This week I’m taking a little trip back in time to chronicle our Bear Lake days before they wash away and become foggy. Oh man, spending every summer at Bear Lake growing up has caused a pretty hefty chunk of my heart to be attached to it. My kids have always adored it too, but I think this was the first year I have noticed how much that love has become deeply entrenched in their little souls. I wish I had a recording of their excitement as we got closer and closer to seeing that gorgeous blue gem as we drove through the canyon that led us there. Since Dave and Max were on their way back to the desert and I had no one to roll their eyes at me, I blasted Holst’s “The Planets Suite” in the car as we drove and had the kids pick which one they thought matched Bear Lake best. (We chose Jupiter.) I didn’t think to have anyone snap a picture until we were already on our side of the lake, but isn’t that blue beauty inviting? By the time we arrived, half of the families in my extended family were already there in anticipation of the reunion so my Mom decided it was a good time to whisk away with some of her “groups” on their “Grammie Camps” before all the reunion hoopla began. We met this group of kids on our way to the cabin and my mom snuck off with the big kids to see the latest “Bandito” play in Pickleville. I wish pictures could capture the jubilance when they first ran to each other with hugs. There’s something so therapeutic about watching the sun set over those mountains over there, reflecting in the lake. This great lady took the younger group on a little adventure the next day: She came up with the idea to have the big girls help out this year and assigned an older one to each younger one which the girls, older and younger, beamed at. (She did these boys’ camp before we got there.) These guys worked tirelessly on fixing up one of the older cars. That’s their favorite past-time up there. After Claire’s third day of limping around after Max broke Claire’s toe (by stepping on it)in California I figured it was time to take her in to make sure it was healing correctly (we wanted to be sure the way she was walking wasn’t hurting the rest of her foot). Last year right as we arrived at Bear Lake we found out Claire had the mumps…hmmmm…some bad luck there… Her cousins were sweet enough to beg to come along to be her moral support.…and even wore their matching shirts for the occasion. The doctor confirmed it was indeed broken, and indeed swollen but that they couldn’t do anything about it. At least we got to pick up a little something for my second of the three cold sores I was lucky enough to have to get through summer:I’m pretty sure you have to take that kind of medicine with a Twizzler… And I’m also pretty sure that when you are in Montpelier you must stop by the house that used to be my Grandma’s…the one two of these girls are named after (Claire Hazel and Hazel on the right below). I miss that lady. Then we hunkered down back at the lake with the cousins……and got ready for the big reunion to begin. Let the baby-loving… no-pants-wearing-cousin-bonding… …giant-amounts-of-food-eating… …grandparents-soaking-in …fun begin!
So the Blissful Living Studio where I’m going to be teaching has got their website up and running now. Click here to see what’s going on there. I’m so excited…
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Its beautiful there! Can't wait for the other posts.
100% jealous of this post. Just sayin' 🙂
Always enjoy reading about your time at bear lake. I showed my husband he videos so to inspire him that this is the kind of legacy we need to create. Both of us come from no-member families that have very little family bonding time together. It's ups to us to accomplish what your parents have in terms of family memories.
Likes chocolate is a no member family the same as having no siblings ? Just curious I've never heard that term before.
We would love to know the recipe of that great looking meat/rice /salad!
The picture of your sister with the baby…do you know where she got the white dress? Love it!
Love the pics. Looks like a great time! I too am plagued with frequent cold sores. Natural remedy: fresh aloe vera. If I get it on there when it is warm and tingley, it never blisters. If it does blister, I can cut down the healing time to just a day or two before it is gone. No joke. It's a miracle! The more mature the aloe plant, the better. It's more potent. I can buy giant leaves at a little Mexican grocery store where I live. I peel it and put the flesh in the blender. The I pour the juice in an ice cub tray and freeze it to keep on hand all year. Try it. You won't regret it. I pay about $1.50 for a giant leaf, so it works out to be about a nickle to cure my cold sores. It's also great for acne!