Christmas 2011 with family & friends

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Monday, January 2, 2012

   We flew home on Allegiant so it was a direct flight from Mesa to Bismarck - that is the way to go! Cissie & Mike had brought our pickup from Hazen to Bismarck that morning so Missy picked us up at the airport, we had lunch together and then we had the pickup to go on our merry way. I had coffee with LaVerna and Wayne went up to visit the church he had worked on last summer. We picked up Logan, Parker & Madison from school and went shopping with them for a couple hours. Then we had dinner together at Applebee's. Steve was planning to join us but ended up getting called back to work. After we took the kids home we went to visit Wayne's brother Darold for a little while. Then we got a few groceries and hung out at Missy's until it was time to go to the airport to pick up Kristin, Anthony & Porter. Wayne actually got a nap which was a good thing since he's not much of a night driver and it was going to be well past midnight when we got back to Hazen. We were all very tired by the time we got home.
   We got one of the Christmas trees from the Knife River Chorale and decorated it. It wasn't as difficult as I thought it might be to sort through our many boxes of decorations to find the items for the tree and a few other things that we put out in the kitchen and living room. The tree was very fresh and Porter made a wreath/swag from the branches that Wayne cut off the bottom section because it was too tall for the living room.
   Friday was my birthday and we were home most of the day but went to the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" movie at 4:00 and then looked at some Christmas lights before coming home to eat. Kristin and I made stuffed pasta shells and they were very tasty!
   We went to Bismarck on Christmas Eve Day. Wayne and Anthony went to pick up Porter's Christmas gift from Santa (an anvil that he had asked for) while Kristin, Porter and I went to visit Steve and the kids. We then went to the Christmas Eve service at Zion Lutheran Church and then to Vern (Wayne's brother) for the evening. We had potluck dinner, sang Christmas carols and enjoyed a visit from Santa. Porter sang his heart out and was super excited when he got the anvil. He told Santa he had asked for it for 3 years. He told me afterwards that it was "a dream come true." 
   Kristin, Anthony & Porter stayed at Missy's that night but Wayne and I drove home so we could get ready for company on Christmas Day. The kids all drove up together and Mom & Dad came from Rugby that afternoon. We had turkey dinner about 4:00, opened gifts, played dominoes and started a puzzle. The grandkids spent a lot of time playing pool and ping pong over the next few days.
   My brother Jerome & his wife Kim from Washington state stopped by on Monday on their way to Rugby. We had made lefse that afternoon and our family traditional pigs in the blanket for dinner. They consented to take the anvil back to Washington and to have Kristin and Anthony pick it up in Seattle when they went for a doctor's appointment. That worked out well!
   Some of us went on a tour to the coal mine one morning. One evening Missy, Kristin, Logan, Parker, Madison and I played a Bean Farmer game that Kristin had gotten them for Christmas. She had played it with Bethany and Dean. We all enjoyed it a lot.
   The kids and grandkids all left on Wednesday afternoon. Kristin, Anthony & Porter flew back that evening. We had the remainder of our time in ND to visit friends. We had our Ruth Fellowship Christmas gathering at the Barnwood Grill that evening.  I had lunch one day with Chamber friends Val and Laurie (Carla forgot) and coffee another day with Diane and Marilyn (Kathy was out of town). I had to go to the bank so saw former co-workers there and stopped to say hi to Caroline when I walked past her house.
   We had dinner with Boni, Myron and Sarah at Les & Joette's house on Friday evening and went to Curt (Wayne's brother) and Cheryl's in Beulah for New Year's Eve. Four other brothers and sisters came up also so again we enjoyed good food followed by games of dice and pinochle.
   We went to Bismarck on Sunday again....took the ranger back to Steve's house and the trailer back to Missy's. We knew that Pastor Marcis Sr. who had been our interim pastor last summer was back for a visit and was preaching at Zion so we went to worship there and he went out to lunch afterwards with us. Fun was had by all...he said we made his day!
   Our final day at home was spent taking down the Christmas decorations and cleaning house to get it ready for our renter. Delmar & Carole came over in the evening for a visit.
   Thanks to our family and friends, we had a wonderful time in North Dakota. What a blessing they are to us!
  
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LaVerna Dorscher on

Nice to see all the pictures of the family. Have a great time this winter.

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