Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Flat Ainsleigh Project: Lincoln, Nebraska Edition

Back in the early days of The Flat Ainsleigh Project, I received an email from one Jenny Jo offering her home in Lincoln, Nebraska, as a visiting spot. I, for one, have never been to Nebraska, so I thought it sounded like a great idea. Always grateful for anyone to have her, even more so to these lovely friends-we-haven't-yet-met (aka strangers). Flat Ainsleigh recently returned and here is the letter and pictures to prove it:

Dear 3D Ainsleigh -

You have been sojourning with the Johnson family of Lincoln, Nebraska for the last week. In our family is Mom and Dad, Samuel aged 7 1/2, Joy aged 6, Nathan aged 3 1/2, and Noel, who turned 2 today! We've been having many fun adventures with your flat self. On Wednesday, you supervised Joy's sewing class and the completion of her first sewing project, the drawstring bag.

love the fabric - and Nebraska grows some beautiful girls!

You and Joy posed for a picture with our neighbor who is also learning to sew. On Thursday we all went to the Lincoln Children's Museum. Among many other fun things, you participated in a puppet show, herded ducks, and rode a motorcycle.

Ainsleigh looks right at home on the stage

REAL Ainsleigh loves the Children's Museum, too!

On Friday you went with Mom to some garage sales and with the older two children to the homeschool co-op for choir. On Saturday we went to a University of Nebraska baseball game. Everyone in Lincoln is crazy for Nebraska sports! On Sunday, we went to church. Some of the early settlers to Nebraska (Illinois, Kansas, and the Dakotas) were German-Russians. In the 1760's Catherine the Great, who I believe was German-born, invited Germans to come and settle in Russia under favorable conditions. Many went. In the 1870's Alexander II revoked the privileges given to the Germans by Catherine, and many emigrated to the United States. Our denomination, the Reformed Church in the United States, was formed by these settlers and is sometimes referred to as the German Reformed Church. In fact, up until about 50 years ago, many of our member churches still conducted their services in German. One of the foods made by the German-Russians is kuchen.

As my Grandpa would say, "Mmm, looks good. I'll take the circular slice."

I would put kuchen in the pie or danish family. There is a dough, and there is a custard. The custard can be filled with anything from chocolate chips to cottage cheese to strawberries and rhubarb. You helped supervise the making of a chocolate chip kuchen (but it was entirely my fault that it came out a smidge overdone!) On Monday, the kids built you a (small!) house out of landscaping logs.

Logs...in Lincoln? The jokes write themselves, people.
On Tuesday, you went with Mom to her smocking guild meeting where the group admired a tiny pink smocked dress.

I'm a sucker for smocking

I hope that you enjoyed your adventures in Lincoln and that you have many more to come!

Jenny Jo

Jenny Jo and family, you were a delight to stay with! Ainsleigh is particularly thrilled with her very own Lincoln Children's Museum cup ("It's MY cup, Donovan. Don't even TRY to use it...unless I let you. Or I'm not home. Or...well, TODAY it's mine.") and the ticket stub as evidence that she not only went to Nebraska, but may very well be the only Nebraska fan in the family. Thank you!!!