Earlier this month, we road tripped to Missouri for a short vacation at Lake of the Ozarks. Having lived at Ft. Leonard Wood for years, I’ve been to the lake more times that I can count. This wasn’t a tourist vacation though, but instead, a family reunion.
Earlier this year, my parents mentioned that one of the bank accounts from my grandma was still open. My grandma died three years ago, but after settling her estate, they kept it open just in case. It was enough money to do something fun with, but not much when you divide it all out. We decided to try to organize a fun family reunion. Basically, my grandma’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. So, my aunts, uncles, parents, cousins, and our kids. The plan was for the money to pay for our accomodations.
With much planning on my sister’s part, we settled on a date and a place. She found us a huge house that was more than big enough to accommodate all of us. The house actually slept 48, but we were planning on 22. We wanted to be able to have a place to hang out together and a kitchen to fit us all. The house was right on the lake and offered us everything we could have ever wanted.
There was a big dock, kayaks, and paddle boards. Then there was the pool, the decks, and the game room inside. We had all seen pictures, but were still slightly amazed at how big the house was. All couples/single people had their own room. The kids roamed, but we weren’t worried about their sleeping arrangements. We set up a spreadsheet for meals and each family took one meal. That family shopped and prepared the food. It worked out perfect and we had plenty leftovers for the last day.
It was a really fun weekend. Besides a trip to Ha Ha Tonka State park, that all but a few who watched the babies didn’t go along for, we stayed at the house all weekend. The weather turned out to be gorgeous and the days were spent in the pool and lake. The nights were spent eating, talking, and watching the Olympics. The kids had a blast with their cousins, some of whom they were meeting for the first time.
I know my grandma would be happy to know that her money went to pay for us to get together. I don’t think we have all been together since 2002 or so. It’s hard when people are spread across the country and everyone has jobs and families. We’ve already started talking about getting together in two or three years again. Lets hope it works out!