Rock Stars

{Marge Style}
"Minute to Win It"
What's better than wrapping your 2nd cousin twice removed up in toilet paper? 

Or knocking each other out of the way to catch whiffle balls into plastic containers?

Talk about great entertainment.  

Margo would randomly call up people to compete against each other doing fun (and funny) little things...

and it was great.

{Remember a few posts back when I challenged you to try and guess which guys were my brothers?  Well, here's one now...and its not the birthday boy on the left.;)}

I can honestly say I'd never seen my family quite like this before...they are rock stars I tell you.

In fact it was so exciting, some old people had to get a little shut eye.  (Or maybe that's just what Canadians do in the, Mitch?;))

{Top Hit}
2 fun filled days fun of family, food, activities, chatting, & great times.  I'm sure everyone had a "favorite" part, but I know for sure one activity that went to the top of the list for a bunch of kids.

The Play dough Creation Contest: hosted by my rock star 8 months+ pregnant sister-in-law Tanya.

Homemade play dough in forms you've never seen before. 

These kids really went for it.

{And in true Oregon form, we got a little wet on the 2nd day of the you can tell by the hoodies in every color.}

I guess I should give some props to my brother Travis for cutting out these totally sweet rolling pins.  Great work Trav. The kids loved them.

Some kids made "self portraits"...


or whatever their little hearts desired.


Then came the highlight of the occasion...

The kids could hardly wait.

Each creation was judged and given an award.  In fact, here is the judge great does she look? 

With Marge as the MC, each kid was called up to get their personalized award.

I've never seen anything like it.

 How sweet it that?

One for the record books.

And just when you thought the reunion pictures were all posted...

there's still more to come.;)

{Super Speed}
I'm in denial, how about you.  August really? 

Let's make these last few days of July be full of sun, kisses, and dirty bath tubs.


Water: I Heart Faces

{Water}I Heart Faces.   One of my favorite places to visit...and with this week's theme I could hardly resist. 

About the Shot:
My little 2 year old tadpole and his proud papa in the best 1' 8" kiddie pool that Seaside had to offer. Swimming and diving down in the water--eyes open of couse--is our little man's new passtime.

PS: No, Bob doesn't have hearing aids {although that would explain our frequent miscommunication...;)}, the white things by his ears are actually the earphones for a waterproof MP3 player.   I know, lap swimming just became a whole lot more fun!:)

I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever catch up with all of the pictures I have to share with you.   Darn it.
I Heart Faces - Photo Challenges & Photography Tutorials

Dip Me

{Jesica's Dip}
Within hours after my last post my sister-in-law Mary send me a text.  She couldn't wait to get this dip recipe.  This may not seem like a big deal, but she just had a baby and the text was so long it was in 2 parts.  Now that's drive.
Mary, here you go.  Feed those post-pardum cravings.;) 

Ah, Jesica.  Thank-you.  She brought this killer fruit dip and believe me when I say it "wowed" the masses at the family reunion.  If you look closely you'll notice there isn't much left in that large bowl...and I wasn't the only one who put more on their plate--without any fruit.;)

Man, it was GOOD. 

Jesica's Yummy, Yummy Fruit Dip Recipe
Disclaimer: Make and eat at your own risk.  I will not be held responsible for the amount you consume or the consequences that come from it.  ;)

Mix the following together:

1 8oz box of cream cheese {i assumed we'll want it room temp...}
1 jar of caramel
1 Skor candy bar smashed up into bits

The End

You'll never be the same.
Who needs that top button anyway.  

You must know by now that I'm a lover of good food.  Hence, these next pictures.  Heaven forbid I don't document this part of the reunion.  And who knows, maybe you'll be inspired like I was...:)

Giganto Pietro's Pizza.  Memory made. This pizza hasn't changed since I was a kid, and it made my day--and I have a feeling I wasn't the only one loving it...

The grill and the future of our legal system...

This fall my brother {in the white} starts is journey with law in Arizona.
Good luck Matt.
Good luck Arizona.

Oh, and the hamburgers and hot dogs were superb.

I love the memories of my grandma scooping us ice cream for us in the summer.  Just the plain old vanilla, chocolate, and if we were lucky, strawberry.   And what kid {or grown up} doesn't love a good ice cream cone? 

Messy?  Yes.  Worth it? You betcha.


While the guys went golfing the 1st day of the reunion a few of us decided to go pick some of those juicy, sweet, succulent blueberries.

It was cousin Ezra's 1st time.  He caught on quick.  Although he'd had a rough couple of days {check out his black eye -not to mention Aidan's teeth marks on the side of  his face.  Yeah, I know.}, but I think the blueberries hit the spot...especially when he figured out he could throw them. ;)

Oh Aidan...

If I had a choice I'd almost always choose chocolate cake over pie...but not when it comes to this fresh blueberry delight.  Pioneer Woman is famous for a reason.  I had 2 pieces for breakfast yesterday and didn't regret it one bit. 

Next up in my reunion marathon is some more cute kids and great activity ideas...I know you can hardly wait.;)

See you soon.

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