Monthly Archives: December 2010

What I’ll Remember, 2010

When I think of 2010 I will remember:

*Watching lots of friends turn 30. Jill coming from Milwaukee and staying so we could go to Betsy’s party together. Listening to Betsy play the piano and sing and sing, thinking about growing up and how special our friendship is.

*Turning 30 myself. Walking into my living room in the dark, seeing movement and being scared to death, only to then see a room full of my fave people when the lights were turned on. Quite the surprise party!

*Going to Georgia and South Carolina with Mom to visit her brother Jeff and see my cousin Kirsten perform at a dinner theater. Our adventures traveling around in Uncle Jeff’s car, how unexpectedly cold it was, seafood and wine every day. I’ll always remember the day we spent with Jeff, Ginger, and Ginger’s sister Eileen and her husband Dick. It was a special day of a pontoon ride, brownies and coffee, great conversation, and a lovely meal together.

*The day in January I backed my car down the driveway and ended up sliding down and getting stuck in the alley. Unsure of what to do, I called Trevor, only to find out he was five minutes away from home late morning on a weekday because he had just been laid off from his job. What a completely helpless feeling that came over me as I sat in my car, stuck in the alley and wondering what we were going to do.

*The many hours we spent painting the living room because I didn’t like the first color we painted. All the music we listened to playing from my iTunes.

*A summer of Tungseth cousins staying with us for Twins games. Psycho Suzi’s with Adam and Ruby and watching the Twins game with them in the rain. Big Louie’s with Britta and Justin talking about family and faith, while Justin was sitting there in his Twins Suit Guy attire, getting many looks from others in the restaurant.

*Going to Gospel Fest in Duluth to sing with the Sanctuary Covenant Church choir. In a big van with a bunch of choir members with Colleen driving and going through Mountain Dew withdrawal.

*Singing karaoke with my brothers in Sheboygan when we were there for Mother’s Day.

*Eating donuts on the pontoon boat on Hoot Lake with Trevor, Loren, Sharon, Kevin, and Diva on the 5th of July and watching them fish. We were tired and it was so quiet compared to the day before.

*Watching all the little kids dance around to Irish music at Live on the Drive, our friends’ little girl Adyra holding the hands of the other children and dancing in a circle with kids of all different races, a great representation of our neighborhood. It was beautiful.

*My couple of days at Lake Week, without Trevor, and mostly with the aunts and uncles. Swatting flies with Linda and Cheryl. Wiping out and cutting open my elbow. Reconoitering in the mornings.

*Driving to Iowa with Betsy to meet up with Jill and help her find an apartment. Seeing “Inception” at the theater and it stopping in the middle and starting back after a few minutes and how angry the crowd was! So funny. Me keeping us on track to make sure we were where we needed to be when we needed to be. How hot it was. Singing Amy Grant songs on the way there.

*Katie and Bob. Everything’s “amazing.” Starburst and reading in bed. Minnesota nice. Wolf pack.

*Working at rock n’ roll camp. “Money” “Cry, Cry, Cry” “It’s a Long Way to the Top If You Wanna Rock N’ Roll”. Working with the girls on their harmonies. Calming a 12-year-old perfectionist like myself when she couldn’t remember the harmonies.

*Renata here and gone too quickly. Red Berries tea. Pink flip-flops.

*Amy’s date for a Jewish wedding. SO much joy.

*Screaming as I yanked on Cash’s leash to rescue him from two dogs attacking him. It felt like an eternity. I couldn’t sleep very well for over a week.

*Trev getting his last severance check and then getting the call with a job offer when we were in Fergus and going out to dinner with his parents to celebrate.

*Cousins camping trip. Sitting around the fire talking and talking. Teaming together at meal times, and skillet!

*The day before Labor Day, staying up until 4 AM sitting around a fire in our backyard with Trevor, Adam, Kevin, and Britta. Talking about the Bible, what we’ve been through, memories of Grandma Tungseth, love lives.

*Going to see Arcade Fire with Emily. Leaving in the pouring rain and trying to find our way back to the parking garage, drenched and happy.

*Spending an impromptu day with Erin, having awesome talks and good laughs.

*Warm and cozy in our camper cabin with Matt and Jen, camping in October. Listening to Kings of Convenience and Lykke Li, playing cards, Norwegian sweaters, playing in the Fall leaves.

*Listening to Auntie Lu’s testimony on her 80th birthday and thinking about the miracle of her life, bowling with the Dunstervilles, laughing with Kristin, seeing red, Hand and Foot.

*The coldest Thanksgiving ever, the frozen lake, my frozen fingers, the bright sky.

*At Gasthof’s with Brian and Jennie, an old man playing accordian at our table, singing about how there is no beer in Heaven.

*The phone call from cousin Jen, and then sitting in Arizona by the Fountain Hills fountain and palm trees, listening to Christmas music. The hymn sung in Norwegian at Uncle John’s memorial. Eirik falling asleep on my lap.

There was so much more, but these are what stand out to me most. I’ll be able to be reminded about a lot of it with Project 365. What a year 2010 was. I’m ready for whatever 2011 has to bring.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

We were supposed to be in Fergus Falls already but Trevor and I are sick. We’re trying to get lots of rest and get better! Ryan, M.E., and Milton weren’t planning on being there until tomorrow, so we are going to drive up tomorrow as well. Sunday is the big family celebration with around 50 people and Monday morning we’ll have our time of gift exchange.

It feels really strange to be home today, just Trevor and I. I slept in really late and Trevor made us eggs and waffles for breakfast. He’s now out snowblowing because we got another few inches of snow! It’s so pretty but we are running out of room for it! Haha. Hopefully being out there won’t make him feel worse. He’ll be taking it easy the rest of the day. I’m sad we’re missing out on Christmas Eve with Trev’s parents and grandma (it’s her birthday today), but we’ll have to make this feel as much like Christmas as we can.

I looked at some old photos from Christmas in my scrapbooks and I thought it would be fun to share a few with you.

Christmas Eve 1984:

with Grandpa Pedersen in Monroe, Wisconsin.

with Great Aunt Frieda, aka Auntie Pete:

1985, with a new baby brother. Eric was just over a month old for Christmas!

And lastly, 1986 in Strasburg, Ohio:


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It has been a weird/crazy December, and for the most part it hasn’t felt very “Christmasy” except for the ridiculous amount of snow we have on the ground here:

Mind you, this photo was taken before a few more inches fell.

I am hoping to wrap presents tomorrow, but it might happen Thursday. Every day these past couple of weeks has been busy busy! Appointments, choir rehearsals, visiting family, dates with friends, a sick hubby to attend to, a last minute trip to Arizona, ridiculous cold and snow…Can you believe I haven’t scrapbooked in at least a month?

Sadly my uncle John passed away suddenly a couple of weeks ago. He was playing golf and had a heart attack and was gone just like that. Thankfully we found some cheap flights to AZ and were able to stay with my awesome cousins, so we were able to spend time with dear family and attend the beautiful memorial. I was so sad that it happened so close to Christmas, and the saddest that my dad lost one of his brothers. I really have a special family and am so happy to be a part of it, even if we are all of so many ages (because of the generation gap) and spread out all over the country. My uncle John was a kind, creative, happy man who had such a joy and peace about him. He will be greatly missed but we are so happy he is in heaven.

Christmas is going to fly by I am sure! We’ll be spending it with tons of Tungseths, and then New Years with the Pedersens.

I am scheduled to sing at the Christmas Eve service, so of course this morning I woke up with a sore throat. The past few times I have sung in church I’ve been sick! It happens every time. I am starting to think the devil isn’t happy when I sing! It is super frustrating. I have been so happy that I haven’t been sick for so many months. The last time I felt this way was when I sang at the Gideons banquet in February! I tell you, there’s something about it. So strange!

Hope all of you out there have a Merry Christmas! I’ve been thinking about my favorite memories from this year and hope to be back soon to share those with you.

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Checking my mail box, hoping to see your pretty faces

Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I’ve always loved sending and receiving snail mail, so it’s no surprise that I love Christmas cards! I’m always excited when December arrives and the cards start coming. It seems like not as many people send cards now, but it is so quick and easy to do so with the digital photo sites that are out there now. I usually take a while to plan out what I want to send for our Christmas card, and I have made handmade cards sometimes, but there are great options online for photo cards that take no time to put together!

I have made cards through Snapfish, SeeHere, and Shutterfly, and Shutterfly is definitely my favorite place! They have so many different designs to choose from and they are all gorgeous.

Here are a couple of my favorite designs, but I’m not sure which of the many options available I will end up using for this year’s card. I guess I should figure that out pretty soon…

I have made other cards before to use as Thank You cards, and they are beautiful. Shutterfly is also my favorite place to make photo books.

Getting a Christmas card in the mail puts a smile on my face, just knowing someone took the effort to send holiday greetings, especially in the age of e-mail and facebook. It really is worth the time! I cherish the cards, and I save them in my Christmas card scrapbooks I keep. It’s so fun to look back at the cards from each year!

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If Cash were to send a Christmas card…

Ho Ho Ho Christmas 5×7 folded card
Get custom photo Christmas cards online at
View the entire collection of cards.

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