Friday, February 10, 2012

Family Reunion 2011

Last July we had our annual Green family reunion. Most years we go to the Oregon coast, but this time we were lucky enough to be able to go to beautiful Island Park, ID. We stayed at an amazing and spacious cabin right on the reservoir. (Thanks, Matt and Carla!). The first floor is almost entirely one giant great room, so we we able to fit our entire family and still be comfortable. The kids loved spending time with grandma and grandpa and all of my siblings. It was a great week with some way fun activities.

The kids loved hanging out with Steve:

Katie Rose wants to play the computer with her toes, just like Sophi!

This year for the first time, we had a talent show night. Taylor pitched a baseball, Parker stood on his hands, Jesi danced, Graci did origami. Elli gave me a kiss, Xander cooked, and Lexi and Sophi just looked cute.

My brother Tyler had the most muscular act by supporting all 5 of his nephews plus his son, Ben, and the same time:

(Taylor is in there. Can you find him? Hint: look for his tan and white plaid shorts:)

One of our days there, we rented jet skis and had a blast on the reservoir. we had them all days and were able to pull tubes behind them. Everyone had a blast, including grandma and grandpa. Great sports! We won't mention which family member fell off the back of one of the wave runners and flew several feet up in the air before landing in the water, but we also won't forget the story any time soon:). One down side of riding tubes in the water, especially when you are 6 feet tall, is that your knees slap against the surface at high speeds for a l one time. Here's a bunch of us with cool cloths to sooth our knees from a combination of the abrasion and a little too little sunscreen.

There is a mountain near Island Park called Sawtelle Peak. You can drive right up to the top and the views are spectacular:

Canoeing, fishing and swimming were favorite outdoor activities. Ping pong, air hockey, Guesstures and other family games were great in the cabin. Before we left, my mom wanted a family picture and a picture of her "four big boys":

(Not too hard to tell who the old guy is...)

Grandma and Grandpa with all of their grandkids!

The whole group!

On the way back home, we stopped at Mesa Falls and Matt and Carla's house in Rexburg, ID:

Sophi and Steve enjoy the teeter-totter:)

All in all a fantastic trip. This summer we are headed back to the Oregon coast. Matt and Carla, we will miss you. Laura, hope you can make it this year.