Saturday, September 6, 2008

Wheeler Reunion 2008

The kids and I went to the Wheeler Reunion this summer in Wallowa Country, Oregon. It was beautiful! The reunion this year was in memory of my Mom and it was so good to be there with her brothers and sisters and to remember her and honor her. Of course it was a little sad too because we obviously would have loved to have her there with us. I am sure she was there in spirit. We rode up with my Dad and went a day early to help get the campsite ready. Despite forgetting some key items (flashlight anyone?) we made it work. Dillon and Lauren love camping and getting dirty :-) The little cousins had a blast playing together. And now on to the pictures!

Much of the time when we are traveling blankies are always close at hand. And it hard to see in the pic how full the back of the van was.

Here is our tent:

The rest of our family's tents:

The campsite across from us:

There were tons of pretty wildflowers all over:

One of the days we drove into the town of Joseph and enjoyed wading in the lake and having ice cream. Once again - the ever present blankie.

This is the usual look we get from our dramatic (re: emotional!) little angel:

Lauren has her two blankies and Dillon has blankie and "baby" (a stuffed rabbit that was in my Mom's toy box for grandkids. He latched onto it and when we were packing up the house we claimed it. He loves baby and sleeps with him every night along with a truck or two) :

Three of my sisters babies up there, a newborn and two 3 month olds. It was lots of fun. Hard to tell but there are two babies in there:

Lauren loved the babies and would often spend time like this:

Our family is growing! There are 12 grandkids now! Here are a few of them:

Included in 12 grandkids are four 2 year olds!

If you feed Lauren she will be your friend for life. Two of Aunts received this particular distinction. After enjoying some strawberries:

The last morning, looking a little worse for wear:

Once we were packed up and headed out, it took Dillon 5 minutes to fall asleep. Look how filthy his feet are!

Lauren took about 10 minutes. They were exhausted from the time change, staying up late, missing naps and playing with their cousins.

We are already looking forward to next year!


sweetpea said...

Yay for new pictures of your ADORABLE kiddos! They really are just so cute, and getting so big!

I love camping too--so much fun, especially with extended family!

Willardsen Family said...

It is so good to see you are back. Your kids have grown so much. I know they are the same age as Joshua, but when you don't see them it is amazing how big they have gotten. I can't wait to see more posts.

Anonymous said...

oh my how fun1!! I can't wait to go camping again. We just have to find time to squeeze it in our schedule somewhere.

Rachel Jayson and boys :) said...

Your kids are so cute! I love all of the camping pics. I am glad you have posted again, I missed reading your blog :)

Jeannette said...

It is so good to be back. Thanks for missing us :-)