Hall Reunion wrap-up
After spending a few days at Ensign Ranch we headed back to grandma and grandpa's house at the lake to continue having fun! The kids swam in the lake, played in the "bunny room", and ate fresh veggies straight out of grandpa's garden. Then on to the dreaded, but always glad you did it, family photo shoot. Above is grandma and grandpa with all the grandkids and below are a few outtakes I snapped while waiting for our turn.
Once the smiling pretty was done, we all made our way to the Carnation stake center to celebrate our parents 50th Anniversary with a, "Dance through the Decades!"
Again, I could hang my head and cry that I have only a few pictures of the event. No seriously, It's a crying shame! We had a potato bar dinner.... reminiscent of the family meals mom prepared in our youth, and sat down to eat them at bright colorful tables. Each table was decorated with balloons, pictures of our parents and questions to answer about their courtship and 50 years of marriage. Then we gathered to watch a short slide show about each decade of their lives...... followed by the music of that era which we all jumped up and danced to. All the adults, cousins and grandma and grandpa danced the night away. I experienced an overwhelming feeling of HAPPINESS to be out on the dance floor with my entire family, dancing, singing, being silly and carefree. About half way through BIGFOOT made an appearance, which fast became the highlight of the evening. (My father is a bigfoot enthusiast, I guess we all are really. long story) So I did manage to snap a couple pictures of bigfoot!
The last day of the reunion we spent time visiting "old stomping grounds." We visiting the elementary school and high school all 5 of us siblings attended....along with the stadium my brothers played football in, my sisters marched with the marching band at and I spent many evening cheerleading in.
We ended the day with more fun on the lake and a BBQ over at the tolt park in Carnation.
It was a wonderful reunion. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the whole reunion was focused on stories. My parents presented each one of us with a family story book, and told wonderful stories about their lives. Then at each devotional morning and night the aunts and uncles shared faith promoting stories and personal experiences as well. So Cool.