Thursday, September 6, 2012

Darrell & Lois Bartholomew Reunion 2012

We arrived home Monday afternoon from Utah.  Tuesday night I helped head up the monthly Relief Society Activity and then Thursday morning at 5am we took off (minus Lee, sadly) to Maryland for my family's annual reunion.  Funny enough Darrll & Lois were not there.  They are on their mission in Texas.  We wish they could have been there!  Though we are excited too that they are on a mission.  We'll get to see them in a couple months too!  We were going to go camping in Maryland, but the weather didn't cooperate, so we all (36 of us!) stayed at Lois & Jeff's.  Well, Sam, Shawna and Will had a hotel, but they did hang out with us at Lois'. We missed having Steph & Andy, Roger & Brittany, Sheldon, Daniel & Amy and families there.  But in addition to seeing my parents in a few months, all the siblings will get to see each other too at the same time.

Breakfast at Lois'

First event of the day, after breakfast, was to take a tour at the UTZ potato chip factory in Pennsylvania.  One tidbit mentioned on the tour was how the nutrients were locked in to the potato chip during the cooking process.  Deb and I thought that was funny.

And of course they give out free potato chips at the end of the tour!  


The fami minus ly....get it?  Too bad Ly wasn't there...this could have been the yearly family photo!

Afterwards we stopped at the gift shop.  One item they sold was big tins of popcorn with college names on them...we even saw one for BYU!

After UTZ, we headed out to Gettysburg PA.  I don't think I've ever been there (I'll have to check with my mom).  There are several things to see--great place for kids too.


Supposedly if you rubbed the nose you'll have good luck.  Clark, Makenzie and Reed, we'll keep an eye on your life....

Day Two:  We ventured over to the Goddard Space Museum.  Again, another fun and free place in DC!

Sam & Shawna's darling baby Will. 

Sam still spoils the nieces and nephews.  He brought some chocolate from Canada to share with everyone.  At the space museum he bought freeze dried ice cream (or whatever it's called) and let the kids sample it.

Family Photo; six of us siblings were able to be there

After the museum we headed out to Arundel Mills--a huge shopping center.  This stop was of my doing...Clark and Cal had birthday money that they wanted to spend at the Lego store.  As there are two of them in the DC area I thought it would be a great time to go.  I love the Lego store! 

It looked better in real like, but there is the DC Temple, basically at the tip of the "V" the trees make.  If you travel west on the 495 all of the sudden there is the temple, floating in the air.  Gorgeous!

That night was ladies' night.  We have done this at our reunions the past few years and it's so fun.  Lois picked the Cheesecake Factory.  OH SO GOOD! I had never been before.  

Day 3: We headed out to Harper's Ferry on Saturday. Remember how we all got sick from Elden (except Lee)? I was sick this day. Not so fun, but it was a nice day.

There is a State Park or something of the sort nearby (well, I think historic Harper's Ferry is in a State Park...) and it would be fun to go camping there and bring our bikes to ride around.

Sunday some families left for home. It's sad to see people leave.  I am glad that Darrell and Stacie are on the east coast now!  We'll see them the end of September.
Deb, Ruth & Lois

After having fun in DC, family met up at my house for a reunion extension.  Daniel and Amy and family came up, and Deb and Lois and crews came down.  We had a great time here.

Lizzie did a magic show for us--it was really fun!


Our summer reading program was awesome and the kids were able to earn prizes over and over.  Well, we had a good number of coupons for free kids meals at Chick-Fil-A.  We had lunch before heading to....Sharp Shopper!  It's a must-stop destination for when my family visits!  (And Lee's place too for eye exams...)

My chat and budget buddy, Amy (Daniel's wife)
We celebrated Clark's birthday that night...but that deserves its own post.

That night after Lee got home from work, we all went out to eat at El Paso.  My friend Tara highly recommended it, and we've never been.  So good!  I love Mexican food. Thanks for treating us Deb and Matt!

We walked over to El Paso, so on the way home we decided to show the others the haunted house.  There is a historic house here called the Miller-Kite house. According to some info Lois found, it's supposedly haunted. The creepy mannequin in the window definitely helped make it spooky!

Paul and Ila were awesome and babysat for all of us.  I thought it was funny how these kids ended up after falling asleep.

Paul and his first contacts!  Convenient that his eye doctor could take them out for him the first night, at our house. So convenient!

We had a great time with everyone!  Oh, at the reunion, Deb handed out fun gifts from their recent trip to Austria .  Thanks Deb! Each family got a thing of tubed mustard, and the kids kinder eggs and Euro pennies.  The mustard isn't too bad...a little interesting. The smell is different though!  We loved having several days together with some of my family.  Can't wait for the reunion next year!!!




Risa Stumm said...

Wow, what an awesome reunion!! So glad you were able to spend time with your familyl!

Megan and Jeremy said...

What a fun reunion Ruth! I think that's great you guys are going to plan one every year & whoever can will come. So fun to be with family. You look so pretty in all these pictures Ruth! :)

Emily said...

Your kids are growing up so much!

Liz said...

What fun! I like looking at all of your adventures. You were able to fit a lot of fun into that vacation.