More fun in Trenton

Our flight back home to Denver wasn’t until nearly 9 p.m., so we had all day to hang out in Trenton. We split up for awhile – Rob, Harold, Spencer, and Sadie went to the driving range. Sadie has been taking golf lessons this summer, and is getting pretty good. It was Spencer’s first time trying real golf. He did pretty well too. Clare, Fran, and Meg went to the Trenton pool. We enjoyed our last meal of tasty Michigan Middle Eastern food (or McDonald’s for those who don’t like Middle Eastern), then packed up and said our goodbyes.

Clowning around

We had plenty of time to clown around last week on Horseshoe Lake, when we weren’t busy swimming, boating, or otherwise relaxing. Spencer got very enamored of Monopoly, begging whomever he could find to play with him at 7:00 in the morning. We also spent a fair amount of time playing Hell, a card game that I have only ever played with my mom’s family. It’s a great game.

Happy birthday Meg and Spencer!

Spencer turned 7 on the 21st and Meg turned 5 on the 27th. We celebrated on the 27th at JumpStreet (it was actually supposed to be a different indoor trampoline place, but the closed after we had booked our party – fortunately we were able to get into a different place at the same time).
Spencer and many of the boys played football for almost the entire party, in spite of being surrounded by all sorts of trampolines and what not. It was nearly 70 degrees, so we could have had the party outdoors, but you can’t really count on that in February. Meg had an Inside Out themed party; Meg dressed up like Joy, and Clare dressed up like Sadness. Spencer wore his favorite football jersey – Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Noshing nieces and nephews in New York

After we had some great fun in Philadelphia we headed up to Clinton, New York to visit the Dibbles. We had a really nice time. Highlights included visiting the Rich Dibble farm, meeting the newest addition Rosemary, hiking around Hamilton college, some great New York pizza, incredible food for Thanksgiving dinner, and a very relaxed, mostly unplugged time. Keep reading for about 80 magnificent pictures.
p.s. The above group picture was the only one which didn’t have a kid sticking out their tongue! It looks like Spencer is giving us the bird, but I think that is unintentional. Unfortunately Abe had to leave to tend to a cow before we took the picture.

Family reunion day 5

On the last day of the reunion, several of us went on a 2-3 mile hike right from the cabin. That was nice because we didn’t have to worry about parking or shuttles in the park. After lunch, we headed back to the gokart place for some repeat gokart rides, batting cages, and bumper boats. Then we headed over to the mini-golf place to use up my free token. We got back to the cabin around 4 to make fajitas for dinner. Spencer passed out for several hours; we tried to rouse him to eat dinner, but we were unsuccessful.

With the exception of it being difficult to get the kids to go to sleep, it was a very fun reunion. Here’s hoping we can do it again in 5 years.

Family reunion day 4

On the fourth day of the reunion, Spencer and I joined Dave, Ellen, Jackie, Grant, Jean Ann, James and Cecilia to tour an historic ranch in Estes Park. Spencer had a great time finding all the things in the little treasure hunt they had for kids. It was also neat to see lots of old farm machinery. The main thing I kept thinking was that it would be hard to concentrate on ranching, with such beautiful views as a distraction.

After lunch I took Meg into town. We got some tomatoes and kettle corn from the farmer’s market, then Meg got a manicure and pedicure.

We finished up the day with a trip to the cheap mini-golf place. I got a hole in one on the 19th hole, so we got a free game voucher!

Family reunion day 3

For the third day of the family reunion, we woke up early and started our trek toward the Alpine Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park, which is at almost 12,000 feet. We decided to go up the one-way dirt road on Old Fall River road, which was really beautiful. Getting a change to stop at Chasm falls was worth it. We took a guided nature walk with a park ranger, who told us all about the delicate ecosystem of the tundra, including fun facts like how it can take some plants up to 5 years to produce blossoms, and that some plants are furry, to help protect them from the harsh wind. It was pretty cold up there, and the kids were ready to go after about an hour, which was okay.

After the nature walk, we headed west a bit, and found a nice place to have a little picnic, by Lake Irene. We took a short walk, then started heading back down to Estes Park. We missed out on actually seeing Beaver Lake on Monday due to whiny children, so we decided to stop their on the way back. The kids actually fell asleep just before we got there, so Clare and I took turns admiring the view.

After we got back to the cabin, we took some family photos, and enjoyed some fun activities like football, horseshoes, and making s’mores.

Family reunion – group pictures

It’s not a family reunion without some group photos!

Jean Ann got us all hats and scarves, and Ellen got us some nice snap shirts, to go for a cowboy look.

Family reunion day 2

For the second day of the family reunion, we skipped hiking, and instead slept in, and then went to a go kart place. Spencer loved the gokarts and the batting cages. Meg really enjoyed the bumper boats. We also had fun working on some brain teasers that Dave set up, and we enjoyed the hot tubs at the cabins too.

Family reunion day 1

Last week we had a family reunion in Estes Park, a repeat of the one five years ago. This year we were missing 6 people from last time (Tommy & Gretchen, and the Boyds), but we added 3 1/2 – Meg, James and Cecilia Baek (Grace’s parents), and the yet to be named child of Grace and Drew!

Day 1 highlights included hiking to Nymph lake, seeing a deer right behind our cabin, and Meg getting her makeup done by Aunt Grace. The day concluded with an awesome observatory visit for star-gazing, which Ellen arranged for us.