Meanwhile, as Claire was en route to be walking through all those cobblestone streets in Europe, Lucy and I were walking this well-worn road surrounding Bear Lake so happy to be reunited with sisters and cousins…
(And sure thinking of Claire a LOT!)
Taking in the sunsets and meeting my new niece and nephew (twins) who were born in England in the middle of the pandemic:
(I LOVE THEM!)
Being so happy for Lucy who was pleased as punch to be reunited with her “LELE” group at the lake (missing Elsie & Skye in this picture):
And waiting for Dave and the married kids to join us.
Elle and Claire passed each other going opposite ways across the country, both connecting through Dallas (Elle to meet us for my nephew’s wedding and Claire en route to the Netherlands). Too bad they weren’t just a few hours later/earlier so they could have hugged each other up for a minute in the airport as they crossed paths.
I was anxious getting notifications about Claire’s flight all day, wondering how she was doing, and then Elle’s flight from Dallas kept getting delayed and delayed. And then delayed some more.
But hooray, she made it!
And we were all pretty happy about that.
The great news is that Carson figured out a way to join as well (we didn’t think we were going to get him because of finals and deep school stuff, but because of online opportunities and some things with his family he was able to make it after all, and we were so excited!)
Those two went right to work on the tennis court with Eli & Grandfather:
(Because of some work commitments, Max and Abby couldn’t make it up to the lake until the next day.)
This summer at the lake was a little different from most, because WE HAD A WEDDING AT THE LAKE!
My nephew Ashton and his beautiful fiance chose Bear Lake as the place to make their vows and it was the wedding of all weddings I tell you!
It was the perfect kick-off for the reunion this year.
Their wedding dinner was on the other side of the lake the night before, and it was a sweet, beautiful evening.
Some relatives including my very witty sister-in-law gave some beautiful tributes.
My dad, (complete with his awesome orange pants), presented them with a boa constrictor snake skin Ashton had always loved, and gave some pretty sweet analogies to marriage with that as a prop.
Can you see it down there stretched between Ash and Lexy?
I love my brothers:
And oh gosh, I sure love my eccentric dad too! 🙂
Ashton is a videographer extraordinaire and they had some such a great slideshow of their growing-up years and the sweetest tribute to their dating years. Those two have already had some pretty incredible adventures!
We basked in the beauty of that glowing couple under the glowing sunset sky and all was right in the world.
…Except I did wish I had Dave were by my side…and that my other big kids could share this beauty with me too! Luckily I got to be with all these lovies:
It was a good wedding-eve.