The reunion's theme was "Blessed by the best...pass it on" -- it was a tribute to two wonderful grandparents that now have a posterity of 102. It had been years since our family had attended a reunion so many faces were new to us.
I think the kids consumed more candy of the four days that we were all together then they do on Halloween. One of the highlights was Tulua's Store. The kids each were given a chain bracelet and then given the challenge to do good deeds for others. When they did something they were rewarded with a bead to add to their chain. Then a couple of times a day Tulua's store would open and the kids could "buy" things with their accumulated beads. The kids stocked up with candy and all sorts of Dollar Store type toys. They were in heaven.
When I think of the Harvey family a few things come to mind...VERY competitive Rook tournaments, ping pong, and lots talent. I think Grandma Harvey might have played Forrest Gump back when...Birch and his uncle played a tough game against Grandma Harvey and Blayre. As you can see from the picture Birch is dying at Grandma and Blayre's little victory dance they did each time they made a point.
One night we all got to participate in the family talent show. We were hard up for an idea until the afternoon before we left for the reunion the kids all started coming upstairs in their superhero customs. Within a few minutes I found a cute and cheesy song called "Superhero Medley" and so we all ended up lip syncing to it.
We had two spidermans (Tyler and Alex), Alysee as Wonderwoman, Nate as Superman, Coop as Bateman, and Chloe was Robin. Birch and I were the singer people.
One evening we brought out our water balloon launcher and instead of launching water balloons, all the leftover candy was launched. Aunti Tami did a great job flinging that candy.
Chloe flirted with everyone but made sure that they kept their distance from touching her. She has such an infectious smile.
The meals were all super yummy and very well divided. One of the aunts put together a schedule so each meal had a chairman and then a committee of helpers. It was a great way to get to know other relatives. There was even a commercial dishwasher so clean up wasn't even too painful.
Lastly, Birch and Chloe showing off their reunion t-shirts. I especially love the apron that I came home with that also sports of the reunion logo.
We had such a great time and we're looking forward to 2011!