Monthly Archives: November 2011

Movies, Thanksgiving and Fun!

Happy Holidays everybody!!  The season is in full swing & I find myself behind on my blogs.  We have been doing well around here.  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family & we have both of our trees up & decorated for Christmas.  Here are some highlights from the last 2 weeks

The day that Twilight Breaking Dawn came out in theaters we had to go see it!  My dad even took a half day off from work so we could go as a family.  Most people know that my mom is not a huge Twilight fan, but she takes one for the team & goes with us every time.  So, we got some nice family time in with my dad & sister at the movies!

Mom and I outside of theater. Doesn't she look thrilled? haha

Ahhh. She is so cute

And of course we had our first snowfall of the season.  It has already melted away (which I LOVE) but I am sure it will be back soon.  So far the season has been very “wheelchair friendly” to us.  I hope that it holds out

View from our Family Room window

And now we are on to Thanksgiving.  This year we changed it up a little bit and went to my Aunt Sam & Uncle Jeff’s house.  My Grandpa Kast (who I write about all of the time) is here in MN this year.  It has been more than a decade since we have had him in MN for the holidays.  It made the day very special!  My mom’s brother John stopped over for dessert with my cousins a little later…but the pictures on my camera did not work.  Here are some highlights!

Thanksgiving 2011

Aunt Sam & Grandpa Kast

Ross, Jenna, Roger, Kelly, Jeff, Sam, Grandpa & Mama Jules

Jenna learned how to make gravy

Such a fun day & so much to be thankful for!  Thank you Sam & Jeff for having us!

And last but not least, Jenna has been gearing up for her Swarm season that begins in January.  She loves dancing with her friends/teammates every Monday at practice.  Here are a couple of Jenna pics from this season’s photo shoot

Sassy Jenna

Fun Jenna

2012 SPT!

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That is my random post for the day!  Hope you could keep up!  I look forward to updating more soon.  I will try to be better!

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Shopping and Babies!

Well, about a week has passed since my last post.  My mom has been feeling great since her last hospital visit.  We have been getting out of the house quite a bit & her energy seems great.  Keep those prayers coming for her to stay hospital free!

Last Saturday we had a fun outing.  Our family friend Cate Lantz Mezyk (fashion blog auther at had a pop-up-shop for local vendors to share their goodies with the public.  We had a great time!  Jenna & our friend Catey were able to join us as well.  Between the 4 of us, we left with lots of fun finds!  Thank you Cate for putting together such a fun event!

Myself, mama Jules, Cate Mezyk, Jane Lantz & Jenna at the Wild Ruffle Pop Up Shop

This past Friday Jenna & Ross took my dad out to dinner.  My dad doesn’t get to go out to eat that often (at fun new places), so he was excited for an adult night out with the semi-newlyweds. The man works way too hard! I think he even enjoyed a cocktail.  Now that is a fun night!

The threesome heading out

While they were out to dinner, my friends Kate & Elliott Florer brought their baby Everett over to meet my mom!  They were in MN up from IA for a few days & it was so great to see them!  My mom loved meeting Everett & he seemed to love Mama Jules as well.  We placed him in her lap where he seemed happy & comfortable.  After 20 minutes…he even put himself to sleep.  It was so adorable & special!  We just loved it!

Everett sleeping in Mama Jules' lap

Mama Jules, Everett, Kate & Myself. I always get crazy eyes for some reason

Everett in the cute onesie I got him. His dad is a cop! So cute!

And that is a quick update of the Eagle excitement this past week.  We have still been visiting Grandpa Kast about 3 times a week at his “assisted living” home.  He still says he is out of here when the snow hits the ground.  We are hoping he will adjust his plans and stick out the winter here in MN.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Thank you for checking in!  Kelly

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Homecomings & Housewarmings!

As of yesterday, we are home from the hospital!  Woot Woot!  My mom is doing great and overall it was a pretty stress-free stay.  As stress free as being in the hospital can be.  Of course we still had to get used to the light flipping on at all hours of the night.  Why they always do blood work at 3:00 am versus any other time of day is beyond me.  That is always a favorite of ours!  Just kidding.  The nurses were EXCELLENT as usual.  Since my mom is on a vent, we are always admitted into the ICU.  Those nurses work their tails off.  And I always take it as an opportunity to learn more little tricks of the trade.  So, we are home & back into our routine.  It really makes us thankful for our setup here at home.  We have a pretty slick routine!

Ok, on to the next.  I have had some pictures I wanted to post from a couple of weeks ago!  Jenna & Ross had a housewarming party to show off their new digs with family & friends.  Mama Jules was there along with a whole crew of other people.  It was a really fun night & I know they were so pleased with how many people were able to make it!  What a special night!

Jenna & Grandpa Kast! He even wore his "Life Alert" button!

Sangria! Yummy!

Jenna & some friends

Merry Dental came!

Karin & Mel looking very comfortable with baby Landon

Hanging with Mickensi's new baby!

Gramps, Dad, Uncle John & Mama Jules

Chatty Chat

DH Ladies

Crazy Ladies. Haha


EP Ladies

And that is about all for now!  Hopefully life will stay un-eventful in the health department.  Thank you again for all the kind thoughts and wishes to my mom.  She loves you all!

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