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Jun. 4th, 2007

12:37 pm - The Great Rasch Reunion of 2007

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Every year or so, my parents try to get all the kids together for a family reunion. The past two reunions, they’ve rented a beach house off the coast of Oregon. However, this year they decided to create a working model of a slave labor camp.

Hahaha! I mean, this year, they decided to host a “working reunion”.

You see, 30 years ago, my parents bought 9 acres of land outside of Jerome, ID. They put up a trailer at one end, and proceeded to build their dream home. Doing most of the work themselves, they finished the house free and clear.

However, for a variety of reasons, shortly after it was finished, they decided to sell the house. A couple named Glenn and Polly Spencer bought the house, and from then after, it was the “Spencer” house.

Although my parents moved into a rental house nearby, they kept the three acre lot next door to the “Spencer” house. (They had also previously sold the trailer and another three acres.) Eventually, they began to build another house next door to the Spencers. Once it was finished enough to live in (i.e. no exposed wires), they moved in. Through the remainder of my childhood they continued to work on the second house.

Meanwhile, the Spencer house went through a few owners and renters. A year ago, it came up for sale again, and my parents bought it.

Unfortunately, the previous tenants had allowed the house to slowly decay. Although still structurally sound, it now required extensive renovation.

Hence, the “working reunion”. My parents somehow persuaded me, my sisters (Heather, Jennifer, and Rachel), my brother (Joseph) and their SO’s to come help them renovate their house last week. The pictures below the cut document that week. Note that the pictures are big, and most of wthem would probably be of interest only to my family.


Heather (sister)
Jennifer (sister)
Rachel (sister)
Joe (brother)
Jay (Heather’s husband)
Steve (Rachel’s boyfriend)
Kelly (Jennifer’s husband)
Hailey, Ethan (Heather and Jay’s kids)
Bryce and Breanna (Jennifer and Kelly’s kids)
Noah and Jonah (Joe’s kids)
Sarah Twitchell (cousin, babysitter)
Rochelle Twichell (cousin, babysitter)


painted wainscotting - Mom, Rachel, Heather, Jen
installed wainscotting - Heather, Jen, Chris, Kelly
laid out countertop tile - Rachel, Steve
cut countertop tile - Dad
installed countertop tile - Heather, Jen, Dad
grouted countertop tile - Heather, Jen, Dad
painted kitchen cabinets - Heather, Jen, Rachel, Mom
painted bedrooms - Mom
dug sprinkler ditches - Jay, Steve
laid pipe for sprinklers - Jay, Steve, Dad
laid hardwood floor - Joe, Chris, Jay
garbage removal - Jay, Chris
babysitting - Rochelle, Sarah
craft services - Mom
dog wrangling - Heather, Joe, Mom
crew quarters - Uncle Kenny and Aunt Sharon

Rachel, Hailey, and Mom on the driveway to the house. Timar leads the way.

Joe takes a break on Monday, the first day of the hardwood floor installation.


The Hallway from Hell. Although it doesn’t look like much, this was the most difficult part of the floor job.

11:30 a.m., Saturday, my brother-in-law Jay adds the final plank. Whew!


The completed floor. All that remains are the baseboards.

Another shot of the floor.

The kitchen, before picture.

The kitchen, before the grout and flooring are down.

The kitchen. My sister’s Rachel, Heather, and Jen were responsible for painting the cabinetry and installing the tile.

My nieces Hailey (in pigtails) and Breanna (in front) and my sister Jen.

Mom, Heather, and Ethan looking out from the garage to the driveway. That’s Mom’s Chevy pickup ( her second great love ) in the background.


Hailey’s favorite pink blanket serves many purposes: blanket, monster barrier, beach towel.

Bryce and BreannaIMG_1145

Kids in the kiddie pools.

Jonah and his Dad (my brother Joe) don’t like paparazzi.

Jonah finds that playing in the mud is thirsty work.

Rasch family motto: “Child Labor Now!” From left, Ethan, Breanna, Noah, Jonah, Bryce.

More children pickin’ rock.

When their work output fell below acceptable levels, the children were toted off to the discard pile.

Breanna climbing a tree.

Breanna looks down…

Hailey, Breanna, Jonah, Joe, and Noah take a lunch break.

Breanna, Jonah, Joe, Noah

Jen, Bryce, Dad, and Mom eat lunch

Heather eating an ice cream drumstick. As you will see, I have a knack for capturing Heather in mid-bite.

Joe, Rachel, and Heather eating a donut.

Heather eating an ice cream sandwich.

Jay in the kitchen.

Steve and my sister Rachel. Steve and Rachel laid out the new tile, Heather, Jen, and Dad installed it.

My sister Heather and her husband Jay.

Jay, digging trenches on the mini-backhoe: “Best. Toy. Ever.”

Steve and Rachel stayed in the trailer, courtesy of Uncle Kenny and Aunt Sharon

Jonah doesn’t like handlers.




My Mom hired my cousin Sarah to watch the kids. Here we see the kids have treed Sarah on top of the garage roof, and are now hunting for firewood.


Jen, at the wrap party at Johnny Carinos

Ethan (age 2) tires of dinner conversation, and falls asleep in Heather’s arms at Johnny Carinos


My Uncle Kenny and Aunt Sharon. Uncle Kenny, after spilling dressing oil on Aunt Sharon: “Now we’re ready for bed!”


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Date:June 5th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)

Re: fry sauce

What brought you to that part of Idaho?
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Date:June 4th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
This was awesome to experience/view. Thanks for posting it.
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Date:June 5th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you liked it.
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Date:June 5th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
Everything looks like it turned out great; the floors are especially gorgeous.

I can really see the resemblance between you and your brother Joe, and I think you look more like your mom. Also, for someone who clearly eats sweets nonstop, Heather has a lovely figure :)
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Date:June 5th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
Thanks! Despite the pictures, Heather usually eats quite sensibly...:>
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Date:June 6th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Interesting idea.

I don't think it would ever work with my family, though. People wouldn't get over their disagreements.
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Date:June 6th, 2007 06:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, we had a few disagreements. But fortunately, most of my family is pretty reasonable and easygoing most of the time.
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