the Whole Famn Damily
Rochelle and I returned to Michigan for Christmas for the first time in 18 years and we had a blast. After having to go down to Bloomington to get Anicka the day after we landed, we then headed to Saginaw to attend the Slachta Family Christmas. It was fabulous getting to see aunts, uncles, and all of our cousins. We headed back to Grand Rapids on Christmas Eve, bringing mom with us, and had our first Christmas in our condo ever. In the afternoon we had visits from The Myers, Mom Smith and Bill, and Rick and his kids. We celebrated the get-together by breaking out a few bottles of Trappists beers.
The day after Christmas, Ron made a quick trip back to Saginaw to take mom home, and then we had a whole day off with nothing much going on. Anicka, Alexandra, Alex’s partner Amber, and Rochelle and Ron just took it easy and enjoyed the little snow that we had. That was to change.
The last we heard on the news, Grand Rapids had over three feet of snow, and we are in the midst of a deep freeze.
The Netherland Slachtas are on break right now and relaxing (somewhat) in snowing Wassenaar. Click on the picture to see a short holiday greeting. (Ignore the ads at the end of the video) Merry Christmas!
Rick was in Saginaw a few weeks ago and got a new Apple iPad for mom, a purchase that mom is enjoying. Pictured with mom is Stewart who is more than willing to show her the ropes. Although there is a bit of a learning curve for her, email is starting to flow, and apps are being downloaded. Feel free to send her a few pictures . . . she can get them now.
Sally and Jeff took the boys to Spartan Stadium on Saturday, 6 November, to watch the Spartans beat the Minnesota Golden Gophers 31-8. The Spartans are holding a 5-1 record in the Big Ten and are currently in first place. Let’s hope they can continue their winning ways (and that my nephews are Spartans for life!).
The Slachtas arrived back to The Netherlands to attend the annual Cornelis de Wittstraat street party. The theme this year, Hollywood, brought glamour to the street. A great time was once again had by all.
It has been great catching up with cousins who have come through Europe since we got back to school. Cousin Carol and husband Sean stopped by in late August, and Stacia and Jeff (pictured) came by in October. It was great meeting up with them, and in both cases, sharing a meal (and a beer or two).
Harrison and Stewart participated in this year’s Grand Cycling Classic in downtown Grand Rapids today. Strong starts lead to strong finishes, and I saw glimpses of Lance Armstrong in the riding styles of my nephews. Click on the picture to see a short video of the starts and finishes.
Harrison, Stewart, Sally and Jeff are starring in the new Star Wars movie! Click on the picture to the right to see a clip of the film. (The “click” will take you to another website. If you want to get back to slachta.net, you will have to navigate to it.)
(5 May 1930 – 4 May 2010) We lost dad unexpectedly a day before his 80th birthday. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, 8 May. Many family and friends have gathered since Wednesday to celebrate his life in a manner dad would have been proud of. Click on his picture to see a short slideshow. The music, by Jaromir Vejvoda, is a Czech waltz titled “Ty Nemas Srdce,” a favorite played by the family band.
It was no April Fool’s joke when Rochelle received an unexpected visitor at school. Her reaction is worth a view. Click on the picture to watch a short video. Special thanks to my principal, Paul Mackaill, for helping me set it up.