Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Runchey Reunion 2010

A couple weeks ago we headed down to West Bend for the first planned Runchey Reunion. This involved just Rob’s immediate family. Being that his immediate family involves his parents and 4 busy siblings, this is no small feat. But, thankfully everyone was able to rearrange schedules and spend the weekend in West Bend.
The first order of business was updating the family picture. The last professional picture of their family I remember seeing was when Jon was about 6. Jon is now about to start his second year of college. It was time. There were 10 young grandkids, two older grandkids, and 11 adults. It took some time to organize us all and I think, for the most part, the kids did great.  But kids will only sit still for so long and after 10 minutes, and with the photographer still placing people, pretty much the first half of the group was done. Kids got squirmy and cranky. The rumor is that Patti has been able to find one nice picture of us to order. The other rumor is that the photographer has one crazy picture of us that she is entering into the County fair under the title “The American Family” because of the sheer amount of chaos captured. I see a blue ribbon in her future.

Once the picture was over, the fun began. We headed to Godfather’s for their pizza buffet and then back to the house for everyone to get settled and for the youngest ones to take naps. And for the oldest to wish they could join them. Those who didn’t nap warmed up on the Baggo boards or headed to the pool.

That evening Grillmaster Kerry made us a feast of ribs and brisket with side dishes by Shelly. It was delicious!

After dinner we started our Baggo tournament. There were some heated matches but the final match had to be postponed due to bedtimes. It was completed the next day and I’m happy to report that Rob and I were victorious.

The next day involved crafts and more swimming followed by golf for the adults. Patti arranged for a couple babysitters to come and watch all 10 kids while the adults went to the course for a best ball tournament. Patti was trying to remember the last time she golfed and estimated it was about 25 years ago. Kristin had never golfed. A couple others had golfed once or twice. So, I’m not really sure how we decided to have a golf tournament, but we did. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I sure enjoyed my team. Here they are:

Post golf it was back home for Rob’s Carnitas. We followed up dinner with more Baggo and the we decided to break the best ball golf tie-breaker with a Baggo match. Kerry and Shelly came out the lucky winners for this and thus take home the golfing title as well (along with their two other golf partners Jon and Kristin). Baggo went long into the night and was moved closer to the house to utilize the outside lights. While the guys were busy playing, Shelly and I went for a night bike ride. We biked to the hotel to drop in on Kristin and Lynne, and then back through town, past the Grotto and the Bar (not much going on there) and back to the Runchey’s. Later on, we may or may not have tried to race the guys (who were in a car) back to the hotel on our bikes. I may or may not have missed two or three crucial turns leaving us at a dead end thus ruining our chances of beating them. Not that we had a chance but it seemed like a great idea at the time.

Sunday morning came all too quickly. Nothing else was planned but it was nice to just hang around with everyone. With the kids all so close in age, there was never a shortage of buddies to hang out with, no shortage of popsicles either.

However, there are two girls we need to keep our eyes on. They are nothing but sweet right now but Claire and Ellie will surely give us a run for our money in the future.  Bob was able to break some ground with Kaitlyn and I'm sure they will be best friends in no time!

Rob pulled together a pretty great weekend and hopefully we can make it an annual event.


Lynne said...

Thanks for a great weekend, Rob & Tracy. Our whole family had so much fun and are looking forward to next year!

Anonymous said...

Same goes for Grandpa and Grandma R. Yes, I have the pictures-some are quite good. I'm going to head over to the Darkroom one day soon to see if we can move some faces to make the perfect(almost)family picture. Owen is with me for a few days for his Private Lessons. We had his first one this morning-didn't go real well-told him he had to put his face in the water and blow bubbles or he was heading back to Spirit Lake--He finally did it, so I guess we'll see what happens tomorrow-I'm not holding my breath!! So I won't be taking the pictures over until sometime next week. Talk to you soon. Riley's birthday gift??