|The Kautz Boys|
Joe comes from a large family--he is one of 5 kids--4 boys and 1 girl. Now that everyone is married and has children and grandchildren, the family get-togethers are sorta crazy. And those boys are still that....boys. I don't care how you dress them up, they can still revert back to those wild "brother days" all too easily while we sit back and roll our eyes.
But silliness aside, it is nice to see them together and having such a good time. Joe's mom and dad thoroughly enjoy these times--even if all the rowdiness is a tad too loud. I don't know how that woman survived all 4 boys sharing a bedroom all those years ago. I shudder to imagine.
The thing that amazes me most is the "out-laws"--you know, the spouses of each family member. I'm not sure how often this happens in families, but we get along amazingly well. The non-Kautz members just somehow all fit in and get along, laughing and comparing notes of how to live with them. My sisters-in-law are hilarious and we just have a hoot when we are together. I guess we are lucky to have such a rapport--or we are just clinging to each other in support.
The photo includes the brothers, some of their sons and a grandson. There are more elsewhere, but time and distance isn't always conducive for a family reunion--we just sort of do what we can to get everyone together. And the fun begins...