Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Birky Reunion [2014]

 We arrived to the camp Friday evening. 
Prior to supper, there were plenty of activities going on...playing in the sand, lake, volleyball, tetherball, and playground fun.

Christian tried out the water..he wasn't a big fan of the lake water. 
The sand was all he needed to be completely happy!

Our Friday evening entertainment was provided by David, Teresa and Darren. 
We played a live version of Guess Who? (what Birky member am I??...taped to your forehead). Then we also had a mad libs version of hearing what we've all been up to since the last reunion, two years ago. 
Those that wanted to, stayed up and played games...LOTS of laughing happened.
Catch Phrase...Carol...you have a very distinct way of playing :)  and telephone pictionary (LOTS and LOTS of laughing happened when this was finished, and others played Rook, Scrabble, etc.

Saturday morning...
Noah discovered Caleb. He LOVED on him. If he was facing someone else while Mom was holding the both of them, he would turn Caleb's face toward him so he could see. It was something else! I'm glad poor Caleb is the most laid back baby and didn't seem to mind his "love".

These three...quite the talkers I tell ya. 
Christian, Molly, and Lydia. 
It was seriously hilarious to listen to their conversation...
I can only imagine if it keeps up like this, it could easily be reenacted in 40 years.

Following breakfast, Carissa had planned out an activity for the kids. It was very structured and interesting to watch. They went "around the world" with their passports, they learned a bit of information about the continent and then had various games to play based off the places they visited. I think Carissa could really have her own children's TV show that involves pretend "adventures"...she's really good at the creative stuff...takes it to a level that most people have only a couple minutes worth of material. Margie completed the adventure with her traditional "Going on a Bear Hunt"...it wouldn't be the same if she didn't lead it.

There was more volleyball, tetherball, and then games of softball (one for the littler ones..and one for the big "kids")
Ben playing volleyball.....and many rounds of tetherball with Michael.

Softball games...

Some of the spectators...the sisters.

Oh these two...

Then back to the lake for more fun in the sand.
Christian and Molly.

The blob.
The aftermath of jumping on the blob was remembered from the previous reunion. Only a select few can handle this.

That evening our entertainment was provided by these fine folks. I forgot their stage names...maybe Brutus and Helen or something. Anyway, Mom and Carissa did a good job. They showed family video clips and pictures from the past...and incorporated some games for the audience to participate in. 
After putting the kids to bed...those that wanted watched more old videos. It was good to see..laugh at some..and also to miss the times with those that are no longer here. After we played a few more games and then called it a night.

Sunday morning, we had breakfast and then had a church service all together. 
It was a heartfelt service with many contributing.
We packed up our things, and following lunch said our goodbyes. 
Fun times...and evident that quality family times are deep in our roots. Its so special, and not to be taken for granted.

Lastly...a special picture of Grandpa and Dad. 

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