It usually starts out with this...
the typical American family
...with TEN kids;
four boys, six girls, one mom and one dad
living on hundred acre ranch in a small town on the eastern reach of Utah.
That's as typical as it gets. right?
(ahhh, that's a cute boy there in the front)
Actually it started out here...
Just two individuals with their own set of hopes and dreams of children,
grandchildren and possibly even great grandchildren someday.
And here is what it has become;
add ten in-laws
add forty nine grandchildren
(thirty one boys.. eighteen girls)
add seven married grandchildren's spouses
(soon to be one more)
add seven great granchildren...soon to be eight
(three boys.. four girls)
still one Mother
and one dearly missed Father...
...and one reunion each year
Family Reunions sometimes get a bad rap.
I mean who has time for them with all the ball games, youth camps
and working for the man.
However I contend that family reunions are GREAT for the following reasons...
#1* Because all kids love sleeping in a tent.
#2* Because wading in the river is a welcome reward for setting up said tent.
#3* Because with nothing to distract the teenagers (facebook, ipods etc.)
they are willing to spend time with younger siblings.
#4* Because a person can say "I'm gonna go climb that mountain"...
and then actually have
time to go and do it!
#5* Because the dry air and the high altitude...wears out the kids.
But bring the kids cough syrup just in case...
#6* Because Grandma always has time for the little ones.
Time that their own mothers never seem to have .
#8* because the competition is fierce in the Grandkid Relay Races
and a boy has to defend his title.
#9* Because after weeks, sometimes months of not seeing eachother...
cousins, aunts and uncles pick right back up where they left off.
#10* Because (*activities provided) means you can build your own rocket
then launch it from a pop bottle and pvc pipe and beat your Dad at his own game.
#11 * Because watching your kids play never gets old.
#12* Because the older, wiser, funnier cousins get to feel like big stuff
when hangin with the younger crowd.
#13* Because around dusk someone decides to start a fire
and break out the s'mores and soon after the roasted Starbursts.
(have you tried them?..I mean seriously, they are fantastic)
#14* Because evening conversations overheard
around the campfire and circle of teenagers are priceless.
"...so then I told my date she had husky legs..."