Monday, July 13, 2009

Family Reunions are all about Sharing, Caring and . . . DARING

Family reunions should be full of fun, festivities and maybe even a little fear-with a capital "F".

And I should know cuz it was the annual family reunion this weekend.

Since Mom and Dad had nine kids, our family can seem like an entire village - that's why we had to rent an entire camp to get together.

Luckily, there were no talks about old emotional wounds, family fights or bickering. It was a weekend filled with sports, eating, and celebrating what family really means: being there to share, to care, and to dare . . . one another to slide down the side of a mountain on a thin fiberglass make-shift slide.

How crazy can we be . . . ? I guess pretty crazy - because even an old chubby woman like me took the dare. Of course I zoomed down the slide faster than most - it's all that extra weight in the rear - literally - that got me going.

What else could we have done? Well besides roasting marshmallows and making smores,


most of us rode that water slide down the side of the mountain-and I bet people in town could hear me scream like a baby - lost my sunglasses at the bottom of the pond, because I was so nervous about riding the slide, I forgot I had them on - then we went canoeing and kayaking,

wakeboarding,


innertubing,

swimming, going for boatrides

watching wildlife roam around our camp,



having friends share in the fun


and more. It was a great way to spend a weekend.

Some family members didn't make it, for whatever reason, but the ones who did make it - made it a blast!

We all took turns making meals and cleaning up.

With about 50 people there was a lot to do and some things we never got to do. Of course the horseshoes were fun, but I missed out on the archery, putt-putt golf and volleyball. Can't do it all-but there's always next year.


So, do you have family reunions? What's the best part of the experience? Any tips for next year?

5 comments:

David Batista said...

My family consists of exactly 6 people, so family reunions are just me visiting the house I grew up in on any random day. :)

But yours looked like a ton of fun! I envy you.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I'm glad you had such a grand old time! We don't reunite with any family--one is NO fun, the other is too much effort!

MG Higgins said...

Makes me wish for a big family, too. Looks like you had a great time.

adrienne said...

What a wonderful experience. Glad to hear you had a good time!
Our families are very spread out, which might be for the best. Our reunions would not look like that...

Kim Kasch said...

Thanks for all the comments. I had a great time but I am soooo sore now. I HAD to go get a massage. I know - no sympathy for me having to get a massage but really I'm paying the price of getting old and trying to live like I'm 20 - still.