We each have one every year and Carole is no exception.
Happy Birthday Carole!
Well, we got back from the family reunion on Saturday morning. It didn't last nearly long enough. There were no fights or arguments or anything. Everyone got along (as far as I could see). The weather cooperated during the reunion. (The record still stands...whenever an eastern Jensen goes to Alberta it rains; but the rain stopped before the reunion. It is a good thing we got there a day early so it would have time to stop.) There was WAY too much food; but that's normal for these things. I actually heard someone say, "Oh, are we eating again!?!" Hey, that's what we do when we get together. It gives us something to talk about if we run out of other topics.
The hall and lodge were across the road from where my grandparents farmed. And we toured a house where they lived. Thank you goes out to the Christiansens for allowing us to invade their privacy. They are wonderful people. Apparently, my Dad helped build the hall in the 1940s. The lodge is only a couple of years old and is almost completely booked. It has four bedrooms and is absolutely gorgeous...very comfortable and downright luxurious.
I think it was a mistake to take the red-eye flight back from Alberta. We got back to Ontario absolutely exhausted. It was my Mom's birthday on Saturday and the flight crew had the whole plane sing happy birthday to her and they gave her some good chocolates as a gift. I'm going to have to send a thank you note to WestJet. All five flights were pleasant, in spite of the exhaustion.
Kudos must go out to the ladies who made all the plans and did all the work for the reunion. Carole, Bonnie, Janet, Auntie Lois, Karen, Debbie, Christine, and any others I've forgotten here. (I am terrible with names, so I apologize for those I know I've missed and for those I don't know I've missed.)
Also, special thanks to Carole, Bonnie, Jen and Auntie Lois for transportation and accommodations pre and post reunion. Your hospitality is greatly appreciated.
It was really nice to get to know all the relatives I didn't know as well as to get some historical information about the family.
It is done. I made a few modifications to the Jensen coat of arms cross stitch pattern. Then I wrote the instructions and supplies list. Finally, I determined the best size to print it. I have nine paper copies to take to the reunion. I might print a few more. I don't know how many people would want one. I am happy with the result.
A little bird (okay, it was LiveJournal) told me Karen is celebrating a birthday today. So, happy birthday to you.
Welcome Karen, granddaughter to Lars and Benna by their son Gordon and his wife Sophie.
Welcome to the community.
Carole is granddaughter to Lars and Benna through their daughter Lois and her husband Archie Anderson.
Welcome to the Jensen Family Community. If you are here, you are either curious about or a member of the Jensen family. This community is specifically for the family and friends of Lars and Benna Jensen from Alberta, Canada.
We have a reunion coming up in August 2007, so Live Journal is a way to connect beforehand and to stay connected later.
Feel free to request membership. Make sure you have a public post in your journal that describes your connection to Lars and Benna. (If you don't want to make your journal public, please friend me (njc2007) and make the post in your journal "friends only".) Once I verify your connection to Lars and Benna, I will activate your membership.
Sorry about the administrative hurdles; but we want to keep this community as useful as possible by restricting the membership to those directly involved.
Nancy / njc2007
(granddaughter to Lars and Benna, through Ivan and Joyce)