2013 Carlson Family Reunion

 photo familypic1_zpsdb5679f1.jpg
This weekend, we had our first ever Carlson family reunion at my sister and brother-in-law, Christina and Matthew’s, house. Everyone arrived Friday night for hotdogs, s’mores, and reminiscing around the campfire. Most spent the night in tents in the back yard, but Dan, Lydia, and I slept inside (pregnancy privilege!).

Dad started a fire, Dan oversaw with the hatchet, the ladies chatted and watched the kiddos, and soon everyone had eaten a hotdog or two (or three, in the case of Lydia).

 photo campfire_zpsfda1e3c9.jpg

Lydia went to bed earlier than everyone else, but before she did, she had a chance to play with her cousin, Colten. They played in the sandbox, shared a toy truck, and threw the football back and forth with Dan.

 photo cousinsplaying_zps28cc1b9c.jpg

The next morning we all got up and went for a short walk to McDonald’s for some breakfast. On the way back to the house, we ran into Matthew, who had been given the morning off from working on the farm.

 photo mcdonalds_zps573b3515.jpg

Once we had all made it back to the house, and the kiddos and pregnant mommy took our potty breaks, we loaded up the cars to go to a nearby park and ball field. Dad, Matthew, Dan, and Tim spent the rest of the morning and into the afternoon playing some baseball, much to Dan’s delight. Steph and Nate’s dog, Alice, joined in on the fun. And Christina, Colten, and Lydia took their turns as well.

 photo baseball_zpsbbaa186e.jpg

Meanwhile, my mom, Steph, and I were hanging out over on the playground with Baby Coby and Colten and Lydia, when they weren’t off playing ball. Lydia developed a game that involved picking up dirt and pouring it on everyone’s feet, and kept herself entertained for quite a while.

 photo sand_zps854ddaba.jpg

As the ballgame wound down a little, some of us headed over to a nearby farmer’s market. My mom bought a jar of pickles to go with lunch, and Christina and I shared some incredibly juicy and delicious peaches.

 photo farmersmarket_zps03894ec7.jpg
 photo peaches_zps53a75299.jpg

Then it was back to the house where the ladies prepared meat and veggie packets and Tim grilled them to perfection.

 photo food_zpsb38ac461.jpg

As Lydia took a nap, the rest of us spent the hottest part of the day swimming in Matthew and Christina’s pool. I’ve been wanting to go swimming for ages, so this was my favorite part of the reunion! When everyone had cooled down sufficiently, we moved back into the shade for a few rounds of Catch Phrase.

 photo catchphrase1_zps6b06cc4f.jpg
 photo catchphrase2_zps95ee5f97.jpg
 photo catchphrase3_zps18f68a2e.jpg
 photo catchphrase4_zps50687686.jpg

The cousins played some more with Colten’s toys. Colten couldn’t understand what we were all doing just sitting in a circle when there was a bat and ball to play with.

 photo Colten_zps062b9c6b.jpg

Lydia grabbed the Boppy and wanted to know why she couldn’t hold Coby.

 photo Lydia_zpsb81d59c3.jpg

And Coby just sat and looked cute.

 photo Coby_zps8f8772c7.jpg

Soon it was time to pack up and head home. We made it home, tired and happy, just in time for a late supper. Overall, I’d say the 2013 Carlson Family Reunion was a great success. We’re hoping to make it an annual tradition.

 photo family2_zps07f7bb56.jpg

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “2013 Carlson Family Reunion

Share your thoughts.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s