New Jersey News
The Ocean Chronicle - No. 12, Volume 11, January 1st, 2009
Happy New Year 2009! We hope you all
had a joyful holiday. After days and hours we have finally completed our Annual
Newsletter - the 10th year from New Jersey. With four active family members,
several cameras and computers, the research to select the best photos to
describe our year is getting more and more extensive. We hope you will enjoy our
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every day life.
WINTER □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □
■■ LET IT SNOW ■■
2008 did not bring very much snow. Lin found a great spot for an early tanning. First visitors of the year were the Fischer's from Denmark who stopped by on their way to Florida. There was still time to visit New York and see Mamma Mia on Broadway.
■■ CHS WINTERBALL 2008
Communications High School's sophomore class hosted their first semi-formal dance: Winterball. Lin and her friend, Ana Santos volunteered to take the formal photos at the dance with the proceeds going to the Class of 2010 prom.
FEBRUARY □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □
■■ VALENTINEíS DAY
Per Ole surprised Kirsten with a formal dinner at Wispers Restaurant in Spring Lake followed by a romantic stay at the Sandpiper Inn at the Jersey Shore.
■■ LUCYíS BABY SHOWER
With a due date in March Lucy had her shower at Bob & Mary's in February with lots of people, food, and gifts.
■■ MR. CHS 2008
Lin and her classmates Meghan, Paige, Kaitlyn, and Sam founded the CHS Dance Club and spent hours during and after school to choreograph and rehearse for their performance at the Mr. CHS Pageant.
■■ SPICE GIRLS CONCERT
Both Lin and Krissy have been Spice Girls fans since Denmark, but were too young to attend a concert when the Spice Girls were still together. When they heard the Spice Girls had a reunion tour they immediately bought tickets to see them live in Newark, New Jersey. Lin, Krissy and her friends fulfilled their childhood dreams: to enjoy the Spice Girls live.
MARCH □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □
■■ ELLA IS BORN
On March7th Lucy gave birth to beautiful baby Ella and James became a big brother. Lucy and Paul are now the perfect nuclear family.
Upholding tradition we hosted an Easter Luncheon complete with an Easter-egg hunt which James and Julia enjoyed.
■■ LIN MANNEQUIN
As part of Lin's new model training at Barbizon Modeling in Red Bank she volunteered to stand in the Barbizon window as a mannequin for local Breast Cancer Day. Her friend, Ana Santos came by to capture the event. Lin started modeling classes to gain experience and knowledge in the fashion industry as part of her interest in fashion photography.
APRIL □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □
■■ QUALCOMM, SAN DIEGO
Per Ole attended a Qualcomm management training course in San Diego and Kirsten tagged along for a few days of vacation in beautiful La Jolla and Coronado Island. Part of the experience was attending an art auction where we won a few great paintings.
■■ 10 YEARS IN NEW JERSEY ■■
On April 1st we celebrated our 10-year anniversary of living in New Jersey. Our first nights were at the Hilton Hotel in Long Branch which is now Ocean Place. Naturally we revisited it for a brunch.
■■ RENT ON BROADWAY
Both girls are big fans of the movie RENT. When we learned that RENT was about to retire from Broadway we made sure to experience it there before it was too late.
MAY □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □
■■ KRISSYíS 18TH BIRTHDAY
On May 10th Krissy officially became an adult - and got her unrestricted driver's license. To celebrate her birthday she and her friends "embraced adulthood" by spending the weekend at Girl Scout camp with a team building ropes course.
■■ KRISSYíS JUNIOR PROM
May 16th was the big day: Junior Prom. Accompanied by Cris Belfer Krissy had a terrific evening which was followed by a post prom at the Sheraton Hotel together with her friend Kelly and boyfriend Avi.
JUNE □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □
■■ KIRSTENíS 50TH (FIF-TEA) BIRTHDAY
On June 10th Kirsten celebrated her 50th birthday in Las Vegas at the World Tea Expo. Later in June friends and networkers from Shore Women gathered for her Fif-Tea with a garden tea party and donations to Three Cups of Tea.
■■ LINíS BALLET RECITAL
June 17 was the day of Lin's ballet recital, Sleeping Beauty. After 10 years of dancing at the Margery Carroll School of Ballet, Lin has become an experienced dancer. Lin's friends Gianna, Meghan, and Ana (who took pictures of the show) came to support Lin's performance.
SUMMER W. GIRL SCOUTS □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □
■■ GIRL SCOUT TRIP TO HAWAII
Lin and Krissy embarked on their first Girl Scout wider-op trip to the Hawaiian islands of Oahu and Kona. The trip's agenda had a nice balance of sightseeing and relaxation. Not a sight was left unexplored, including some of the top beaches in the world.
■■ GIRL SCOUT TRIP TO EUROPE: GERMANY,
FRANCE & SPAIN
Four days after returning from Hawaii Krissy and Lin were back to traveling with the Girl Scouts, this time on the other side of the world. Traveling by bus through Europe, the girls visited Munich and Heidelberg (Germany), Paris and Nice (France), and Barcelona, Madrid and Toledo (Spain). The trip was not as much a vacation as it was a cultural experience, spending only a few days in each city. The bus rides allowed time for good friendships to develop.
SUMMER @ HOME □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □
■■ GARDEN WORK & LANDSCAPING
After completing the sunroom and deck last fall, the areas around the deck needed a total new landscaping. Loads of topsoil were spread and plants found new homes. The left side of the garden became a 'world' experience with a Mexican, English and Asian garden.
■■ NEW GAZEBO
To complete the 'new' backyard a gazebo was added. It arrived from Pennsylvania on a truck, ready to be placed in the garden.
■■ JANíS VISIT
With the passing of old Uncle Erik in Pitman cousin Jan came over to take care of the estate. Kirsten had the opportunity to meet the Tran family and to help with the challenging house clean-out.
■■ JEANETTE, JESS & JARED VISIT
Cousin Jeanette came down from Canada with Jess and Jared to enjoy some good days with the family. The whole group helped Per cut down trees in the backyard, an exciting activity for everyone! Jeanette, Jess, Jared, Lin and Krissy spent a day in New York City, where they visited the Statue of Liberty and saw a Broadway musical -- Avenue Q.
■■ QUALCOMM/FLARION FAMILY PICNIC
The whole family attended the annual Qualcomm-Flarion picnic in Forest Lodge, Warren, NJ. Traditionally Krissy and Lin spent a good amount of time at the Nascar mini racecar track. We all enjoyed the games, food and company.
SEPTEMBER □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □
■■ LINíS SWEET 16 – ISLAND GETAWAY
On August 10th Lin turned 16. To make it "sweet" she celebrated it with a house full of friends. The theme was inspired by the summer's trip to Hawaii, but had to be held inside, due to a tropical storm ironically ravaging the same day. It was staffed by Krissy's friends: Jon Whitehead who bartended, and Kelly Dobrin who photographed the evening's events.
■■ LIN GETS SICK!! =(
Presumably because of all the excitement and stress of the summer's many activities, Lin unexpectedly had a seizure and fainting episodes. A hospital stay and many doctors' visits didn't give any explanations, but after a spending the first week of her junior year in bed, she slowly gained her strength and made a stellar recovery after having made up for all the missed school work.
OCTOBER □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □
As high school students, Halloween is now more of a social event, gathering candy and spending a fun night together at friends' houses. Unfortunately, not many children showed up at Pal Drive this year.
NOVEMBER □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □
■■ LIN GOES TO NYLC IN WASHINGTON DC
On election day, November 4th, Lin had the exceptional opportunity to be in the nation's capital for this exciting day when Americans elected their first African-American president, Barak Obama. The week was spent with other scholars at the National Young Leaders Convention exploring Capitol Hill and U.S. government.
■■ LINíS BARBIZON GRADUATION
After six months of training and learning about the modeling industry, Lin graduated from Barbizon. Lin's hard work on creating her Model Magic Magazine paid off: she was awarded the trophy for the best MMM. Over the previous months her career expanded as she was chosen to be represented by two companies, Highlite Models and Industry Model & Talent Studios.
■■ CHRISTMAS BAZAAR 2008
Traditionally the whole family volunteered at the annual Christmas Bazaar in the Danish Seamen's Church in Brooklyn, NY. Again this year the candy booth sold for thousands of dollars helping to achieve the highest amount raised for the church at the bazaar. Krissy's friend, Ian volunteered his day to learn about the Danes and their special traditions.
■■ LIN IS INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL HONOR
In November Lin and her best friends were proudly inducted in the National Honor Society at her high school. As a senior, Krissy and her class were active in the induction ceremony.
The four of us celebrated a quiet and relaxing Thanksgiving at home this year. We preserved our family traditions, including cranberry sauce made my Kirsten, stuffing made by Krissy, and this year, two chickens prepared by Lin.
DECEMBER HOLIDAYS □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □
December is the always a special month in the Kristensen family. We all participate with a variety of chores leading up to our traditional Danish Christmas celebrated on December 24th. Everyone enjoyed a relaxing and long holiday at home having plenty of time to watch movies, read, eat out, go shopping, and 'play' with Christmas gifts.
KRISSYíS COLLEGE PROCESS □ □ □ □ □ □
■■ SAT SCORES
& COLLEGE VISITS
As her senior year approached, Krissy began to prepare for college. Krissy took the infamous SAT Reasoning Test three times, each time trying to increase her score. She finally reached her goal of scoring over 2100 when she took them in October. To celebrate her score of 2140, Kirsten, Lin, Krissy and Kelli had a hibachi lunch after school. In the spring, Krissy and her friends took a day off from school to visit colleges in New York City, touring Columbia University and New York University. Throughout the year, Krissy visited more schools, including Stevens Institute of Technology, and Montclair State University.
■■ MSU ACCEPTANCE & SCHOLARSHIP
In the fall Krissy applied to Ramapo College of New Jersey, Montclair State University, Stevens Institute, Columbia University, Yale University, and Harvard University. Krissy had picked Montclair State as her favorite school, and hoped to receive a scholarship to attend. On December 16th, she received her acceptance to Montclair! The family celebrated college-style: with pizza and soda in the bedroom. Then on December 26th, she got a letter in the mail postmarked on December 24th, informing her she was getting a full scholarship, including room and board, for four years! An incredible Christmas present -- Krissy is now officially enrolled in Montclair State University, anxiously awaiting fall 2009.
TEA4U □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □
■■ TEA TIME ■■
2008 was a year of education for Kirsten in her tea business, Tea 4 U, LLC. After attending the World Tea Expo for the fourth time, this year in Las Vegas, she became certified at the highest professional level in White teas and later in Pu'erh teas in New York, arranged by the Specialty Tea Institute of Tea USA. Many tea parties - educational and entertaining - some for fundraising, were held for an audience of tea exploring children and adults expanding their knowledge of tea varieties, health, history and culture. A few tea related articles were published in Tea A Magazine, see: www.tea4u.com/tearesources.html. Tea 4 U also got a blog.
■■ 3CT COMPLETE
June was the official end of the "Knowledge is Power, Three Cups of Tea" fundraising project at Brookdale Community College, spearheaded by Kirsten. After numerous fundraising teas, mailings, collections, and other events the goal was reached: $35,000 for an elementary school to be built by Greg Mortenson, Central Asia Institute in Pakistan/Afghanistan. Thanks to all of you who supported us and made this project possible. Together we did it! Asalaam Alaikum: Peace be with you!
This wraps it up for the year of 2008 for the Kristensen family.
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■■■■■ Happy New Year To All! ■■■■■
Lin, Krissy, Kirsten & Per Ole Kristensen