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S: Carl and Judi 50 years

FC: 50 Years! | Carl and Judi

1: The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck | The great advantage of living in a large family is that early lesson of life's essential unfairness. ~Nancy Mitford | The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions. ~Robert Brault | To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're right, shut up. -Ogden Nash | Congratulations on your 50th anniversary. Thank you for everything! Love, Your Children and Grandchildren | "One man by himself is nothing. Two people who belong together make a world". -Han Margolius

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10: 1979 | _ | _ | _ | _ | 1980 | _ | 1981 | _ | $0.86 | Sticky Buns!

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23: _ | _ | _ | _ | _ | _ | 2011 | $3.87 | June 10th 2011 | Nerts!

26: Brothers and Sisters

27: Happy 50th, Carl and Judi !!! | So, how do I cover years of memories and your 50 years of marriage?? Maybe I’ll just start at the beginning by examining your position, Judi, in the family. There was that early reputation of you being the ring leader. This picture of you and me shows you establishing your ring leader role by trying to push me off the table when I was only 6 months old. In this picture of you with Mom hanging onto Jack and me you appeared quite smug in your position as “big sister” – little did you realize that three more of these “little brothers” were yet to come! | I found a couple pictures that put your ring leader reputation into question. We three brothers didn’t always follow your lead. These pictures make it clear that we were pretty independent. The first one is in our front yard – you obviously wanted us to pose in front of the house with you and we wanted to be on the sidewalk. Just look who won that one. Then there’s the infamous picture of the “jumper” that we’ve shown so many people who’d never heard of one. Looking closely it’s obvious that we’ve locked you out! | But you have always been my favorite sister, Judi. Just because you’re my only one doesn’t change that. We didn’t spend much time together during high school and college so I couldn’t find any incriminating or embarrassing pictures. My next recollection is Carl entering your life – I remember thinking he was a pretty nice guy – and of your and Carl’s special day of June 10th, 1961, in the old Dresden church. Can’t believe it’s been 50 years! | After Lisa and I were married a couple years later and moved to Seattle we didn’t see you guys much except during our infrequent trips to Langdon. We welcomed you to Seattle when David was almost a year old and your four kids were already growing up. Weren’t they all cute back then? You’ve always had a soft spot for David and Michael and this picture illustrates how you used to bribe them with stuff they never got at home! But they loved you for it. | This picture of the four of us is from your visit to Seattle a few years ago. We’ve had some fun, albiet short, visits at various places over the years and we usually come away wondering why we don’t get together more often. There’s always a reason but what’s important is that we remember each other and be there if needed. The two of you should be proud of the great family you’ve raised. They’re establishing the next generation (and the next one after that) so it’s time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your efforts. It has to be satisfying for you, as it is for us, to watch the first cousins develop relationships that will continue to keep the family connected. Again, congratulations on your 50th wedding anniversary. Love, Ken and Lisa

29: Judi & Carl Hi guys, I just want to congratulate you two on 50 years of marriage, you two, along with Mom and Dad, are an inspiration for all of us. Where do I start? First I want to thank you for making me one of the luckiest kids growing up, not only did I have my family with Mom & Dad my brothers and sister, I also had you two and my niece and nephews as a family. That’s how it felt with your family. I’ll never forget how you took me along on your summer fishing/camping trips up north. I was suppose to be a babysitter but I remember fishing more than babysitting. I always looked forward to going to Whiteshell Lake with you and the Thompsons. The highlight being the fly-in to Bernard Lake with Carl and Kenny, but second has to be all the hard boiled eggs with the sound and smell they produced (right Wade?). Another great memory with you guys is the Christmas Eves at the Koehmstedts, whether Tom and crew or Paul and Sue came home, we’d always have supper, usually with some meat that Carl prepared, then the big moment would arrive and we’d open presents. Ten minutes later we are all sitting at the dining room table playing some game one of us got until it was time to go to Midnight Mass, always cold and sometimes even the tires froze flat. There were always fun summers at the Koehmstedt house. I remember one occasion when everybody was home and we were all sitting by the pool, it’s the time when one brother almost drowned (not Tom) and was saved by a nephew. Good Times. Wade, Mike, Matt, Beth, I hope you guys realize how lucky you’ve been to have parents like Judi and Carl ( I think you do ) because they’re the best. Carl, Judi again congratulations. John and Mildred would be proud. All my love, Your little brother, Terry

30: I am the guy who signed all the paperwork on the memorable Saturday morning that started you on the 50 year journey. It is hard to believe that I was not even drinking age yet (not legally anyway). We certainly have many fond memories of your 50 years of marriage. The wedding, of course, was a grand affaire; Dad even got to “stay at home”! Your home in Langdon was always a welcoming place to hang out or stop by, where Becky enjoyed summer visits, or to get a pull out of the ditch – and, of course, a beer (or 6-pak) once in awhile. | Most of all, we feel very fortunate to have been able to know and enjoy your family. We saw Wade become an entrepreneur, hire his uncle off the dole and find the greatest California gal in the world to marry. We watch Mike with wonderment. We moved to a small urban area with hopes he will visit us someday. It is always a pleasure to visit with Matt, a true conservative. He and Pam make a wonderful couple. We followed with hope Beth’s difficult challenges raising her family and watched with delight her superb accomplishes. We know you are very proud of each of your children, grandchildren and granddogs. You are very blessed. | Happy Anniversary! Leslie and Jack | During one of your California visits Carl drove our blue VW Convertible. He was surprised whenever he hit the brakes, his boots would fill with water. The top was leaking so Carl drilled holes in the floor to let the water out. What good times in Mountain View! | A few memories that come to mind include your visit to Germany in 1973. It was at the end of my tour; I was cleaning out my garage and took a load of ‘junk’ to the army base dump. When I got home from work that day, I was shocked to see almost all of the ‘junk’ back again in my living room. I still feel bad about leaving you guys at the army base and letting you find your way back to Rosenheim in the middle of the night. How you did it... I will never know. | Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary

31: Dear Judi and Carl, Congratulations on your 50th anniversary. You guys had an impact on Sue and my life way back in our early days. Gathering at your house was always fun as there were plenty of games, laughs and life lessons to learn. An important lesson for me was you, Judi, teaching me to dance before our senior prom. Once Sue saw how well I could dance, it sealed the deal.... Did you ever get your floor refinished after I scuffed it up so badly?? You also provided music for us, first as the accompanist at my senior recital (that also sealed the deal with Sue) and then providing the music for our wedding. We have enjoyed your art, Judi, especially the hand painted cards we have received over the years. We have many framed and in arrangements throughout our home. Over the 50 years there have been many great memories of family reunions, weddings, anniversary parties and your visits to our homes in Wisconsin and Tennessee. We appreciate that you both were at Adam's wedding and you, Judi, at Pete's. Those are some great reasons for family to be together. Enjoy your time with your family at the ocean. We wish you many more anniversaries. Love, Sue and Paul

33: The Duckabush comes to mind. Jim and I were so excited to show off our place to Judi and Carl. We ate, we drank, and we laughed. Bedtime came, we made up the hide-a-bed for them and Jim and I had the bedroom. Well, it was February or March and while it was quite nice during the day, night time was very chilly to say the least!! About 4am I woke up YIKEES no furnace! It was 40 degrees in the trailer. They were on the couch freezing. They had taken all the afghans off all the chairs for extra covers and their teeth were literally chattering!! Carl let me know in no certain terms that if he wanted to freeze his butt off he could have stayed in North Dakota. Well, I started the furnace and quickly the place was nice and warm. Heck, Jim and I didn't notice how cold it was, we had an electric blanket on our bed!! | - Memories | Another memorable time before we retired. It was the year the new movie “Titanic” came out, Judi and I decided to go see it one evening. We enjoyed the movie. The next day I had to work but since it was Wednesday, Jim was off. Jim’s friend Gene has a 31 foot sail boat, he likes nothing better than to take people out on his boat. It was a sunshiny but windy and chilly day on Puget Sound. Gene let Jim take the helm and yup a strong gust of wind came up from the side and before anyone could yell “hang on!” the boat rails were in the water, Gene told Jim to let go of the wheel and it righted its self. Whoa!!! Titanic flashed through Judi’s mind and scared them all half to death except Gene, He loved it!! I believe the sails came down after that and they motored into Gig Harbor for lunch and to look for a J.C. Penneys! | One of our visits to Fargo we arrived during a rainstorm, we were assured that their basement NEVER floods. About 4 AM Carl came downstairs telling us to check the floors. Yup..Squish-squish there was water on the floor. Jim and Carl spent the next day hauling the wet things out of the basement. The next year when we visited Jim went prepared taking his knee high rubber boots along!

38: Nieces and Nephews

39: We all congratulate you on your 50th Wedding anniversary. That's a long time!!!! One of these summers we all want to come to North Dakota and invade Langdon and Fargo, so be forewarned! Vince and Alicia John, Malere & Ryan

40: Friends and Relatives

41: Sharon and Kathleen

44: Carl and Judi were & are such good friends and neighbors; helpful, caring and special. We had many coffee parties, neighborhood birthday parties with many laughs. What is so special, after all these years, we are still good friends. Our families are special to each other too. I don't think I should mention playing cards during a snowstorm, locking kids in the basement or outside so we gals could have coffee. the snowball fights, etc. etc. etc. Great fun but no details! Have a great Celebration! Love, Gail

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  • Title: 50th anniversary book
  • this is the book we put together for Mom and Dad for the anniversary party we had at the beach in Oregon.
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