Monday, July 30, 2012

Camping, Part 3

I guess I should finish up this Camping series. 
Whew! My photo folders are overwhelming me these days.
So.
By the end of the camping week, my family started trickling in for our reunion. 
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Which meant lots of visiting and catching up.
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Lots of game playing.
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Lots of room for toddling around.
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There may have been some bubble blowing.
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There was definitely some cuddling from a certain Grandpa.

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And even some glow stick fun.
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But the best part was getting all together for a group photo.  Can you believe that in the last 16 years of family reunion camp-outs, we've never once gotten a group photo?  My Great Uncle John was visiting this year from Illinois, and he said something that really touched my heart.  He said that we will probably never all be together like this again.  Each year the group changes.  Last year was Miss Taylor's first year {at only two weeks old!}, this year, my cousin's new little one joined our group {at only 4 weeks old!}.  Uncle John may never be out for another reunion.  Each year we add or lose.  This group, the one we had this year, will never be the same.  I'm so happy we have this photograph, to remind me just where we were at that point in time.  We will be snapping a group shot every year from now on . . . if I have my way :)
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6 comments :

Miller Racing Family said...

What a great family tradition. I love the group shot at the end. It is so true what you said about the group never being the same.
Hope you had a great day!

Jenny said...

I am so glad you got a picture! It's perfect! Uncle John could have picked me up on his way from Illinois! LOL!

Sarah Kate said...

Wowee! That's a lot of campers! :o) I can't believe this is the first year you have gotten a group photo!

Your pictures make me want to go camping. Except you left out the pictures of the ant hills and the mosquitoes, and the cramped tents. ;o)

Kelli W said...

I love all your pictures. All your girlies are getting so big! I can't believe how grown up Taylor looks in that picture of her toddling:) That last picture is amazing...and a great tradition to start also!

Kelli said...

Yay for traditions!! That is such a nice group picture. I'm glad you all got to take it to capture the fun and family time.

Busy Bee Suz said...

The group photo is so touching....as are your family members! Love this.
Oh my at Taylor toddling around; who let her grow up?
xo

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