Sunday, July 11, 2010

Johnsen Family Reunion!!

This reunion was not just your average run-of-the-mill get-together.   Growing up,  the highlight of my summer was going to Idaho and hiking with my aunts, running around the lodge with my cousins, and begging my uncles to let me play softball with them.  I spent my nights playing boogieman and trying not to pee my pants as I hid and then later got shuffled around like cattle from jail to jail.  I have good memories of my Grandparents who played card games with me, and taught me not to be a baby when I get stung ten times by wasps.  

I got to relive those memories this past weekend, and I experienced them again in a completely new and sometimes wonderful way. 

Things that have changed:

1. I’m a top dog.  No longer the baby who cries because no one will let her play. I don’t mean to sound conceded, but I’ve waited a long time to be a serious competitor in family games  and serious competitor I was.  (Winning’s my favorite :)

2.  I got to be a boogieman, and a good one who bosses the kids around and makes them be quiet, and pushes them back into the dark little corner where they have to hide.  he he.  Loved that.

3.    I have kids now.  Kids who instantly make friends with their new extended family.  Kids who constantly interrupt my activities, but some times I don’t see for a while.  And later I find out they’ve made a cool fort or tried climbing the lodge.    I have kids to show the importance of family, heritage, and legacy to. 

4.    My grandparents weren’t there.  This was the most obvious change.  It was strange without them.  It always felt like there was something missing.  Like we were all a bunch of kids with no parents.  It was nice to share stories, and have time to remember them.  They left us a lot, and it’s good to remember that. Here’s some of my favorite pics 

Aunt Sheila running the torch to begin the Olympics.Sheila torch 7-2-2010 6-47-06 PM

The adult relay race during the Olympics.  The games got quite competitive, and everyone was accused of cheating at least once, but it was a good time .

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Mark and I took our kids on a hike that was beautiful.  hike2 7-2-2010 12-31-24 PM

Emma enjoyed reading by the river in the morning.  Emma reading2 7-2-2010 9-09-12 AM

Our  family talent show showcased a lot of great talent

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After the talent show, we had a dance partyCheryl dancing 7-3-2010 7-13-10 PM 3168x2616Dance party 7-3-2010 7-34-35 PM

I loved seeing the family bond, and watching the new friendships that were created.

Emma and macy swings 7-2-2010 5-19-29 PMjjandchloe 7-3-2010 6-33-08 PM 2110x3168Emma and Macy 7-1-2010 1-45-07 PM





The  best part was visiting my grandparents grave and hearing stories and testimonies from family.

Family at cemetarty      Parker at tombstone

We all had a great time.  I’m thankful to be a part of such an awesome family!!