Sunday, July 29, 2012

Family Reunion

It's been a whirlwind kind of month this month.  We hosted a family reunion for Bob's side of the family.  We totalled 21 people.  16 of which stayed at our house.  8 of those 16 were the total of the grandkids (there were only three with two on the way at the last reunion!  #9 is due in November).  Our kids are #'s 1,2, and 7 respectively.  Three of the kids were nursery age, three were younger than nursery age, with two of that number being 3months old. So, in other words, we had a pretty young group.  But we still did a bunch of  stuff.  Here is what we did in brief outline form and in pictures in no particular order.

Thursday- people came, chatting, laughing, I had activity day that night
Friday- grocery shopping, playing around the house, wii (other days too), bottle rocket
Saturday- National zoo
Sunday- church, Luke's blessing, board/card games (other days too), family photo
Monday- kiddie pools and slip n slide, homemade rootbeer
Tuesday- Patapsco state park
Wednesday- White House tour, Air and Space Museum
Thursday- building antennas, seeing people off, preparing for Jaide's birthday party

Shooting off 2 liter bottles

watching the bottle rocket

Watching the lions at the national zoo

Travis' reaction to all the pandas being inside

Group photo in a nearby drainage ditch

Crazy photo

behind the scenes

Our family of 5 on Luke's blessing day (Luke's in a different outfit than what he wore to church).  He pooped his blessing outfit, and it barely fit him, probably should have gotten a pic before church.

Each night the previous night's dinner makers did a presentation.  The sisters gave all the kiddos books.

Grandpa was at a disadvantage in the baby carrying wii contest

Travis competes in the baby carrying wii contest

Grandpa did well at golf without any "baby" carrying

We had one more stroller than is pictured, we were something at the zoo that day

The almost 2 year olds

Jaide pushes a cousin

our photographer on Sunday

the older cousins helped with the younger ones

They were cute cousin buds

the trampoline was a hit
We added a slide to old Red Beard's Ship

Who knew it would take 3 hours to float the Patapsco from the swinging bridge to  the playground area?

Smoothies during our very hot day in DC

I think this one's from Travis' camera

And the crazy version
I didn't take any of the photos of the kids in the river, but I'm glad Cindy and Rosie? and Travis? did.

cameras aren't allowed in the White House, but cellphones are, so as soon as we got outside, everyone with a camera on their phone started taking pics (these pics I did take)

Cindy looking presidential

I probably would have waited to get a pic of everyone but Luke was screaming by this point 

Jaide really wanted to feed the ducks and their babies.  We  had a picnic lunch here after our White House tour.

Bob and his nephew that looks a bit like he did at that age at the Air and Space museum.  He called Bob "Bob Bob"

We finally got to use our slip n slide

and all our wading pools

making root beer with dry ice

this pool doesn't stay up too well on slopey ground

I was there

I didn't take any of the rest of these photos (and several of the previous ones)

it wouldn't be a family reunion without games (not pictured, lengthy discussions about games)

Yes, these pictures are in no particular order!

"Uncle Allen knows about everything that flies" at the Air and Space Museum

I think it went pretty well.  Thanks everyone for letting me sleep in several of the days, making dinner, doing the dishes, and cleaning up!  

1 comment:

Rosie said...

I love looking at all the pictures! There are so many good ones. I love the one of Cindy looking presidential and the one with "Bob Bob," and I'm glad someone got the bottle rockets. So many cute kids and family!