MJC's Journal

Tuesday - June 29, 2010

Well, six months has passed since my last entry. Iowa is starting to float again. I am referring to all the rain we have had so far this year - especially just this month of June. We use to joke after 1993 flood that Iowa had so much rain the state started to float down the Mississippi River to the Gulf. Then in 2008 it flooded again. Right now we have the sensation of floating and I have begun to grow webbing between my toes - again. Now that isn't good. This too shall pass - I hope very soon!

In August this year my Mother's side of the family will be getting together for a BIG family reunion. There were 10 children born to Gabriel and Anna Gabrielson - can you imagine having 9 brothers and sisters? There is only one sister left and she is going strong. At last count there are 243 planning on attending and that isn't all of the Gabrielson bunch. We are going to have so much fun and tell so many stories... Oh, Sven and Ole (of Norwegian fame) will be joining our reunion - this is going to be good. Just ask any Norwegian who Sven and Ole are. LOL

On June 18, Norm and I celebrated our 44th Anniversary - quietly. We are going out to eat with friends one night this week. The day after our anniversary Norm left with two of his friends for Missouri to go on the Katy Trail Bike Ride Across Missouri. They started on the East side of the state and rode the trail back to the West side of the state. They started pedaling on Monday and finished on Friday. They camped each night in tents - one of the nights they spent at a Winnery. This year the 300 plus taking part had to be bussed around part of the trail as it was flooded. Sunday night right before Norm hit the sack he called - he wasn't a happy camper at all. It was hot, very wet, and he had just broke one of the tent poles. :O[ This is the second time that Norm has been on the Katy Trail Bike Ride. He also broke a tent pole on that ride, too. That first ride he had left the day B4 our anniversary. He left me a bouquet of roses - my favorite - and a beautiful card. :O)

Naomi (our grand-daughter) will be six on July 6. I remember the day she was born. I was able to bond with her since Daddy had to stay home with Gabriel who was sick. She had a set of lungs on her even then. :O) When you changed her diaper she would yell from the time you took the wet/dirty one off and put the clean diaper back on her. For a long time now I have always said "Naomi I am going to tickle you pink (or any other color)." The other evening when we were talking on the phone I said I was going to tickle her purple and she said to me "I'm going to tickle you rainbow!" I told her that would really be colorful. I am so looking forward to Christmas this year - if all goes well Gabriel, Naomi, and Mommy will be home for the holiday. Can't wait.

Gabriel will turn seven this year on October 2. He has grown so much and so fast. My wish for my grandson is to have a happy and full filling future. I am hoping what Ray did to him doesn't keep him from becoming whatever he decides he wants to become. He has finished kindergarten and looking forward to first grade in the fall. He got on his cell phone and called Grandpa to wish him a Happy Father's Day when Norm was in Missouri and told him to drink plenty of water and what snacks he should eat. There are times (lots) I often think about what Gabriel did last year when he was staying with us those 6 months when Mom was on WESTPAC (6 mo. cruise with Navy). I wished they lived close to us so the kids could come over to raid the refrig or just play with Grandpa and Grandma.

Our Nation's birthday is soon to be here. On July 4th all of us will be celebrating another year older for the United States. Norm and I will also be saying Thank You to all our Military Personnel - past, present, and future - for defending our Country and Freedom. Have a great 4th of July and drive safely - don't drive drunk.