Saturday, August 15, 2009

Memories, Mayhem, and A Whole Lotta Mathews

It's official. I am exhausted. My head hurts, my back is sunburned, I can barely keep my eyes open...all the signs of one awesome family reunion. The last three days are somewhat of a blur. We just went, and went, and went. It was so fun to see and talk to family I rarely get to see and do fun stuff with my kids that they've never done before. And best of Mathews Plague!! A success, in my book.

Here are some highlights (and lowlights) from our fabulous reunion:

* Our family's Amazing Race team won, thanks to Bill's quick thinking and apparent extensive knowledge of the Tri-Cities. They got to take home the coveted award, aka a scary looking mask that was spray-painted gold.

* I learned to knit! Just what I needed: Another addiction.

* Got aaaaaall caught up on my gossip and found out fascinating things about the people I went to high school with (aka ex-boyfriends).

* Macy learned to kayak.

* Payson's paper rocket shot the farthest off the air tube.

* After hovering next to it for an hour, Macy won the auction item she wanted so desperately...the one I donated (???), only to crush her poor cousin who also wanted it. It's okay, Macy said she was going to write her a letter saying she was sorry.

* Bill and Abby took an unintentional detour during the Fun Run after missing the turnaround point. We were about ready to send out a search party for them when they came jogging toward the finish line, at least 45 minutes later. They are still arguing over whose fault it was.

* Our roll-making class by Staci came to an abrupt hault when her daughter broke her wrist (badly) surfing down a hill on a piece of cardboard. A whole lot of drama and chaos ensued as they rushed her to the emergency room. She had surgery today, and a plate put in, as I hear it. Needless to say, we were all a little nervous for the ice block sliding that came shortly later, but it was incident free. Keep little Julia in your prayers!

* We watched Madagascar 2 outside on a projector screen, bundled up in blankets, with popcorn and candy from our very own concession stand. SO FUN.

It was a wonderful, wonderful weekend (minus the broken bone), and we made memories we will always have. A ginormous thanks to Marilyn for all the work she put into it. I didn't take a single picture, because my sister took enough pictures for the greater Northwest. It wasn't until today that I learned we'd have to pay $10 to get copies. Good thing I got connections.

Now I can get back to life, and...ya know...blogging and stuff.


Mike Brinkerhoff said...

It was a great time, it was awesome to see you guys (and everyone else) again!

Aubrey said...

Sounds like a whole lotta fun! Get some good ideas for ours next summer....hopefully!

Svenja said...

This sounds like you had a lot of fun and I still remember my first ice block sliding. It was shortly after I arrived in Pasco 22 years ago (yes it that long ago) and I never heard of anything like ice block sliding before, since here in Germany we just don’t have big ice blocks!!!!

Nancie said...

it was freaking awesome. we missed the movie, my babies don't usually make it past 9 30 at night. I can't wait to see the picts amy took.

JenFielding said...

Great recap Alicia, what an awesome weekend. I love our family. I didn't get to talk to you enough. SO many people, so little time. Another highlight: after uncle Stan mentioned it was the first time in 15 years all of his kids were in attendance at a reunion and Michael shouts from the back, "It's amazing what parole will do!" SO funny!

Alicia said...

Jen, how did I miss that?!

4starmom said...

I'm thinking we should pretend to be Mathews next year. No one would notice :)

Amy J. said...

It was so much fun!!! My kids are still talking about it and you know it is a good reunion when your anti-social husband tells you that he's bummed that the reunion is over! Perfect recap...maybe I will copy and paste your post onto my blog. Since you have connections. :)

Marilyn said...

Awesome recap Alicia. I love our family and the fun we have when we are together!

Shayla said...

I agree, Natasha. Ever since I met Alicia, I've told her I need to pretend I'm a Mathews so I can get in on all the fun. There's so many of them, I bet they wouldn't notice! Glad to see you back to blogging!! Yay for Teaser Tuesdays!!

Ben and Alissa said...

Sounds like so much fun!

Your teaser for Teaser Tuesday is, once again, perfect! I love it!

Amy said...

Sounds fun!

also sounds like the "fun run" didn't turn out so fun for everyone... lol