We arrived here to this blessed spot after Max's tournament:
Every year our first sighting of the lake as we round the last few bends of the canyon fills us all up with so much joy.
It's weird what feelings memories can create.
A kind of bond with a place like nothing else.
As I have listened to my kids anticipation this year I've had to smile.
They have definitely caught the vision.
For so many years we have sat in this spot and watched our children play endless hours in the sand.
Baby after baby has joined in the fun.
...and they have all grown and grown.
...and as they grow, so does their love of the lake.
I love the extra relaxing days before the annual reunion begins. Here are some things that happened this year:
One of my very dearest friends came and joined us for a couple days.
Grace loved that she let her take a little driving lesson on the beach.
These two took my Mom's addiction to picking weeds to heart.
My Dad had a little financial meeting with the grandkids who took on his challenge to write a little report about the year 1921 before they came (which happened to be his Dad's birth year) and also the year when Morgan silver dollars were made. He took that as a chance to teach the kids how important it is to do the 10-20-70 principal (more about that HERE and HERE) and to save and invest.
The cousin "groups" started rolling in.
These two are Claire's age and she is so in love with them.
Lucy found a book on drawing and has been drawing up a storm.
A few of my favorites:
Also, probably the most important pre-reunion happening was that ELLE CAME HOME FROM ENGLAND!!
(to be continued...)