We managed to have lots fun during the cold Minnesota winter. The girls tried ice skating for the first time on the neighbor's pond across the street. They thought it was great fun. Joey had to settle for skating on his boots this year, but he didn't seem to mind. And as usual Phil got plenty of exercise shoveling snow this winter, clearing the pond for our skaters and the driveway for the cars. As in years past he shoveled all the snow off the driveway and built huge snow mountains for us to play on. Then he tunneled through the mountains and built caves inside.
Annie's class pets, a troop of hermit crabs, came for a visit over a long weekend. She had great fun building walls with blocks to keep them confined while they got their exercise. Shelby FINALLY lost her first tooth in April. It was a special day that she thought would never arrive. She was worried that she would be the only one in her class to graduate from kindergarten with all her baby teeth. She was very excited to see that the tooth fairy left a shiny golden dollar coin. Joey is still a big Scooby Doo fan and likes to play with his "collection". He dresses up in his Scooby costume, gathers together all of his Scooby toys, blanket, pillow and lunch box, and watches one of his many Scooby movies. His favorite right now is "Scooby Doo Meets Batman".
We had a short but very welcome visit from Justin in March. He had come from Colorado to spend some time in Minnesota working and visiting relatives. The kids had so much fun playing with their BIG cousin. We got to see him again when we traveled to Grandpa Norman's farm for a long weekend. Of course during the spring there is one thing in great supply at the farm, and that is MUD! We always end our spring visits with a very dirty dog. We took another weekend trip to southeastern Minnesota to visit with Sue's family. Our kids just love playing with Walker, Devon and Carson. Joey thinks it is especially great having other boys to play with. He gets tired of "girlish" stuff.
But the most special thing that happened this spring was Annie and Phil's Easter celebrations. Phil went through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and joined the Catholic church. It was made all the more special when Annie was able to join him at the Easter Vigil mass to receive her First Communion at the same time. Grandma and Grandpa Klomp were here to witness the big event. It was a special Easter for Cindy too. Not only did she get to help Annie prepare to receive her First Reconciliation and her First Communion and act as Phil's confirmation sponsor, but she joined the church choir this year and got to spend the season singing all of the beautiful music.
While Betty and Jerry were here we got to spend some time with Betty's sister Kay and her family. We met Kay and Dick at Bob's coffee house in Minneapolis where Bob treated us to a fantastic lunch. Then Gary and family invited all of us down to their house in Bloomington for supper where we got to reconnect with all the cousins and their kids. It was so nice to see all of them and catch up. The kids are all growing up so fast.
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