Christmas 2007

Christmas 2007
Our traditional Christmas, with Julie and her kids Tim, Chris and Haylie along with Lucy, Bob and their son Eric. All at Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Florissant. 32 years and counting, hard to believe for a bunch of Army brats.

Tim’s (back row right) finishing up at Missouri State University where he has two semesters to go. Chris ( ) just completed his first semester at Ozark Technical College, a local community college that has gone from 0 to 10,000 students and two campuses in less then a decade. Haylie ( ) is a sophomore at Glendale High School. Eric (front row, on Grandma’s lap) is almost ready for 1st grade and a full day of classes.

On a related note, here’s a short video of Eric writing and performing his first song on his first guitar. Enjoy “Eric – Rock Star”

Valdez Joins Glendale Football Squad

Glendale HS Football

Two-a-days have been going on for over a week now. According to Head Coach Hurst, Ron will be handling punt returns for the team while he continues to develop his football skills on the JV team in the defensive backfield. More to come…

Hello world!

Wow, success. I now have a location to begin sharing the results of my genealogical research with my family. I’ve spent more then a few years visiting the locations in Iowa and Minnesota that were their early homes in the United States. I even visited Norway in March 2002 where I was able to meet my father’s first cousins, the children of my grandfather’s oldest brother Ole, also the name of my great-grandfather. There is also a cousin on my grandmother’s side and many children.

I’ve identified the hometown of my great-grandfather on my mother’s side, in Sweden, and it looks like he is my first direct ancestor to have arrived on these shores, in 1893. My mom’s father arrived in 1917, following older siblings whose families settled primarily in British Columbia and South Dakota.

There is a lot I have not determined and I’m looking forward to that journey. In the meantime, I will use this site to begin the process of sharing what I do have. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to learning more with your help!

Steve ‘Ole’ Olson