Family is Important - Next up, the Quinn reunion - Part 2 of 2

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family is important This past August, I embarked in a cross country trip for 11 days with both my parents, my sister, brother-in-law, and their 6 kids. Destination? Two Rivers, WI for a family reunion. We had set sail on August 12th around 9 pm... for those of you that missed this adventure, here it is....

Family is important - The Belonger Family Reunion of 2010 - August 14th - Part 1 of 2

We had left the Two Rivers area around noon on the 20th of August. Next destination?  The Milwaukee Zoo, and then staying over night and leaving the next morning for Wind Lake, WI, 20 SW of Milwaukee.



Orangutan at the Milwaukee Zoo

If you are ever in the area, I would highly advise going to the Milwaukee Zoo. We didn't get to see the whole zoo, but I was impressed. It was large, clean, and seemed to have many animals from all over.

We were moving quickly, that I only really got one picture all day. I did get someone from the zoo to take a picture of myself, my brother-in-law, with 2 of the kids. But when approaching the vendor on our way out, would you believe that they had an issue with 4 of the pictures from all day. And you guessed it, one of those was our picture... but I did come across someone from Active Rain, but I forgot his name, so we will call him Sam the Orangutan... just hanging out.


Quinn family reunion


The whole irony of this story was perfect timing, because my Aunt Linda had won some radio contest and the prize was a small catered party. This happened about 1 month before our trip. So she got an idea to hold a small family reunion on my mom's side of the family at their lake house who they share with their good friend, Father Ted. Hence why our last stop was at Wind Lake, WI. This area is known for it's historical tornado activity. It is 81% greater than the overall U.S. average. In 1984, there was a category 4 tornado reported with winds of 205-260 mph 15 miles from Wind Lake.

In any case, my Aunt was able to put together this gathering last minute amongst my mom's immediate family. She is one of 5 girls. My grandmother, my mom's mother, passed away on May 16th, 2010 and my grandfather has passed away in 2003.  So it was good to see many that we hadn't seen for many years. (lake in the back ground)


Quinn family reunion


We had about 25 to 40 people and yes, we ate and ate again. It was good food again. But most of all, even though we had to leave around 8 pm or so, it was a good time to see everyone and we all had a good time.


kids in a paddle boat


Some of the kids on the paddle boat.  We also played some volleyball in the backyard.




playing bean bag toss



My Uncle Bob (red cap) and my brother-in-law Joe playing bean bag toss.



playing bean bag toss



Myself in the hat with my cousin Andy.


Thanks Aunt Linda for putting this together last minute....






picture of cousins, nieces, & nephews


Picture of the kids... cousins, nieces, & nephews....


Life is to short - Family is Important - Make time




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Comments (8)

Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Hey I knew there was a reason we got along.  I'm half Wisconsinite...LOL...myself.  I miss the summers at the family farms and hanging out with the cousins.  Glad you were able to make the trip and reconnect with family.

Oct 13, 2010 02:05 AM
Mike Cathell
Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC - Fort Myers, FL
Real Estate Investing for Real People


About 6 years ago, I drove from Seattle, WA to Fort Myers, FL.  I had my kids make a list of everyhting they had not seen before while we were driving.  It's fun now to pull out the lists and remember the trip and laugh at some of the entries, like the "Testicle Festival" we passed in the Dakotas.

Oct 13, 2010 02:36 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

You are so right.   Family is most important.

Thanks for sharing.

Ginger Harper

Oct 13, 2010 02:45 AM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans


CINDY... if we need a reason, it's a good start then.. ;o)  ps.. yes, it is nice up there.. the open land, the farms... the lakes.. thanks

MIKE... sounds like it was a fun trip. And it is good to reminisce some and the fun that we had.. the memories. thanks

GINGER.... yes it is.. thanks


Oct 13, 2010 02:56 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Jeff, I just love family reunions. I have 11 siblings and when we get together it is wild, wild wild. 

Oct 13, 2010 04:23 AM
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Big families and reunions mean lots of kids and activities!  Its good to live through all the excitement!  Undertakign and planning something like this is no easy task, yeah for Aunt Linda!

Oct 13, 2010 04:32 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

You sure have quite the family Jeff.  Thanks for sharing the good times.  Congrats.

Oct 13, 2010 11:31 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I actually LOVE family reunions too!  I always look forward to them and the rest of them make fun of me for being so excited for months in advance!  Looks like you had a wonderful time and I like your last comment--life IS too short and family is SO important.

Oct 14, 2010 03:54 PM