Can I start by just saying, I was not very good at taking pictures. With that being said, here is our experience.
We went to the reunion on Friday because we had to do some things in Boise Thursday. We stopped in Gooding on our way to check out a little house that we are going to try to rent. Maya and Dylan did fairly well in the car, however, Monkeys and Raccoon got in two screaming fights with Maya being their mediator. When we got up the reunion it was perfect timing for dinner. The facility was really nice, (Albion’s old College that they remodeled) and I was really surprised, and grateful. After dinner the kids ran around outside until we all played minute to win it. Maya and Dylan then spent their time manning the kiddie pool station.
Saturday we opted to not try to take the kids to City of Rocks with everyone else. This was not because we were anti-social, but rather because I was really worried how the kids would do, and we forgot the backpack for Dylan and left the double stroller at home, so that being said, we decided to go up to Cleveland Lake and let the kids play.
The beach was really rocky, so Maya and Dylan were in heaven. They just threw rocks in the water. Then Maya practiced swimming, and Dylan got brave and joined. 🙂
My mom gave the kids white boards with dry-erase crayons for the ride. It was a huge hit. However, the crayons also worked on faces, and Maya decorated her legs, did her makeup, painted her nails, etc. every time we were in the car. Good thing it came off easily. 🙂
We got back just before lunch so we let the kids swim in the pool until they were shaking so bad that we forced them out. We all laid in the sun to dry off and warm up.
There were crafts and games in the afternoon, and lots of ways for the kids to be entertained. After lunch we took naps then played in the kiddie pools until dinner.
After dinner there was an ancestor scavenger hunt. At each stop someone read about that ancestor, they got stickers of them to put on the family tree, and a special prize to remember them. It was a really fun activity and I thought it was very well put together. We ended with Grandma Newman and of course, Rootbeer floats.
The kids played until it got dark and then Maya and Ryan watched the outdoor movie, while I took Dylan and put him to bed. (Sorry for anyone who heard him screaming all night).
I also put Dylan in overalls in memory of Grandpa.
And my proof that Brook was actually there. Poor thing was sick the whole time. 😦
We had a lot of fun catching up with family and getting to know people that we didn’t really know that well. I wish we could have stayed up there a few more days. Now, I am going to put together a pitch for a cruise for our next one in 3 more years. 🙂