Thursday, July 24, 2014

Family Reunion part 3

And now what you've all been waiting for - the awards: in our kid's family order - oldest to youngest:

  • Vic: best behaved
  • Kathy: most prepared
  • Kyle: the wettest - also the best errand boy. He went on 2 bike rides - what a good sport
  • Kat: iniator of water mischief
  • Ashley: day care coordinator
  • Kamryne: dynamic duo with Anna
  • Kaitlyn: the slugger - she broke the pinata
  • Alyvia: the busiest
  • Kenzey: most at home baby
  • Chris: Character (tease)
  • Chantelle: quick cake decorator
  • Chelsea: Animal lover
  • Chayce: most celebrated - Happy Birthday
  • Devin: most daring - the 4-wheeler pulling the pipe
  • Julie: muddiest (after the bike ride)
  • Anna: Dynamic duo with Kami
  • Nick: The drinks guy - always bringing others drinks
  • Jane: Happiest baby
  • Mahon: Protector (from spiders) - at 5:30 in the morning - turned out to be a daddy long leg
  • Cindy: Aracnophobic
  • Kate: most curious

Other miscellaneous happenings:
  • We played jeopardy with family facts 
  • We did a word search with all the names in the family
  • The boys gave Vic a blessing
  • Nick helped Grandma take pictures (10 or so of the same shot - the trampoline)
  • Devin brought in the (bear proof) cooler and opened the lid to find tons of earwigs
  • Of course, everyone backed in when arriving
  • When Devin's family left, Kami was sad because her dynamic duo was gone. I had a cousin like that.
  • Windy during dinner both evenings, cloudy and looked like rain - we thought we might get poured on, but we didn't. The weather was really good the whole time.
  • Kate said "No way" all the time.
  • We missed Gene's family and Missy's family. Hope they can make it next time.

I would like others to comment and write other happenings that I may have missed.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Family Reunion Part 2

We had a birthday party for Chayce - 1 year old.

Kaite's lucky hit broke the pinata. Everyone had a few tries.

Grandma and Grandpa enjoyed holding babies - Lyvi loved her grandpa.
Lyvi reading in Grandpa's bed (when she was supposed to be napping)

Grandma got kisses from Kate - grandpa got fist bumps (below)


Grandpa and Lyvi

Grandpa and Jane

Grandma and Jane


left to right: Kenzey, Jane, Chayce, Kate & Lyvi
Kenzey, Jane, Chayce and Kate were all born in 2013.

We also enjoyed playing family Jeopardy - Kathy made up the game with answers on the Baldwin and Olsen family. We also had a word search game with the names of everyone in the family.

We all went to church in Ashton and then headed home.

Family Reunion Part 1

 We enjoyed some time with our family at Kyle & Kat's place in Ashton. We met on Friday night and set up camp, had a pulled pork dinner and roasted marshmallows. most of the kids slept in tents. Dad & I slept inside.

Saturday: Kyle & Julie got up early to go on a bike ride. Later, Kyle went on another bike ride with his brothers - I was tired just watching. Saturday morning we had breakfast burritos and cinnamon buns. 

Cute table decorations

Vic enjoyed playing with the dogs: Sam, Esau, and Zoe. All the kids enjoyed playing with Zoe as they walked by - especially Chelsea, Kate and Nick.

The kids enjoyed the trampoline and slides and water.

The big kids enjoyed bike rides, water fights, water volleyball, and 4-wheelers.

water volleyball

water balloon exploding

Audience of the water volleyball

Kyle pulling Devin

Devin pulling Nick - very slooowwwwllllyyy

Devin pulling Kyle - he sure was dizzy when he got out.

Saturday, June 7, 2014


Been busy in June. We spent a couple of evenings with Kyle's family.

We gave Kyle his birthday gift a little early.
We enjoyed watching Ashley and Kami in the ballet. The girls did a really good job.
They are so much fun to watch. 
Kami's Kindergarten graduation. See Kat's blog for a better pic of Kami.
The flowers in the garden are really gorgeous. I tried to take pictures that showed off the deck Kyle built. The flowers look really good around the deck. I just wish they bloomed all summer...