Here’s a pizza night these guys whipped up after the reunion (the wives and kids stay longer).
I wish I had pictures of some more of the main meals, but back by popular demand, my sister-in-law made her delicious fish tacos again (recipe back here), and my brother Jonah didn’t disappoint with his traditional secret-burger-rub-seasoning on his burgers:
We eat most lunches here:
Food is so pretty.
Let’s talk about kids eyes lighting up…wow.
I’m a sucker but I love that.
Once again we did the “star chart” for the “grandchildren groups” for clean-up.
And they actually fought over who got to do the cleaning. I guess those stars are pretty hot commodities! I guess that prize for a trip to the Bear Cave (below) was pretty appealing to all those kids of ours!
I love watching kids not feel entitled to things too…and this helps.
The Talent Show
This is for sure the kids favorite part of the reunion (aside from scrubbing and cleaning..ha!).
They practice up their little numbers like nobody’s business and are so excited to perform.
(They just make up whatever…sometimes some pretty funny stuff.)
I’m a little biased by my favorite was Lu’s rendition of “The Monster at the End of This Book.”
I sure wish I had more video of that…she did the whole thing with a few reminders when she got stuck from her siblings.
These guys sang so beautifully together…
Gotta love the piano-holder…
We wrapped it up with a good headstand contest…
I hardly got any pictures of the big traditional mixed-doubles tennis tournament this year. But this was my fav. year for playing tennis because we played so much of it and I loved playing with my girl Elle…even though she creams me every time.
This was when my brother and Elle knocked Dave and I out of the tournament.
She and Josh went on to the finals that ended in a dead tie because it started pouring rain right at that moment.
Our little twenty-year-old boat is still holding on (thanks to my brother for fixing it every year) and sure made for some fun times out on the water.
Loved watching these sisters help their little sister do the wakeboard.
Lu loved this for about ten seconds flat.
Six of my seven little siblings. Love them.
We wrapped up the reunion with church and our own testimony meeting followed by dinner up at the Lighthouse. My mom presented Max with the “Eagle” award some of my brothers had because he got his Eagle this year. It was fun to watch all those little boy cousins look up to him since he’s the oldest cousin by a long shot and will be the first to do most things like that.
How grateful I am for these brothers of mine to be the big brothers he never had.
My brother Tal handed out his “Spiritual Creator” award like he does every year. This year Josh was the lucky winner…he has changed schools (he’s a teacher) and changed so many children’s and family lives for the better.
I say “The End” but this wasn’t really the end because we can’t help but linger at the lake after the reunion a little longer.
But this post is long and I must run.
So grateful for my family and the lake….and wide-open beauty to spend time with in the summer.