Megan’s Great Idea

When Megan noticed how much snow we had, she told me that it would be a lot of fun go sledding.  She said it was Christmas and everyone would be home opening presents and she really wanted to go sledding with Daddy and Mark while they were home.

So we got everyone ready and were the first ones at Oxbow sledding this morning. We enjoyed playing in the snow for about an hour before deciding we needed hot chocolate.

What a fun way to start our Christmas this year!

(More pictures to follow soon!)

Five Medals 2017 (Part 1)

The weather was perfect for this year’s Gathering at Five Medals.  I appreciated the time each person took to tell their story of life in the Midwest between the 1660s and the early 1800s.

I  talked with a spinner who explained what she was doing and said she loves the chance to relax and spin while her children did chores or read out loud.  I learned about caning chairs.  We were instructed on how to make birch wood homes and how easy they were to pack up and move. My favorite though was a little boy who told Megan, “We just slept here all night, we are not really Indians”.

Colorado Tea Party

Many years ago, the girls started inviting relatives over for a tea party when we were in Colorado.  They wanted a chance to have fun while getting to know everyone better.  We were to dress up and wear hats.

When they were younger, they often found “dress up” clothes and shoes in the closets, but now Andrea and Audrey have outgrown most of them.  However, the hats are becoming a lot more fun.

The boys enjoy themselves also.  They go out with the uncles and explore or listen to stories the uncles share while sampling the treats the girls made.

Kissing Contest

A & J


Instead of doing a huge group photograph during the reunion, we decided it would be nice to do a picture with Grandma and her children.  We took family pictures of the “original seven” with their children and grandchildren. Then we narrowed it down to each individual family.

It was raining and not the best time to take family photos.  So about half way through, we started the “kissing contest”.  It made pictures a lot more fun and we captured some great memories.

P.S. For those concerned, all children were coached in the “proper response” to their parents affection for these pictures.