Monday, 17 July 2017

Paulus Family Reunion...

Every two years or so - when there aren't any family weddings that year - Candace's mom's side of the family has a reunion in the form of a camping trip or retreat. The families come from Indiana and Oklahoma and meet up usually halfway between the two states. This year we had the privilege of road-tripping across to Missouri for the 2017 Paulus Family Reunion. (Thursday, 29th June - Sunday, 2nd July.)

The trip there went very well and we even found a nice little park and play area in Okawville, Illinois. This gave Riaan a chance to stretch his legs and have a break on our five-hour journey. We then travelled through St Louis, Missouri, and onwards to our destination, Gasconade Hills Resort.

Gasconade Hills Resort, on the banks of the Gasconade River, is located in rural Missouri. We shared a cabin with one of Candace's cousins and her family, and we had lots of fun exploring the resort. We really enjoyed all the games and activities that were organised by Candace's family. Riaan especially loved being outdoors and playing both T-ball (baseball for children) and cricket. (And anything that involved a ball, really.) He also loved the swimming pool!

But aside from all the fun activities, it was just lovely to be able to see and reconnect with family we hadn't seen in over two years. It was a great weekend spent catching up and sharing fellowship with one another - and thanks for all those involved in the organising. We'll definitely be looking forward to the next one! :)

 Signs for Louisville, Kentucky and St. Louis, Missouri. Not to be confused. We were heading westbound on I-64.
 Driving through the Ozarks in Missouri.
 Our little cabin.
 View of the campground.
 Gasconade River.
 Pretty scene.
 Hanging out in the Lodge before a meal.
 Riaan playing with the other children.
 Time to cool off at the lovely pool.
 Riaan in the water with Tim.
 He loved the pool!
 Time for arts and crafts. Painting a wooden box.
 Making a salt watercolour creation.
 I painted Table Mountain as seen from Blouberg.
 Candace and Riaan did some fireworks over the sea.
 Camp fire fun.
 Family photo. We were happy campers. :)
 The sisters with Grandma and Grandpa Paulus.
 The grandchildren.
Our little family. What a great trip!

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