Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Part II: Fun at the Kletscher family reunion July 31, 2013

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THE THING I APPRECIATE about a little competitive fun at the annual Kletscher family reunion are the memories built and the melding of generations.

Review the images below and those published yesterday (click here) and I expect you will agree.

I love that my extended family loves to have fun.

In this game, contestants race to move gummy worms from a pie plate into a cup, with their mouths. The plates were supposed to be filled with whipped cream, but someone left it in a hot vehicle and, well, there was no whipped cream. Perhaps just as well.

In this game, contestants (my sister Lanae is on the left) race to move gummy worms from a pie plate into a cup, with their mouths. The plates were supposed to be filled with whipped cream, but someone left it in a hot vehicle and, well, there was no whipped cream. Perhaps just as well.

Dropping gummy worms into a cup.

Kegan drops gummy worms into a cup, doing his part for the Rednecks team.

Teams work together in assembling 25-piece puzzles.

Teams of all ages work together in assembling 25-piece puzzles.

Teamwork, up close.

Teamwork, up close.

Denver, member of the blue team.

Denver, member of the blue team.

Big sister assists little brother in the kids' nail driving contest.

Big sister assists little brother in the kids’ nail driving contest.

Determined, if anything.

Determined, if anything.

Uncle Wally, an experienced carpenter, won a round of the adult competition in nail driving.

Uncle Wally, an experienced carpenter, won a round of the adult competition in nail driving.

My cousin Sandy, organizer of the games, scrambles to pull boxcutters from the tool prize box before the kids grab the knives.

My cousin Sandy, organizer of the games, scrambles to pull boxcutters from the tool prize box before the kids grab the knives.

Colorful socks, colorful cups for this contestant in a race to fill the cups with popcorn.

Colorful socks, colorful cups for this contestant in a race to fill the cups with popcorn.

The water spigot proved a popular spot once squirt guns were distributed.

The water spigot proved a popular spot once squirt guns were distributed.

That would be my husband, Randy, sporting "safety glasses" for the nail driving contest. He wont the first round, pounding 9 1/2 nails into a chunk of wood in one minute.

That would be my husband, Randy, sporting “safety glasses” for the nail driving contest. He tied in the first round, pounding 9 1/2 nails into a chunk of wood in one minute.

My sister Lanae cuddles 5-month-old cousins Garrett (I think; he's a twin), left, and Logan, right. They represent the next generation of competitors.

My sister Lanae cuddles 5-month-old cousins Garrett (I think; he’s a twin), left, and Logan, right. They represent the next generation of Kletscher family competitors.

© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

 

12 Responses to “Part II: Fun at the Kletscher family reunion”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    LOVE the picture of Randy! Safety first!!!! 🙂 What a great day! I can not write this comment without tons of exclamation marks because as you know, I, unlike you, use them liberally because I am not a reporter or journalist!!! So I will pepper my enthusiastic comment with a lot of them because that is just how this post makes me feel!!!!! I love the picture of Lanae and yes, you guys look alike!!! Same smile!!!! Thanks for sharing your family with us—love love love it!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I will accept your exclamation marks as I know the spirit in which they were typed.

      You could probably sneak into the crowd next July and pretend you are a Kletscher. Even I didn’t know some of the kids, which is why not all of them are identified in the photos.

  2. Lanae Says:

    Garrett is the twin of Landon who aunt Jeanette is holding on yesterdays blog. I loved those little guys. We are a very lucky family to be as close as we are.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Whew, glad I attached the right name to the right twin. Twins Garrett and Landon and their cousin Logan are such cuties. Just wait until next summer when they are all walking. There will be no rest then for the parents and grandparents.

      I agree. Totally blessed to have an extended family like ours.

  3. virgil Says:

    Looks like a great reunion-maybe those are the kind of activites all reunions need to liven them up and get more to come? Weather must have been great!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Virgil, that is exactly why we added games four years ago, to get everyone off their lawn chairs, mingling, bonding and building memories. The young people don’t want to just sit and chat. There’s still time for that, too, at dinner and after the activities end. The weather was absolutely perfect. On years when the weather is too hot and humid, we move into the community hall.

  4. Jackie Says:

    That nail driving contest looks like such a good time, Uncle Wally wasn’t gonna let no one beat him, ha ha. Love the glasses on Randy, definately got a chuckle out of me. Thanks for sharing, it’s always heartwarming to see families (young and old) gathering, playing and making memories 🙂

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      The “carpenters” really got into the competition, that’s for sure. Fun was had by all. Of that I am certain.

  5. Wait until those 2 little boys can join in on the fun – Great Photos – thanks so much for sharing your Family Reunion!

  6. ryanware Says:

    Looks like a lot of fun was had and great memories created.


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