Gathered Together: I Can’t Find My Shoes 2020

I couldn’t resist including the most often uttered phrase during the week of the Family Gathering. The younger the child, the more likely he or she was to repeat it.  I CAN’T FIND MY SHOES. Even though I put a laundry basket by the back door, flip-flops ended up in …

Gathered Together: Great Grandpa Ray’s Old Stereo 2020

The stereo from The Ranch. Grandpa Ray and Grandma Mildred Watrous lived in Bicknell, Utah for the last years of their lives. The place where they lived was lovingly called “The Ranch” and our children have many memories of the sights, smells and sounds associated with it. One of the …

Gathered Together: Talents 2020

Grandpa said he had only one request. He wanted an unplanned talent show. So, the parents herded their offspring into our little parlor where the piano lives and, starting with Tucker, each child made a contribution.   Clara plays the piano, sings with a beautiful voice and today tunes a …

Gathered Together: Shaving Cream 2020

We usually rent a bounce house/slide. This year we decided against it simply because we didn’t feel comfortable with our ability to disinfect it in light of the COVID spread. Nevertheless, the kids made it clear that it wasn’t our summer gathering without a shaving cream fight.  Lindsay was in …