Reunion - 2005

Updated: 11/24/08





fifth wheel rigs on drive.jpg (47747 bytes)Fred and Becky's circle driveway continues to provide a great parking location for our RVs. We attach our power cords to the electrical box under the porch and enjoy all the comforts of our RV home. This year our reunion was held in May so it was not as hot as other years.




It was tough for Caitlin to wait a few minutes after Michelle and Steve arrived to hold Lillian. But, as soon as she could she held her cousin from Michigan.


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r05 bd cake.jpg (38540 bytes)We had an "everybody birthday" again this year. The grandchildren's gifts from the other grandchildren are held until the family reunion. They don't miss the gifts at their regular birthday celebration and it adds to the reunion fun.




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Nicholas got this big ball from Melanie.



And, of course the cake was not to just look at. It tasted good!


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Let the games begin. The grandchildren enjoyed pin the tail on the donkey.


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Badminton was an interesting new game for some. Caitlin enjoyed it until the birdie hit her in the nose. Grandpa laughed ... but .. she didn't think it was funny.


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r05 dogs keepaway.jpg (68080 bytes)Anytime a ball was involved, the Labs thought it was a game of keep-a-way.

After they ran back and forth between the players, they were exhausted - especially, Sasha. She isn't used to that much exercise.




The more pleasant weather permitted us to spend more time outside comfortably. Most of the grandchildren enjoyed the pool again this year. Nicholas did not care for the pool much. I think the girls would have driven him out anyway. They would run from the pool to the slide as fast as they could. Whatever one did the other one followed.

Forward ... 

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Backward ...

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On your stomach ...

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Ashlyn thought leaping into the pool from the top of the slide was fun until her Mom saw her do it. That ended that!


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Lillian enjoyed the boat ride but thought the sun was too bright.


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Bath time was a family affair. Lillian got a lot of attention.


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Lillian was an observer for a lot of the reunion. And, sometimes, Caitlin would be just watching the others.


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Lillian is close to crawling.

Then, she ends up on her stomach and can't sit up.
That upsets her.

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We did experience an unfortunate event. A tradition fell. The bakery in town did not have 'bear claws' for us this year. We had to settle for cinnamon twists. The grandchildren didn't mind bit the adults were bummed.


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Our big outing of the reunion was to a visit to a winery and petting zoo.


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The petting zoo was very nice and enjoyed by all.


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After feeding all the animals, we figured the petting zoo makes as much from the sale of small amounts of corn from many many vending machines for $.25 than their admission fee of $3 per person.




Does this make you think . . . Thanksgiving Dinner?

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Caitlin was the only one brave enough to ride the pony. So, she got to ride twice. 

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rp05 feeding off head.jpg (37480 bytes)This guy was feeding the animals from the top of his head. He was being encouraged by what appeared to be his father-in-law.





This is what you call togetherness.

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rp05 goat walkway.jpg (73311 bytes)The yard where they had deer and goats had a walkway that connected another yard.





The walkway was also used as a play area -or, are they fighting.

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rp05 ml grapes.jpg (55142 bytes)After a couple hours at the petting zoo, we visited the winery. They didn't make much money off us here.


Grandma took the girls for a closer look at grape wines.



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