Sunday, January 4, 2015

LaBar Pool Pictures - July 2014 LaBar Family Reunion

I almost forgot to share all our fun pool pics from our time with the LaBar family in Tennessee. Grand-Dad took this cute picture of our family in the pool together.
Having fun with Jackson
Grand-dad snapped this great picture of sisters, Stacy and Amber, chatting outside the pool area.
He also took this serious picture of Kennedy 
I love this swimsuit and bathing cap McKinley had this summer - it was so super cute!!! :)
Daddy and McKinley had lots of fun in the pool together
Lucky for all our kiddos all the Dads were very good sports about playing in the pool! :)
Love all these cute (and wild?) little boys! :)


Uncle Martin and his oldest daughter, Stacy, visiting by the pool

Uncle David helping his oldest grand-daughter, Heidi, warm up after a good swim
It wasn't a fancy pool, but when you have lots of cousins you can have lots of fun! :) Thanks again to everyone who participated! :)

July 6, 2014 - Ober Gatlinburg

A number of the LaBar family headed home on Sunday morning, but about half our crew was able to spend the day together at Ober Gatlinburg. At the base of the mountain we had this great group picture taken (which I have not duplicated well here and what slowed me down from making this last LaBar Reunion post - amazing how the little things get me). You may notice that Kennedy is missing. She didn't want to be in the picture, but did finally agree to join us. I guess she was standing far enough to the edge, however, that she got her way and didn't end up in our picture... I thoroughly enjoyed all these other smiling faces though and am glad for the great picture of those who were willing to participate! :) 
Aunt Faye & Rory and Reagan & Jackson ready for a fun day! :)
We began by checking out some animals and these bears put on quite a show! :)

Holden and Jackson must have ridden this old carnival ride of cars a dozen times. I think they would have been happy trading cars all day long. :)
I didn't think the day would ever come, but I am officially to old for rides that spin. Ugh, if this swing had gone around one more time I would have vomited. That was definitely my last swing ride!
Here are some pictures of our crew making there way to the top of the mountain in the chair lifts.

Kennedy sure loves Aunt Faye! :)
Before we left for the day we took several trips down a couple of water slides near the chair lifts. The kids loved it and I even got in on the action with Jackson. I think water slides are more my speed than spinning! :)

Just before we left we discovered a ride with Disney Cars, which was even more exciting than the first cars ride! :)

Had to save this picture of 5 of the LaBar great-grandchildren for last. So sweet! I'm so thankful they have opportunities to spend time together even though we live so far a part.
Thank you to all the LaBars who traveled to be a part of our family reunion. We had a wonderful time and look forward to getting together with everyone again! :)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

July 5, 2014 - The Great Smokey Mountains

On Saturday, July 5, we visited the Great Smoky Mountains. Our first stop was Clingmans Dome which was a recommendation my cousin, Jodi, gave us for a good hike with kids. As you can see from the pictures it was a beautiful day! I'm so glad we went early because by the time we were headed back down packed does not begin to describe the condition of the parking lot!!!
Grand-Dad snapped this sweet picture of McKinley and me in the parking lot before heading out (or up as the case may be) on our hike.
 At the base of the trail was an area the kids loved climbing and running up and down. I think Reagan is claiming victory here!
 Off our merry crew goes!

 Grammy bringing up the rear with Miss McKinley
 McKinley does love Grammy! :)
 Jackson convinced a few people,  including Uncle David, that he couldn't possible get all the way up by himself. Luckily for Jackson, we had many accommodating adults with us! :)
 I guess the hike wasn't tiring enough for the kids because they found multiple places to scale along the way.

 The smallest little mountain goat - must be related to Uncle Andrew and Aunt Jen! :)

 Love this family picture of the Volkerts!
 I caught this picture of these two on their way back down the mountain
 Reagan and Heidi having what appears to be an intense conversation
 These two little monkeys both wanted Daddy to carry them
 After the hike we found a spot near the visitor's center for a picnic. This was so relaxing and the kids had a wonderful time chasing and enjoying each other.

 I thought these two pictures Dad caught of Darin and Dan with their little guys were super sweet! :)

 After lunch some of us returned to the hotel while others found another small trail to hike. What a great picture of Stacy and her boys!
 After a bit of swimming, Saturday evening we headed to the Old Mill for dinner. It was conveniently located within walking distance of our hotel and was/is such a unique and fun place to eat. While we were waiting to be seated the kids played games to keep themselves entertained. :)
 After supper we had the opportunity to celebrate another birthday. Hope you had a great one Stacy!!!
Thanks to everyone for the wonderful day and for being so willing to follow my recommendations on activities to see and do. This is an easy group to plan for and please!