Friday, July 31, 2009

Missouri and Dopp Family Reunion

This year the Dopp reunion was to be held in Missouri. My little family had decided to not go because of my husband being laid off. We were ok with this, but my sister-in-law Diane, called to see if she could take my girls with her to the reunion along with two cousins. I wasn't sure about this idea so we came up with the plan that I would ride with her and we could take my van. So she offered to pay for gas during our trip and off we went. Isn't that so amazing. She is such a wonderful person. Everyone needs a person like Diane in your life. July 18, 2009 me, my children, sister-in-law Diane, and two nieces left Utah for a long trip to Missouri. The first day we drove 17 hours to Lincoln, Nebraska. Here is a rest area we stopped at along our way.
Here is Diane!!
After arriving in Nebraska we stopped to eat. I asked a lady in Wendy's how far it was to Lincoln, Nebraska, we were told 4 1/2 hours. I wanted to die right then, but we kept going and were able to crash at my friend Amy's house. She is an amazing person too. Amy and I have been friends for probably six years. We were neighbors in Arizona and now far apart. I'm an idiot because I didn't take any pictures of being at her house. I would love to have a picture of their family. THey were so kind to let us show up at 12:30 a.m. and let us crash and feed us the next day. Thanks!!
Finally we made it to Gallatan, Missouri after 21 hours in the van with five kids. These kids were so good. Not one fight the entire time and nobody cried or whined. It was completely a miracle. Here are some pictures of the Dopp family reunion:
After ten days we made it home in one piece. It was a fun trip to go on. I will post another time of some other great things I was able to do while in Missouri. THANKS DIANE!! Because of you my kids were able to go and have fun with cousins they hadn't seen for a year.
A big Thanks to Vickie for putting the reunion together!!! Thanks to Jason for putting up with all of us!!


The Blonde Duck said...

Looks like such fun!

Cherie said...

That is so neat that you and Diane came up with a great plan so you all could go.

Looks like a fun reunion and kids love and need to be with their family!!

Angie said...

I am so glad you have such a sweet sister in law! It looks like you had a great time at the reunion. Its a really long drive out there its nice the kids got along.

Winona said...

Wow Janice, you were within about 50-60 miles from me. Glad you had fun in my home state. Sounds like your SIL is a keeper. Winona

Dahlene said...

Janice! I'm so glad you got to go. It looks like so much fun! Great post.

QuiltedSimple said...

So glad you got to go - that looks like a LOT of fun

Small House said...

HOW FUN!!! I had to smile at how much your kids look like their Dopp cousins. Seriously...Oldest daughter looks like the other cute girl in the photo. And I always think that 2nd daughter looks like you and our family...but not when she's with the Dopp family. VERY CUTE!!!!!

I was wondering about the chaos in the van. BUt everything went well. ANd truly, what a wonderful sister inlaw you have.

Have a great day.

Kimonos and Sushi said...

What a lovely story glads to hear that you all had a great time.