The Stream

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Harrenstein Reunion

Mat's family, the Harris and the Augenstiens, get together every 3yrs or so and pile into one big rental house, courtesy of Bob and Andrea.  This year it was up in Heber. There are certain traditions that we've collected over past family reunions.We always do our bike ride, (this year breaking the law a little was the exciting thrill and being asked to leave the property), family games, water activity, soccer and it is always concluded with a talent show and testimony meeting.  That is the basic recipe of our family reunion and the kids are excited about it every time.

Jordanelle Lake

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Family Games--Minute to Win it and T-Shirt making, curtesy of Dannielle

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Talent Show

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Our Family singing Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes...

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Overall funness

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Thanks everybody.  You always leave saying, we need to hang out more.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

It's like Christmas every time...Hershey

A day spent in Hershey.


Hershey Pantry first up on the list.




Kids without their bacon


Kids with their bacon


Baked oatmeal


Cinnamon Roll


Chocolate World Ride





Stocked up on new treats and more icebreakers, a Harris favorite.


So much chocolate you start to feel sick



Eileen spilled her "healthy" acai berries while a family was taking a picture.  She makes it even funnier with her witty comments after her mistake.


And we say goodbye...



Mary Jo got a stomach bug during the night so we just had to say our goodbyes.  We'll thankfully see her in July in Utah! Thanks for the fun trip Mary Jo, Eileen, Mom, and kids.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Old Friends

Mj planned a cook out with all her friends and all the people I have grown to love.  They really are my Pennsylvanian family and I was looking forward to seeing everybody. I think it has been almost 2yrs. Because of the party, we thought it would be wise to have an easy day. A little tidying in the morning, lunch at Chuck. E. Cheese, and pick up last minute groceries at Giant.


This machine can entertain my children for hours.


And the party begins!

In roll the people, the hugs, kisses, and food. Happy day!


My mom pitched right in and helped Mia with her famous egg rolls.


She made extra for people to take home and freeze.


Who I was really looking forward to sitting with, was Mary Jo's brother Joe.  Can you see why? Hilarious.


Causally eating and enjoying the company on MJ's patio.


Dear old Mrs. Lingus, Mary Jo's thick accent Greek neighbor.  Conversation a couple days prior.

MJ: "Mrs. Lingus, you remember the cook out Wednesday at 6?"
Mrs. Lingus: "Oh yeah, yeah Mary Jo.  Yous have plenty of food for me?"
Mj: "Yes we will!"
Mrs. Lungus: "Yes. Yes. That is good.  See yous then. Okay Mary Jo.  See yous."

That conversation was repeated Monday night, Tuesday morning, Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. I love her.


More Friends Joe, Cass, Mary Jo, Phil (MJ's borther), Phil again, Dom, Joe, Liz (Dom's mother and MJ's grade school friend with a contagious laugh), Rocco (Liz's husband) Kathie

Mary top left, Eileen bottom left, and Chris (Mrs. Linguses son)

Sam and my mom had a lengthy discussion about SLC. He used to visit there a lot to ski.  His dear wife was missed.  She is a French lady, almost 80, who recently had hip surgery. She loves Becket and thinks he is going to be a special person someday.  She tells me every time I see her.  Love her.

Sam carries a clipboard everywhere he goes to write down stuff he later wants to research or learn.  He couldn't remember the hotel that was torn down across the street from the SLC temple.  So, he wrote it down and called Mary Jo's phone the next day and asked to talk to my mom. It was the Salt Lake Inn.


Mary took the time to look at Gretchen's coins from the auction.


Cass brought gifts for the kids, drawing books with colored pencils.  So thoughtful.


and the Dogs!


Mary Jo had so much fun chatting that MJ couldn't focus long enough to feed the dogs, so Eileen reminder her with one of her classic notes.


We stayed up until midnight talking after everyone had left. I think I convinced Dom to come out and see us. Maybe.


Kids had been passed out for hours.


Fabulous friends all because I had too many kindergartners my first year of teaching in Harrisburg, and this lady was transferred to help relieve my load.  Since then, she's held all my babies fresh from birth and spoiled them since!