Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Finally, I'm back blogging...lots of catching up to do, so hang on

The last time I blogged, I was arriving back in Wisconsin on November 9th after a 3 week trip Out West.  The trip was fun, busy and the travel weather just about perfect.
I arrived home on Wednesday evening, 
and most of Thursday was spent unloading the car and doing laundry.
Friday, we headed off to the Veteran's Day program at Luck High School.  It was a very nice program with much music by the school kids.  
Megan was in the chorus, just in front of the boy in the blue & gray sweatshirt.
The elementary school kids sang the anthems of each of the branches of service.
Emily is in the back row with long blonde hair.
Gage (eyes closed) was part of the Cub Scout color guard.

Emily was part of a dance group that tap danced as part of the program.
Afterwards, Dad & Ev and I met Gus for lunch in downtown Luck.
Dad said it was one of the nicest Veteran's Day programs he had ever attended.
Saturday we drove to Baldwin to stay overnight and enjoy a gathering organized by Glenn & Kathy at the AmericInn.  We had the party room right next to the pool, so the kids had a ton of fun.  We were celebrating Alyxis's birthday and her friend Tootie was there too.
Alyxis and her friend TootieI love this picture of the two serious girls.
Much to our surprise, G & K had arranged to have Laila there as a surprise for everyone.  It was cute that the hotel staff played along and allowed Laila to be at the check in counter as we arrived.  I was very surprised, especially since I had just seen Laila in Colorado.  Everyone was at the party except Michelle who had the stomach flu and Linsey who is still detained in Dunn County's facility.
I had hoped to take a photo of each family member, but only got a few.    

Dana & Erin

Gus and Lois and grandkids
Alyxis and her birthday cake
Anders & Emily.  Emily was a good cousin and made sure Anders was having a safe and fun time swimming.
All the birthday kids:  Angie, Megan, Dana & Gage and Alyxis
The surprise guest, Laila
Uncle Dana and nephew Bryce Vanasse
Lora & Heather and little Jens
Jake and his little buddy Vinny
My new iPad was a hit with Jackson, Jack, & Jake
Destined for a life on the stage, Alyxis showing some theatrics
After a nice 'afterglow' in the folk's hotel room after the party, we spent the night in Baldwin.
On Sunday, we headed home to Rice Lake, and Laila came along as our surprise house guest.

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