wild, wacky and glorious

Jules —  June 13, 2008

This past weekend I found myself in Rocheport with 4 Aunties, my mom and 2 cousins. We gather each year in June. There are two rules: no men and no children. Of course we had a fabulous time. Our group grew this year to include Julie, my Aunt Marlis’ late husband’s daughter, my Aunt Linda and my Aunt Kathryn.

We left this message at the local coffee shop!

Mom won our contest for the most unusual picture. Didn’t she do an amazing job finding this subject?! My family loves, no L O V E S, taking photographs.

We loved this old train tunnel. Kandi, Julie and I took off through it at night (dusk) when it was quite scary. There was hardly any light at all and the only sounds were the fluttering of what we knew were bat wings and dripping water. No wonder Stephen King filmed a movie there!

The next day the old tunnel wasn’t scary at all, but of course we had to reenact the night before.

We thought these old stairs inside the tunnel were a perfect photo prop.

Julie and Kandis kicked off our weekend with a hilarious dance off. Kandi can really shake her can! She had us all jealous of her shimmy! Julie was officially adopted into the extended family after this weekend!

Kandis gave all of us tattoos!

Mom hosted a tea party for us! Everyone took turns reading their favorite poem. Aunt Linda’s hat still makes me laugh out loud. It was perfect on her. (left back)

Oh, and here’s where we stayed!!!! We had the whole house to ourselves.

I didn’t realize how much Kandis and I look a like.

We loved walking along the MO river.

It was a terrific weekend. I am glad my Aunt Linda and Aunt Kathy were able to come. I don’t get to see you often enough.

“Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you. So carve your name on hearts and not on marble.” – C.H. Spurgeon



15 responses to wild, wacky and glorious


  2. Oops I hit enter and didn’t finish my comment.

    One of these days I’m gonna hitch a ride with you all…it looks so fun!
    Did you do your tea party in the house? Looks like you had great weather for the weekend away. I just love Rocheport. Tom and I were talking on the way down to Branson that we would love to go back there for our anniversary again. It was a superb little get away.

    Love you Mom’s interesting pic.

  3. You’re back!!!!!!!!!!!!! How was Branson?

    Yes, we did our tea party at the B&B. Mom made a gob of yummy cookies and I threw in some Pepperidge Farms (they are my splurge)

  4. Marilyn alias(Punkie) June 13, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    We have the most wonderful, silly,do anything we want to do, happy time. I always look forward to the next one. I think you, {Jules} and Deb look alike too.

  5. Marilyn alias(Punkie) June 13, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    I’ll have to remember not to stand next to Linda or other people with tanned legs. I need to practice my stance tooo.

  6. What a wonderful tradition! It looks like you had a great time.

    I love the photograph your mom took.

  7. I think that picture is awesome, too. Maybe Mom will let me enter it for her on Carl’s blog in October.

  8. It looks like y’all had a fun weekend! Hopefully I’ll get to go one of these years. :)

  9. We do seem to have the bestest times together. I hope I can host a wonderful time next year. I’ve been on the internet looking.

    That tea was so much fun with our different old hats that Nita supplied. Nitas cookies were delicious. The whole weekend was.

  10. Marilyn alias(Punkie) June 15, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Being together is the big thing, everything else is gravey. I’m sure you’ll find a place we will enjoy.

  11. Ashley, we have a lot of fun. Maybe you will get a chance to join us sometime.

    I am looking forward to next year. Being together is the best part!

  12. You all have the bestest times on those weekends–I’m coming someday! Really!

    Your tea party looks like the one Chloe gave for my birthday. She picked up old hats like that too and we all wore them, even Alexis and her friend. Grandma’s looked like a big pink flowery lampshade! I loved it!

    I like Auntie Kathryn’s Wonder Woman pose in the last picture–hee hee

    I’m glad Julie got to join you all–looks like she fit right in with the rest of you glorious wild and wacky women.

  13. I LOVE the picture of Mom getting the tattoo. The smiles and the interaction between you all are priceless.

  14. I love that picture too!!! It’s a great candid shot! Kandi had a great idea with the tattoos.

    The picture didn’t do Aunt Linda’s hat justice. It looked perfect on her. Very funny!

  15. Deb, I do hope you can make it someday!! That would be AWESOME!!!!!!