As our Gunnell extended family gets bigger and older, it gets much harder to get everyone together. My uncle Gary's kids (with the exception of 2) live across the country. My aunt Sally was still on her mission and most of her kids were waiting at home to go up to the cabin with her when she got back. But my whole family got up there (miracle!), and we had my aunt Joyce's girls and their kids, uncle Wain, and my cousin Natalie's family there this year.
So we had our traditional flag raising. The story of the flag is pretty great. My great uncle Alfred fought in WW2 as a pilot. During a training exercise in the middle of the war, the pilot he was training panicked and crashed the plane. He survived, but uncle Alfred did not. The flag we raise is the flag that was given to my great grandma when he died. We honor him and all those who have fought and sacrificed so much for our country and freedoms.
During the flag ceremony, uncle Wain who fought in Vietnam (and has a purple heart), talked about war and why their are soldiers. It was educational, and nice to hear his testimony of what they do. We then sung our family song of "Forever and Ever". I love my family.
I wish I had gotten more pictures---Nash had developed croup and I was busy entertaining him most of the time we were there. It also rained a bit every day (which was heaven!!) and so we werent out trecking around in the mud. Jane also spent the majority of her time playing with her cousins--which was so fun for her! (but i dont have a ton of pictures of her).
I love my family. and I love the ranch. Its so very special.
Melanie took these pictures. Samantha, Bailey, Brianna, and Jane.
Julie did the girls hair for the 4th in stars! Cute.
Samantha and Nash. 1st time we've used the pack n play as a play pen. WHO KNEW!?
Our view from the front porch. The Rodeo fire took alot of our trees out, but its still beautiful!
Watching the rain.
Went in the rain--look he DOES have hair!
Sammi has more though!
Flag raising...and Jane jumping on the handprints of our family members.
Dad, Randy, and Jeff
Wain, Natalie and her boys: Matthew, Cade, Zach, and Josh
Joyce, Gevan, Bri, Lynlie, Bailey, and Jane
Julie and Tommy
JoyAnn, the Martinez boys, Jane, Mel and Sammi
Raising Alfred's flag.
Tommy, Bailey, Gevan, Lynlie
Melanie, Jane, and Samantha
Jane and Nash watching Baby Signing Time
Nash and Jace! He finally made it up!
Nash and his Papa.