Our last full day of our reunion together was a dream. We spent much of the day bike-riding and celebrating. It was Joe's birthday and Shana's is three days later! In the morning, we took off as a family for about a 1.5 mile bike ride in to a charming bakery in town. Ella rode by herself the whole way, and she's only 4!
|View from the balcony of where we stayed with all our bikes lined up!|
After the bakery, we all worked on some projects for the birthday kids!
|Anna, Jer, and Ella made cards while Shana made platypus!|
|Ella and I worked on a special video for her mom and dad. We interviewed all the family asking two questions: 1) How old would Joe and Shana be this year and 2) What would we give them if money were no object?|
|The fresh raspberry shake I got was AMAZING! Wish there were more soda fountains around these days!|
Back at the homestead, Tina and Jer hosted a big birthday BBQ for Joe and Shana. It was delicious! Eating our dinners together each evening was a big highlight.
|This is upside down, but the candles spell out "73," which is their combined age!|
|After dinner, we presented them with their cards and their special movie.|
Just before bedtime as we gathered for family prayer, we had an impromptu singing session of all of Ella and Scotty's favorite songs, including "Wheels on the Bus," "3 Little Monkeys," "Popcorn Popping," "You are my Sunshine," and more. This is one of my favorite memories from the trip! Scotty danced and danced in the middle. It was hilarious! We were all doing the hand motions together. We even revisited songs from our youth like, "Horsey, Horsey."
The morning we left, the kids had to get in a little more hammock time.
I would love to come back to this town every single year, especially if it means getting to recreate some of the incredible memories from this week! Special thanks to the Green family for introducing it to us. And a huge thank you to my parents for the special emphasis each day on family history. Ella made a family tree with pictures of all her family members, we shared stories each evening about our ancestors, and we became more familiar with family search so we can keep a better record of the memories we have. It was really neat and something I hope we'll continue at our future family vacations!