Tag: family reunions

White Water Rafting 2013

So last year I went white water rafting with my family on the American River and it was quite eventful.  At one point I got thrown from the raft and had to go down the ‘devil’s teacup’ on my back and then get thrust back onto the raft.  It was hard to get back on the raft and I was a little bruised so I was justifiably nervous to go this year for the reunion but anytime you get me around water I’m a happy camper. So off we went!

24 of us from the reunion went to the rafting and we had a great time and…no being thrown from the raft!  We had a great guide who was very good at explaining what we should do.   It was a long day and I am very tired but it was a great day (if a little drama thrown in there family reunion style).  I’m really grateful to my Mom and Dad for all they did to make the evening happen.


Tomorrow I am going to the Wagner Family Reunion.  We have these reunions every 2 years and I always look forward to seeing my extended family.  We also have reunions with the Richard families that are equally enjoyable.   This year we are going to the Ponderosa  lodge at Zion National Park.  I am very excited to relax by the pool, read lots of books and spend time with  my family.

One of the best things that my parents did while raising us is to make sure we developed relationships with our extended family- cousins, aunts, uncles etc.  This was particularly difficult because my family lived in Maryland while everyone else lived in either California or Utah.  When other families took vacations to beaches and theme parks, my parents focused on trips to California and Utah.  It was important to them that we had a relationship with our grandparents and cousins.

On the Wagner side it was particularly nice because there are 8 of us girls within a 10 year age gap.  Everyone else has gotten married and started families but for a while we were all going through the same experiences together.  It was fun to talk about college, dating and other issues at the family reunions.  My cousin Lisa and I were very close before she passed away.  I was lucky to spend a lot of time with her including a trip to New York with my Grandmother that I will never forget.

After Lisa passed away I ended up rooming with her sister, my cousin Julia.  We ended up living in an apartment with my great friend Emily Alvillar (now Whitman) and my sister Megan.  It was one of the defining moments of my life.  I’ve written about it before but at a time when we were all grieving, finding each other was truly a miracle.  During that time Julia also met and married her husband and that was a fun experience to be a part of.

Since college I have not had the daily contact with my cousins but I still enjoy hearing about their experiences and families.  This makes catching up on all I’ve missed over the last two years one of the best things about the reunion. Plus, I have been craving a day off.  The last month I have been working 60-70 hour work weeks trying to get tenants in the short and long-term houses, keep up with house maintenance and working on Grabber accounting 30 hours a week!  It has been exhausting.  I feel wrung out and tired.  I can’t wait to relax by the pool and soak in some sun!  If there is bad weather I think I will cry.

It will be great seeing my cousins and I am going to work on my photography, so I should have photos to post after the reunion.  In the meantime enjoy your week and weekend!  I will post next week.

Cupcakes and Family

This post is kind of all over the place, but it has been such a crazy time lately.  Last week  was jam packed with everything including work responsibilities including yard work (yuck!) on the properties, check in’s and check out’s, entering payments, working on accounting, and making new reservations.  At the same time we had our family reunion at the end of the week, so my entire extended family on the Richard’s side was in town.  This was fun but also a lot of work.  Among other things, I took my nieces to the princess festival (so fun, even with the rain!),  got Anna’s 18th birthday party ready, make her a sweet present, got the slide show for the reunion set up, helped with other family activities, baked cupcakes and  a made frosting and toppings for an activity and more.  Like I said- it was a busy, busy week.

We also had a  wonderful visit from my college friend Emily Alvillar Whitman.  She made a great effort to visit us and Megan, Emily and I had such a good time.  Those that read my blog regularly might remember her from several posts.  I love all of my friends, but Emily is special.  I feel Emily was someone I was destined to meet.  We just needed each other during a difficult time, and I believe Heavenly Father knew that.  It was nice to see an old, wonderful,  friend.  It warmed my heart.  Plus, we got to see her beautiful baby Jackson.  So cute! Thanks Emily!

Finally on Saturday my body had all it could take, and I got a sinus infection.  It was like my body said “It’s time for you to rest, and I’m going to make you sick if needs be”.  Fortunately for my body I listened and rested for 2 whole days and by Tuesday I felt 95% better.  I am grateful it wasn’t one of those infections that lingers for months- like the kind I had last Fall.  Those stink!

For work it felt satisfying to see improvement on the yards (even if, to be honest, I don’t get what makes good grass different from bad grass!).  Plus, everyone who stayed at the properties was not only happy but glowing in their praise.  I know it isn’t good for the ego to get too much praise, but I needed it last week.  Havin the praise coming from the tenants made it all the more important and valuable.  After all, it is their feedback and happiness that keeps us in business!

It was a fun week even with the work-related struggles.  I loved seeing my family- particularly the extended relations that I don’t normally get to see.  Anna’s birthday  turned out great and the Princess Festival was a lot of fun.  I am fortunate to have such an awesome family that supports and loves me regardless of my marital status (or any other factor).

This is kind of random but I made a video of Anna singing and playing the ukulele.  Isn’t she amazing?

So, here are the photos from the week.  I will include more as I get them from other family members. I couldn’t find a way to rotate photos in wordpress. If any of you know how then please fill me in!