Thursday, June 27, 2013

2013 Reunion--DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS, Part I

We just returned from our 2013 Reunion.  We had been planning it for some time.  Allan and I have spent the last couple of days talking about how it was everything we hoped it would be.

Let me back up--we drove from California to Idaho on Monday.  (We had been in California for our granddaughter, Kiah's, college graduation--I will write about it in the next few days.  And prior to being in California, I had been in Utah to run the Utah Valley Half Marathon with Heidi and Brent--I can't tell you how fun that was, and I will write about it also)

We took grandsons Drew and Brandon with us.  It had been a few years since I had gone a distance with an eight year old in the car.  I decided not to count "Are we there yet?"  I had to laugh when he took a short nap and asked, "Are we there yet?"  When we told him we had a long way to go he said, "I'm going to go to sleep, wake me up when we are there!!!!"  No, he didn't sleep long enough!!!!   We arrived in Pocatello on Monday night and after grabbing some dinner at Subway, the boys went for a swim and then spent some time in the hot tub.



When they got back to the room, Allan had fallen asleep and was snoring.  Drew looked at Brandon and said, "I don't think we're gonna get much sleep tonight!"  I couldn't stop laughing.

We didn't have to get up to early the next day.  Allan had a Conference Call and the boys went swimming.  We had breakfast and then drove to Costco.  Heidi and Daniel drove down from Daniel's sister, and the boys drove in from Provo.  The three shopping carts were full.  We tried to figure out how we were going to get the groceries into the cars--somehow we did it.  We had a contest to see who get closest to the amount we spent.  Drew won ; )

We then headed to Rexburg to do some more shopping--big question, what were going to do with all the stuff!!!!

We had a little bit of a tough time finding the "cabin"--mainly because there were several cars in front.  (It was the cleaning crew.  They let us put the perishables away and then we headed for a root beer stand to grab a little something to eat and pass the time.

Got back to the place and put everything away.  I think everyone was impressed with the place.
Neal and Macy and the kids arrived--it was so great to see them.  The kids grow far too fast!!!!
Amanda and Darren got there a little later.  The Utah group were assigned to make dinner the first night and we had pancakes, bacon, fruit and eggs.  It was yummy!!!!

The final group to arrive that night were the California group.  They had quite a drive.  Glad to see them.  We knew we had to get up early the next morning because we were going to the Rexburg temple.


I had to laugh when one of the workers asked if I was Brandon's mom ; )  MADE MY DAY!!!!


Allan was very excited to have all of his sons in the temple together.


Can't have the guys without having the women!!!



We loved having this many of our family in the temple to share in such a special occasion. It was the first time we had been there when one of our grandchildren was endowed--SO GREAT!!!   Definitely a spiritual high. 


Allan had cooked tri-tips so we could enjoy tri-tip sandwiches.  They were YUMMY.   That evening the Indiana group arrived.  Now it was time to LET THE PARTY BEGIN.   

Of course, we had lots of fun with the ping pong table, air hockey table, and pool table.



After they had their sandwiches, we went down and did our first evening at the fire pit (also turned out to be our only one ; (










That evening we had a gathering where Allan asked each of us to talk about what family means to us.  It was great to hear from everyone.  WE HAVE AN AWESOME FAMILY!!!!

Thursday was the day we had lots of things planned:   Cupcake wars, family pictures, and the big birthday celebration for Allan.  



Amanda had worked hard to have everything organized for cupcake wars which turned out to be a whole lot of fun.  The captains of the teams were the three little guys:  Drew, Garrett, and Xander.  Their parents were on their team and the rest of the members were assigned via counting off.  Darren, Tony and Allan were the judges. 
















Stephen and Daphne made pizzas for dinner and they were yummy and a fabulous salad.  There were several different kinds of pizza, so you could pick what you wanted.



After dinner we went down to the open area for Macy to take family pictures.  She does such a wonderful job and I am anxious to see the finished product.  Of course, it will not include the entire family, so that will be sad. 





When we came back up to the house we began Allan's birthday celebration.  Everyone had written a memory and Amanda had put them together into a book along with pictures that I had sent to her of Allan with the person who was writing.  I know how much that book meant to Allan.  



Neal had put together a video of Allan's life which everyone enjoyed.  It was so fun.  (Kyle told me he can't wait to get his copy because he has not seen a lot of the pictures or videos of Dad when he was younger!)

We then had a little dinosaur pinata for the kids.  Last year when we went through Yellowstone, Drew asked Allan if he was alive when the dinosaurs were on the earth, so I couldn't resist having a dinosaur pinata.







The kids raced for the candy and coins.  I think they were pretty happy with their stash!!!!

The night before we had everyone in the family draw someone's name and on Thursday night we went around the room and said a little something we liked about that person.  I think everyone felt pretty good about what was said.  I know people learned a little bit about people that perhaps they didn't know.  That's always fun!!!

We kissed Jason and Kiah goodbye since they were leaving the next morning (they had to get back to work).  Ever since Kiah was a little girl, she has always had a tough time saying goodbye.  



Up next my encounter with a mama grizzly bear (from quite a distance away ; )