FC: Karl Mandelin Fall 2011- Spring 2012 With love, Mom
1: 9/13/11 Our family went to the MillsCreek Apple Orchards in Ramseur, NC. The Hasslers, Aunt Jess and Grandma all came, too! We had a great day of apple picking, a hayride and making cider. You loved it, Karl!
2: Our family went for a hike at the Eno River State Park. Interestingly, it is not far from our house, and we had never been there before! We enjoyed the shaky bridge, hiking in the woods, and playing in the river beds. You hope that we can go camping there sometime! What a lovely time we had.
3: Autumn 2011- enjoying Gracie, our cousins, our yard and roasting marshmallows in a fire pit out back that Daddy built!
4: October 2011 Visiting Andrew at Liberty University | It was a lovely drive to Lynchburg, Virginia | We enjoyed seeing Andrew's dorm, touring the campus and enjoying the mountains all around the area. Grandma and Jonathan came with us. Fun times!
5: Oct. 2011 Daddy took you, Ben, Nick and Jon to the NC State Fair. Fried snickers and fried kool-aid were big hits! You enjoyed the animals and midway too.
7: Awesome Autumn '11 Carving pumpkins, bobbing for apples and a candy hunt made for a festive time. Also, Happy Birthday to Lisa! 11/5
8: Happy Birthday to Dad! We had a perfect Fall Day to enjoy celebrating All Things Dad! We had a nice breakfast, then lunch and playtime at the Exchange Park in Hillsborough. For dinner we had hot wings, then a scavenger hunt for gifts. Of course we had ice cream cake with candles. A wonderful day!
9: November 2011 A warm and breezy Autumn Day was spent in our backyard. We enjoyed Sweet Gracie, the sun, and the falling leaves.
11: Thanksgiving 2011 We had a great day of a big turkey dinner, then a walk with our family. Later on we also had "dessert for dinner"! Grandma was here, too, and we then celebrated her birthday at Wendy's house on 11/27. On 12/1, we celebrated Julie's birthday at our house with the Hasty family. We have much for which we are thankful!
12: Fall 2011 The Mandelin Family Christmas Photos | Just for fun, we spent an afternoon putting together a Gingerbread House Kit for Christmas. Oh my. What a job! Still it looked lovely when we were done. :0)
13: Karl, you, Emily and Matthew are quite the Fearsome Silly Threesome! You love to be together! | December 2011: Our annual tradition of decorating Christmas cookies with the Hassler Cousins. You did some lovely work, Karl!
15: One of our new family traditions is to have a Christmas Carol "Sing a long" on Christmas Eve. Aunt Lisa plays the piano, and this year she gave every family several hymnals as a gift. We sang and sang, every one of us! For the songs "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World", we dimmed the lights and lit candles. What a joyous time!
17: Christmas Morning 2011 Joy and peace filled our day as we enjoyed our presents! | 12/26 We celebrated Aunt Jess' birthday:gamescrafts and dessert. We laughed a lot!
18: January 17, 2012 Gracie's 1st birthday! We had such fun planning her birthday. She is very special to you, Karl. You are a fabulous big brother!
19: Karl, You designed a "Birthday Wheel of Fortune" game for Gracie's party. We had a lot of fun, Uncle Dan was the winner!
20: One weekend morning, you, Nicky and I walked down to the Eno River near our house. | We had a nice walk in the woods, and you loved traipsing in the river and throwing rocks.
21: Winter 2012 Times with our family are very special! You and Cousin Maria have a lot of fun together!
22: February 14, 2012 Nick turns 7! Donuts, hot wings, the mall and of course a Big Ol' Party were all part of our celebrating. You esp. loved the hot wings for lunch!
23: February 2012 We spent a day in Goldsboro, NC at Cousin Mary's house for a Family Reunion with many of Daddy's aunts, uncles and cousins. We all had a wonderful time! It was a great day.
24: Feb. 2012: Dad took you, Ben and Nick to visit Cousin Farooq at Fort Bragg, NC. Farooq is training with the US Army. You went to 2 museums and had Tacos for lunch.
25: Winter 2012 It has been a very mild winter. We have been enjoying Gracie, our yard, birthdays, games, school, and our family. You are growing up so beautifully, Karl. You are a huge help to Mom and Dad, we appreciate you so much! At right, a Field Trip to hear Dan the Animal Man. This is an albino python. You are brave!
26: Feb. 2012 The Museum of Life and Science in Durham | Dad took you all, such fun!