FC: The Jiang Xi Posse Reunion Tour 2008 and 2009
1: Cape Cod 2008
2: A trip to the beach of Cape Cod was where the reunion took us in 2008. This was a trip of firsts for many of the kids, first trip to the beach, first fishing trip, first dinner out as a gang, and our first group trip to the movies. It was a wonderful week! We were missing the Nutt family as they were adding Gwen to their family and Mike as he had to work. Poor Tony was the only husband in the group and Charlie hit the age where he needed a brother- which he found in Zoe! They were the pirates of the cape!
3: Our house for the week- a religious retreat- see Mary in the front yard.
4: Fishing on the Captain Kid! We found a charter that specialized in kid fishing and off we went to catch dinner! | Charlie and his catch Getting ready to board and Zoe is practicing her pirate eye
5: Isabel caught the first fish, we learned about lobsters and Mary looked at the deck.
6: A Whale Watch! We took one cold bumpy ride but it was whale worth it! | Charlie ever the scientist reads up, the others wait it out..."you see one whale mom you have seen them all."
7: Are you cold Gretch? | And we wonder where Charlie gets it from...
8: Ice cream!
9: Tattoos! s | I feel pretty certain that this is just the beginning of Zoe leading the girls down a dangerous path!
10: This was our first dinner out with the kids and what a meal it was. We ate at Arnold's Lobster Shack and while some kids stuck to the chicken nugs others ventured out and tried lobster and crab. They were super well behaved and made their mommas proud. | Lets Eat!
11: Now Showing... Kung Fu Panda! This was the first time we had taken the kids to the movies as a group and for some it was their first movie. We were our own entertainment. | Kung Fu Panda!
12: A day at the beach! | The water was cold but nothing could keep them away
14: Family Down Time
15: G | " You can flush more than once!'
17: The Original Posse | The Expanded Posse
18: Michigan!2009 | The economy need we say more...2009 was the year that the USA economy went in the tank so to say. So we decided to do a family reunion old school style and descended up on the Yaeger family and explore eastern Michigan. Cathy and the girls took a train adventure from Nebraska, finally allowing us to meet Gwen! The Franz’s had just returned home from China with our new family member-Henry and Tony had just come home from a 6 month tour in Iraq so a trip east was just not possible this year - we missed them greatly. The big kids were all finishing up 1st grade with flying colors and loosing teeth right an left- how some of them ate was a mystery. Thanks to the Yaegers we all had an amazing time- their house is a mini playland!
19: Play Land | The Yaeger homestead officially has the best back yard ever! Every day started with a swim in the pool, a reenactment of wipe out, a jumping fest on the trampoline all followed by a meal on the patio!
20: Greenfield Village | Greenfield Village is a wonderful museum created by Henry Ford. The village is set in the early 1900's and is an amazing collection of homes, factories and farms. We visited Edison's lab, had lunch in a early American pub, played with animals, made candles, and learned to walk on stilts. | Cathy and I took our relationship to a new level to get the family discount
21: A stilt race!
22: Candle Making The girls got the neat experience of making candles the old fashioned way. | Gwen was not interested in this project- maybe because it was 100 degrees- smart girl.
23: At the end of the day- all you need is to play in the fountain.!Thankfully Penny has a good hold on Gwen
25: I wish I were an Oscar Meyer wiener that is what I'd really like to be 'cause if I were an Oscar Meyer wiener everyone would be in love with me
26: Fun with displays at the Henry Ford Museum
27: Dumplings With a bit of instruction the kids made dumplings for dinner.
28: A hot, hot day at the Detroit Zoo. We spent a lot of time with the polar bears when a storm popped up but loved melting ice with our hands
30: A Walk in the Woods There was an cool nature preserve near the house so we set off to enjoy the great out doors. Cool birds and a short hike | Kiss kiss little fox
31: The Big Sleep Over~ When it was all said and done at the end of the day they all collapsed into the living room.
32: Randomness.... What a wonderful reunion it was; filled with laughter and adventure.