We made the 14+ hour journey to Bear Lake, Utah to gather for the Dyer reunion with over 120 people. It was phenomenal!
Once again Aunt Shirl planned beautifully and bought car loads of food and supplies for a week with family.
We had a marvelous time! It was so great to reconnect with cousins, aunts, uncles, and siblings.
My favorite part of the reunion was watching my kids run around with so many wonderful cousins their age. Jacob played hard with the boys staying up late playing board games, running between the beach and pool during the day, going on tube rides and wave runners, and heading to the Rec center for all you can eat chips, treats, and sandwiches. The kid couldn’t have been happier.
The girls had a great time playing with their cousins Sarah, Kaylie, Ellie, and Macy. Sarah taught Hannah some tricks to help her be able to do a walk over, which Hannah has now perfected. Thanks Sarah for the help! Hannah really enjoyed meeting and playing with Julia, a second cousin to her. Too bad we are so far away from all of this wonderful family.
The girls practicing their back bends. I love how both Macy and Addie have their necks craned on the grass and LOOK! Addie doesn’t even need hands!
My only regret is that I did not get any group pictures or any pictures of the kids running around, in particular the boys. Seriously I am bummed. So watch out family, because I have committed to never let that happen again. In other words, I may just be slightly obnoxious with my camera in your face, so, consider yourself warned ;).
One of the highlights for me was going out on Talmage’s boat and wake boarding in the evening as the sun was setting. Not only was it absolutely stunning but it was fantastic to get out on the board again. I miss playing on the lake and after Tal let Wes take a turn at the wheel I think I have him almost convinced that there is a boat in our future =).
This was taken the next morning when we tried wake surfing. I kept riding it like a wake board and ate it over and over, but Michelle in the middle rocked it! She even got to the point that she threw the rope in and rode the wave. Woot! Woot!
Every evening we had an amazing meal, seriously, I don’t know how they planned this, I am still in awe. Sweet Aunt Nancy decorated all the tables each night. We had a meal focused on traditions and families, the tables were decorated with family trees and the food was a family favorite of roast and potatoes. Another night it was an old western, then a fiesta, and a luau. Really these women are super stars with their planning and attention to detail.
from the Western night
After dinner we would gather together and have family home evening, sing together, share stories about grandma and grandpa, or share awesome talents like David balancing a chair on his chin, so cool!
And that is no where near the number of people. Thanks for all the stories and memories!
We had an amazing week soaking in tons of sun on the beach with so much family!
The girls loved the tour Wes gave them out on the kayak.
We loved meeting our nephew, little Clayton. Isn’t he adorable!?!
Wes keeping our little sunscreen model out of the blazing sun. One of Cora’s many naps on the beach, what an easy baby!
The set up with a small number of the gang.
Sarah and Kaitlyn
Cora and Cole becoming friends.
Lot’s of sand sampling on the beach from Cora. Michelle and sweet Clayton.
Ellie and Adelie soaking in their hot tub
I am extremely grateful for these reunions and the strength that it brings to our family. I am thankful that my kids have an opportunity to have so many cousins their age and to have their examples in their life. We are so blessed to have these amazing gatherings. Thank you everyone for making it possible. Love you all!