Christmas in August 2015 (Marten River Family Reunion)

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We had our annual Christmas in August/Marten River Family Reunion at Auntie Joyce’s house. The theme this year was Lumberjack.

Attendance this year:

Us (Melissa, Peter Abby and Aiden)

Al and Joyce

Shauna and Johanie* (Shauna’s girlfriend)

Aaron, Chantale, Stephanie and Lucas.

Phillip and Stephanie

Luc, Kim and Nick

Shawn and Megan

Bruce and Jackie

Steven, Karen, Oren and Nicholas

Gabe and Rachel

Wendy

Jean* and Gertrude* (Stephanie’s parents)

Dogs in attendance: Marley*, Ernie, Lila, Chad, Juno and Milo

*First Time attendees

Front (L-R): Melissa with Marley, Kim, Philip with Milo, Stephanie L, Abby, Stephanie G with Juno, Uncle Al, Shauna, Johanie. Middle (L-R): Oren, Peter, Karen, Joyce, Chantale, Aaron, Wendy, Megan, Shawn with Lila  Back (L-R): Nick, Luc, Steven, Aiden (on Steven's shoulders), Rachel, Gabe, Lucas, Bruce, Jackie, Nicholas.
Front (L-R): Melissa with Marley, Kim, Philip with Milo, Stephanie L, Abby, Stephanie G with Juno, Uncle Al, Shauna, Johanie.
Middle (L-R): Oren, Peter, Karen, Joyce, Chantale, Aaron, Wendy, Megan, Shawn with Lila
Back (L-R): Nick, Luc, Steven, Aiden (on Steven’s shoulders), Rachel, Gabe, Lucas, Bruce, Jackie, Nicholas.

August 7: Friday

On Friday morning we got up early and headed to North Bay. We stopped at Chantale’s for lunch so that we all could see her new house that her and Aaron had moved into in February. She gave us tour and fed us some lunch before we headed up to Marten River. She even fed Marley who swiped an egg salad sandwich off the counter when we were cleaning up.

Aiden relaxing on the hammock at Aaron & Chantale's
Aiden relaxing on the hammock at Aaron & Chantale’s

After picking up groceries, we headed up to Uncle Al and Auntie Joyce’s house. When we arrived, we set up all of our tents and the big group tent in front of the cabin. Shortly after, I received a phone call that Julie had given birth to a beautiful baby girl named Evangeline (Eva). We then settled in for an evening of visiting by the lake, playing with the dogs and playing a game of Cards Against Humanity, which was to say the least interesting. We stayed up in the Gazebo that Aaron built right on the water’s edge until a little after 1 playing the game.

The Cain Family tent village. (The small tent was Marley's)
The Cain Family tent village. (The small tent was Marley’s)

August 8: Saturday

On Saturday, the day started early with some cereal and coffee in the new Gazebo that Aaron built on the water’s edge. For the rest of the day we:

Melissa having an early morning coffee by the river.
Melissa having an early morning coffee by the river.
Aaron enjoying the sunshine.
Aaron enjoying the sunshine.

a) went swimming in the river: jumping off the dock and spraying some water guns

Aiden playing with his water gun
Aiden playing with his water gun

b) went fishing in the river (Thank-you Phillip for helping me set up the rods for the kids

c) paddle boat and canoe rides: Abby and Aiden together and me with both of them while they fished. Abby and Aiden also went for canoe rides with Steven.

 

d) chilli cook off: For the this chilli cook off, we had 4 or 5 chilli’s baked by different people and then judged by a a panel of four judges. The winner was Shauna and Johanie’s vegan chilli, with Phillip and Stephanie’s coming in second, which really bothered Phillip who kept asking his Mom how close the vote was during the evening’s festivities. For the Chilli Cookoff we all dressed in our lumberjack gear!!!

e) Family Photo: Everyone in their lumberjack gear (See Above)

f) fireworks; this year’s fireworks were the best ever. Aaron had done some research and purchased a sifter brand of fireworks and his time and investment paid off. Even the kids on the other side of the Lake liked them. We could hear them from across the lake cheering after each one.

g) game of Cards Against Humanity: This game included 3 generations of Gagne’s (Joyce, Aaron and his kids)

h) Sitting by the fire: Melissa and I sat by the fire after the game and just stared at the stars before going to bed.

i) Picking nose break: And of course we squeezed in time to pick our noses.

Aiden the lumberjack digging for gold
Aiden the lumberjack digging for gold

August 9: Sunday

On Sunday we got up and had a lumberjack breakfast of sausage, bacon, eggs and pancakes courtesy of Aaron and Chantale. We then helped everyone clean up and said goodbye to everyone that had to go home.

In the afternoon, Aaron took one of the fish that Aiden and gutted and we cooked it. It was the first fish that Aiden ate after catching.

Uncle Aaron gutting Aiden's fish for lunch
Uncle Aaron gutting Aiden’s fish for lunch
Aiden eating his fish
Aiden eating his fish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the afternoon, we went to trappers for Poutine with Aaron and Chantale and Steven, Karen, Oren and Nicholas. They all headed home and we went back to Al and Joyce’s for the evening. We quickly disassembled our tents and moved into the house which paid off huge since it rained overnight and most of the day on Monday. In the evening we had small bonfire and cooked hot dogs and marshmallows for supper. We then went in and joined Joyce, Shauna, and Johanie for a movie.

August 10: Monday

On Monday, we got up and had some breakfast and coffee and watched the rain come down. We visited for most of the morning and into the afternoon with Joyce, Shauna and Johanie. We also enjoyed some of Shauna’s lemon poppyseed cake fresh out of the oven. We then headed out around 4 and got home a little after 8

 

Additional Portraits from the weekend

One of Shawn's portraits of the canoes at the river. Notice the canoes are in colour.
One of Shawn’s portraits of the canoes at the river. Notice the canoes are in colour.
Sunset in Marten River
Sunset in Marten River

 

 

Next years theme will be wedding, since Phillip and Stephanie will be getting married at Al and Joyce’s that weekend.

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