Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Serious Fun

TRUTH: Learn it, Live it, Love it.
The C. fam. really knows how to put on a reunion! This year's wins the award for:
  • Most devotionals (6)
  • Hottest days of the year
  • Least hours of sleep (that would be the night of camping)
  • Best group of people to be around.
It's true! If you can wear them out with fun and heat and everyone's still smiling and getting along beautifully than you know you've got a crowd of winners!
What's the secret to that you may ask? Have 6 devotionals--Morning, afternoon, evening, we were getting spiritual boosts all day long. This year each family was to come prepared with a memorized scripture about the theme, TRUTH, to present to the family. (Ours was James 1;5)
We had an adult discussion one afternoon where everyone could share their combined knowledge and life experiences. I really enjoyed that. And of course with all that upliftment there was some wholesome recreating and a lot of food.
How do I sum it up? I think we kind of accomplished that in the car on the drive home when we asked for everyone's 3 favorite things:
  • Adrie: camping * playing with Olivia at her house * singing Happy Birthday to Grandma.
  • Brynn: hiking and catching a lizard * camping *Jumpin' Jacks
  • Kate: camping * Jumpin' Jacks * minute to win it games at the church--specifically the one where you have a rope tied to your waist and you have to swing it around and try to knock the cups off the chairs....dizzying...
Notice the favorite theme here: camping??... I guess some things we do for the kids' sake.
Dad said his favorite was beating me on the obstacle course at Jumpin' Jacks. Isn't he so competitive ;)
My favorite was listening being up in the canyon, overlooking the valley, and listening to Uncle Brad tell about how he went from having long hair and smoking 3 packs a day to joining the LDS Church. Wish I could insert video here so you could feel the power of it yourself. Awesome. After that we all felt like shouting the gospel from the mountain tops so that's what we did --in a way-- we sang around the campfire with guitar and fiddles.
Oh yeah, and I can't forget my other favorite. That would be peeling off the sticky clothes and taking a cold shower after camping. Oh how I love 21st century commodities!
We painted truth rocks, played water games, watched Shrek 3 on a projection screen outside, ate lots of food, paddled around the reservoir and played on the beach area, had a firework show.
Seriously fun!


T said...

LOTS of fun!!! my favorite has to be the post camping clean up too. and Uncle Brad...

it was so good to see everyone there - funny how with ALL those people it doesn't really feel crowded because we all actually want to be together.

Megz said...

Leon is going to be so honored to see his rock made your blog.
That cold shower after the 200 degree packing-up-camp was definitely my highlight!

cold cocoa said...

So many highlights. And it went by so fast, darnit! I might have to ask you for some pictures, since I didn't take a one..

Sher said...

Your sum up was good. I love seeing everyone and hate to see everyone leave. It was a fun reunion and the three hour nap afterward was good too. I was tired!

stephanie said...

I have to agree that you are part of an awesome family.
Sounds like an adventure. I am not sure I would have liked the overnight camp out. But good family fun memories for sure