We're all looking forward to the big family reunion next weekend (4th of July). Okay, I say all, but Aaron's not really looking forward to it. He likes my family, he just hates the outdoors. So a long weekend up in the mountains is not his idea of a good time. Especially since Iron Springs, where Reunion is always held, is not a KOA-style campground. It's really just a big meadow in the woods. No running water, no electricity. No flush toilets. Aaron really doesn't like that. I grew up camping there for weeks at a time every summer, so it doesn't seem that bad to me, I guess.
But I want Aaron to like Reunion enough to keep coming with me. I don't want to end up like a cousin I remember growing up - she would camp with the kids while her husband stayed at a hotel down in Vernal. If he came to Reunion at all, he would sit in his car and make people come over there to visit him. When he was ready to go, he would just start honking the horn. Any of his family who wanted to go back to Vernal for the night had better run to get in the car, or they would be left behind. So in comparison to him, Aaron is positively enthusiastic! ;)
To keep it that way, I compromise. We don't camp. Even though we spend the days on the mountain, at night we go down to town and sleep at my parents' house (about 30 minutes away). If Aaron can at least sleep indoors and take a shower each morning, he can deal with the outdoors the rest of the day... once a year. LOL.
Preston is especially excited because Grandpa has promised to take him fishing. He asks every day how much longer it is before he can go fishing. Haley is excited to try fishing, too. Neither of them has actually been fishing before - we just couldn't manage it last year or the year before. So I'm interested to see if it will live up to their expectations.
We're just hoping we get good weather this time around. You may remember my post from last year about the wild weather - including pouring rain, hail that destroyed pieces of the campsite and piled up into big drifts, and mud everywhere. I remember it as not being fun, but also as kind of a funny story in the list of Reunion events. Obviously I remember it a little differently than Aaron, since I heard him talking to his parents the other night and talking a little about last year's Reunion. Words like "horrible" and "awful" and "terrible" were thrown around. Another year like that and I might be a step closer to Aaron only hanging out in the van. ;) So cross your fingers for us that this year goes a little better!