Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Grand Afternoon

Adam, Andy, Noah, Jen (Our youngest daughter) Paige, Savannah, Trica (Our oldest daughter)
The big guys are Paul Bunyan and Babe, at Bemidji, Minnesota.

Way last winter Far Guy decided that he would like to plan an afternoon with ALL of his grandchildren. For him it was one of those warm summer thoughts on a cold winters day. Something he could look forward to in the summer. He hoped to share a bit of himself, some of the sights and sounds that he enjoyed growing up. A few weeks ago, this trip would have been impossible for Far Guy, the pain would have kept us at home. When the weather looked great and the pain was tolerable, the phone calls were all made, everyone agreed that they would be there. They all were except for Maddie who opted out for a camping trip with one of her friends. The day went on anyway...minus one grand. The Bemidji, Minnesota Water Carnival on July 03, 2009.

Noah and Paige
Adam and Savannah
The four grands had a blast, and Grandpa smiled.

He was like a little kid again.

I had a great time taking photographs, and my camera was only forgotten when I played the Nudgers with the grands, I won an orange dice and a little smiley faced frisbee! We returned to Trica's and had a picnic, it is great to have almost everyone together at least once during the summer. I suppose as the Grands get older, the most we can hope for is just a few of them at once:)


  1. It makes a perfect day when the whole family can be together. Unfortunately, it's also a rare day.

  2. What a tremendous blessing to have a day to share together. Your pictures tell the story well.

  3. Glad everyone had a great time. They are going to look back in future years and have great memories of the day they had their picture taken with Paul Bunyan and his blue ox.

    I love to see my grands also but am so glad when they go home. They wear this old lady out.

  4. So glad that all were able to get together (minus 1) and still have a grand ole time. The grands look like they are having a blast.

  5. Paul Bunyon my favorite story person!


  6. Wooo -hoo looks like a great day!! I love PB + B not to be confused with pbj... I dont like those so much. :) Sure have missed your comments on my blog - its always nice to see your slipper there.. :)

  7. What a happy time for all. It's memories like that which keep us going. Minnesota and Grand Rapids use to be our summer center and the fun will never be forgotten. That Merry go round was a colorful one.

  8. Looks like such a fun day was had by all! Great memories were made too.
    I recall that Paul Bunyan statue while traveling through that town!

  9. What a great time. It's wonderful that you can all (well almost all) get together for a fun day. You're right - as they get older they get busier :)

    Kisses for Chance,
    Emma Rose

  10. Smiling faces tell the real story here!

  11. That looks great! I especially like the shot of Far Side on that big pink slide. Classic!

  12. What a fun day!!! Grandpa is one brave guy taking on the slide! (can you tell I've always been a little chicken on those slides?)

  13. I lived in Bemidji when I was in 3rd grade - we have pictures of us with Babe and the Blue Ox. It was a wonderful place to live; we went back about 10 years ago and it still is a wonderful place.


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