Want to know what's really annoying? When you compile photos from your whole family and they are all in order in your google album. And then you upload them to your blog and your blog puts them in a totally random, nonsensical order. Making your job of writing the post a million times harder. And longer. That's what's annoying.
I've said it before, but this time I really mean it. This post is huge! It might take some impressive dedication to get through it.
This year the Cardon reunion was planned by Crystal and Rich and we went to Lake Shelbyville, IL. For the last three years we have gone to Breckenridge so this was a bit of a change and I'm not sure any of us knew what to expect. It was a pretty short drive for those of us in Iowa, so I won't complain about that. ;)
We made one pit stop on our drive and Crystal and Rich took the kids on a little adventure. They are so much more fun than mom and dad.
The first evening was quite hot and humid but with a group of 30, eating outside becomes necessary.
The little kids loved these little tables just for them.
We had a quick family home evening Sunday night after dinner and then just hung out and got caught up before going to bed.
Monday morning had a slow, easy start.
Best buds, Tatum and Jade, on the nature walk.
Getting everyone's forms filled out after the hike so they could go get candy.
See what I mean? Slow, easy start. Haha. I think these feet belong to Stacy. She wasted no time enjoying some peace and quiet in the hammock. ;)
Crystal brought this pretzel pool float that everyone loved.
Good team work!
Trying to do a water balloon toss. Mostly didn't work.
Upside down (oops!) Lincoln, hanging out pool side.
Emry often reminds me of my baby pictures except then when I go look at my baby pictures not so much. But Stacy said she thought this one looked like me so I'll include a couple of me to compare.
They stock their ponds and you could pretty much find at least one person from our group out on the dock at all times. The kids loved to fish.
There were races held.
This year the older grandkids were in charge of the dinners on teams. They each had a couple adults to help them out and they did a great job stepping up to the plate.
On the last night there was a little Cardon pow-wow with just the originals. I don't think many of us were looking forward to that prospect but it would seem as though the in-laws were perfectly happy with that arrangement. Punks. ;)
We had to have a fire one night.
Lucy enjoying a s'more.
A badminton birdie got stuck on the roof. Finn was a brave soul and let Brennan put him on the roof to retrieve it.
Corn hole. Nice form Stacy!
These girls barricaded themselves in for some undisturbed coloring.
Ella getting some relaxation as Crystal rubs her tummy? haha.
Emry had plenty of adoring fans. There is just something so special about watching people you love loving on your own little people. Am I right?
This ↓ is not a sight you see every day. Or ever. Literally not sure I have ever witnessed him hold one of my children. I still haven't witnessed it but I'll take a picture!
No tub in our cabin so Emry got to enjoy sink baths. She didn't seem to mind one bit.
It started raining on our last night and carried through to the next morning. Good timing I guess!
Ben got to join us for that last day in St. Louis so we took our big group shot then. It was quick and unorganized. Probably not a picture to replace the one on my parents' wall but at least we are all documented for the 2017 reunion.
I love our family reunions. I might be in the minority, I really don't know. But the people in that photo are my favorite people in the world. I look up to them and love the time I get to spend with them. It can be stressful, so many people together so much for a few days, usually low on sleep and patience, can definitely lead to some frustrations and disagreements. But I, for one, always leave so grateful to have been there and already looking forward to the next time we can all be together. Thanks for planning it Crystal and Rich. And thanks to the rest of you for making the long drive to be there!