Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Family Reunion in Texas


I think my personal theme for this reunion was: no pictures.  The only time I thought to take pictures was when we were all in the pool at Troy and Becky's house.  Luckily a few others took pictures that they were willing to share with me (or that I borrowed off of Facebook - thanks Shannon!), but just let me say here that the reunion was a lot of fun even if I don't have the pictures to prove it.

The first day we met up with everyone at Galveston Beach, which is great for kids because the water stays shallow for a long way out.  But you want to know the best way to keep little kids close to you at the beach? Tell them shark stories before you get there.  Just sayin'.

On the way back from the beach we stopped at Buc-ee's, a gas station which claims to have the best restrooms in America.  They were definitely clean and much larger than necessary, but they were, you know, bathrooms. And everything's bigger in Texas, so there you go.

The next day all of the teenagers went to the temple together with some of their dads.



Such an awesome group of cousins!

Later that day there was a cake decorating contest for the boys




 and a tea party for the girls.
 

We had a family BBQ and pool party at Troy and Becky's house that evening, where we probably broke some sort of world record for how many people can fit into a jacuzzi.

  


On Saturday we all headed over to Elk Ranch and spent the day either lounging around (Julia and I) with some little people or at the nearby lake (everyone else) tubing or skiing.  Rachel found this awesome little friend in some cookery as she was getting dinner prepared...

Afterward everyone enjoyed some ziplining, canoeing and rides around the ranch.





We all went to church together on Father's Day, and then had a meal together before saying goodbye.

We drove all day and were treated to a bright orange sunset as we drove through some small towns in rural Texas.

Allen drove into the early morning hours and then we stayed the night in yet another hotel and rested up for another long driving day in the morning.

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