Sunday, July 27, 2008

2008 Peterson Family Reunion (by Jason)

I appologize that this is such a long post. We took close to 200 pictures, so I had a lot to choose from. Last week we had our annual Peterson family reunion. This reunion is my Grandma and Grandpa Peterson with their 5 boys and their families (4 generations of Petersons). These family reunions have always been one of the things that I have really looked forward to each and every year of my life; we always have so much fun! This year we went to my cousin Holly's in-laws' property down on the Sevier River near Yuba Lake (only an hour drive). Holly and her husband Matt had planned this year's reunion which they themed "A Celebration of Champions" and was kind of "Olympic-based". We all had so much fun riding four-wheelers, floating the river, and competing in competive events. Not to mention all the great food! Here are some pictures to show the kinds of fun things that we were able to do:

Luke was terrified of the four-wheelers at first - or maybe it's just Kristin's driving. He loved them after this first ride.

The girls were never terrified.
My cousin Jeff brought a canon that they used to launch candy into the air for the little kids to collect. The kids thought this was great of course. Here they are loading the canon:
Lacey harvesting the candy:
Lydia proudly showing off her stash of (slightly-singed-and-gunpowder-smelling) candy:
Amanda, Darik, Brady, and Kate talking about how cool the canon was and all the candy they got
Uncle Steve decided to join in on the second round of candy bombing
The kids enjoyed playing on this rock pile
Lacey Loves her twin brother:
She also loves her cousin Braden

Darik and Kayden were the color-guard for the opening ceremonies the first night Lydia and Morgan during the opening ceremony
We love camping!
Lydia riding her cousin Belle's barbie 4-wheeler
Uncle David had pancake duty
Lydia and Lindy being big-breakfast-helpers
Mommy taking a moment with the twins in the shade
The kids bummed 4-wheeler rides as often as they could. Here Lydia is riding with Lindy and Darik and the twins are riding with Amanda
Nana and Papa even got out for a ride or two
Brady was the most popular ride giver
We made rockets out of 2 liter bottles which we launched out in the field. Here is Brady and Kate's rocket which had a carefully concealed bomb hidden in the nose cone.

Here's Kristin's and my rocket which won the bronze for straightest flight: Kristin and Brady both participated in watermelon eating contests for our family. Here is Kristin competing with the women (oh yeah...She won!)
The finished product:
Brady competing against Barrett, Bryce, and Beau
Who needs a spa for a fancy facial?

Here's me shooting Pierre's 40 caliber handgun - fun! And here is Kristin getting ready to shoot it. Doesn't she look like she is enjoying it?
One of my favorite events was clay pigeon shooting with shotguns. Here are the first and second place winners. My dad took 2nd and Cody won (his first time ever shooting)
I hit my first 9 pigeons before missing one. I loved Grandpa Hal's shotgun!
Lydia, Lacy and Morgan giving Conner a push
Luke was so tired that He was falling asleep in his dinner, so we let him take a cat nap in the cabin.
Dad with his bags of goodies:
Brady and Darik won the horseshoe tossing competition:
The kids liked to climb up on the bunkbeds in the cabin
Tug of war. Our team came in last.
Luke and Lacey and the little kids took on some of the bigger kids. Any guesses which side won?
Yup, the one with Lydia
Kristin competed (and won) the swim relay with Kate, while I came in last in my first ever kayak race.
Darik and Jeff
Darik lauched Lindy while her dad watches on
A pinata for the kids - Yay more candy!

They liked taking turns hitting it.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


On Monday following the 4th of July Darik came home from Afghanistan for a 2 week leave from active duty with the Guard. Kristin and the kids were able to go up to the airport with my family to welcome him home. I was of course at work. Darik has had to grow the beard for his mission, and was really funny to see at first, but you get used to it pretty quick.

July has been fun! (posted by Jason)

On the 4th of July I had to work, but Kristin got to take the kids to Provo's annual Freedom Festival parade where they had all kinds of fun with Kristin's and my parents and the kids' cousins. Notice the beautiful dresses and bows that Kristin made for the girls.

After I got off work I met Kris and the kids at her parent's house for a great BBQ, then we biked with the kids over to Lavell Edwards Stadium where we set up blankets right outside to watch what we could of the Stadium of Fire. That was so fun, we were able to here Miley Cirus perform and have a front row seat for the fireworks. The kids had a blast! our camera battery died, so we didn't get many pictures. The Awesome thing about us riding our bikes was that we were able to zoom past the insane traffic in Provo after the fireworks are over.

This picture is at the stadium walls. The next morning we got the kids up early and biked to Fox Field to watch the hot-air balloons fill up and launch. The kids loved the pink piggy-bank balloon and Smokey the Bear.

We had a great fourth of July Weekend. Hope everyone else did too.