Every year my mom's family gathers for a camping trip.
This has been a tradition for I don't know how long...I remember it from my early childhood.
The group has expanded over the years to include all my cousins siblings and their children.
Here I am with my cousin discussing our sons and their rare conditions.
Camp is a serious gaming time.
The kids did some pioneer crafts. (The camp is as close to the 24th of July as possible each year. Here in Utah, that is the day we celebrate the Mormon pioneers coming into the Salt Lake Valley)
The 24th is also my Grandpa Kidd's birthday.
These candles are supposed to resemble a campfire :)
Grandpa turned 92 this year.
He is the kindest, gentlest man you could ever meet.
He suffers with shingles but is constantly concerned about others.
You can't help but feel inspired and lifted in his presence.
Ben had a bandaid on each knee (I think his right one had already fallen off in this picture).
from falling when he was running from the car to get to "Bapa"
The kids all had fun with Uncle Jo's hammock.
The kids always do a skit...
My cousin Holly's cute baby, Este
Minute to Win it games...
My aunt Carol and I got called upon to do the "shake the ping pong balls out of the tissue box tied to your behind" game.
The 24th is another big firework holiday. We were perched up on the mountain side with a spectacular view of the whole valley.
They were going off everywhere you looked that night.
Who has bouquets of fresh flowers at their campsite?
We do :)
Andy took Ben home for the night since he hadn't had much sleep the night before and I stayed and camped with the other three kids.
The next morning we took pictures...
ate breakfast and played more games...
relaxed a little and then cleaned up and went home.
Such a fun tradition to look forward to each year!