Much of Dean's family gathered over the long Labor Day weekend for the first time in many, many years. 3 of his 4 siblings and the children and grandchildren of 2 of them were able to come. Much time was spent just hanging around and catching up. The house wasn't big enough for everyone, so we had people in tents, in our trailer, in the loft. We were crowded, but we had fun!!
Here is Tamara and Maggie
and Karen doing Grandma duties with Mattu - his name is really Matthew, like his father's, but he's been nick named Mattu...... or Matt 2
More chatting - Dean, Karen holding Mattu, Matthew's wife, Amy, Matthew taking photos, and Shannon
Amanda's husband Nathan picked some or our fresh hops to take back to a brewer friend
This is Gary, Dean's middle son, who was able to spend the weekend with us. Unfortunately, his wife Teresa couldn't make it because she was taking care of Gary's mother, Dianne who recently had a stroke. Gary is a long haul trucker and was able to get a load to Bend so he could be with us. Also in the photo is Gary's buddy, Charlie, who keeps him company. A really sweet dog.
Another "sitting around" photo. Too bad it's not closer. Clockwise from lower left is Dean's granddaughter and Gary's daughter, Nikki, Karen, Bonnie, Larry and Carol, their granddaughter Cassie, her mother, Angie, and her husband, Martin, Dean, Nora, and Amanda.
Little Mattu held his bottle all by himself for the first time, so I had to document the occasion!!
Tamara, Karen, Dean and Matthew are going through a box of old family photos and momentos
Maggie is such a happy little girl - she was always smiling!
Proud Daddy Matthew
Amy and Matthew - and little Mattu, barely visible
Tamara and Maggie
Carol, Larry, Cassie, Angie, Martin, Dean, and Nora
Grandma Karen and Mattu
Great uncle Larry had to hang out with Mattu, too!
We all had a great weekend - sorry that everyone couldn't be here, but you just can't come up with a date that fits for all. Maybe next time!