Friday, May 31, 2013

This Week in Review . . .

From last Friday to today, we haven't done a ton of work around the house but we have kept very busy with friends and family! I hope you don't mind if I share a few photos of our fun week. (And, yes, it was nice to take a break from home improvement projects!)

Sunday, May 26th, my sister's youngest (our nephew, Joe) graduated from St. Thomas More High School in Rapid City, South Dakota. Joe will be a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in August, and is threatening to visit noTTafarm so I can feed him (yikes! I'm going to have to increase the grocery budget!)
 The happy graduate with his Mommy (Karolyn), sisters Lauren and Chelsie, and Daddy Alan
 The happy graduate with his Godmother (Aunt Kristin) and his best Uncle, Scott
The happy graduate with his Grandparents:  Mary Lou, Ray, Jolene, and Ed

The only sad part about going to Rapid City is that we missed our niece Karli's graduation from Millard South High School. Luckily, her graduation party was held the week before, so we had a chance to celebrate with her and Tim, Teresa, and Clark.
Congratulations, Karli!
She will be attending college this fall at the University of South Dakota. She is so happy to be a Coyote, just like her Mommy and Daddy!

We were also anxiously awaiting the arrival of our friends John and Stephanie from Atlanta, Georgia! With their kids out of school for the summer, they loaded up the van and headed cross-country to spend time with John's extended family. We lured them to Omaha by promising them free noTTafarm tours, and they graciously accepted. Wednesday night, the seven of them plus our friends Jeff and LeNae (all the way from west Omaha!) had dinner at noTTafarm.
 Jeff, John and Scott: fraternity brothers
For dinner, we made our own salad bar with lots of fixings and grilled chicken. It was fun (and the kitchen and dining area performed as promised.) It was great getting to show everyone all around the house, and they seem to think we have done a good job, so far!

After dinner, the four girls (Anna, Abby, Carson, and Emerson) went on a photo shoot around the house. They got some pretty creative shots!
 Anna and Carson in the 1920 bathroom. 
(They're both 11 and just as cute as bugs!)
14 year old Abby next to the chimney in the kitchen.
 Anna studied trusses in school this year, and was fascinated by the great room.
Emerson is 15 and has a flair for the dramatic . . . why else would she go under the basement stairs and hang out with daddy longlegs?

Thursday, May 30, was our 27th Anniversary!
We went to Roja with the gang, including Jeff and LeNae's kids (Andrew and Danielle), and our friends Chris and Lori (another fraternity brother.) 
 Jeff and LeNae will celebrate 26 years of marriage in August.
 Stephanie and John are newlyweds! They've been married just over a year.
The whole bunch of us after dinner
Back row:  John, Andrew, Carson, Anna, Scott, Jeff, Danielle, Andrew.  
Front row:  Stephanie, Lori, Kristin, Emerson, LeNae, Chris, and Abby

Whew! Now that we're all alone once again, we can get back to work!
Stay Tuned for Our Next Adventure!

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