Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Family Reunited

So, at the end of July/beginning of August we were able to travel home to Texas for a Smith family gathering. We started out our trip in Dallas where we were able to spend time with family and catch up with my old friend Audra from high school.

During our visit in Dalls we met Winston, the newest addition to Jeff's family. Chase loves bulldogs, so it was love at first sight for the two of them. His lazy, fat self sure did keep us laughing.
We also went and watched "Despicable Me" in 3D. Hands down, movies are ten times funnier when you see them with little kids. There was so many of us that we took up an entire row, and then some.
We then headed down south to Surfside, TX a city near Galveston. We rented a beach house big enough for all 22 of us. We spent our days playing with the kiddos on the beach. Here's little Ollie who had grown so so much since we saw him last Thanksgiving.
One night we went "Ghost Crab Hunting". It's where the kids walk around with flashlights until they find a crab that is transparent (hence ghost crab). Then they scream and chase it until they catch it. Regardless of age, the kids were fearless and would pick the crabs up with their bare hands.
Each night a different couple was in charge of cooking. Needless to say we ate well all week. The night Chase and I were in charge we felt we should introduce the family to one of our favorite desserts--Pazzokis. We made big pans full of cookie and poured the ice cream on top and let the kids go at it. It was utter chaos!
A night of smores!
Brad and Karrie's fish's presentation was quite remarkable.
The row of beach houses lit up at night.
We were able to put Jeff's expensive hobby (photography) to good use this trip. Here are some family photos we took one evening.
Here's our beach house.
And now presenting, the infamous sailboat my dad bought shortly before our reunion (may it rest in peace now). It was quite the adventure lugging the thing from Dallas to the coast, but we made it safely and enjoyed a week of sailing with the boat only tipping once.

Much of our indoor time was playing games, including Rock Band. It's pretty crazy when your little nephews can rock out with you!
I sure can't wait for the next Smith family gathering!


Mark and Elaina said...

I like your short hair! And your pictures!

Megs said...

Ah Christy you've made me quite jealous. Your family definitely knows how to have fun! Can I be invited to the next one? ;)

Emily Malinka said...

you have got to love family reunions! looks like that one was a "splash!" oh I really am that lame...

bklain said...

That looks like so much fun. Are you and Chase jumping into the water in your clothes?? Brave. Loved seeing the sailboat. Now I can imagine it at the bottom of a lake :(