Sunday, July 18, 2010

Marshmallow Face

Some things just don’t change.

It’s hard to eat certain foods without getting some on you.

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In 2000, my nephew Kevin was a sticky mess all weekend from watermelon and marshmallows.


Ten years later, his little sister had her own marshmallow incident.


I didn’t see exactly what happened but I have a sneaking suspicion that Katie’s marshmallow mishap had the help of a certain boy cousin of hers (quite possibly the same one who muddied up Katie’s  mom.)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Growing Up at the Campsite

At the July 2000 family camping trip, my nephew Dylan was  very little.   He was nervous about the sparklers. 

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And this year he’s one of the older boys, helping his little cousin to wrap himself in his towel.



It makes me really sad and really happy at the same time.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Muddy Camping

I’ve never doubted the love in this family.   

We just show it in unique ways.  


Right after this mud wrestling match with his little  brother,  my nephew Matt decided that both his mom and I needed a hug.    It was a kind of muddy hug.   

We wondered why  he didn’t give his Auntie Lynn a hug too… she’s standing right over there….


We could tell by his expression that Auntie Lynn was in for more than a little bit muddy hug.

Sorry Lynn.  RUN


It was stinky mud.DSC_2872


You may have guessed that Lynn’s got a pretty good sense of humor.  


It gets worse.


The boys in my family have all been wrestlers.    Lynn didn’t have a chance.



And even after all that. 


That’s my family.  

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July Fourth Weekend Tradition


Every July Fourth weekend,  my brothers and sisters and their families gather together for a camping weekend.   We’ve been doing it for many, many years.   Not everyone can make it every year but whoever can, does.     

My mom lives close to where we camp so she spends days at the campsite but sleeps in her own bed at night.  I believe when my dad was alive my mom and dad spent some nights at the campsite too.  


Many memories have been made at the campsite.   Family friends have sometimes joined us.   Some of the kids who were small when we first started these camping weekends are adults now. 

I pulled out some photos from our 2000 camping trip and am going to use the next few posts to write about our camping trips. 

The camping trips photos show some interesting  family dynamics.

This was the group of kids from the camping trip in 2000.   Six of them are now adults.     It’s crazy how fast time flies.   Those two sweet little baby boys…  well I’ve got some pictures later this week.