I have a large extremely close extended family. My Grandpa Strom had 10 brothers and sisters and as long as I can remember we’ve been getting together every few years with that whole side! This year almost 200 of the over 300 aunts, uncles, cousins, 2nd cousins, 2nd cousins children etc all got together at Southern Alberta Bible Camp. All this should be leading up to some great pics from my reunion right? Eep! ok so here’s my excuse…my children. Yes I’m using my children. They were awful this weekend! I barely took any pics at this marvelous camp because my children were making me think about ways to jump off the top balcony of the main building. Thank goodness for “Mama and Pawka” (My parents). I’m sure between Adelle and I one of us surely would have gone over the edge if not for their patience!
BUT on the very last day Adelle and Hunter both had fabulous naps and life started to look good again. It was too late for the reunion though. However it was in time for me to appreciate my old stomping grounds as we drove from the camp to the town I grew up in!
Here’s our little SUV and trailer…
We pulled into the ThreeHills campground and met up with a few from my Dad’s family! My Grandpa took us all to the GuZoo in the morning. I am ashamed to say I had never been though I grew up in 3Hills and remember a Tiger being brought into my class at school once. Anyway as I suspected Hunter LOVED the GuZoo. It was a charming little country zoo – but they had alot! Lions and Tigers and Bears (Oh my!). We petted some miniature cows…
And rode a mini horse of some kind
Ok well really Adelle was saying “all done all done all done all done” but we thought it was fun!
Then we stumbled across my weakness…
Yup there they are folks. I begged and pleaded to let me bring just ONE MORE home…but Brian didn’t think we needed a 3rd dog – even if he was the cutest blackest pug puppy in the world. He wasn’t for sale…but I would have found a way.
We petted bunnies…ok kissed them even!
And then Great Grandpa offered up rides on his scooter! I think it might have been Hunter’s favorite part of the zoo!
But then we got to have a truly unique experience – when the owners let us have a backstage pass so to speak and visit the Lemurs! (Thanks Auntie Sheila!) Oh they are so cute – in a monkey-ish way. (The Lemur – although my Aunt looks pretty cute too )
Hunter says “Hey guy….hey”
And Adelle’s vantage point…she was a little less sure of the Lemurs since she was missing her nap at the time…
Lastly – I show you my favorite childhood flower. I can’t find them here – I would love to grow them in my yard – or attempt to anyway. They seem to be all over ThreeHills. Maybe I can steal some stocks from someone.
A simple Hollyhock. Why was it my favorite childhood flower? Well the petals made great stick on earrings for a little girl who wasn’t allowed (at the time) to get her ears pierced….
This weekend was so wonderful. It made me homesick for a simpler time, and a simpler life. My heart dreams of living in a small town or in the country side again one day. But I know I’m where God wants me, I am so thankful for the many blessings in my life.