Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A busy week for Anja

Anja has now has a new tooth. She also has eaten solid food and rolled over - all in the last week of December. I actually haven't seen her roll over. I left her on the floor for a moment on her back and when I returned, she was on her tummy (and smiling)!! Hopefully, I will catch her in action sometime soon.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Here is our Christmas card from this year. We had fun putting it together and thought the "comic" theme was perfect since Kip is such a big comic book fan. Happy Christmas, everyone!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Christmas Pageant

The Christmas Pageant at church was great. Gus and Johan were darling little horses and sang "Away in the Manager." Check out the video clip where you will hear me sing!! Anja was a sweet baby Jesus, though she didn't last on stage the entire performance. Their cousin Addy was an angel - you'll see her in the bottom left corner of the video. Enjoy the pictures and video!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Starring ANJA as Baby Jesus

If anyone is interested in seeing Anja in her first theater performance, she will be playing Baby Jesus at our church Christmas Pageant. Here are the details....

Sunday, December 21

Community Covenant Church
901 Humboldt Ave. North, Minneapolis, MN, 55411

Gus and Johan will most likely be sheep and sing "Away in a Manger" that evening, but I can't guarantee it. They refused to go on stage at the last practice. We'll see!!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Anja's New Moves

Anja has really started to grow up lately. She is happy on her tummy because she can hold her head up so easily (still no rolling over). She also enjoys the standing position a lot of the time - either on a lap or in the saucer. She is constantly watching her brothers as they play and build around her.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Lucia Day

Johan, Anja and I headed over to Bethlehem Covenant (my childhood church) and attended their Lucia festival. I have been in the program almost every year, but I decided to sit in the audience this year. It was very festive and we enjoyed being with family and friends. Mor Mor (grandma Nancy) sang in the choir and cousin Evelyn was a Tomte this year. Sarah, Elsa and Becky are in the top picture. Anja is sitting with Papa after the show. We had a great time. God Jul!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Good times with SANTA!

It was perfectly snowy outside when we went to visit Santa on Monday afternoon. We were the only ones visitors at the time, so the kids were able to hang out on his lap for a bit and talk with Santa. Johan asked for a cherry picker and Gus asked for trains and a garbage truck. Anja was perfectly content sitting on Santa's lap. Gus is really starting to wonder about it all - questions like "how does Santa get UP the chimney?" It is fun to watch him try to figure it all out.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Krasean Christmas Tree

We spent the day after Thanksgiving with Kip's family. We had a great time picking out and decorating the Christmas tree. The ice on Forest Lake was perfect, so Gus tried skating for the first time. He did great!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Feeding the DUCKS!

On Thanksgiving day, the kids had a great time feeding the ducks at Laurie and Jerry's place. Their backyard is adjacent to Minnehaha Creek. There were so many DUCKS!


We have so much to be thankful for this year....great kids, supportive parents, wonderful friends and health. Thanksgiving day was terrific. We relaxed in the morning and then headed to Laurie and Jerry's place for turkey dinner and time with family. The kids had a great time feeding the ducks near the creek with their cousins.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Anja is 4 months!

Anja continues to grow and amaze us! Time is going by so quickly - it is difficult to believe that she is already 4 months old! It is so fun to have a baby around this time of year. We are thankful for her and the joy she brings our family. Four month stats:

12 pounds, 11 ounces (40%)
24-3/4 inches (75%)
15-7/8 inches (40%)

Way to grow, Anja!

Saturday, November 8, 2008


Gus and his buddy Charlie went to "Kidspeed" on Saturday afternoon at Nicollet Tennis center. They went from station to station doing different activities to work on hand-eye coordination, balance and strength. Who knows....maybe Gus will decide to play tennis like his Papa.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Kip turns 35!

Woo hoo! Kip turned 35 on November 7th. My mom and Kip share Nov. 7 as a birthday, so we all had dinner together. Here are a few photos from the evening...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Raking Day in Forest Lake

We spent the day at Gramma and Grampa's place raking (and jumping in) the leaves. It was a beautiful day and we had a great time being together.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Halloween was busy this year! We had a party Thursday evening at my aunt's house with family. Friday morning was busy with a party at Hokanson's place. And, of course, we went trick or treating in the neighborhood. We had a great time and way too much sugar!

Johan and Kix

Johan had a runny nose during breakfast this morning. See what happened...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Engagement Photos

I took engagement pictures for my friends, Maren and Mike. Maren was a student in my class during my 1st year of teaching. They chose the location and had some great ideas for pictures.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I (Charlene) went bowling with Audra, Bette, Shirley and Lois at Bryant Lake Bowl. We had a great time hanging out. Shirley (Jenny) topped the scores with a 129!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

MEA at Sugar Lake

We split for MEA weekend. Kip and Gus headed to the hunting property (Ponsford) while I took Johan and Anja to the cabin. Mor Mor, Papa, Sarah, Addy and Elsa were also at the cabin. We spent a lot of time playing in the leaves. We were also able to visit a farm and feed the COWS with our cousins, Evelyn and Lars. It was a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ellie turns 3!

Our cousin, Ellie, had her 3rd birthday party on Saturday. The cousins had a great time playing together (Notice: Gus was a sweaty guy with no shirt - too much running in the backyard!). The theme was Fireman Sam.

Anja and cousin Brendan

Anja and her cousin Brendan Krasean are a month and a half apart in age. We know they'll be good buddies as they grow a bit older.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fun at the Arboretum!

We spent a lovely fall morning at the Arboretum. The boys had fun hiking around, climbing trees and splashing in water. They are pictured here with Addy Swanson and Andrew Joing. P.s. Anja slept the entire time!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Construction at 4052

The excavators, mini-loaders and forklifts have been busy at our house this week. We are getting a new retaining wall and stairs. The boys have enjoyed watching the trucks at work. Here they are watching with their pals, Sam and Charlie.

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