....Counting down only 4 more sleeps........

Camping, summer, vacation, reunion, family
Canada
July 2, 2016 5:43pm CST
My sister and I have been making lists and tomorrow we will do our shopping. We have to do it now to get some of our meals frozen. We also will freeze blocks of ice for our coolers. At the end of week one we will buy the meat we need for the second week, most of the meals are being made by our kids, but we do breakfast for everyone. We are doing a reunion. My sisters three girls, their five children and husbands will be there for the reunion. My two sons and daughter will be there too for thr second weekend. Our last reunion was nine years ago. Looking forward to the insanity... We had hoped everyone would be there to celebrate one of the girls great new job in Spain. She won't be back for at least three years, and might be there for life. Elaine and I got our pops-ups put up today and figured how to put gutters between them so if it rains (it is going to rain quite a bit) so the rain won't get us wet as we walk from one pop up to another, including our kitchen.. The photo above shows all 4 pop-ups attached to each other and our kitchen pop-up and the one in front of it is covered with a tarp to help keep us dry. It worked like a charm. We are ready now to get there to camp and get set up. Wednesday is the day. We set up in my sister's side yard, that's why you see all our cars.
26 people like this
28 responses
@rebelann (42425)
• El Paso, Texas
3 Jul 16
That sounds so exciting. I hope you .... k, wait, I know you'll have a blast and I look forward to all those pictures I just KNOW you will be taking, of course I don't expect you to post any with family in them but why not the granddogs in the river playin etc
1 person likes this
• Canada
3 Jul 16
The grand dogs are staying in Canada., there are two three year olds, one five,, two seven year olds twins, so my kids decided it was wiser to leave the dogs with someone they love, since they are not familiar with children that young.i do have photos I took at other years before the babies were born. ...when I get home, iLl post some of those photos of the dogs in the river.
1 person likes this
@rebelann (42425)
• El Paso, Texas
3 Jul 16
Oh I remember a couple of those from Gather.com @PainsOnSlate but I think it was only Woods and the shepherd, I forgot her name. I think we'd all love any pictures you post, you have an eye.
1 person likes this
• Canada
3 Jul 16
@rebelann thanks and her name is Zuzu. My son also adopted an older cattle dog named Chibbi'schibbi's, she is 10 and woods Iis five ( I think )
1 person likes this
@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Jul 16
It sounds like you are all set. Where are you going for the reunion?
1 person likes this
• Canada
21 Jul 16
All the children arrived and we had a 4 day reunion at the campground. It was amazing
1 person likes this
@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Jul 16
@PainsOnSlate Oh, how wonderful! I'm looking forward to seeing pictures.
1 person likes this
@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
4 Jul 16
So glad to hear that you will be getting the family reunion in before the daughter/niece leaves for Spain. I hope you take lots of pictures. Your children/grandchildren are so fortunate that you and your sister have kept this family tradition strong and alive throughout the years.
1 person likes this
• Canada
5 Jul 16
We love to camp and I'm so happy that we did this when they were small. My sister was divorced back then and a teacher with summers off, my husband worked from May to November and still does so we just do it. Looking forward to seeing them all together again.
1 person likes this
@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
12 Jul 16
@PainsOnSlate It is such a good tradition. I hope your family continues this wonderful tradition!
1 person likes this
• United States
3 Jul 16
Sounds so exciting my friend..I hope you have a grand old time. Which girl is it that might be going to Spain permanently?
1 person likes this
• Canada
4 Jul 16
My sisters oldest with two young ones ( divorced), exciting for all of us but a bit scary too.
1 person likes this
• United States
4 Jul 16
@PainsOnSlate Oh yes indeed it is very scary to be so far away.
1 person likes this
@dodo19 (33316)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
3 Jul 16
You guys are certainly going to be well prepared. I hope that everything goes well, and you all have fun at this reunion.
1 person likes this
• Canada
6 Jul 16
It will be fun, we won't let it to not be fun...
1 person likes this
@dodo19 (33316)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
6 Jul 16
@PainsOnSlate I'm sure you'll have fun.
@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
3 Jul 16
You're so well organised , it will all go really well, I'm sure.
1 person likes this
• Canada
6 Jul 16
It will be a blast, heading there this morning.
1 person likes this
@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
7 Jul 16
@PainsOnSlate We'll all be waiting till you get back. We want to hear all about it. Travel safely.
1 person likes this
@BettyB (4212)
• Summerville, South Carolina
3 Jul 16
I know you're looking forward to Camp Insanity, and I look forward to reading about it when you get back. Stay dry!
1 person likes this
• Canada
6 Jul 16
There will be thunderstorms so we are prepared. Thanks ou, we will have a good time.
1 person likes this
@BettyB (4212)
• Summerville, South Carolina
6 Jul 16
@PainsOnSlate Hopefully you will have a few sunny days
• United States
2 Jul 16
that's wonderful, i know y'all're so lookin' ferward to the "down time" 'n how better to spend part'f such than with family? congrats'n her new job - i hope that she finds great joy there. now see? that's what i'd been doin', figurin' schtuff out prior to headin' out. not the hubs, he's more'f a "fly by the seat 'f yer britches" kinda fella 'n then jest comes home'n complains how his trip 'twas ruined 'n he's now webbed feet.
1 person likes this
• Canada
6 Jul 16
When we were younger and the kids tiny when we planned camping we learned quickly that planning and organization means once there you don't have to leave the site to shop for something forgotten, the nearest city is a long way away but in a pinch we could buy in the local tiny town and pay inflated prices.. We got really good at it. One of Elaine's daughter is meeting us there this morning to HELP us set up. It will be wonderful to have an extra pair of hands... we packed the cars last night, today we fill our coolers with ice and food and by 10 hope to be on the road.
1 person likes this
• United States
6 Jul 16
@PainsOnSlate i'm so glad that her daughter's comin' to help y'all set'p, hon. i hear ya'n the packin' all that'll be needed. i ne'er 'twas one to wanna make that trek to the nearest town myself, lol. not jest the prices they charge, but to be back'n semi-civilization when i jest t'weren't ready fer such. i'll be thinkin' 'f y'all, wishin' i could sneak off 'n join ya...if'n only fer a couple'f days. big hugs 'n love! save journey!
@gr8nana6 (2191)
• United States
17 Jul 16
That sounds like a whole lot of fun is going to be had.
1 person likes this
• Canada
21 Jul 16
That is exactly what it was, loved it.
@BelleStarr (39591)
• United States
15 Jul 16
Now I know why I haven't seen you around, you are off camping and having a great time.
1 person likes this
• Canada
21 Jul 16
Just came home to my sisters place today, heading to Vermont and then back to Canada
1 person likes this
@fawkes62 (1291)
• United States
8 Jul 16
Sounds like a lot of prep work, but definitely worth it if it helps you stay dry. It also sounds like it's going to be a great time with everyone there.
1 person likes this
• Canada
20 Jul 16
We had a blast. Our pops worked like a charm and we stayed dry during rain and had a wonderful family reunion while the kids were with us.
@salonga (27957)
• Philippines
7 Jul 16
Family reunion! I love it! I'm certain you enjoyed it and you have some nice news to share to us now.
1 person likes this
• Canada
20 Jul 16
I hope to post today, just got back from the mountains.
1 person likes this
@DianneN (82202)
• United States
6 Jul 16
I'm sure you will have lots of fun and insanity! Enjoy!
1 person likes this
• Canada
20 Jul 16
Just got back to real life, missing it already.
1 person likes this
@marlina (76641)
• Canada
6 Jul 16
So today is the big day, enjoy!
1 person likes this
• Canada
6 Jul 16
We are on our way. Thanks.
@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
3 Jul 16
Have a great time.
1 person likes this
• Canada
6 Jul 16
Thanks, we will.
@Lucky15 (33719)
• Philippines
3 Jul 16
Have a safe and fun time ma'am :)
1 person likes this
• Canada
6 Jul 16
Thank you, We will
1 person likes this
@responsiveme (16835)
• India
3 Jul 16
Have a truely enjoyable family gathering.
1 person likes this
• Canada
6 Jul 16
Thank you, we are leaving this morning.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jul 16
What a great time you are all going to have. That is quite a lot of people to have in a camp. Enjoy!
1 person likes this
• Canada
6 Jul 16
We have a huge site we discovered last year. All the kids will have their own site with their tents on, some meals will be shared, but naps and regular daily things will be done on their own sites. Our site will be a centrepiece but it will be fun and we go for two weeks and the kids are there for w weekend....
1 person likes this
@paigea (22453)
• Canada
3 Jul 16
That sounds so fun camping with that big group.
1 person likes this
• Canada
6 Jul 16
Looking forward to it, it will be fun.
1 person likes this
@Platespinner (17046)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
3 Jul 16
No family reunion for us in the next couple of weeks, but we are getting geared up for a mega trip out to Acadia National Park. We depart next Saturday and expect to be gone for a week-and-a-half. I've got a LOT of work to do between now and departure!
1 person likes this
• Canada
6 Jul 16
Sounds like a wonderful trip. Have a blast.