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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Three Day Crawford Hoe Down MN Style

When we go to MN we go to see family.  Kyle's family is HUGE!  In his family are 8 kids.  All 8 are married, of the 8, 6 live within an hour of Robin and Toby.
There are 20 grandchildren and 1 on the way, 17 of them were at the festivities.  We met every night we were there for dinner.  Poor Robin who cooks for a cafeteria at a factory was head chef of the family reunion.  She makes all kinds of things out of her small kitchen, when two people are in there its crowded.  But, she makes the best food, and everyone eats it up.  There are not much leftovers to put in the fridge for the next day after those feasts.

 During the day we tried to see as much as we could and be back in time to help do as much as we could to ease Robin's burdens of reading the house for family.  We made a day trip to Leech Lake.  It was COLD.  I just dipped my feet and said, no thanks.  I sat out and watched the kids play.  Sometimes I wish we lived closer, our kids don't get much of the cousin time that I had when I was growing up.  Every time we leave to go home our kids say it feels like we are leaving home.

Needless to say, we enjoyed our time visiting and preparing for Kota to become part of the MN scene.  Funny how life works, Kyle came to Ohio to find his little family.  Kota will be going to MN to live with the family Kyle left.  At least we know he has a loving, close knit family unit to belong to in our absence.  He probably won't even get homesick.


  1. Natives of Ashland have long roots that seem to pull them back so don't worry about Dakota...He'll be baaaaccckkk! I know how tired I was after cooking for 3 days with family here, I can't imagine doing it for a week with that crowd. Holy Cow, I bow down to Robin....I'm glad you had a great time and now don't get any ideas about going "home"...OK?

  2. sounds and looks like a good time. It is nice to be near family we have it spread all over.

  3. So fun to see Minnesota again...thank you!! Yes, it's so coincidental that Kyle was from there and Kota wants to go back! How neat!!

  4. Sounds like you had a great time with Kyle's family. It's good that Kota will have that family next year. I know I felt reassured when my oldest went off to college and was in the same town as my aunt and uncle. It just feels good to know there is family nearby!

  5. I think you already know that family gatherings are my favorite things. And cousin time is priceless!