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S: Garmisch 2010

BC: The family is one of nature's masterpieces. George Santayana

FC: Garmisch 2010 | Paul & Donna Oesterreicher Celebrate 60 Years

1: August 23rd - 29th 2010

2: The King and Queen settle into the castle for a week's stay and ready themselves for family, food, and fun!

3: "Other things may change us, but we start and end with family." -Anthony Brandt

4: The first feast begins shortly after arrival.

5: Kyle gets his hands wet doing the dishes while Sue cuts into the first batch of scotcheroos.

6: A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart.

7: Day one ends with a visit to the playground, relaxing at the castle, and anticipation of what is yet to come.

8: Day two ...time to test the water!

9: Toby explores the resort grounds.

10: The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. Audrey Hepburn

11: Jim and Kyle unlock the gate to the dungeon and stumble upon some ancient swords. "On Guard!"

12: The first feast begins shortly after arrival. | Let the games begin...

13: Day two comes to a close with a beautiful sunset over Lake Namakagon, a few cold beverages, and a warm bonfire.

14: Day three gets off to a good start with a round of golf.

15: Meanwhile, back at the castle, Toby and Paula check out the swimming beach... unfortunately it's too cold to get in.

16: Toby & Carson are anxious to get on the water, while Sue & Pat find some alone time lakeside.

17: Another busy day ends with bedtime stories and bonfires.

18: Day four...finally, a warmer day. Lake Namakagon here we come!

19: Toby & Rachel enjoy a ride together, Carson & Linda take in the action, and Jim tries to dump Paula off the tube.

20: The first feast begins shortly after arrival. | Jim & Paula take the kids & dogs on an early morning walk to begin day five. | Toby snuggles with Sam in his new hammock.

21: We visit the swimming beach while waiting for the boat to arrive for another day of tubing.

23: Taking in all that Garmisch has to offer... boating, fishing, relaxing.

24: Carson enjoys some daddy time while Evan settles in for the weekend.

25: Grandchildren fill a place in your heart you never knew was empty

26: A special night out... dinner at the Garmisch lodge.

27: Day five wraps up with flashlight fun around the bonfire.

28: The first feast begins shortly after arrival. | Day six is off, complete with... | hobie rides | hammock snuggles | lazy dogs

29: and a pontoon adventure!

31: A happy family is but an earlier heaven. George Bernard Shaw

32: Soothing waves lead to sleepy heads!

33: Back on dry land. | Evan shoots beets through a potato gun.

34: A feast dedicated to the King and Queen puts an exclamation point on day six and a great week!

35: Day seven... our final day at Garmisch.

36: The first feast begins shortly after arrival. | Evan & Toby work hard to catch just one last fish.

37: Sam tries to show the kids how it's done and ends up snagged in a nearby pine.

38: Happy 60th Anniversary | to both of you...

39: ...from all of us! Thanks for all the memories.

40: Sue's Top Ten List of Memories of Mom and Dad 10. Vacationing in the Dells is one of my earliest memories. I liked Storybook Gardens best. 9. Shaving with Dad's razor and getting a scar, yep, I just checked, it is still there but is now camouflaged by a wrinkle. 8. Bunnies for Easter. 7. Surprise 13th birthday party. 6. Summers spent on Lake Eau Claire -- in the water, in the woods, playing games -- the BEST! 5. Snow skiing -- more awesome family times. 4. Working at Dad's store. 3. Dad walking me down the aisle. 2. Mom staying at the hospital with me when Pat and Rachel went to Madison. 1. Having the Best Parents ever who taught me who I was, how I should behave, what is important (FAMILY) and gave me the security of knowing I could come to them for anything and they would help me in anyway they could. | Rachel's memory of Grandma: Grandma singing "My Bonnie" to her. . Rachel's memory of Grandpa: "I love to look at pictures of Grandpa holding me; his first grandchild. I can feel his love from then, now and forever." | Pat's memory: Enduring pain, frustration and humiliation in attempting to learn how to stay upright on skis. Whether on snow or water, it was futile....but the tuna casserole, ranchers and being in the company of such a great family made it "hurt so good".

41: Dad and Mom have always been there for me, in so many different ways. I have never doubted their love and concern for me, but maybe one of the best examples of just how far that love goes is when my septic system backed up at my house about 15 years ago. Dad and Mom were in their mid to late 60's, but I was still their kid. There was a lot of moisture in my house. By the time I discovered the cause, there were a couple of inches of congealed sh-t in half of my basement. It had come up from the drain in my sauna. As you can imagine, I was just sick about it. So I called my best friends, Dad and Mom. Less than half an hour later (this was after supper), they showed up in work clothes and boots with buckets, mops, shovels, bleach, scrub brushes, rags, etc. I don't know what we did with all of the crap, but after several hours we had cleaned it up! (Which means it was a lot cleaner than before the episode.) It was truly sh-tty work, but they did it!. Talk about going above and beyond the call of parental duty! And this is only one of countless examples. There were some more serious which, because of how serious they were, I prefer not to share, but they know, and I won't forget. In reviewing this, I see that true to my nature, I've focused on how Dad and Mom always came through in difficult times. But the best memories, which I do and will always cherish, are of the things we did as a family, or as father and son, growing up, including boating on the Mississippi, the cottage on Lake Eau Claire (fishing, water skiing, grilled beef roasts, and King of the dock!), skiing at Hardscrabble, Telemark and Indianhead (ground meat sandwiches, barbeque in the elec. skillet, matching PJs, Christmas cookies, Dad lacing up our ski boots, the movies Dad took, Mom's shorty skis, staying at the Armata), Dad taking me to Aspen when I was a senior in High School, the family trips to Aspen, Mom as my Cub Scout den mother, the great Christmas's (even when my friends told me there was no Santa, I didn't believe them-- where else could all those presents have come from?), even working at the store was good. But I was disappointed the one Christmas when my big gift, which had received a big build-up, turned out to be a typewriter instead of a T.V. for my bedroom. Thanks, Mom and Dad, for stopping just short of spoiling me! Besides generally sharing the benefit of their wisdom, experience, and common sense, Dad and Mom got me started in all of the things I enjoy in life, gave me an education, and helped me when I was troubled, or in trouble. I owe pretty much everything to them. Except that, as the authors say in their credits, "The sole responsibility for any errors is mine." Sue, Linda, and I have always known that we've been blessed with great parents, and a great family. We love you, too! Bob

42: To Mom & Dad: I would like to offer up a big "Thank You" for your love and guidance throughout the years. Mom, I tried to follow your example as I raised my children; I always dished out plenty of hugs and words of praise...letting them know they were number one in my life. My family was the center of my world and still is today...just as we always knew we were the center of your world. You taught me to put my family's needs before my own, but that it is also important to take time for myself. When I was busy with 3 young children, you were my best friend and the one I turned to for guidance. You were always there to lend a helping hand whether it was to babysit, to wallpaper, or to just talk; you found the time to be there for me. And I thank you. Dad, you were the rock of our family; working long hours to provide us with a wonderful home and family life that included a summer cottage and winter ski trips...fond memories for us all. When the grandchildren came along, you taught them how to water ski and spent hours pulling them on the "tube" just as you had a generation before. You even taught them how to snow ski...which took more patience than I could manage at the time. And I thank you. My kids are so lucky to have such wonderful grandparents who have played an active role in their lives. Again, you have set the perfect example of what a parent and grandparent should be...and now as great-grandparents, as well. We all have wonderful memories from our childhood, but it is the examples you set for us throughout our lives that have made us the people we are today. With Gratitude and Love, Linda | One of my most memorable Paul & Donna moments had to be most recently at the end of the Garmisch trip all sitting around the table and listening to how grateful Paul & Donna were for the wonderful family they spent their entire lives creating. Seems like it's always been "family first" with you guys and I thank you for letting an odd duck like me come along for the great ride. Thank goodness it ain't over yet. JIM

43: For Grandma, I remember her bobbing up and down with me in the little boat, fishing for smallmouth on Grindstone. One time I caught a pretty big one (which can be seen in a photo) that she cooked up for me. That was all back in her more agile years. Grandpa, obviously the hours upon hours that he spent pulling us around on tubes, disc, skis...looking back at it now, he spent a lot of time doing that and it must have taken a toll on him. He had to enjoy seeing us having fun, otherwise he couldn't have put that much time into it. I remember him recommending that I troll floating Rapalas for smallmouth in front of the cabin..wow did I catch fish. I still tell all of my friends about the smallmouth I used to catch on Grindstone when I was a little kid trolling Rapalas. There is no question that they put a lot of time into being great grandparents (and parents I'm told as well). It's hard to believe that it was so long ago when we were spending every summer up at the cabin.actually wasn't that long ago for me now that I think about it.but you know what I mean. I feel very fortunate to have been brought up in such a great environment, surrounded by such wonderful people. I cherish all of the memories and look forward to more to come. Sam | Grandma and Grandpa, Attempting to try to choose just a few great memories from the numerous I recall would be too difficult. I would just like to take this opportunity to say thank you both so very much for all the great times at the cottage, and making every attempt to entertain us at every moment, which I know was a trying and difficult task, also having been there for every special occasion, from birthdays to holidays, you have always had time for us, and I greatly appreciate that, and look forward to the time to come. Love you Guys, Max

44: An array of card games, including stupid, 99, hearts, 7-up, and cribbage * Blackjack Gum, always stashed in Grandma's purses and drawers * Crash at the dealership, when Grandpa put a ding in a brand new van * Dusty, Annie, & Angie, three dogs that have added so much to our lives * Endless hours of tubing and skiing * Flea Markets, always in search of rare coins, stamps, or books * GREAT Grandparents to Toby & Carson * Holiday get-togethers * Ireland, an unforgettable trip * Jock itch, Grandma's star performance in Catch Phrase * KOA Water Slide, with a million stairs to climb * Laughing at Grandpa's ridiculous jokes * Movie rentals, especially “The Boy Who Could Fly” * Nips, always filling my pockets as I leave your place * Open door, welcoming me and my family anytime * Peeing in a bucket, while I ‘pretended’ to sleep * Quiet, which we tried to be during your frequent daytime naps * Riding bike to Shopko, just for fun or to pick up some necessities * Stained glass, woodworking, and other arts & crafts * TAB Pop & Caffeine Free Diet Coke, a staple in your refrigerator * Unconditional love, you’ve always shown to me and my family * Velveeta cheese, that Grandpa and I would share as a snack or on a sandwich * Wilderness Walk, which we visited countless times * X marked the ‘free spot’ on the Bingo games we played for little wrapped trinkets * Yummy food, especially your specialties, poppy seed bread, party chicken, freezer cookies, garlic crackers, and pretty much anything with strawberries and whip cream * ZZZ’s at the movies, when Grandma snored so loud she woke herself up | From A to Z it's easy to see, you have made an impression on me! Thank you for all the years of love, laughter, guidance, and friendship. I feel so lucky to have you both in my life and am thankful that you have been so willing and able to share your time with my children too. You are wonderful and talented people, and I am grateful for all the wisdom and experiences you have shared with me and my family. Love, Paula | Grandma & Grandpa, when I think of you I think of...

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