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Week in Review 11-7

This week I took the car in to get some paint work done and a recall taken care of. These were all things we agreed on before we bought the car, so they gave me a loaner. I definitely like my car better. 🙂

My class went on a field trip to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum.; they are in the same building. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate field trips? I feel like I have no control and the kids act all weird, so I prefer the control and routine of the classroom.

The hardest part of this week was when we found out Jeff’s nephew, D’Ondre, the best man in our wedding, is having some major heart issues. Without going into detail, a few weeks ago he had a heart attack and will have to deal with heart health for the rest of his life. It is shocking because he is so young and seemingly healthy and in shape. Please keep D’Ondre in your prayers as he learns to deal with all of this. He lives in the Dallas area, so it’s hard on Jeff and his family being so far away from him, and the feeling of helplessness that comes with that.

Today we went to Westport Flea Market (http://www.westportfleamarket.com/) to have what has been named as the Best Burger in Kansas City. It has been on Food Network and has won a bunch of awards. Let me tell you, it deserves the notoriety. It was delicious. And, my cousins will be proud of me, I had a $5 off coupon. We went there for lunch (dinner) and I was still not hungry at dinner (supper) time, so I didn’t make what we had planned, I’ll make that tomorrow night instead. Without further ado, here is next week’s menu.

Sunday Scallops and alfredo sauce with whole wheat linguine, salad
Monday breakfast: eggs, turkey bacon, toast or pancakes
Tuesday low-fat potato soup and sandwiches
Wednesday ??
Thursday mashed potatoes and Mom’s canned beef
Friday Pizza
Saturday Chicken and biscuits crock pot meal

 

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Posted by on November 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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A Sad Week

I don’t think I can write another post without addressing something that’s been on my mind and heart the last few days.

My brother’s best friend, Darin, died this week. If you want to read about the circumstances you can do so here or here, but I would rather focus on his life.

I knew Darin as Jer’s best friend, and a great guy to be around. I first met him when Jer was in the seminary. I don’t know when I first met Darin, but I do know he was around quite a bit when I would go to visit Jeremy and Karin. It was nice be around him because to most of Jer’s friends I was probably just Jer’s kid sister. Darin, probably because he didn’t know me until I was (almost) an adult, treated me like a friend. Darin had a great sense of humor and seemed to have a knack for making people laugh.

At Jer and Karin’s wedding, we had a lot of fun being goofy and dancing to polkas. One summer, probably about nine years ago, Darin joined our family on vacation for a few days. I will never forget staying up so late playing board games that we couldn’t even see the cards in our hand straight. My cheeks hurt from laughing so much at all the jokes that were being cracked around the table that night. It’s one of my favorite family vacation memories.

I hadn’t seen Darin for years, but remember him very fondly. I would hear about what he was up to through Karin and Jer. I was so happy to learn that he was married and had seen a few pictures of his adorable, and I mean ADORABLE, twin daughters.

While I am really sad about our loss here on earth and the long-lasting effect Darin’s death will have on his family and friends, I have comfort and peace knowing that he is in heaven making everyone there roll with laughter and participating in the joy that comes from knowing our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Leonard Frederick Finke

Leonard Frederick Finke was born November 29, 1925 and died March 21, 1990. I was in 4th grade, ten years old, when he passed away.
I do have more memories of Grandpa Finke. I remember being in the house by the post office with him, going to the post office and him talking with the lady working. I remember moving him out of that house and going through things in the house. I (think I) remember him sitting me on the kitchen table or the counter with ice on the side of my leg when I was scraped by the screen door at their house- and I have the scar from the stiches to prove it. I remember how he walked, not really with a limp, but sort of. I remember him coming to grandparents day at school. I remember his harmonica.
I remember playing on a pogo stick in the garage at Anne’s house and the auction there. I remember his wedding to my step-grandma Anne and singing Pass It On. I remember going in the motor home with him in the shed. I don’t ever remember being in the motor home when it was moving, but I remember being somewhere with Grandpa and Anne when they had gone on a trip in it, maybe visiting them when they were on vacation somewhere.
Another favorite memory is going up to the cabin in Perham, Minnesota, and going fishing with him. It was always an adventure to get the boat into the lift. Fishing, campfires, trips to the turtle races- so much fun! Grandpa would put the worm on my hook for me and if I had a fish on the hook he would make me take it off myself after he got tired of it. I have a very distinct memory of being at Anne’s house in Hamburg with the two of them and watching the Twins play in the 1987 World Series on TV. They moved to the Hamburg apartments across the street from the pond, and I remember that apartment, too. I think Anne’s mom, Great-Grandma Hoberg, had an apartment in that same complex.
I remember various visits to the hospital and playing a trick on him that we were bringing him McDonalds, but the burger box was filled with ketchup packets. Now that I think back to that, that really wasn’t nice, especially to someone who was having heart issues.  I remember bringing him diabetic cookies at the apartment in Hamburg. I remember he and Anne bringing me a package of sliced cheese for my birthday because I loved eating it at their house and we never had it at mine.
I must say that my all-time favorite memory of grandpa was falling asleep on his stomach and his tummy moving up and down when he was breathing.

When Jeff and I got married, my mom said, “I’m going to say the same thing to you that my dad said to me when your dad and I got married. We’ll never come and live with you if you never come back and live with us.” Grandpa lived in the house of his father-in-law until his father-in-law passed away. I have another whole entry with memories about that house.

Grandpa and Grandma Finke

So what should the world know about Leonard Finke? What are your favorite memories or characteristics?

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Pearl June (Siewert) Finke

Here are just a few Grandma Finke memories to get us started. If you see any errors, please feel free to set me straight!

Leonard and Pearl Finke

Pearl June (Siewert) Finke was born on June 23, 1924. Her parents were Otto Siewert and Mary (Luehring) Siewert. She was the last of 13 children. I believe that Grandma Finke graduated from Central High School but I don’t remember hearing anything about Grandpa Finke and high school. I’ve been told that Grandma and Grandpa met at a potato factory out near Rogers, Minnesota, when Grandma lived with one of her sisters. I don’t have a marriage date handy. I think Grandma and Grandpa lived near Rogers for a year after they were married before they moved back to Hamburg. She and Grandpa (Leonard) had two kids, Debra and Larry, and nine grandchildren. As of right now, she has ten great-grandchildren. She died on April 25, 1985.

Grandma Finke is the grandparent that I knew the least. She passed away when I was only five after battling breast cancer. I have very few memories about Grandma Finke, but I do remember being in the big white house by the post office in Hamburg with her. I have a memory of going out to the garage to look at their new green car. I remember her being able to drive because my other grandma couldn’t and I didn’t understand why one grandma could and the other couldn’t. I remember the big claw-foot tub in the bathroom upstairs and the tall bed that seemed so huge when I couldn’t even get up in it. I remember Grandma giving me a bath in that tub, and me being scared to be in the bathroom alone.
I think I remember visiting Grandma Finke in the hospital. I remember her visitation at the funeral home. I vaguely remember her funeral. I think I remember Grandpa Finke staying with us for a few days after she died. I’m sad that my memories about Grandma Finke surround her death.

Now here’s the same thing with all my extra commentary as well.

Pearl June (Siewert) Finke was born on June 23, 1924. Her parents were Otto Siewert and Mary (sometimes called Marie)(Luehring) Siewert. She was the last of 13 children. (but the 11th of Mary. Her two older sisters were daughters of Otto and his first wife, Emma Elling) I believe that Grandma Finke graduated from Central High School (I think my mom has a graduation picture of her.) but I don’t remember hearing anything about Grandpa Finke and high school. I’ve been told that Grandma and Grandpa met at a potato factory (name?) out near Rogers (?), Minnesota, when Grandma lived with one of her sisters(which sister?). I don’t have a marriage date handy. (Can’t find one in my house or on the computer… anyone have it??) I think Grandma and Grandpa lived near Rogers for a year after they were married before they moved back to Hamburg. She and Grandpa (Leonard) had two kids, Debra and Larry, and nine grandchildren. As of right now, she has ten great-grandchildren. She died on April 25, 1985.

Grandma Finke is the grandparent that I knew the least. She passed away when I was only five (I thought I was in kindergarten, but looking at the dates, I must have only been in nursery school) after battling breast cancer. I have very few memories about Grandma Finke, but I do remember being in the big white house by the post office in Hamburg with her. I have a memory of going out to the garage to look at their new green car. I remember her being able to drive because my other grandma couldn’t and I didn’t understand why one grandma could and the other couldn’t. I remember the big claw-foot tub in the bathroom upstairs and the tall bed that seemed so huge when I couldn’t even get up in it. I remember Grandma giving me a bath in that tub, and me being scared to be in the bathroom alone. For some reason I think I remember her putting her hand to her mouth when she was surprised or nervous about things. (like when I scraped my leg on the door to their house and needed stitches.)
I think I remember visiting Grandma Finke in the hospital. I remember her visitation at the funeral home (and getting scolded for playing around too much… and talking about her being an angel and my mom trying to explain that she’s WITH angels, but not exactly an angel herself…) I vaguely remember her funeral. I think I remember Grandpa Finke staying with us for a few days after she died. (????) I’m sad that my memories about Grandma Finke surround her death. (but I feel like I knew her just as much as my other grandparents because of my mom making sure I knew things about her…but sometimes I wonder how many of these “memories” I’ve really just imagined to be true.)

More memories on Grandpa Finke and the big white house to come.

What are your memories of Grandma Finke? Stories to share? What are the things future generations need to know about Pearl (Siewert) Finke??

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Birthday Week

Last week was a full week of snow days! So, the first day back to school after Christmas break also happened to be my 30th birthday. Apparently either a staff member or parent sent out an email to tell people it was my birthday, because several students brought in yummy treats and many more brought cards. My coworkers brought me TWO cakes (there are only five of us) and presents, and Jeff prepared dinner (by going through my favorite drive-thru Italian, Fazoli’s) and set up candles and brought flowers and a balloon. He put the food on “real” plates and we opened a bottle of wine and had a really nice dinner. What a great 30th birthday! It’s really hard to believe I’m 30. I remember when 30 seemed “old” and I really don’t feel very old. At all.

Since we had a full week of school this week, I feel like I’m back on schedule. The house is still relatively clean; I’ve been to the gym every morning (except Sunday) and have only made it home before dark one day- today. It is my goal every Friday to make it home to catch the 4:30 episode of Judge Judy. I didn’t make it home in time to see Judy today, but I did make it home before dark.

We have school on Monday to make up for having a week of snow days. Apparently we still need to go back in June for at least one day, and also apparently we’re supposed to get a lot more snow this winter, so we may be in school until July. We better not be. We have a vacation in 155 days!

On a serious note:

When I taught in New Jersey there were several Haitian families that I worked with. One of these families, the Marcellus family, has older brothers that are in Haiti. They have gotten word that the brothers are OK and were in an area of Haiti that was not hit very hard. However, several cousins that were in Port-au-Prince died in the disaster.

Please keep the Marcellus, Jean, and Destin families in your prayers as they all have extended family in Haiti and it may be a while before they know what is going on with their relatives. I cannot imagine what it would be like to experience such a catastrophe, and pray for those whose lives are forever changed because of it.

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2010 in Mary's Entries

 

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Christmas 2009

Today is a Great Day. School was supposed to start again, but because of the “cold,” it was a snow day. I say  “cold” because the low we -2 and the high is 12 today. To me, having grown up in Minnesota, it seems a little silly. Especially since when we left Minnesota yesterday morning it was -20.

The view from an upstairs window at Mom and Dad Klaustermeier's house

The view from upstairs at Mom and Dad Klaustermeier's House

We had a nice Christmas this year.  Jeff’s sister and nephew came and stayed with us for a few days. There was a big snowstorm while they were here so we spent a lot of time inside watching TV and playing the wii. We went to Jeff’s mom’s house for a few hours on Christmas day, too. You would think that since we live nearby that we would see each other more often than we do, so it was really nice to spend time together.

Jeff and D'Ondre lookin' handsome

Jeff and Renee

We were in Minnesota for a really quick trip as well. We arrived at my parents’ house a few minutes after midnight on New Year’s. We spent New Year’s Day opening gifts and spending time with my family. The next day Jeff and I went out with friends for “brunch” and then my cousin Sara stopped by Saturday night and we got to catch up for a bit. We left early Sunday morning to head back to KC and we had an uneventful trip back.

Jeff and Isaac playing Nintendo DS

I’ll leave you with a picture of one of Jeff’s gifts for me this year. It was really hard for him to spend money on a Vikings jersey, but he did it!

The "06" is for the year we got married. How thoughtful!

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2010 in Mary's Entries

 

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Busy, busy!

I’m trying to think what I’ve been so busy doing the last two weeks, and while lots has been going on, I’m not sure that it is exciting enough for my blog. Let’s see…. We made pizzas for a fundraiser at my school, tried to stay on top of things there but that never seems successful.
My new god-daughter, Ruby, was born on Sunday, September 27th. She is the daughter of my friend Liz and her husband Doug. Below is a picture of them. We went to St. Louis to meet her this weekend, and were able to stay with my brother and his family while we were there. You can also see a picture of Cara and Gus, and if you look closely you can see Jeff and Karin in the mirror in the back of them. We’ve had some growing going on around here; you can see some “in progress” pictures of my herbs and mums.
Also, we went to the Chiefs/Raiders game two weeks ago and Chiefs/Giants game today. Not a great time for the Chiefs fans in general, but it was a fun time regardless. I think that’s the end of my Chief’s adventures for the year, but we’ll see. I’m really looking forward to watching the Vikings (especially Brett Favre) beat the Packers tomorrow!
Excitement!

Doug, Liz, and baby Ruby

Doug, Liz, and baby Ruby

Cara and Gus

Cara and Gus

baby herbs after two weeks

baby herbs after two weeks

The mums looking a little dry, but opening a lot. Do you like the MN Gopher colors?

The mums looking a little dry, but opening a lot. Do you like the MN Gopher colors?

Our view of Arrowhead from way up in the corner!

Our view of Arrowhead from way up in the corner!

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2009 in Mary's Entries

 

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