Saturday, April 4, 2009

Family Togetherness

I have a tutoring client that is a very successful broker...candy broker, that is. He brokers deals between places that need candy, say, Dairy Queen, and places that produce candy, say, Hershey's. Evidently the world needs a lot of candy, because he does really well. He owns a gorgeous 6,000 square foot home here and another one in a resort area in central Oregon. For a couple of years now his wife has been urging me to take advantage of it and take the family there. So, last weekend we did. I don't think we have all been together for more than a few hours at a time in probably at least 10 years. We can never get everyone's schedules to jive. But, wow, let there be a life threatening illness and everyone comes running! There are some definite silver linings in life's trials.

We had a wonderful time! Didn't do much other than hang out, eat, play games, and listen to Kris's music. It really was relaxing and no blood was shed. I was a little worried when 2 of the kids started a heated discussion on the merits or lack of in Twilight. It was pretty funny.

Now, this is how we looked upon arrival.
And how we looked when it was time to go!

For those of you who don't remember who is who...back row, Phil, Brent and Thomas. Front row, Karen, Sara, Janet, Ronan and Kris.
Kris and Dad share a penchant for chic PJs

And, of course, no post would be complete without pictures of Ronan. I am only a little bit prejudiced.

And my own personal favorite...Ronan kisses for Nana.

My own camera is broken so I took a disposable one with me. When I get it to Walgreen's and put on CD I will post some more pics. It really was great to be together and a time that will be treasured.


Kris said...

We're awesome.

Karen said...

Yes we are!

Maureen said...

Looks like you were having a great time. The Bell family vacation looked delightful! Love the photos.

Carl and Pat said...

Aren't families the best--we have a reunion planned with our group for the end of July at a huge cabin in Island Park, Idaho, should be fun. The last one we planned was for Yellowstone, and Grandma Bell died just three days before we were to go, but we had a great time seeing the sights in Washington, anyway. You have a good-looking family there, kiddo!