Sunday, May 15, 2011

Visitors from the Coasts and a KSU Graduation

I am starting in reverse order of our week, but we are proud of our niece Jenna's graduation from KSU.  She is sad to be leaving Manhattan and college life, but is fortunate to have a job in Denver so will be back closer to her family.  Brad and Lori live in Centennial which is a SE suburb of Denver.  Bradley also lives in Denver, and Austin will be a junior in high school. 

We also had visitors at our house from Tuesday through Saturday.  Kyle's cousin Arnie Bauer from the San Francisco area was here as well as his daughter Rebecca's family from Brooklyn, NY.  It was fun to see their eight year old, Lily, discover the differences between living in an apartment in Brooklyn and Clay Center, Kansas.  Probably the most fascinating thing to her was the ice maker in the refrigerator door.  Because of limited space, the apartments in NY have apartment sized refrigerators.  She got a ton of ice throughout the week.  She was also happy to skip in and out of the house and play for a while and come right back in.  That is something else she just can't do, and she was thrilled to ride one of the horses.  I was surprised at how brave she was because Patrick is a pretty tall horse.   We hosted a meal on Friday night for area relatives to visit with them.  Arnie is working on a book of his remembrances from the area as a gift to Lily and her two brothers.    Lori's family was also able to join us since they were here for the graduation the next day.
Gene Bauer, Arnie Bauer, and Walter Knitter, Jr. catching up on old times.

Jenna and Neelly on Friday night.

Aunt Lori was so excited to get to meet Neelly for the first time.  Jenna's graduation reception was at Blake and Tamara's.

Braden is curious about Neelly but really doesn't know what to think.  It's a busy time for Grandma when they are together!

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