morning, just like I missed Natalie's.

Andy and Christine's baby is due in June. So far so good. 14 weeks now. Andy says the doctor won't bet on it yet but thinks it's a boy. After 4 granddaughters, that will be a change.

I'm having a hard time deciding what to do first on my list of things. I have to clean my shop after the Christmas sewing. There are many projects and I just have to prioritise them.

I hope this year is a little less eventful than last year though, at least the negative things.