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  • July 2001 News

    Posted on July 19th, 2001 Sallie No comments

    July 19, 2001 – We’re residents of Minnesota!  We left Texas on the 12th and arrived at our new home on the 13th of July.  There are still many boxes to unpack, but the house is really shaping up nicely.  We owe a huge thanks to Kevin’s parents, Jack and Judy, who are our resident contractors and have so far completly transformed the boys room and our shared closet, hung new blinds in the office and installed a garbage disposal. We are so blessed to have them here to help us get settled.Here are some pictures to show you the progress:
      
    The boys room had dark paneling and a faux brick border.  It also had a multi-colored shag carpet. Yikes!

     

    Boys Room Before

    Now the boys room is cream colored with mustard colored trim.  The brick trim was painted cream then brushed with the darker trim color. We took out the carpet and revealed a wood floor. We covered most of it with a throw rug.   What a difference!! 

     

    Boys Room After

      

    Living room looking into the kitchen.  

     

    LR

    New stove – still to come, a range hood with a shelf for the microwave over it. 

     

    Stove

      
    Lego boys! 

    Lego boys

    Kevin is hard at work in the office.  We got new mini blinds and valances for this room. A big improvement. Lots of unpacking yet to do! 

     

    Kev's work

    Our move was long. The drive through Kansas City at rush hour was stresful. We were really thankful we had two-way radios to communicate with each other. The major casualty of the move was our brick mailbox in Texas.  It was crashed when Kevin pulled the moving van out of the driveway. 

    We were greeted by many friends here and they immediately set to work unpacking our van. It was overwhelming!! Kevin spent a few days in Appleton, WI attending and presenting at WELS Tech 2001.  It was a great experience for him, but we are happy he is home again. Today was his first day of tele-commuting to IBM.  It went well too.

    The boys seem happy to be here and really like their room. It has been joyful to get out some toys that have been packed away for quite a while.  They have made several new friends and enjoyed two trips to the library already.  Today we went for Story Time and that was a lot of fun. We have also checked out the the downtown area, both grocery stores, KMart and Target.  We also walked through their school, which was very exciting. Luke and Stanley can’t wait to get started!  Tonight we drove to the local state park and bought a pass.  There is a filtered swimming pond with a sandy beach. We will enjoy that!  There are also two wading pools in town which we need to check out. And, many playgrounds to try.

    The basement improvements are next on the list.  Jack and Judy have lots of ideas for that.  We got the dehumidifier working tonight and hope that will help.  Make sure to check our news next month for an update on the projects! Bye for now from the Minnesota Drapers!

  • Picnic In the Park

    Posted on June 16th, 2001 Sallie No comments

    The AAL branches of Immanuel and Atonement joined forces for a Picnic in the Park fund raiser for our family and the Arceneaux family, who are also moving to New Ulm this summer so Ken can enter the second career pastor program.  It was a wonderful event, with lots of fun for all – horseshoes, face painting, cotton candy, baseball, bounce house, and lots of entertainment including music by David Stohr, the Andrews Sisters, babrbershop quartet, “Who’s on First?” and much much more.

  • June 2001 News

    Posted on June 15th, 2001 Sallie No comments

    We’ve found a home!! What an exciting time Kevin and I had when we visited New Ulm the first weekend of June for a house hunting trip.  Here’s a look at the house we plan to buy!
     
    This house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, an office area and a basement with potential for fixing up! It is only about a half mile fromt he kid’s school, and in New Ulm you can never be more than a half mile from a park!

    The boys are excited to have stairs, and Stanley says it is perfect because it is blue!

    I’m happy that our beds will fit – I didn’t want to give up my king size! HA!  We may have some difficulties with our kitchen table, because the eat-in kitchen doesn’t have a lot of room. I’m sure we will find some way to make it work.

    Our plans are to spend a day cleaning and painting before we unload the moving van.  The boys room has dark paneling, and we would like to paint that before moving them in.

    While we were in New Ulm, we enjoyed attending church at both St. John’s and St. Paul’s. We got to meet with the principal of the kid’s school, take care of some business at the college and walk through a few of the lovely stores in downtown New Ulm.  I already have a favorite restuarant, The Lamplighter, and we managed to eat there three times. Off to a good start!!

    I already know what my goal is for our stay in New Ulm.  I want to buy a cuckoo clock from one of the German stores in town. Their selection was unbelievable!

     

    New Ulm House