Monday, August 8, 2011

Our final Reunion of the Summer

We started this summer with Kent's family having a reunion up near Featherville Idaho in June.  His younger brother, Steve, and his family were in town from Florida.  It had been almost 10 years since their family had been back in Idaho.  Kent's 3 sisters weren't able to attend the camping part of it, but they were altogether for a 1 day picnic at a park in Meridian.  We had a crowd of about 30 people up camping.  It was cold for the Floridians, but we still had a good time.

Then last month the Carlson side got together in Alpine Wyoming to join forces with the Nordfelt's for a rafting reunion down the Snake.  There were about 35 of us and about 45 of the Nordfelt's.  See previous post for pictures.  We had a great time!

Then this past weekend, we had the Kent and Wendy Mortensen reunion down at Lagoon.  We were all there but Randy.  He had recently started a new job, so couldn't get the days off to come and play with us.  Sorry i don't have pictures - we forgot the camera.  Maybe one of the DIL's will post pics.  Carl's family stayed with Robert's in Bountiful.  Then Wayne and Sherstine camped with us at the Lagoon Campground.  That in itself was an experience!  It was very loud and very crowded!  It was very convienent though to just walk across the parking lot to get into Lagoon.  We rode rides one day and the next we got wet at Laguna Beach.  The Bounce Back program made it more affordable to enjoy 2 days of playing.  The little ones enjoyed the bumper cars and the older ones enjoyed Wicked and Colossus.   Kent and I enjoyed the Ferris Wheel.   The favorite was Rattlesnake Rapids where we all got wet - it felt great on such hot days!
One thing we did miss was the gathering of all of us around a campfire just talking and telling stories of younger years, and the roasting of marshmallows.
The first day some of us wore BSU shirts so we could track each other easier while in the park.  It was amazing all of the Boise State fans that happened to be there.  WE would pass and give them the thumbs up or a "go bronco's" shout.  In our campground there was a big group of 17 tents that were BSU fans. 
The first day there we ran into a  family from our stake and a newly called missionary from our ward.  (he wasn't on his mission yet - he goes to Carl's mission - Recife Brazil.)
It seems like wherever you go in this world, you run into someone you know.
Little Gage, our youngest grandchild, just one years old doesn't say words yet.  He just has this funny little sound he makes to let you know what he wants.  It was the cutest thing to watch him go up and scare Grandpa by making a bear sound.  Of course Grandpa would over react to make him laugh, and then he would do it some more.  It was the funniest thing.  He is Mr. Smiley.
It was good for all the cousins to be together again - it's been almost 8 months since that has happened.
We're already talking of plans for the reunion next summer and the summer after that.
Isn't family great?

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