Sunday, June 1, 2014

Penner Family Reunion 2014

It's that time of the year again! Every Memorial weekend we have our annual Penner Family reunion. In some ways we're growing and in others our numbers are getting smaller. We have little Penner's being born, and some are going on to join the Penner family in Heaven.  So this is a fun time but also a bittersweet time as we miss those who have gone on before us. We started out having this reunion in our backyard, but grew to where that wasn't really a very good option, so from there we moved on to a small lake near our nephew and niece, Leon and Sherry Koehn's house. It was an ideal situation for many years, a nice lake for fishing, paddle boat, picnic tables, and bathroom facilities.  We were able to usually have a weiner roast, homemade ice cream and potluck.  Well, this year we had to do it a little differently due to the fact that that place was not available to us due to maintenance, so we opted for the city park in
Fairview. It was touch and go because we had been having rain, and they were predicting more, but all worked out, and we had a beautiful evening, good turnout, and the little people loved the playground. It is always so nice getting to visit with family some of whom we had not seen since last Memorial weekend!!  These are just a few pics of our fun and very special evening!

Those who we have lost in the last few years, and miss so much are my brother, Kenny Penner, my sister, JoAnn Schmidt, and cousin, Lynn Dolan Penner, cousin's in-law, Roland Nobis and Dave Koehn.  There are others, but these are just the ones, we've lost since we started this reunion.
Cousin's visiting and catching up on the family news!

Little cousins who live half a state apart enjoying time together!

Mama caught this little guy trying to get away! Think he was going to the water park! lol

Brother's trying out the slide!

Climbing the mountain!!

Sweet little man going for a ride on the bee!

Two little cousins who really hit it off this weekend, having similar interests!

Looks like a guy thing to me!

Way to go!

Me next brother!

Guy talk here!

Don't think Larry wanted his pic taken either that or he was bored with the gal talk and sleeping under that cap!!

More gal talk.

Gals getting ready to leave. Sometimes this is hard, one living in western Kansas the other in Eastern Kansas!

Mama & daughter

These two families need to get these boys together more!

Niece, Sherry, who usually hosts this reunion at the lake near their home.  Bob and I and Sherry worked on it together this year. Don't know what We'd haved done without her!!
This picture taken by Marshalene Wimer.

Getting some last minute visiting in with some Arizona cousins!
This picture taken by Marshalene Wimer.

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