Alis tells me that they bought the cottage in 1947.  Since then the family has continued to grow. And grow, and grow, and grow.  This year’s family reunion consisted of 13 branches of the family tree, totaling 73 people.  They have had their large group photo taken on the front steps of the cottage, every three years, since the late 60s.  Just amazing!  And Alis (in her early 90s) is one spunky, happy, and kind, gal!  It was my pleasure to be a part of this giant family madness!

Oh, brother!!  Yup, four boys!  This wonderful family has not only 4 boys, but two giant beastly babies, too.  I was so impressed with these young men.  They were so appropriately kind, playful, open, easy, generously gentle with the dogs, and respectful with their parents.  My hope just may be restored in the next generation!

What a fun family!  All of these little smiles had so much personality!

A few years ago we did photos in this same location.  How is it that the kids can get so big and Kerri and Grover just don’t age?  At. All.  Such a fun family!

This little gal is one speedy critter!  We rode it the wagon, played with rocks, knocked grandma on her butt, pouted for just a minute, then flew high on the swings, splashed in the lake, and even got to touch a baby turtle!


What a fantastic family!  Grandma Sal should be so proud of this group!

There is nothing more memorable than Grandma and Grandpa’s lake house when you are a child.  Mr. Root told me about his longtime dream of having a cabin on their lake property, where the grandkids could all come and enjoy the summer.  This lake house makes a very happy, and fulfilled Grandpa!

Oh my goodness!  This crew knows how to have a good time!  From the youngest to the oldest in this group of 5 kids, their smiles come easy and they are so great together.

It is simply amazing to me to see the big personalities in such little people!  The smallest wanted nothing to do with the dress Mom intended for her.  The next just didn’t want to play.  The oldest was just uncomfortable and didn’t really know what to do with himself.  THEN, we were introduced to “Nature’s Legos” (aka snake grass), tried a family pyramid, and were allowed to toss a sister around  – – tunes changed, smiles came, and maybe (just maybe) the family photo thing wasn’t as painful as expected.

One little guy, one marsupial owl to make the little guy smile, double-trouble twinness, and a whole crowd of good-humored big kids.  Family like this is so great to see!