History in the Making…[1-5]

I really wish I would have taken way more pictures of this event, but as my brother has said for years… “Then you would have had to get out of bed.”.  So, I stayed in bed and came only for one day of pictures.  Mom has some of the building coming down so I will see if she will let me steal them and share later.

Chad told me a funny story today about this historical project at Osendorf Farms… People have been asking him what they are doing out there and his answered shocked most everyone.  He told them Bob is finally doing it… He’s building Connie a new house.  Dad simply said, “The hell I am.  She’s going to have to live in a grain bin.”

This building was once thought to maybe have been shaped somewhat like an airplane hanger and held grain.  It was covered in tin as you can see the piles of tin below.  Years of weather in the ND wind has ripped off lots of the tin, but there was some remaining for the crew to tear down.

The Crew… Well, during the project thus far you would find Beylund Construction (in the background) and The Holecek Family.  Payco and Eddie Holecek came and engineered the tearing down of this building.  The wood was some sort of really awesome tongue and groove (not sure on the spelling of that and not looking it up) and is supposed to be really wonderful for something… I am waiting to hear for sure what the something wonderful is going to be.  I know old wood is quite valuable and this, I am sure, is no different.

 

For the relatives in Minnesota, I am shooting from the road and wanted to give perspective of where the new bin site will be.

 

A project like this is quite exciting to me.  Different equipment has come and gone as a part of the farm operation but I have not seen a ton of building in my life time.  This project is really Osendorf Farm History in the Making.  There is a plan and I am excited for Bobby and hoping even The Ole’ Fat Guy can find some excitement in the process.  The jury will likely be out for many years to come.

More posts to follow with other images that mom has taken and I am hoping to get a series of the bins going up.  Need to talk to the bosses and find out when that might be.

Maybe someday… [1-4]

…she will be a good helper.

The dishwasher was open, likely because I started something and didn’t finish.  That is the story of my adult years.  Well, at least the years of late when I hear these words all too often, “Moooooooooommmmm.  I need you to come here.”  Anyway, she climbed right in and began to splash in the clean water that was in the door.  I was talking to my mom on the phone as this all transpired and grabbed my camera.  I didn’t want her to fall and I didn’t want to miss the moment so I ended up with primarily out of focus images.  I did grab a couple in focus but the really cute ones… were OOF.

And this one… OOF but adorable.  And yes, she has a runny nose in the pics and yes… she still has a runny nose today (a week later).

Look Who’s Skating… [1-3]

The images for this post are from Christmas Day.  I know for a fact that I won’t get an image taken every single day so I will be using images from other days of the year or flashbacks from the past to fill some gaps.  And guess what, there will still be gaps!

Thanks to Chelsy Kirstine for putting a little pressure on the Bowman Parks and Rec Board to get some ice for the community to skate.  Thanks to the Bowman Park Board for following through and putting the new rink together for everyone to use.

Now… who really did go skating on Christmas Day?  Well, some kids I don’t know (they were from Lemmon) and my girls (pictures in a bit) and… Chuck!

This is Chad’s dad, Charles Welch in HIS skates from many moons ago.  Chuck made up his mind to come out and try out the new ice.  He squeezed his feet into his skates from his youth and hopped onto the ice.  Wanda was having a difficult time breathing (she was a bit concerned about the fall that may result from this challenge).  She also had a bit of a hard time watching the girls go 10 feet and falling then falling four more times when they tried to get up.

Chuck took a few laps around the rink and did take a tumble.  I have it on video and am going to blame Chad.  He was pushing Emma around on a folding chair and came close to running into Chuck.  His reaction was to go down for his own safety.

Here are the girls (and Zada went too).  They got new skates for Christmas and the weather on Christmas Day was beautiful.  One of the things I remembered from Trevor learning to skate was to use a folding chair to help them along a bit.  Holding them up doesn’t work as well because they tend to lean back.  At least that is my theory.

Here are the girls… First day on Skates.  Thought of Trevor, AJ and Amber as they learned to get a feel for the ice both on the blades of the skates and the bottoms of their… well bottoms.

Zada was with and I am learning quickly taking her picture is tough.  When I call her name, she comes to me.  Doesn’t work real well, but I did grab a few of her and she had a fun time hanging out with us on the ice.

 Emma did a pretty good job.  She was figuring out how to use her feet to push off.

And a little time to ‘rest’ after a fall.

I just love her in goofy looking hats.  This one kept popping off her head.  So… must find a new one.  She loved her new bibs and coat that she got for Christmas.

 And a little ‘rest’ for Emma after a fall.  New hat and gloves and OLD pants.  She wouldn’t wear the pair that went with her coat.  That’s just the way she rolls.

Again, a big shout out to everyone involved in getting our skating rink going.  Stinks that it has been so warm and the ice melted but I am sure we will have more skating weather in March.  It is, afterall, North Dakota!

Wonka Tonka Day… [1-1]

As I mentioned previously, Grandma Mushka started a tradition years ago for New Year’s Eve.  I later passed that tradition to Trevor, and not too many years ago to my girls.  The tradition has changed and grown a bit in the past couple of years.  Some years there have been as many as 15 kids marching around Nita’s kitchen singing the song written by Colby.  The song has humble beginnings (which I missed) and come from a story that I am not at liberty to share here (you just never know… he may want to be President of the United States someday).  Regardless the origins of the song, the kids love it each and every year and the singing of the Wonka Tonka song and banging of the pots and pans brings a smile to most everyone’s face.  (I’m not sure my Grandma Margaret would have smiled, but she and Mushka were built quite differently.)

The tradition goes something like this…
All children (and any adults wishing to participate) get a pot, pan, lid or any thing metal that comes from the kitchen and Nita is willing to allow in the march.  With the pot/pan they must also find a clanging instrument (aka… spoon).  There is a warm up period for everyone to become comfortable with the instruments and learn the lyrics to the wildly popular Wonka Tonka song…  I am hoping I have them all correct here and if I do not, I will be sure to have the corrections posted at a later time.

Wonka Tonka – (The New Year’s Song by Colby)
Wonka Tonka toolay shalou….
Wonka Tonka toolay shalou…
Wonka Tonka toolay shalou…

This year’s parade was a bit smaller in number.  There were three marchers, a few standing by with pots and pans and the leader.  Here they are… Reagan, Emma and Olivia led by Colby in the New Year’s Wonka Tonka March 2012

 

Wonka Tonka Day… [1-1]

As I mentioned previously, Grandma Mushka started a tradition years ago for New Year’s Eve.  I later passed that tradition to Trevor, and not too many years ago to my girls.  The tradition has changed and grown a bit in the past couple of years.  Some years there have been as many as 15 kids marching around Nita’s kitchen singing the song written by Colby.  The song has humble beginnings (which I missed) and come from a story that I am not at liberty to share here (you just never know… he may want to be President of the United States someday).  Regardless the origins of the song, the kids love it each and every year and the singing of the Wonka Tonka song and banging of the pots and pans brings a smile to most everyone’s face.  (I’m not sure my Grandma Margaret would have smiled, but she and Mushka were built quite differently.)

The tradition goes something like this…
All children (and any adults wishing to participate) get a pot, pan, lid or any thing metal that comes from the kitchen and Nita is willing to allow in the march.  With the pot/pan they must also find a clanging instrument (aka… spoon).  There is a warm up period for everyone to become comfortable with the instruments and learn the lyrics to the wildly popular Wonka Tonka song…  I am hoping I have them all correct here and if I do not, I will be sure to have the corrections posted at a later time.

Wonka Tonka – (The New Year’s Song by Colby)
Wonka Tonka toolay shalou….
Wonka Tonka toolay shalou…
Wonka Tonka toolay shalou…

This year’s parade was a bit smaller in number.  There were three marchers, a few standing by with pots and pans and the leader.  Here they are… Reagan, Emma and Olivia led by Colby in the New Year’s Wonka Tonka March 2012

 

The Year Comes to an End… {12-31}

Well, I didn’t do very well with my photo a day project or blogging on a consistent basis for 2011, but I can sure give some of my goals another try and see if I improve.  Michael Jordan didn’t make every freethrow and win every game you know.  So, back at it for the new year.

As a little girl, I remember going to hang out with my Grandma on New Year’s Eve.  She started something many moons ago that has grown to be quite a tradition with my family.  The banging of the pots and pans to welcome the new year.  Images of this great event will be posted for 1-1-2012.

A new tradition that has been started by Kelly Braun (lover of fireworks) is to have a New Year’s Eve celebration at Tom and Nita’s farm with a fireworks show that is unforgettable and often quite cold.  There have been years we needed to be nestled together in a shelter with huge heaters to stay warm.  Last year, no shelter, but cold it was.  This year.  Cold again, but the kids braved the weather and so did a few adults.  Thanks to Kelly and Colby for a great show.  My girls love it every year!

Thanks Kelly and Colby for being tough enough to blast the sky with beauty for the start of a new year. 

Madison and Lexi watching the show from the deck.  The tree lights went out shortly after this image and sort of freaked me out.  Learned later, they are on a timer.

Above you will find Grandma Nini (Nita) and Madison welcoming the new year together.

It was so wonderful to be together this year.  We have missed Madison and Reagan since they moved to Bismarck.  Wonka Tonka Day… a post to come with a story that makes Grandma smile from Heaven each and every year.

 

The Year Comes to an End… {12-31}

Well, I didn’t do very well with my photo a day project or blogging on a consistent basis for 2011, but I can sure give some of my goals another try and see if I improve.  Michael Jordan didn’t make every freethrow and win every game you know.  So, back at it for the new year.

As a little girl, I remember going to hang out with my Grandma on New Year’s Eve.  She started something many moons ago that has grown to be quite a tradition with my family.  The banging of the pots and pans to welcome the new year.  Images of this great event will be posted for 1-1-2012.

A new tradition that has been started by Kelly Braun (lover of fireworks) is to have a New Year’s Eve celebration at Tom and Nita’s farm with a fireworks show that is unforgettable and often quite cold.  There have been years we needed to be nestled together in a shelter with huge heaters to stay warm.  Last year, no shelter, but cold it was.  This year.  Cold again, but the kids braved the weather and so did a few adults.  Thanks to Kelly and Colby for a great show.  My girls love it every year!

Thanks Kelly and Colby for being tough enough to blast the sky with beauty for the start of a new year. 

Madison and Lexi watching the show from the deck.  The tree lights went out shortly after this image and sort of freaked me out.  Learned later, they are on a timer.

Above you will find Grandma Nini (Nita) and Madison welcoming the new year together.

It was so wonderful to be together this year.  We have missed Madison and Reagan since they moved to Bismarck.  Wonka Tonka Day… a post to come with a story that makes Grandma smile from Heaven each and every year.

 

He’ll have to take the other side… {10-8}

Chad is doing the night shift tonight.  He actually worked this morning as well.  So on a Saturday, he put in quite a bit of ‘overtime’ ha ha… I laugh because he is on salary.  Anyway, I told the girls since Chad was gone, they could crawl into bed and watch TV in my room for a bit.  I went in to check on them a bit ago and found them like this… On Chad’s side of course.

Most of the day I was trying to keep them away from one another.  I should start tracking the moon to see if they get along better during certain phases.  THere must be something that can be held accountable for the on again – off again nature of these two girls.

Sophia is sleeping soundly (I hope) in her bed right now.  She has a bit of a cold I think so we will see how it progresses and see Dr. Oksa on Monday.

He’ll have to take the other side… {10-8}

Chad is doing the night shift tonight.  He actually worked this morning as well.  So on a Saturday, he put in quite a bit of ‘overtime’ ha ha… I laugh because he is on salary.  Anyway, I told the girls since Chad was gone, they could crawl into bed and watch TV in my room for a bit.  I went in to check on them a bit ago and found them like this… On Chad’s side of course.

Most of the day I was trying to keep them away from one another.  I should start tracking the moon to see if they get along better during certain phases.  THere must be something that can be held accountable for the on again – off again nature of these two girls.

Sophia is sleeping soundly (I hope) in her bed right now.  She has a bit of a cold I think so we will see how it progresses and see Dr. Oksa on Monday.