I’m Back! (Reunion Update)

Hey Everyone!

Let me start by saying that this could easily fill a whole weeks worth of posts. It won’t because then I would have to spend waaaayyyy too much of my time splitting it all up haha.

So, I’m back from my week long family reunion, and boy did I have a great time! I think I overheard that the total number of people in attendance this year was around 90-95. That makes for a ton of good conversation, and a busy week. I got there one night before it started and helped with some last minute prepping. There were only a handful of us there then. One of the last things we needed to do was shop for the first two days worth of food. To make it harder we had to make sure that all foo and gluten allergies were taken into account. Here is the food receipt for the first two days lol.

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You really don’t want to know how much that came to haha.

To get a decent lay of the land here are a couple pictures showing where most people were staying:

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It is just a huge yard that we turned into a motel.

As people would arrive they could take the golf cart and trailer to unload their stuff for the week.

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I had mentioned before that we had a few (understatement) kids coming. I can now tell you that off the top of my head there were more than 15 kids under the age of 10!

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Sometimes you party too hard haha!

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Now if these pictures haven;t got you asking what are they doing in some of these I don’t know what will! Throughout the week there were games everyday. Some of the games were for kids only ( I played), some were for adults, most were for both. Our daily guideline board looked like this each day:

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Each day as split up and this was posted where we ate, in and off of the garage. With that many people we had birthdays each day!

Some of the activities were physical, others mental, and most of all very fun!

As you saw the kids played twister, well so did we!

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I’m there in the camo hat with the black shirt. I didn’t last very long haha. They guy in the green hat filming is my cousin who lives in Santa Barbara California. He is a film maker. He is putting together a short film about being here during the reunion, so he was everywhere as well.

Sometime during the week we also played a yard sized game of Memory, and had some scavenger hunts.

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That is me out there pointing. I was having a few of the kids help me with my guesses.

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When that was all said and done my team won by one pair! Go Pink Team!

The first ‘hunt’ was to match items in nature to the color swatches, it was a lot harder than we all thought. Here is what we gathered.

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Not bad! 😀 😀

The next one involved finding clues to a puzzle leading you to other clues. It was as tough as it sounds as well.

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The finished image relates to the layout of where we were.

We had a relay race at some point and then played my favorite game of the week, Human Foosball!

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There was some ‘Skip-It’ action, Hula Hoops, and jump roping!

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The Foosball games were intense and fun. You had to hold on to the piece of PVC pipe and not let go. It was on rope just like the little guys in a Foosball table. First one to five wins!

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My team won and then I helped the little kids play after. Those pictures are up with the kids. When you could find a bit of down time people played cards.

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A little backstory is needed for this next activity. Months before the reunion we were asked to fill out a questionnaire. It was filled with questions like, what is you best advice, name a fact about yourself, etc… Well they turned it into a matching game. We all huddled up and tried to match the person to the answer! A lot of work went into that and it was fun to play. My best advice was to “Smell your milk” lol. Boy I’m special.

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I’m sure you have all seen things in the news about people painting rocks and hiding them in parks for people to find. Some are inspirational others are just spreading happiness. Well during the whole week we had a station dedicated to painting rocks, with a hashtag on the back for the reunion. We had everyone take theirs home with them and spread them around. We hope that we see the rocks again when people find them, by following the hashtag.

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The kids dyed some shirts:

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A handful of the girls found a spot in the woods and made “‘Bear Camp’. We then made a thing out of it and showed everyone!

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Since this whole event is because of my great grandparents, we are fairly big into genealogy. My one cousin created a nice slideshow presentation covering some of that early history. he was able to present it four different times to different crowds throughout the week.

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Above is my little Everett, who is named after the guy below. His great great grandfather!

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It is really interesting to still have people alive at this reunion that can fill in some minor details that you would otherwise never get. Four of the remaining six children are still with us today. That being said there are some that couldn’t be with us and those of us who like that sort of thing, go to the cemeteries around to look for old relatives.

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This last picture is of my great grandfather’s, grandfather! This was the headstone that we were looking to find! Mission accomplished haha.

Nearing the end of this post I swear!

What family reunion would be complete without food and fires!?! We had great homemade food all week and treats from the Amish. We were also surprised to have a mini doughnut truck there one day!

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This was the first and most healthy breakfast I had. It was all downhill from there lol.

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Here we have the popcorn and cotton candy machine!

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These were pastries made by an Amish woman my great aunt Jackie knows. They were better than this picture could ever capture!

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We had a make your own pizza bar!

Then on to the doughnuts:

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We could choose from powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or chocolate! Again, absolutely delicious. Straight out of the fryer and into your mouth!

And the fires!

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At the end of the week my dad was awarded with the MVP trophy and instantly awarded it back to my cousin who helped organized this whole reunion!

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And the remainder of the pictures fit in no category, so I’ll just post them here. Great family fun, and love everywhere you turned!

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Look close and see a Hummingbird Moth! 😀

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I know this post was the biggest thing you have ever seen on this site! If you are still with me here thank you for looking! You deserved more cookies than I ate this past week haha. I am back and hope to see you all again tomorrow! 😀 😀 😀 😀

 

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Saturday Work Bee

Back Again!

After we left the Potter Fest we headed to the work bee!

My work for the after noon was to refinish these three chairs. I gave them a fresh coat of blue!

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Here we have our solar lights getting a good charge, and the tent up for dining. We serve the food out of the garage all week.

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Here is a sneak peak of everything in that big back yard!

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We have my cousin repainting some chairs for the 11 children under 6 years old, coming this year!

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My dad was tasked with pressure wash all the old tables and chairs.

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My mother was cleaning some of the many toys and play things. 😀 😀

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Here is a shot of just how big the yard is. We will all camp out around the perimeter.

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Sunday we stayed home all day and hung out with our baby. My wife had to go back to work today so she wanted to just stay home and snuggle him, and that’s what she did! I woke up and eventually made a good hearty breakfast! I made us some scrambled eggs with pepper and onion, as well as bacon, bagels and homemade hash browns.

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Lastly here is my boy on his first day going to his daycare! It has been a big day full of emotion.I dropped him off this morning and will see how it all went after work! 😀

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Thanks for sticking around! I’ll be back tomorrow! 😀 😀

Hello Friday!

Hey Everyone!

We made it! Friday is here again, and we can sail into the weekend. As you may know my weekend will consist of a few different events.

First we will be heading to a Harry Potter Festival on Saturday. This will be a fun way to get out and about. My wife loves the Harry Potter series and So do I. Last night we watched the first movie to prep for the big day haha. We have to expose our son early lol. Here is the, for the lack of a better word, stuff for it:

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The forecast is looking good and we are as ready as we can be! I can’t wait.

From there we have to travel most of the way home and meet my family for a work bee. Our family reunion is approaching fast. Remember it is a week long and fun for everyone! We have a ton of stuff that needs to get done, like moving camper, cleaning toys for the little ones, yard work, etc… We hope to get a lot done this weekend with that. It will be the 10th through 16th that I will be gone. I am ready for a full week off! 😀 I can’t wait for my family to meet baby Everett, he is named after the guy who started this reunion so it is pretty special. My great grandfather Everett and his wife are the focal point and trickling down from that is who comes to this event. If that makes sense haha.

Depending on what we can handle there may be another event we go to this weekend. I’m not sure if we will have time, or be up for it physically, but maybe! If we go I’ll be sure to snap some pictures! 😀

That’s all from me on this fine Friday. Ihave a busy day, but should be able to get most of my stuff done by the end of the day! I’ll see you all again on Monday! 😀 😀