Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Camping with my extended family

This year marked our 20e long weekend family get together on my dad side. Every year, for the past 20 years, a big bunch of us meet up for the long week end at one of my uncle and aunt house. We camp, play games, laughs and eat too much.  When we started 20 years ago, everyone was in a tent except for one of my aunt and uncle. We were maybe 20.  Since then, almost everyone has updated to RV of every size.  There are only 3 tens left and we are one of them. This year, we were 45.  Usually we’re over 50, but two of the little children had chicken pox and their whole family couldn’t be there.

Here’s the view from my uncle back yard

 

To celebrate the 20e year of our family reunion, we decided to pay a caterer.  We ordered “fricot” (is like a chicken soup/stew).  That way all my uncles and aunts didn’t have to cook.  They still don’t let us do it and we are all over 30 years old.  We will remember the “fricot” for the rest of our life. The caterer had forgotten to put the chicken bag in when she took it off to get the bones out.  So our “fricot” had potatoes, turnip and carrots. Let just say that this was put down in our memory book. Ha ha!

We have activities/games on Saturday evening. Here’s Valerie try to take a bit at her apple.
 


Being with my extended family for the weekend is so relaxing. We are a really close bunch. I love that we stayed close even if my pépère (grandfather) passed away in 1987. There’s no stress. No one wears a watch and we are always wondering what time it is.  A man that was there for the first time commented that we look like a family that doesn’t have any problems and stress, and that enjoy life to the max!
 
 

It was a great weekend (as always). We did get a few showers, but it didn’t last more the 5 minutes at the time. One of my cousin even gave Valérie a ride on his seadoo. She was so excited.
 

I’m already looking to next year and so are the girls.
 

 
Close to your extended family? 

20 comments:

  1. Looks like a lot of fun and I'm happy that you enjoyed it. I've never been camping before and have always wanted to go but being from a big city I've never had a chance. It on my bucket list of things to do.

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    1. Oh you should go camping? We always went a least once a year growing and we still do. My husband can't wait to upgrade to a camper. I personaly don't my the tent. But it does take time to back and get it up.

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  2. Your pictures look relaxing. :-) Tent camping is the best way, good for you!

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    1. It is relaxing! Love camping in a tent and the girls love it too!!

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  3. Looks like you had fun camping! What a funny story about your soup =) I'll have to find out more about it, sounds delicious!

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    1. The Fricot is not really complicate. It an Acadian Traditional meal.
      Potatoes, carrots, chicken, salt, pepper and summer savory. Then we make dumpling made with flour and soda. You cover everything with water. :D that's it! you leave the water in .

      There is usually no turnip in it.

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  4. That is quite the view! Beautiful! Sounds like y'all had a great time camping. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It is quite a view. You should see the sunset (which I didn't take any pics of. Oups)

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    1. We do too! but don't do it as much as we would like :( One day we will ;)

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  6. Gosh! Looks beautiful there and sounds like a lot of fun!

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    1. It is a lot of fun! It's so great to see the kids playing together :D

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  7. I miss my extended family. I wish we had the opportunity to vacation especially with the cousins that are my age and our kids are around the same age. One day... This looks like a fun vacation.

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    1. Maybe you'll should be the one to organize it ;)

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  8. What a fantastic family get together! It looks like such fun, and how great is it for your children. Family is so important, you are lucky you are close.

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    1. Family IS very important and my kids know it!

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  9. How fun! That's where I'm headed this weekend -- my husband's family reunion. We're all tent campers. I hope it'll be fun and not as stressful as it has in the past. There's about 65 of us and we all take turns cooking. Not my favorite part of the trip. :) You look like y'all had a blast!!

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    1. I hope you will have fun and that it will be a drama free trip :)
      For cooking my dad, uncles and aunts always do it. We always have potluck kind of meal. Sunday, it's a brunch!

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