We have recently had our family reunion.
We always have an auction of things we all bring, canned goods, baked items, hand-made items, whatever you want to bring.
The Caldwell family is very talented.
My favorite auction item that I won this year was my Aunt Janice’s plum jelly.
It’s a great idea, we use the money from the auction to pay for the rental of the country club that we have our reunion in.
Of course the kids love the swimming.
We always have a great time.
I still miss my Dad, I guess I always will!
We have had some birthday celebrations around here lately.
Gracyn came up from Arkansas to stay a week last month, so we celebrated her 5th birthday while she was here.
We had a cookout and birthday cake and ice cream at her Aunt Kayli’s house.
All her cousins were there!!
The picture above on the right is Gracyn with her great grandparents.
I also threw a surprise 50th birthday party for Big Ran.
We had a Miami Dolphin cake and Mountain Dew cupcakes on the desert table.
I made a 50 sign with pictures of him on it.
He received some great old man gifts!!!
I don’t know if you have noticed or not , but Big Ran has grown a “Soul Patch” on his chin since he has retired from the Army Reserve.
He is very proud!
He joined the Army Reserve when he was 18, so this is the first time he has had to grow facial hair.
So to honor his “Soul Patch”, I bought those stick on mustaches and cut them to look like soul patches for everyone to wear.
I wish I had taken more pictures!!!
My cousin, Joni and her son, Dakota on the right and Big Ran’s coach from high school, Gerald Bond on the left.
We all had a great time!
We went on a wonderful cruise vacation last week.
Below are pictures of Jamaica.
We flew from Kansas City to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Started on our cruise.
From there we went to Key West, Grand Cayman, and then to Jamaica.
It was a wonderful get a way.
Below is a picture of my Uncle Gary and Aunt Debbie having fun before dinner.
Our good friends Scott and Cindy. Lookin’ good!
An amazing sunset at dinner time.
The maid service always makes towel animals for you every day to enjoy.
Uncle Ted and Aunt Barbara.
Our best friends, Mark and Connie.
When we left Kansas City it looked like this!
Here are some random pictures that I took.
It was a blast!
The water was soooooooo blue and beautiful!
Man, he’s OLD!!!!!!!
He is the one on the right.
The other distinguished gentleman is my Uncle Bob.
They were born on the same day, seven years apart.
It would be very hard to find anyone better that these two!!!
We threw a small surprise party for them at the local Mexican joint.
Fifteen people in all.
They both deserve more but there is always next year!!
Last weekend we made a trip to Jefferson City, MO to the state track meet.
In the picture below is Sara Lin, Kayley Elbert, Madison Rounkles, and Kayley Salmon.
They won 2nd place in the 4 x 800 relay.
This same quartet won 5 place in the 4 x 400 relay.
Plus they set new school records in both relays!!!
Here is a close up shot of my baby.
The best part about it all is they will all be back next year to compete again!
It was a great time.
Getting ready to make my reservations for next year.