Remember that time in August when I disappeared for a week?
If you were on FB or IG, you might have seen that I was spending the week in Northern Idaho for Gedeborg Family Reunion 2013. Mo stayed in Nampa because of work, so I road-tripped with my parents and nephew. 7.5 hours later, we arrived at my sister's house (the host and reunion planner this year). I decided that the easiest way to summarize the whole week would be to make a top 10 list of best moments from the reunion! :) Here goes:
1. Seeing the family.
Because that was the whole point of the trip, you see. :)
This is about half of us. Several families weren't able to make it this year, but we had a great time with those who came! Fun fact: the kids outnumbered the adults. :)
Finding a time for everyone to get together gets harder and harder as the family grows, but we've gotten pretty good at meeting up at least once a year! Those who weren't there were missed... skype just isn't quite the same as the real thing.
On to number 2....
Because there were so many of us, several families (myself included) chose to set up tents in the backyard so there would be room in the house for everyone to hang out during the day. My little 2-man tent was perfect for the week, and it really did feel like camping with the mountains and pine trees surrounding us.
3. Coeur d'Alene Lake.
My sister's house is about 40 minutes away from Coeur d'Alene, so during the first of the week, we all went out to enjoy the lake...
4. Movie night.
We had a projector set up one night and watched Wreak-it Ralph. The kids were asleep halfway through and spent the next day re-watching it. :)
One afternoon was spent at the nearby Sacred Heart Mission, Idaho's oldest standing building (built between 1850 and 1853 by Catholic missionaries and members of the Coeur d'Alene tribe).
There were many rounds of duck, duck, goose once the kids were done educating themselves. :)
6. Belly flops.
A family tradition.
7. Dancing/finger lights.
We had a dance one night with my brother-in-law as DJ. There have already been requests to bring the glow sticks and finger lights back next year. :)
This next video is the kids after they got a bit of sugar in them. ;)
8. Camp fires and dutch ovens.
The fire really helped add to the 'camping' ambiance. Someday, I will have a fire pit in my backyard.
Each family was assigned different meals during the week and they could make whatever they wanted. We had breakfast for dinner, Mexican night, pizza, dutch ovens, PB&J, etc...
One afternoon we rented a pool in a nearby town and spent a couple hours playing there. Also, they don't let you do anything backwards off that diving board. A couple of us got a little talking to by the lifeguards. :)
**Note to self: remember to bring ear plugs next time.
Who else had a reunion this year?