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,



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?


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.