Erika’s Family Reunion July 17th to July 24th

July 26, 2011 - 2:04 pm Comments Off on Erika’s Family Reunion July 17th to July 24th

After about a week at home we headed back to the Oregon coast for my family reunion. Mom and Dad had rented a beautiful large house with an amazing view of Cannon Beach. This home was actually large enough for our entire family.

We had a great time playing with all 18 of my nephews and nieces. Jared earned uncle of the year for spending 5 hours in the ice cold water jumping waves with the kids. All of the adults were amazed at his endurance in the cold water. The kids loved having an adult so that they could venture out much deeper than they would have been allowed on their own.

The house we rented had a huge yard and we played many games of red-rover, soccer, badmitten, tag and more with the kids.

Uncle Corom brought his rocket and the first launch went perfectly (about 50 feet up) so he used a stronger “engine” and the rocket went about 200 feet up. Unfortunately on the way down it was blown into the top of one of the trees. We had a great laugh watching all the men try to get the rocket down. Jared videoed the whole thing. Here is the link if you wish to have a good laugh. (Link to be added in the near future).

I had fun baking cookies with my nieces and everyone enjoyed eating them. 🙂

Wednesday we had a photographer come and take a large family photo. She also took some photos of Jared and I. We have not had professional photos of us taken since our wedding. It will be nice to have a professional photo to post and for our adoption cards.

On Friday we had a bonfire at the beach and roasted Starbursts and made S’mores. Most of us ended up with marshmallow and chocolate on our faces and had to wash off in the ocean water.

My sister Lisa had driven from Texas with her five children and husband. They are staying in Utah with Mom and Dad after the reunion. She was not looking forward to another 14 hours in the car with her 14 month old. Jared and I volunteered to take Lily (the 14 month old) on the plane with us. Mom thought we were crazy and Lisa loved the idea!

We were a little unsure of how the trip back would go. Lily did very well. We made sure that she had time to stop and play at a park before we drove the 2 hours to the Portland airport. We made it through check in and security and then let her run and tire herself out before we boarded the plane.

She did very well. She only fussed for a few minutes towards the end of the flight. Jared was happy to hold her the entire flight and would not share with me.

I was able to snap a picture of the two of them on the plane. It was taken with my phone and the lighting was not very good so it is a little blurry, but you can get the feel of it.

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