Kristi's Friends and Family Christmas Page 2015

Greetings All,  As the end of 2015 is upon us, I am so deeply grateful for a year of so many personal blessings and valued time spent with those most loved.  I too am mindful of the reason for Christmas and the importance of conveying love and sharing to one another throughout the world.  May we all contribute to a positive walk in our own lives, with those held most close, and in working towards global peace. Blessings and Merry Christmas... I hope you enjoy this year's family page and some pictorial memories of the past year!


A Haertl’y Christmas Greeting- 2015

                                                                                                        Festive Christmas Trip to Cragun's- Brainerd area

Warm greetings to you and your loved ones! We pray the year has treated you well! 2015 offered a couple personal/ work and family trips to Washington DC/ MD, along with several other travels in the US and abroad. We also ventured up North a couple of times, Mikaela, dad, Aunt Sandy, Jodi and I attended our annual Christian Family Camp (18th time), Mikaela and I had a mother-daughter "Adventure trip" to AZ, and Dan and I had an amazing time in Negril Jamaica exploring many areas of the beautiful country. We were also blessed to visit my 50th state (Alaska) and see the many incredible sites--we highly recommend a visit there! Mikaela and Sarah live in St. Paul on Grand Avenue and are doing well. Dad and mom have been married 52 years and at age 82, dad went on our 20th MS 150 Purple pumpers bike trip, he was the oldest of the 3500 riders and our team has now raised over $110,000 for such a great cause! Dad also qualified and played in the National Senior Olympics (singles and doubles).

                                                                                Mikaela, Sarah, Yours Truly and Dan on a Birthday Outing

Left- Rare photo of Mom  (Mom and Dad in front of their home)                                              Right- Dad again rode the MS 150 with the Purple Pumpers 20- the oldest of all 3500 riders!!

Dan- continues his love of coaching and teaching tennis and is the Maple Grove Girls and Centennial Boys High School Coach. He also teaches tennis classes at the University of Minnesota and is a Tennis Pro at the Baseline Tennis Center. On the side he continues many musical endeavors with his band Sticks and Tones and has more guitars than more professional singers... if you ask him how many guitars he needs, his patent response... "one more" :) ... Highlights of Dan's year include the trip to Alaska & Jamaica with me, our trips with Mikaela and Sarah, his tennis teams were 30 wins/ 6 losses, and 11 amazing gigs throughout the cities with Sticks and Tones. We look for more performances this summer! If you are interested in attending one of their performances, let us know! They are at many summer family events throughout the city/ state.


Left- One of Dan's many tennis classes at the University                                                                                                        Right- Sticks and Tones at Centennial Lakes

Kristi- Every day I thank the good Lord for family and friends I love and two amazing careers. I just started my 33rd year of teaching early morning aerobics and am in my 19th year as a Professor at St. Kates. On the side I have a private practice with clients who have psychiatric and developmental conditions. Given that the book is done, life is a little more laid back. I completed my 12 item 0-50 bucket list with the last item being getting to my 50th state within a year of turning 50, and at Mikaela's urging have written a post 50 bucket list and checked off a few more items :). While my earlier list was heavily experience based (e.g., sky diving, finish a book, marathon, bungee jumping, kayaking in bio bays, mission trips, and others), I have found my new one is more legacy based. Highlights of the year are the amazing travels, times with dearly loved friends and family, and being honored to be inducted into the first ever American Occupational Therapy Foundation Leaders and Legacy Society <at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville> and being awarded the Communication Award from MOTA.  Thanks to all for sharing, God's Blessings!

Induction of the first AOTF Leaders and Legacy Society- Nashville: Country Music Hall of Fame                Alaska- My 50th State :)

                                                                                                   Botanical Gardens- Juneau Alaska (upside down tree behind us)

Mikaela- I'm now a 25 year-old, tending to the social, emotional, mental, academic, and physical well-being of 26, 6 year olds, 9 hours a day (oofta that's a lot of numbers!). My position as a 1st grade teacher in a charter school on the West side of St. Paul is one of the most challenging, exhausting, and rewarding of occupations and I wouldn't trade it for any other job in the world. More importantly though, I live in St. Paul with the love of my life, Sarah. We also live with our adorable cat Dragon, who loves tuna and hates tin foil. My favorite parts of the year were the epic adventures and travels with family, teaching, getting a giant Swedish tattoo on my forearm, being in the sun, dancing, and eating pumpkin pie. I am eternally grateful for my beautiful amazing, intelligent girlfriend, mhy wonderful parents, my best friend Jodi, my resilient kids, and our pet cat and rat, Ellie. If I could have anything for Christmas it would be for everyone reading this to start having courageous conversations about race,k ethnicity, Islamophobia, religious freedom and gender. For in the words of MLK: "Now is the time to make justice a reality, for all God's children".

Left- getting ready to walk in Cinco de Mayo parade with Mikaela's school                                The great West Side Summit School ready to walk in the parade!

                                                                                             Photos taken on 4th of July at the National Botanical Gardens

Additional Friends and Family Photos... Thanks for Sharing 2015 with me!!!

Biking & Fitness Events

2015 marked a year of many fitness events as I participated in 20 straight months of fitness events (e.g., running races, biking etc.)-- I had a decent year of competition and more importantly, loads of fun!

Above- Ran the Sweetheart Run in 30 below windchill.. got 3rd place and the photo on the left was in the White Bear paper :)

Left- Mikaela and I had a blast in the "inflatable run" .... Right- Taken at the Minnesota Half Marathon/ 5K combo race--had a great race and a blast running!

Biking-         Training rides

Purple Pumpers 20th-
Congratulations to the Purple Pumpers 20th!!!!  We had a very successful 20th event and have now earned through the years over $110,000 in donations!  As you may know, our team has a couple who have MS themselves, one fighting cancer, and too, my father at 82 was the oldest rider on the entire event this year. ... I am proud of everyone and thank you for your participation and for the many people who donated!!! We too had the highest number of Golden Gear Riders (those who earn over $1,000) than we have ever had in our 20 years!!   Here are a couple of fine photos of the team:

LEFT- Our Annual Team Dinner at the Timberlodge                                                    Right- Thanks to Scott and Bruce- Our Support Team :)

Fun at the Rest Stops... We get to Eat every 12-15 miles!!!

Our Annual Playground Team Photo!!

Aerobics--  Just Started my 33rd Year of Teaching!

Congratulations to our Blue "Athletic" Team as we won the Battle of the Instructors Contest. ...  Thanks to all who supported the event, we raised $1700 for the Lifetime Fitness Foundation! Here are a couple of fun photos: 

Mikaela came to support our event!                                                Right- Yours Truly up On Stage As The Blue Team Teaches and Enthusiastic Crowd!

The blue team is having a great time teaching the class of 150 enthusiastic participants!

                                       What a grand time was had by all!                                                                              Some of the instructors who participated in the event

(Left)- Sara and I wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas

Travels... (Here are Just a Few of the Many Wonderful Shared Travels From Personal to Family to Work:


The water and pools were amazing-- This was taken at YS Falls.. As you can see on the right, you can swing out and jump into 20 feet of water!

Washington DC/ Maryland- Personal Trip in the Spring and Family Trip July 4th Summer :)

Left- The capitol is covered in scaffolding amidst restoration                                                            Washington Monument

Circle Cafe in the Union Station--- A Favorite Place Through the Years

The Beauty of the National Gardens

Arizona:- Mother/ Daughter Adventure Trip!

Left- Mikaela and I took big tire segways on an off road tour.. very cool!                  Right- We ran the Scottsdale runway race and both placed and won medals-- What a blast!

Nashville- American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference

Left- Korean War Memorial                                                                                                        Right- The original Grand Ole Opry-- it started out as a Methodist Tabernacle!


Left- Ceiling of the Union Depot                    Right- Ceiling of the Country Music Hall of Fame (I was humbled to be honored in to the 1st group ever of the AOTF Leaders and Legacy Society)

        Humbled and Honored to be inducted into the first group ever of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation's Leaders and Legacy Society

        To the far left, Diana Ramsay, President of the Board, to my right, friend and CEO of the Foundation, Charles Christiansen (also a Purple Pumper)


These two lovely photos were taken in Denali, just outside our cabin

Alyeska... the beautiful downhill ski resort where we stayed in Girdwood Alaska

                                                                                     Wildlife can be found everywhere in Alaska!

Northern Pines Family Camp- This marked the 18th year for Northern Pines Family Camp (a Christian camp in Park Rapids)... This year again Mikaela, her best friend Jodi, dad, my Aunt Sandy, and I ventured there :)!

Left- Our crew gets ready to go biking!                                                                    Right- Mikaela's group of friends has been coming for years!

the beauty of the sunsets at our annual destination- Northern Pines Family Camp!

Fort Lauderdale Florida: Society for the Study of Occupation Research Conference (I presented with my student Adrienne on our research- the Healing Properties of Writing:

Adrienne and I are ready to present!!

Left- out with friends!!!                                                                                                                            Right- Thanks to my dear friends at SSO for making my birthday eve so special!!!

Additional Miscellaneous Photos....

Girl's night out!     
                A group of close friends from High School gets together every 2-3 months; we always have a blast! :)

Having a blast!!!

Amy and I get together with our friend Carol who is in town from Spain

Work Fun!!

Left- Enjoying the State Fair with some of my St. Kates Friends                                                                    Right- My fabulous Psychosocial Graduate Masters Project Students             

                                                    Congrats to the St. Kate's Students who won the American Occupational Therapy Foundation St. Kates Challenge!!!

           Humbled and honored to win this year's MOTA Communication Award- to my Left Well known OT a dear friend Rhoda Erhardt- to my right- friend and OT extraordinare Cathy Brennan

                                                                                                            Merry Christmas From the Haertl Home to Yours!

                                                                Left- Mittens... and Right- Jack wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!!




Christmas Beauty

Snow fallen splendor
breathes holiday cheer
as folks busy bustle
signs Christmas near
The fervent, the feverish
rush to the store
As the season unfolds
and knocks at our door
The trees all need trimming
The stockings must be hung
The cards must be written
The bells must be rung
Yet in all the magic
In all the cheer
Take time to pause
for time with those dear
For God's love came down
and graced our Earth's Sky
In giving his gift, for you and I
Let's pause in our thanks
to the dear Lord above
and share with each other
our kindness and love
I thank each of you
for your presence you see
and how you grace
my life journey
I wish for you
both far and near
A Very Merry Christmas
and Blessed New Year!!!


Blessed Christmas wishes to each of you!!!

Kristi's Professional Web Page (tells a bit about my work as an occupational therapist and professor)
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