On the morning of July 3rd, we all got dressed in our reunion shirts, had breakfast and started our day together on the ranch. My parents had some belt buckles made so I rounded up the guys to get a picture of them wearing them.
And since you can’t really see the belt buckle in these pictures, here it is. My dad’s brand of the C in the house is a a slight modification from his fathers brand.
Then Justin set up the rockets and all the kids got a turn pushing the button to blast them off.
We saddled up the horses again and rode around in the arena, we played games, and we sat around and talked and caught up with each others lives.
Family is family. You can’t choose your family. No family is perfect. And it does take an effort to stay connected in the busyness of life, regardless if you live in the same city or several states away. I have learned over the years that we have been blessed with a wonderful family. Leading up to this family roundup, when I would tell people that we were all going up to Oregon to spend a few days together, I did get some positive responses, but also had many people look at me funny and say “Ugh, that sounds awful” or “I couldn’t stand to be with my family that long” and a few others along those lines. That makes me sad. I have many fun memories with my family growing up and I am so thankful that we continue to make the effort to come together and be a part of each others lives. And a big reason why we are so close is because of my grandparents. Being that they were part of the greatest generation, they really valued family, faith and hard work. They have passed those values down in the generations of our family. They were present in our lives, always brought the family together to celebrate holidays, special occasions and we took many family vacations together. Now they are both gone, and our family continues to make an effort to get together, to connect and catch up. Unfortunately, this year there were a few that could not make it due to work/school commitments, and they were missed. But 37 of us made a pretty good group!
And I know that Oma and Opa were smiling down on us and celebrating along side us. And I thank them for starting this big silly family.
Oma and Opa’s 4 kids
And with their spouses
The Christensen Family
And when I saw the one that my Aunt took, my eyes filled with tears and it was another confirmation that Oma and Opa were with us looking over their great grandkids.
And for being good for the family photos I rewarded the kids with popsicles.
In the late afternoon we did a big potluck dinner, and had cake to celebrate the littlest family member, Austin, turning 3 years old. Eating birthday cake and chatting with cousins.
I wonder what they were talking about?
After our tummies were full, some of my parents friends arrived, one who is a Cowboy Poet. He provided us with some after dinner entertainment that was very much enjoyed by all.
And before the day came to an end, we had a big water balloon fight! The kids were tired, happy and completely soaked from head to toe, so then it turned into bedtime.
It was a long fun day and it didn’t end there, I’ll be back with more!