Elephant Butte Lake

Elephant Butte Lake
Elephant Butte Lake

Sunday, August 24, 2014

August birthday celebration

We have 4 August birthdays in our family and the last 2-3 years our daughter in Indiana has had a combined celebration. My birthday is Aug 13, granddaughter, Ryleigh, is August 15, step grandson, Mason, is on August 20 and grandson, Caden, is on August 27. Our daughter, Sommer, invites
our family and her husbands family for the event. We arrived on Friday evening and due to the number of people expected, we stayed in a hotel nearby. Todd's mother, Barb, arrived Friday evening also with her sister, Elly. Todd's son, Mason, and his cousin, Tristen, was there too. We took Brooklyne with us to the hotel on Friday night. Of course, we enjoyed the hotel breakfast in the morning. Once we got ourselves dressed and fed, we went back to Sommer's. Everyone started to arrive Saturday after noon. Our daughter, Heather, and her husband, Paul, arrived with our newest grandson, Aiden. Aiden has really grown and is constantly on the move.

 
 
Todd's father arrived with his sister, Tracy, brother in law, Jimmy and their 3 children. Everyone was having a great time with lots of food. We got out the Corn hole game and everyone started to pair up for a tournament. I played with my son in law, Paul, and we made it through 2 rounds before losing. Todd's cousin, Jeff, was on fire all day and he and Todd pretty much took it all. Ryleigh and Caden being the two youngest of the birthdays had some nice presents to open. The kids played and everyone enjoyed great conversation and catching up. Most had too much to eat and some had a little too much to drink. But it was all good. As the sun went down e started a nice fire in the fire pit that Todd and I built a few weeks ago in one of our last visits. It was getting late so we took Brooklyne and Ryleigh with us to the hotel. Everyone went right to sleep, it was a big day. I made sure to get some photos of the family before everyone started to leave. Here is the family.
 
Todd, Sommer, Ryleigh, Caden, Brooklyne, Mason and Jasmyne
 

Paul, Aiden and Heather
 
It's always great to get together with family. Over the last few years we've had much more of an opportunity to spend time with Sommer and Heather and their families. So this winter we are making Arizona our winter stop. Our son, Chris, lives in Mesa so we have reservations in Gold Canyon for 4 months. It will be nice to spend some quality time with our son and do some sightseeing and enjoy the desert. One week left of work, drive to South Dakota for the drivers license and then the RV-Dreams Rally. Ready to hit  the road and it won't be long.

 
 

2 comments:

  1. It's always fun getting together with family but even more so for so many special events.
    I remember when you were dreaming of this day. First it was years then months now you are counting the days. The shock of freedom might be overwhelming but you'll get used to every day being Sunday.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. Rick and Kathy, thanks for the comment. We do enjoy our family and those are great times. I'm sure we will be able to make the most out of our time when we are together once we begin our travels. Can't believe the end of my professinal work life is coming to an end. Yes...the years, months, weeks have now turned into days. I know with great RV friends the shock won't be too overwhelming. Thanks Curt

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