Several of our ‘fans’ haven’t seen where I work, so here’s a little glimpse.Â In a preschool room, youÂ have different ‘centers’ – blocks, painting, books, writing, science, and housekeeping.Â Here is our housekeeping area.Â My dad helped build the kitchen, which is the most durable thing you’ll ever see, complete with a real sink (though it doesn’t really have water).Â It’s o.k. that I’m showing you these children, since their heads are turned away. If they were facing the camera, there are several forms that they, their parents, you, me, and my lawyers would have to fill out.
When I returned some tables and chairs to Concordia after Kate’s wedding, I had to stop in the Student Life Office. I asked where our ‘New Students’ photo was, since every other year since 1987 is posted around the walls. We were back in a closet on top of some filing cabinets. What a fitting place for this group.
Oh, how I love IKEA.Â Please visit their website to see all the wonderfully designed, inexpensive, fabulous things that I love so much!Â Unfortunately, there isn’t one anywhere in the Midwest.Â Most of my friends live close to one, the jerks.Â Kathryn & Todd have one in Chicago, Brad has one in Baltimore, and Charles and Deborah will have one soon in Salt Lake City.Â Â *sigh*Â
Brad brought me my birthday/Christmas package this trip – NOTHING in this pile cost more that a couple of bucks.Â (He said that he looked through the super-clearance, in honor of my cheapness.)
The saddest time of the year is when Brad leaves, because it means that fun is gone , work is just around the corner, and now we have to turn the furnace back to the ‘freezing’ setting.Â We took him to the airport around 11 a.m., but his plane was late to arrive, and leave.Â (I’m sure he’ll write all about it at www.bradaptation.com .)Â Here he is getting his boarding pass.Â Lincoln airport is very small, so we didn’t get arrested for taking photos.Â Whew.
While we were there, we saw Lloyd’s idol of hair.Â It may take a few moreÂ months, but I think Lloyd can do it.
Â Last night we (Lloyd, Brad &Â I) Â went to Beth and Harold’s (joining Beth,Â Harold, Tara & Curt Nierman)Â for the first annual Pester Fondue New Year celebration.Â It was fun to eat melty stuff, but then the games had to begin.Â I am not a game person, so Lloyd is always disappointed in me.Â I played Fact or Crap with everyone, but then….*sigh*….Lloyd had to get out one of his ‘Settlers of Catan’ games.Â Everyone else seems to enjoy it to some degree, although everyone agrees that it goes on WAY too long, and perhaps using a timer for everyone’s turn might be a good idea.Â Â I usually sit around and make disparaging comments, but this time I had a digital camera to take ‘art shots’, asÂ we call them.
(Self-portrait through water glass)
Note from Lloyd: Lauren has taken about a million pictures with her new camera. I liked some of the other pictures that she took last night, so here are a few more…
They’re hitched! John and Kate had a beautiful wedding with FABULOUS decorations, if I say so myself. Here you see them eating the absolute best cake on the planet.
Everything was perfect, although we did have about an inch of rain, and the house was out in the country on a dirt road. It was awesome to see her relatives pitch in and pull people out of the mud using tractors! Lloyd was very gentlemanly and escorted people to the door with umbrellas, after telling them to NOT park in the mudholes.
Perhaps my favorite memory will be how the dryer buzzer went off three times during the ceremony. (John was drying laundry so he’d have clean clothes for the honeymoon.) That’s something you seldom hear at other weddings! Happy Marriage, Bradys!