Oh and remember all of the mocking I got over my extra planning of our lip sync, let's just say I didn't hear any complaints after this show stopping performance. Stay tuned for the surprise ending...
Yes, my little sister Kristy is engaged. The best part of the story is I was the only one who knew as we planned this little surprise announcement. She told my mom hours before and my brothers and sisters found out right then and there along with all my extended family.
It was a seriously awesome day.
The next day began with a girl craft session. Turns out we are not all as uncoordinated with the world of crafts as we look! And of course there was more than our fair share of chatting going on but we finally had to break up to grab our families and head to the state park.
I had the greatest time at the state park. Jon and I got to play some volleyball. We had some good food and got to catch up even more with all the family. And I saw Scarlet for a total of five minutes the whole time. The girl was LOVING all her newfound relatives. I finally had to track her down so she could participate in her race.
As you can see she is definitely beating the 1 and 2 year old crowd. Unfortunately the three year olds beat her by a mile. She still looks at this picture and says, "Mom I won! Where my trophy?"
This just happens to be our local japanese gardens. We got there in record time and were greeted by this lovely lady.
Are you catching the theme? Not only were we totally running all over the city but each station was a different country! So totally clever. At this stop we had to find the Travelocity gnome, which by the way I found in like a second. It was my one proud moment of the race.
The race also took us to the dreaded eating challenge.
Oh my goodness thank you Jon for taking one for the team and downing all of these items. The boy just recently got back from a mission in Japan so none of it really phased him... except the baby food. That cracked me up.
We took one detour. Instead of kicking soccer balls we ran over to home depot to match a paint sample. That involved picking out one sample each and running it out to the people waiting in front of the store for approval. I have never been hated so much by store employees in my life. I think every single one of them felt the need to remind me that we were not allowed to run in the store. Finally, about 20 samples later, we found it and raced home.
The team ahead of us (the team that won) got there three minutes before we did. Now not to bring up a sore subject (that was my husband Jon's team) but they somehow missed the announcement that you had to run the mile to the statue on foot. They drove... then beat us by three minutes. So anyways.......
Jon had to head home the next day but the kids and I stuck around for a few more days. I got to take the kids out on a boat ride on the lake and we explored all over the Grant County fair.
My family is in charge of the next reunion two summers from now. 2011, watch out.