Family Reunion - 2008
Our family reunion was held in May again this year. The family enjoys the time together and the grandchildren are very good together.
As in the past, Fred and Becky's home is a nice location for our reunion.
This year while I was on the hill behind the house making this photograph from a different angle, Ashlyn ran up to ask "what are you doing Grandpa".
The grandchildren play with the adults also. It was nice to share with them for a while until they wandered off to play kids games.
Some assembly was required.
While some of us played outside with the various games and participants . . .
. . . others played quietly inside . . . or . . . maybe rested a little.
By far the most popular activity is swimming in the pool. That is the activity of choice for the grandchildren.
Nicholas seems to really enjoy using the pool by himself. He can be a real ham.
However, Nicholas and Ashlyn were pool buddies.
Ashlyn and Caitlin also had fun together.
When the three of them got into it, the waves could be big.
Lillian did a lot of watching . . . and learning. Wait until next year.
Those big kids play rough.
Hey look, four hands.
Nicholas tries to sink the blue ball.
Sunbathing is nice!
We have no idea what they were looking at.
I guess "jumping" in the pool does not violate the "No Diving" sign on the pool.
Grandpa played 'ringer' around Ashlyn's head. They got playing hard and she had fun splashing him. They had a good time.
Our reunion would not be complete without the "Everyone Birthday Celebration". So the grandchildren can enjoy exchanging birthday gifts in person, we celebrate everyone's birthday at the reunion.
During the gift exchange, watching the enjoyment and patience of others opening their gifts is great.
Lillian's big gift was an empty box. She didn't quite know how to handle that. When the assembled toy was delivered, she acted like it was going to attack her. She just pushed it away.
But, when she got it out on the porch - look out here I come.
Just like his Aunt Melanie,
any game that includes a
ball is great with Nicholas.
Becky had the grandchildren play a Limbo game. Everyone had their own way of navigating under the bar.
One unique activity this year was the counting of the dimes. Fred's Mom and Dad had been collecting dime for years. They had told the kids they could split them. This was the year.
It was a family affair.
As with all good things, they end eventually. While Steve was getting their fifth wheel ready to travel, Lillian needs to find out what he is doing.
Due to the way the RVs and trucks are parked, we play musical vehicles when it is time for Michelle and Steve to leave.
The HHII is moved, followed by the Laredo.
The HHII goes right toward the circle drive,
the Laredo goes left towards the highway home.
Meanwhile, Fred moves his water truck so the HHII can enter the circle drive park again.
We set-up the HHII again and enjoy a couple more days before we head home.
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