Friday, June 29, 2012

Family Fun in MN (Image Heavy)

We just got back from a wonderful 10 days in Minnesota that included a weekend of family reunion festivities on the St. Croix River. All 24 of us gathered at a house we rented through VBRO. My sister's family stayed with their son who lives about 10 minutes from our place. It was a perfect spot although the river was swollen from the recent rains and had a current way too strong for swimming.

Thanks to Keith we were still able to go for boat rides, and the kids enjoyed playing in a blow-up pool and some formidable water guns.

This screened in porch  came in very handy during a few rain squalls that passed through the area.

With 9 kids eight and under, our place was hopping!

Everyone had a hand in decorating the Taylor Reunion tablecloth.

Max was a big hit and got lots of loving from his cousins, both first and second.

We cooked hamburgers and bratwurst on the grill and then had watermelon and s'mores for dessert.

We even celebrated two birthdays!

And watched a different type of family gathering.

Our weekend concluded with a Father's Day Brunch at the home of Brian and Kate. The kids had great fun tie-dyeing t-shirts.
And fingers!

What a fun weekend! Stay tuned for our adventures during the rest of our stay.


Anonymous said...

Now THAT looked like a world of fun!

David is so serious about decorating the table cloth.

I loved seeing all your pictures. The kids are ADORABLE!

Rian said...

What wonderful fun. You have made memories for these kids that will last their whole lifetime...and they are sure to continue the tradition with their families and beyond.

Lynn said...

Lucky you, it looks like so much fun!

Nancy said...

I love the photo of the geese, but my first reaction was, "getting your ducks in a row." Too cute.

kathy b said...

Oh what fun. My dysfunctional family would never gather that way. YOU are so cute and blessed!!!
Love all the images. Have you seen Avon's body paint for kids/??

Becca said...

Wow! Lots of fun activities! Reminds me of the family reunions we had when I was a kid. Great pics...can't wait to see more!

Cranberry Morning said...

I loved the photos, Judy! It looks like everyone had such a wonderful family time. That's what we need to do, to rent someplace on a lake or river for us all to stay.

Lynn said...

What fun! The little ones all look like they get along well too! It looks like the weather cooperated for you too. You've made some wonderful memories during your weekend!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

That's a gorgeous group!! Lots of fun times. ENJOY!! blessings ~ tanna

Merry said...

Oh that looks like such a fun family get together. Thanks so much for sharing the photos. What terrific activities you did. Love the idea of the tablecloth. Didn't realise that a duck couple could have so many ducklings.

Crazee4books said...

Hi Judy,

Well, it looks like your family reunion was a
huge success!!! It sure looks like it was a
ton of fun.

I'm a little jealous.

Nine kids under eight!! No kidding the
place was hopping. But what fun!!!

Looks like there was great food, lots
of fun activities and ... oh boy!!! ....

Bet you're pretty tired now!


Barbara C said...

It looks like a fun reunion, those kids will remember it for a long time.