Reunion

So it has been a few days since I have even had time to think about the blog. On Friday and Saturday we were at the Haak Reunion in Hague. Prior to that we were busy getting the house ready for the daughters to come home to attend the reunion. We were also working on the garden and in the meantime, James was doing some mowing and Paulina was at the pool and I was in church on Wednesday. I am wondering why we call it summer vacation.

So on Friday night we gathered in Hague to prepare the snacks and registration tables and welcome signs for the reunion.

Welcome sign.

Welcome sign.

Victoria and Nate with Jaxon and Ana made it to Herreid on Friday night. I had wondered why they were driving the pickup, but when Victoria said they were bringing their dog, Audrey I just took it at that. They were also bringing the swing and table and chairs set that all of the girls purchased for us as a joint Mother’s Day/Father’s Day gift. Silly me, as happy as we should be and grateful that our children are willing to do that for us, I was devastated that they would spend so much for us when they all have their own bills and things the need more than we need this. I mean really, we have been making do for so long, we really don’t know the difference that our old swing is unusable. We can still sit and look at it and remember the days that it worked. As they left on Sunday, Victoria and Nate offered to load it up and drop it in a dump. I declined. I am still certain that someday I will repaint it and get the backing stitched and sew new material on the old cushions. My children laugh and say, ya right! So before I show you anymore reunion pictures, here is what they purchased, and the best part is Nate spent most of Saturday while we were riding on buses and such, at our house putting it together. He said it might need some prayers because there were lots of other words said over it as he put it together. It took until the last two chairs (there are six) before the directions made sense according to Victoria.

New table and chairs

New table and chairs

James on the swing after we put it out of the wind.

James on the swing after we put it out of the wind.

So back to the reunion. Paulina was in charge of taking pictures. We still have to put them all on a disk and send them to the people who ordered them. I can probably do that tomorrow after we finish cleaning at Patsy’s house. The older I get, the less I like that job. I don’t even like cleaning at my house.

Anywhoose…. the pictures I will share with you here are mostly just Jaxon, Ana, Jessica and maybe a few random ones.

Jessica and Jaxon

Jessica and Jaxon

Jaxon and Ana

Jaxon and Ana

Ana posing for Aunt Paulina

Ana posing for Aunt Paulina

Jaxon on Great Uncle Gary's antique Farmall A tractor.

Jaxon on Great Uncle Gary’s antique Farmall A tractor.

Gary Haaks’ antique tractor collection was on display at his former home, the farmstead of Steve Haak.

James with his uncle Gary Haak

James with his uncle Gary Haak

James’ father, Albertus,  was the oldest child of Anna and Rensie Haak. It was the reunion of that family. Gary was the youngest of that family and the only child still living. James, twice, drove a school bus filled with reunion attendees through the countryside to tour all of the places where the various members of the family lived. We also stopped at the Hull cemetery to see where several are resting. Gary was the main tour guide during the trip. Many stories were added by various riders.

Ana and Vivian were given prizes for being the two youngest there. They both celebrate their first birthdays in August. Ana on the 5th and Vivian on the 4th.

Ana and Vivian were given prizes for being the two youngest there. They both celebrate their first birthdays in August. Ana on the 5th and Vivian on the 4th.

Jaxon playing games with Jessica

Jaxon playing games with Jessica

All in all it was a very fun celebration. There was a fun run/walk in the morning with the proceeds going to cancer research. There were kiddie games in the morning, a noon lunch followed by bus tours, with a very quick group picture and capped off by a great mean and entertainment by the Wannabees, a male quartet from Eureka, SD. Here is the goofy version of the group picture. Actually it is the shot of me trying to get them to line up. I swear they weren’t as bad as a high school track team, but close.

Line up, line up, everybody line up.

Line up, line up, everybody line up.

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