A step-by-step guide for planning a family reunion
(See part 1 to start at the beginning.)
He served his mission in Japan and became an expert curry chef after that. We all die for that stuff, our mouths water for it each year….which results in the necessity for some very big pots 🙂
Jonah always grills up his “Jonah Burgers” for his meal.
One lunch Dave and I set out some cards so everyone could write a note to Max.
He’s the first missionary out of all those cousins and it was kind of a fun way to connect with him.
Every year the TENNIS TOURNAMENT is a big part of the reunion.
I only took a few pics this year, but above is one round, below is another.
This tennis court gets a good workout every summer.
We hung out at the beach every afternoon this time around, and we loved it.
I’ll have to share it some time because it is a wing-dinger of a book.
Excuse this blurry picture, but this is where we usually hang the calendar and all the job/goal charts:
One night we spent some time looking through old family pictures. Pretty great memories came to the surface from those babies.
(I went a little crazy on these guys since they were willing:)
(these guys gave themselves several new nicknames this year…they went from the “princesses” to the “princess puppies” to the “dogs” to the “uni-bunnies” and were pretty serious about each of those names.
It was a weird year for me this year with all my kids being old enough to really fend for themselves, and all these younger mothers (and fathers too) I get to be related to changing diapers and putting babies down for naps and feeding them in high chairs and struggling with toddler tantrums.
It feels so weird because in my mind I was just there. Just barely. How did it suddenly shift from all these younger siblings of mine doting over my babies and toddlers, so proud of their new uncle and aunt status, to my kids doting over and helping with their kids?
Blows my mind a little bit I have to say.
Blows it right away.
We got most of the families individually too.
Here are Eli and Julie (NYC):
Tal & Anita (Switzerland):
Saren & Jared (Ogden):
Noah & Kristi (Southern California):
Saydi & Jeff (Boston):
Sadly, at some point the last day of the reunion has to arrive.
Gladly it went out with a bang as our darling niece Lyla chose to share her baptism with us right there at Bear Lake.
I love that this has kind of become a tradition that if the grandkids turn eight in the summer, most have been baptized there. Grace’s baptism was back HERE, and Max’s I think was before I started blogging, but it’s kinda fun for some of these kids to share that special baptism spot.
Lucy was sure singing that song with gusto:
…and as you can tell, she was quite enamored with this baptism.
(It helped her reminisce her own baptism a couple years ago over in China…lots about that over HERE.)
She confirmed by her dad and all these great uncles and grandpas:
The baptism was followed by heading to church together and our traditional adult testimony meeting.
I loved some of the things that were said so much that I had to take notes. Some of this will just make sense to me, but I want to have these words here so I can look back and remember:
Elle…decisions and how calm and right she felt heading to Hawaii
The teenagers joined in this year and even Claire came at the end and each shared their sweet feelings about the gospel and Jesus Christ in their lives.
It was a great way to end our Bear Lake time this summer.
Sometimes we linger after the reunion and try to string it out as long as we can, but the reunion was later in July this summer so we had to start heading home since school keeps creeping to start earlier and earlier here in the desert.
Gosh darn it!
But so grateful for those golden memories of another summer at the lake.