Every summer growing up, my family would drive up north to the White Mountains to attend the Whiting Family reunion. My great grandma is Pearl Whiting (for all those of you who may be fellow Whitings -AZ has a lot of us). I have so many memories of camping in the rain, running around with cousins, building forts in the woods, drinking from the spring, visiting the old saw mill, riding quads, flying high in the tire swing, riding in the big trailer up to Green's Peak, Soaring through trees on the zip line, waking up to the breakfast bell in the mornings and then all gathering together for tons of pancakes. As we got older though, our trips to the annual family reunion grew more and more sparse. I'm not sure why that happened. I guess it just became less of a priority in my mind. But this year, I really saw how important family reunions are. Not everyone has something as neat as this to look forward to every summer, and I'm so glad I was able to bring my own family for the first time this weekend.
Somehow, all of our schedules worked out that my sister and her husband, my mom, and Cam and I (and the kids) were able to go ...Along with probably close to 70 other relatives (Cam's and my estimate). I loved the anticipation for the reunion campout. Fox hasn't been camping since he was like 11 months old, but he was so excited to go camping again. A few days before, Fox pulled a flashlight out of his toy basket and said, "We'll need this flashlight when we go camping." He totally got it this year.
Some highlights of the weekend: The weather was perfect (even the rain all night long). We got to visit with a lot of relatives I've never really gotten to know before (I was just as shy when I was little as I am now). Fox had a blast and made a lot of new friends (probably my favorite part of the weekend). Sloane loved getting to explore so much outside (this was her first time camping). The breakfast pancakes were probably the best I've ever had at the reunion. And it turns out, one of my cousins (not sure how distant) and his family are in my ward! Who knew?! Family!
P.S. I got to design the shirts for the reunion this year and last. I didn't go last year though, so it was a fun experience this weekend seeing so many people wearing something I worked so hard on. And it's always fun matching with a huge group of people:)