Rejoicing in Being Green!

This past July we travelled with grandchildren in tow to Utah for the bi-annual Green’s family reunion.  Here is a recap of our first day of re-uniting.

The view as we start our day - this is from my brother-in-laws back yard.
The view as we start our day – this is from my brother-in-laws back yard.
I decided I needed a better photo so I ventured out to the street (probably still in my pajamas)
I decided I needed a better photo so I ventured out to the street (probably still in my pajamas)

Prior to heading to Oakley to visit with Corey’s family we stopped by Grandma Pat’s house.  We are so glad some of the Chatwin cousins could stop by to visit too!

A Great Lady with her Great-Grandchildren
A Great Lady with her Great-Grandchildren

While Corey’s dad is no longer with us his spirit lives on through his children and their children and grandchildren!

Aunt Iris is also no longer with us – but her family is strong and so enjoyable to be with.

Aunt Carol’s family travels from Idaho to join in the festivities and they are a FUN bunch!

Here are a few random photos of the generations as we celebrate being family!

Sleeping babes....
Sleeping babes….
oh so very curious when awake
oh so very curious when awake

My niece, Chandler was in charge of activities for the first evening – she had gathered all of the items necessary for some really fun family games.  Both of my grandchildren agreed this was one of their favorite parts of the trip!

And the games begin - Kaylene was really getting into it!
And the games begin – Kaylene was really getting into it!
Kids of all ages enjoyed putting nylons on their heads and knocking over water bottles
Kids of all ages enjoyed putting nylons on their heads and knocking over water bottles
This game was geared to the adults due to difficulty.  Did not deter Mr. B!
This game was geared to the adults due to difficulty. Did not deter Mr. B!
Rejoicing in a WIN!
Rejoicing in a WIN! (and sporting a beautiful bracelet made by Little Toot for all of her family!)
Sweet Girl!
Sweet Girl!
The cookie game - Aunt Linda, Little Toot and the young man that shares my birthday!
The cookie game – Aunt Linda, Little Toot and the young man that shares my birthday!
And the winner is.....
And the winner is…..
Sweet Victory!
Sweet Victory!
Do they get any cuter?
Do they get any cuter?
My husband - I haven't seen those moves in a long time!
My husband – I haven’t seen those moves in a long time!
Christy is always fun to be around - those are tea bags on her hat!
Christy is always fun to be around – those are tea bags on her hat!
Trying to get the tea bags on top of the hat!
Trying to get the tea bags on top of the hat!
Walking with a ping-pong ball to the cup is not as easy as it sounds - but it is a really fun game to watch!
Walking with a ping-pong ball to the cup is not as easy as it sounds – but it is a really fun game to watch!
And this young man was so kind to my grandson who adopted him!
And this young man was so kind to my grandson who adopted him!  Following him EVERYWHERE!
What?
What?
You are taking another picture?
You are taking another picture?
Christy and Uncle Ron
Christy and Uncle Ron

We plan our family reunion around the 24th of July, which is a BIG holiday in Utah.  It is Pioneer Day and there are parades, carnivals and rodeos as well as TON’s of fireworks!  I must say that there are actually too many fireworks, they go on well past midnight in many neighborhoods!

And our night ends
And our night ends
Little Toot made sure I took some good photos of the perfect ending to a perfect day!
Little Toot made sure I took some good photos of the perfect ending to a perfect day!

More to come on our adventures at the Green’s Family Reunion – 2014

Dee

 

Nobody’s Fool

While many are playing pranks and enjoying a day of Fools – I take time to pause to remember my husband’s father, Ken Green.  Today would’ve been my father-in-laws 92nd birthday.  Kendrick LaVere Green was a kind and gentle man.  He loved to golf and fish.  He loved to watch Nascar and Golf on TV also.  After a courageous battle with prostrate cancer he lost his battle on July 22nd , 1998.   Grandpa also loved to work in the yard, as his grown children were sorting through the house after the memorial service, I stepped outside to weed his flowerbed.  The family will remember this flower bed because it is the one that lined the front walkway of their house on Cherry Blossom Lane, Grandpa build that flower bed as he built the rock wall that served as the foundation for the walkway.   He also grew the best cantaloupe I have ever tasted.   I find it hard to believe so much time has passed.

I realized a few months after grandpa Green left us that a very integral part of our family status was gone.   Each family took the time to call and visit with grandpa, updating him with what was new in each of our lives.  We had moved to TX by this time I really enjoyed our telephone chats because I would learn what the other families were up to.  We no longer had that center command post, and we have not found a way to recreate it to this day, even with email, facebook and more telephone options than one could imagine.

**A short history of Ken’s life as written by Norma, his bride of over 50 years (they didn’t quite make it to 51 before we lost Norma).

Kendrick LaVere Green, born April 1, 1921, Butlerville, Utah.  Childhood was spent in Butler grade school, Brighton, Utah working with riding horses and boat renting places.  Parents Elva Loraine Staker Green and George Almon Green.  He has two sisters (Carole and Iris).  Baptized L.D.S.  Went to Jordan High School.  Entered Mechanic Learners School to join the Navy in 1941.  Schooled at Logan University.  (I interviewed him for schooling at Hill Field).  He then went to Norfolk, VA, where he was 1st class aircraft machinist for the Navy for 4 ½ years  Came home on leave, and as stated above met me and WOW!!!

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Happy Birthday Grandpa Green (you were nobody’s fool!)

Denise