Growing up we did not live close to extended family so we missed a lot of opportunities to become close to aunts, uncles and cousins. Sadly, I don't have a relationship with most of my cousins or aunts/uncles. And I don't want that for my kids. I want them to call their cousins their friends and be able to share memories with them. One of the biggest reasons we moved back from Alabama was to be closer to family. We took for granted the many blessings having family close offers.
This was the major reason my family decided we should start scheduled family reunions. This year we went to Bear Lake and rented a big cabin. We had such a blast!
We shared one big cabin and each family had to provide one meal for everyone which worked out really well. It was kind of a challenge coming up with meal plans that would feed 25 people, but somehow it all worked out and we ate very well! The kids had a blast just playing with each other and swimming. Us sisters went right back to our usual behavior: complete and total sarcasm! But it works for us and we had a lot of fun joking around with each other. Most nights my sisters and I would end up in the living room talking while some worked on craft projects. I wish my sisters and I lived closer to each other so we could get together more often.
I'll be posting a ton of pictures!
|Marlayna, Ellie, Ayden and Sam enjoying a beautiful morning on the porch|
|Big cousin Ayden helping Kaleb|
|Aunt Chris crafting with Taters|
|Ellie and Tate crafting with Aunt Chris|
|Uncle Spencer playing the tablet with Grant and Tate|
|Tate ready to go|
|The girls held on for dear life!|
Despite this little accident, the entire weekend went very well. Saturday my Aunt Janette and her family came up to visit us. They played at the beach with the family and got to witness our entire crazy James family. I hope we didn't chase them away! That night we celebrated all the summer birthdays.
|cake and icecream!|
|enjoying birthday cake!|
We had family t-shirts made for the weekend. And of course, had to take a big awkward family photo!
|just the grandkids|
The Jeide Family (my oldest sister Chris and her family)
The Lechner Family minus Mark (My older sister Jillayne and her family)
The Shaw family. Our first photo was with Ellie crying and refusing to be in the picture.
|this will be used for blackmail later in life|
Danielle did not want a picture by herself so I'll use this one!
|awkward shot of me|
The Bigelows (my little sister Katie and her family)
My brother Russell and his wife, Nicole were not able to attend the weekend so I don't have any photos of them. Especially in their amazing t-shirts!
After all these photos, my sisters and I decided to get do some silly ones:
I love my family! We had so much fun and I can't wait until we do this again in 2 years. I'm in charge of planning the next one. We'll see what I come up with. I am so thankful I have been blessed with an amazing, supportive family. We can be crazy and ornery, sarcastic and chaotic, but we are also loving, funny, and even though I already said this, supportive. I thank my Father in Heaven everyday for this wonderful blessing.