House Guests

27 Mar

We are always flattered when anyone will travel here for our sake, because it is so far from anything and so needlessly cold. My parents came from California to visit us for an extended weekend, making them the first to stay in our new house.

A brief summation of the visit: On Thursday we ate barbecue without Josh, who was attending a graduation ceremony. On Friday Mom and I babysat some neighbor kids while Dad went to the firing range with Josh, and then we made pizza for dinner (which we had to broil because the oven would not light). On Saturday we drove over an hour to visit a tourist attraction that turned out to be closed for the winter despite their website saying they were open. So we ate more barbecue and went back home. On Palm Sunday we went to church and had Dad’s delicious chili for dinner. He made a huge pot of it, which we have been enjoying ever since. On Monday Mom and I went shopping while Dad and Josh worked, and then the ‘rents took us out for steak at the Blue Moose across the Red River. I had soup and salad instead of steak only because it was a raspberry gorgonzola candied walnuts salad. Yesterday we explored the exchange and Mom bought souvenirs and then we had lunch with Josh at BK and I took our visitors back to the airport.

It is hard sometimes to come up with things to do with out-of-towners here in this snow-covered prairie town. There are not really any tourist attractions to speak of in the whole state, and it is not yet comfortable to remain outdoors for very long. Many nights we watched a movie or two before bedtime and most nights we were drinking socially, which automatically increases the fun factor, right? We also went shopping quite a bit, and Mom and I made some significant progress on a currently-secret gift for a relative.

The weather was on company behavior. It snowed gracefully a couple of times, and daytime temperatures stayed above zero and even reached above freezing near the end. It is back to frigid today, and I think it’s flurrying. The house is so quiet.

Here are some pictures:




Mom and Ida with Neighbor Kid #2


Dad with the GUU-5/P


On our road trip to nowhere


We stopped by the courthouse in Hillsboro where we were married last summer.



Our house, in the middle of our street

I think I need a camera. Not pictured: secret relative gift, Bonanzaville USA, Dad’s hat, Neighbor Kid #1


14 Responses to “House Guests”

  1. Mike Gerow March 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Nice job, Em!


  2. Mom March 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Good job leaving out Dad’s hat! ;-)

  3. Natalie March 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Oh it looks sooo fun there! Glad everyone had a good time!

  4. Linda March 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Glad they got to visit !

    • littleapartment March 27, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

      It’s your turn now!

      • Mom March 27, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

        Yes it is! You won’t regret it!

  5. The D March 28, 2013 at 12:11 am #

    Looking at these great pix (ahem, mostly taken by me), I am already missing being there! Had such a great time with Emmy and Josh — perfect hosts all the way down the line. I would heartily recommend going there to visit them, but if it’s anytime soon — you’d best be taking warm layers of clothing!

    It was really great watching some old movies on their big screen TV. Almost like being in the theater.

    I should’ve taken some shots of the aircraft static displays at the entrance to the base, memorializing the various a/c types once based there. In addition to an ominous black B-52, there was a KC-135, WW2-era B-25J Mitchell, Douglas B-26 Invader and a couple of yawn-inducing missiles and helio-snapters. They have some other current aircraft types on base, but we really can’t be talking about that.

    All in all, a great little trip and I’m really glad we did it. By the way, Fargo? F’getaboutit.

    • littleapartment March 29, 2013 at 7:45 am #

      I realized we should have taken pictures of the planes. I can send you some if you want.

      I’m glad you enjoyed your trip! Too bad about Fargo, huh?

  6. Miranda (@girlslikewords) March 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Barbecue in North Dakota? Hmm…perhaps I’m too much of a Texan, but that just seems sacrilegious in my book. :)

    I’ve been working on catching up on your blog posts – enjoying getting to see a little slice of your life up north. Can’t wait to read more!

    -Miranda (I tried to sign in with Facebook AND my WordPress account to comment to no avail…)

    • littleapartment March 29, 2013 at 7:43 am #

      I’ve noticed that the North Dakotans add barbecue pulled pork to many dishes. Which I don’t mind :)

      Thanks for reading, Miranda!

  7. stephaniegerow March 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    looks like a good time was had!

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