Kristi's 2022 Friends and Family Christmas Page

                                                                   A Haertl'y Christmas Greeting- 2022

Greetings all! We pray you are well!  As is tradition, I have composed a friends and family Christmas page featuring our family Christmas letter. Enjoy!

                                                                                
                                                                                             Enjoying the headwaters of the Mississippi- Itasca

                                    

                                                       A Haertl'y 2022 Christmas Letter 

Greetings all! We wish you peace, love and beauty!  As with many folks, the past year brought more time for socialization, travel, volunteer opportunities, and time with family and friends!  We delighted in time shared with Mikaela’s family and always enjoy valued time with the grandkids! The year also brought personal and professional travels which among others included Vancouver, San Diego, various ski trips, and family trips to the North Shore, the Virgin Islands, and the Upper Peninsula with dad to see his brother Jim and my aunt Kathy. We also enjoyed family camp with dad, Mikaela, Bri, Caleb, Arlo and for the first time in 25 years Dan came! He loved it! In addition, for the 27th year I captained the Purple Pumpers on the MS 150.  Thanks to all those who rode and donated, we have now raised over $175,000! We too had a number of fun bike rides. Dad and mom continue to live in Golden Valley and at nearly 90 dad still bikes, analyzes finances, dances and has an active social life!


Family outing to Big Bowl


Dan: What a year Dan had as he continues to defy age and coaches tennis for Maple Grove Girls, Centennial Boys, is a Tennis Pro at the University of Minnesota and teaches tennis classes there. He also continues in a number of other tennis capacities. He too was honored to not only win the Section Coach of the Year, he also was named the Minnesota Girls’ HS Tennis Coach of the Year and was honored at their Awards Ceremony. Outside leisure activities included Can An trips, time on our pontoon, guitar playing for the church praise band, reading, and a number of Sticks and Tones (his Children’s Band) gigs. Mikaela even had the chance to play with him this year as she shared her drum skills!  Highlights of Dan’s year include the above stated accomplishments, playing music, and going to Family Camp for the first time. He looks forward to more years in the future!


Dan's Maple Grove team won sections and made it to state again this year!


Congrats coach of the year!!!





 
Our planned trip to Florida was cancelled due to the flight mayhem so we drove to Colorado in December / January- Much Fun!

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We had a delightful trip to the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas and St. John)

 

      


Kristi: It’s hard to believe I’m in my 26th year as a professor at St. Kates! In the Spring I was blessed to take another sabbatical and worked on another shared book project and a number of other publications and presentation activities both nationally and internationally.  For many years I taught the equivalent of 1.5+ full time equivalents (on a 9-month contract) and am delighted to have moved to a .75 contract (9 over 12) which is still considered full time but has offered even more time for friends, family, travel, running, biking, nature and other valued endeavors. I too completed my 3rd, 12-item bucket list and I’ve launched the 4th. I continue to delight in babysitting grandkids, time with friends and family, running, biking, kayaking, singing in the praise band and volunteering at our church Matthew 25 food program. Highlights include the cherished time with loved ones and savoring all the adventures and travels.

                                
World Occupational Science Conference- Vancouver (Left, two of our alum Maggie and Kate who also presented), Right- Yours Truly at my presentations
also presented at other local, national and international conferences

 
Left- Butchart Gardens Beauty (Victoria Island)                                                         Vancouver Beauty

                                             


Fun Presenting in San Diego at the SSO:USA Occupational Science Research Conference             Maren, Chuck "Chris" and I enjoying a hike

                         

Gotta love the coast!                                                                                                                                    Mission Bay Fun!

                                                                   
                                                        
Mikaela, Bri, Caleb and Arlo: A busy year for the family, as always! Bri continues to be an amazing food, health and transportation coordinator at our K-8 charter school in Minneapolis. She has also done some wonderful DIY house projects at our home in Fridley. Mikaela is in the 2nd year of teaching PE, and 15th year in education (worked in the schools in high school too). Very, very thankful for the switch to PE, as it leaves me with astronomically more time to spend with my family. Caleb is still rocking it at Falcon Heights Elementary, now in 4th grade. He also participated in football this year, playing for the Roseville Raiders. He is now into hockey season, which he has been playing since he was 3! Arlo is living his best life as a 2 year old- we have lost count of how many words he knows! He still never stops moving and has such curiosity and love for life. Currently he is obsessed with the movie Coco, as well as chocolate, music and making up his own, irregular sleeping schedule.  We all enjoyed our time at Family Camp this summer, and it was our first time being Deans. Looking forward to the year ahead!  Blessings to all!

Always fun to go see Caleb play hockey, football, and baseball! Dan, Yours Truly, Mikaela, Bri and Arlo enjoying baseball!


Congrats on Caleb and his team for getting 2nd place in the league!

More Fun Photos!!!


Purple Pumpers 27th!



Training Ride: Saturday July 23rd Sakatah in Fairbault to Waterville for lunch and back (32 miles):



  

Ride on the Gateway- Pine Springs-Stillwater-Wisconsin-Mn!                            First Ride- Minneapolis trails and lunch at Lucky's

      

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Our rainy but fun MS 150 (it poured for about 135 miles!!)

 

Some of the Group at our Start                                                                               Rainy but fun at the rest stop

  
Some of the team at the finish                                                                       The sun came out at the end so we celebrated! :)
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Fall Ride St. Paul to Stillwater to Wisconsin and Back- on a day it was 40 degrees!
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Beauty at Home!!!


Loving Lake Living!


Miscellaneous Friends!



Enjoying time in the Spring with friends Brenda and Catherine! Friend and former St. Kates OTA Director, Amy

 
Left, Celebrating with dear friends Linda and Chuck (Chris) - our friend Rhoda's 90th! The Mankad family visits for dinner and time on the lake




Fun Girl's Nice Out Events! - Every few months a group from High School gets Together!


My friend Julie and I have hiked between 150-200 miles on the Superior Hiking Trail!






Fun with High School Friends and Amazing Class Reunion!
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Northern Pines Family Camp- 25 years! (Mikaela and me--less for dad and Dan)!


Dad, Mikaela and Caleb-- Hat triplets Yours truly and Arlo having a blast



Left- Ice Cream fun at Dorset House Right- Family Camp brings amazement


Strawberry Picking Fun!


Northern Pines always has some of the most beautiful sunsets!


Celebrate Life!


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!!!

Kristi



                        Have a Beautiful Christmas and Amazing New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!










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