Sunday, November 13, 2011

Yellowstone 2011

The past three years since Dad passed away, mom has rented a cabin up in Yellowstone for us to spend some time together as a family. This year was the first year that EVERYONE was there. It was so much fun to be able to have my sister Sara there with her family because she hasn't been able to come the past couple of years. Thanks for that amazing effort Sara for coming all that way to be with us and make us complete! Here's our 2011 visit to Yellowstone!

There is always a lot of people and so there is always a lot of food! We would be cooking and there would be piles of food and then in another would all be gone! There was loads of entertainment with games but for the most part, the kids just hung out and played like crazy. There was always someone to play with!

Just waiting for OLD FAITHFUL....again!
 We went into Yellowstone one day and saw a couple of things. Of coarse we hit Old Faithful. Sara and her family hadn't seen it and so we wanted to let them see it.
 Sara and her kids (with the help of Uncle Jon)

It was very special to be able to have my grandparents there with us. It was nice to be able to share this time with them. Grammy was wheeled around in her wheelchair the whole time and Sara's little boy Jack loved to hitch a ride. We caught him on her lap a lot.

 Quentin and Isaac. I love this picture!!
 This lady was the one that made all of this possible!!! and these are three of her crazy sons!

 Having quite a few musicians in our family made for some fun musical entertainment. Michael and Sara recently taught themselves how to play the guitar and Joe took up the mandolin. Calli joins in and so does Bethany with her Violin. It's sooo much fun!
I love these boys together! Mack had so much fun with Andrew and Sam.

 Emily got rather attached to Jeff on our hike. He had quite the hair-do after it was over because she kept playing with it while she was on his shoulders.
 Jon and his family.

We got a bunch of family pictures taken together. We did the whole group, mom and the kids, grandma and the grand kids, the girls, the boys, etc. It was so fun to be together and to get some precious pictures of that time spent with one another.

 Us crazy girls!

 In town in West Yellowstone. There is a candy store there that the kids think we need to go  to every year! They say that it's a tradition! My Aunt Lynn (my dad's sister) was able to drive down and stay a night with us. It was awesome to have her there with us! So much fun to be able to spend that time with her. She even participated in our Minute-to-win-it games.

 Sugar cookie decorating. A family tradition!!

 Some more entertaining! Michael and Papa sang a really great song together about how the get up and go has got up and gone.