Oh how I love these great people! Everyone was here except my one brother and his family who couldn’t make it because they are living in Europe right now. We missed them so much!
Here’s what we did:
This was just the day after Elle got home from England which made me extra happy every time I caught sight of her:)
Then Charity and Ian had Claire help unveil the “theme” of the reunion this year:
“Around the World” since for some reason this happened to be the year (between last reunion and this one) that we have all traveled quite a bit.
They put together a little video of pictures of all the places we’ve been in the last year (I’ll attach it to a post when I get the link), and told us the whole schedule of events.
There we go.
(Those little boys sure love their big cousin Max.)
Before the reunion begins, everyone turns in their favorite songs for the year to the reunion chairs. They play them at the bonfire and everyone guesses who’s song is who’s. If it’s your song you stand up and dance. Then we listen to the songs the rest of the reunion. Love it.
…and some serious weeding.
So much better!
The beach looked pretty awesome when we were done too.
And the deck furniture looked fabulous after the sprucing-up business.
Next was FEAR FACTOR
But for some crazy reason they all just love it!
My kids are generally the first ones out, but this year Lucy gritted her teeth and made it through a few rounds.
Noah and Kristi picked Mexico and made the most delicious street tacos.
..and some serious corn on the cob…
I love the food at our reunions not only because it’s so good, but because we all help out and have great conversations while whipping it up.
Do you love Dave’s shirt? Still not sure where he even got that thing but he was pretty funny wearing it.
Check out that meal. Wow.
Saydi did some Thai lettuce wraps her day:
Our family did Chicken Tikka Masala (our favorite right now…recipe back HERE) along with our favorite salad infused with as much fruit as we could put in.
…and the Out-Laws deep in some serious competition mode.
Dave, always a fierce competitor:
The In-Laws whipped our booties even though many of the questions were about our growing up years. Go In-Laws!
(very serious business:)
And then took off.
We each started with little clues about where to find the next clue.
One stop was at the shake shop…and you must get shakes if you’re there, of course…
My brother Eli and I and our little group of four small kids was quite overpowered and lost by a long shot so they gave us a good little welcoming when we finally drove in for the last clue.
Win or lose, we sure had fun!
Dave helped get a little game of dodge-ball going with our clue world globes once everyone got back.
TENNIS is always a big part of the reunion. I wish I had taken a picture of the chart, dang it, but it was a great doubles tournament as always. Grace got to join in this year.
We had some good tennis spectators this year with a new great place to watch:
I loved the little impromptu tennis lesson after we were done.
But my favorite part of tennis this year was when Dave and I snuck away with Max and Elle and played them in doubles. (Wish I had a picture.) Oh man that was fun. They beat us 6-0 in the first set and we came back to beat them 7-5 in the second. We need to get on that more often!
One night we had a GRADUATE PANEL with all the graduates this year:
Noah graduated with a business degree from USC (my mom wrote about that HERE), Ian graduated with a PhD from Stanford (HERE), Tal graduated with a masters in Positive Psychology from UPENN (HERE), and Max graduated from high school (HERE).
Loved hearing what they had to say and some snippets of advice for all of us.
EYREALM OLIMPICS were next.
I don’t have a lot of pictures of this, but we did all kinds of stuff like trying to pop the balloons tied onto everyone’s ankles that weren’t on our team:
…some relay stuff, swimming, running along the beach, etc., and a ball toss:
Dave threw the whole bucket of balls into the main bucket for the win at the end.
One complication with all the work this year was that the dishwasher broke a few times.
…luckily we have some fix-up brothers and brothers-in-law who take care of things around here!
Loved watching how diligent these kids were to get their cleaning points!
If you made it this far you are a champ!
There are so many other things woven into all this hoopla that I will have to post soon, but for now, let’s just wrap up with a couple pictures from the traditional closing TALENT SHOW.