Cousin Camp and Activities

Cousin Camp has been an annual event for our family since the summer of 2005 – at least that was the earliest cousin camp t-shirt that I could find!  From 2005-2008, they were planned around our annual summer trip to Utah.  Since we moved here, they have been centered around our home in Cove.  This year, Pat and Katarina and their family were at another family reunion, so they only came for the Saturday and Sunday activities.  Most of the husbands keep working and do not take off work for the activities during the week.

Michael, Katie’s husband, planned some Olympic style games which kept the kids happy and active for several hours on Thursday late afternoon and evening, July 26.

Michael directing Olympic Games 2012

Our son Dan and his wife, Cheryl, designed this year’s cousin camp t-shirts.  They were Hungarian flag green and had “stamps” on them – one for Cousin Camp, one for Ron and Kathie’s 50th Wedding Anniversary, one for our Hungarian Mission, and one was the Hungarian Flag.

Spectators to the Olympic Events! See the t-shirts, too.

The child on Ryan’s lap was one of the six children who live next door.  Our grandchildren love these kids – so when they are visiting, the neighbor kids come over!  (Their father is a vet and some interesting animals live at their home!)  Matthew and Abi also in the picture.  And when you have 18 kids around, what is six more???

More spectators. from left: daughter Rachael, son Daniel, Cheryl, Camden, Daughter Jenivere, Yzabel

Friday, July 27th was spent at Bear Lake – a BEAUTIFUL lake in the next valley over (east of Cache Valley).  It is partly in Utah and partly in Idaho.  I used to think it was pretty barren looking but have come to love it…

Fun building sand castles!

Grant, Mary Emmaline, Noah and Samuel.  Noah and Samuel are 11 days apart…

Cameron and Aleya – 3 months difference in age

Cheryl, Dan’s wife, with daughter, Yzabel

Our daughter, Katie relaxing with daughter, Mary Emmaline…

Katie and her daughter, Mary Emmaline

Our daughter, Jenivere, was keeping an eye on the kids…  the water was lower than last summer.

Jeni – the pavillion in the background was home base

On the way home, a visit to the Preston, Idaho Deseret Industries resulted in great finds for Cameron, Aleya and Ryan – cowboy boots!  WAHOO!  And the prices were reasonable, too!

Ryan’s camera – whose feet?  Think it is Cami and Aleya….

Saturday – the twelve and older group went horseback riding up in Logan Canyon on a trail for 1.5 hours.  Adults, Michael, Erik, Amoz, Katarina accompanied Aleya and Cameron, who turned 12 this year, and Matthew, Bennett, Ryan, Abi, and Jacob.  The younger kids went over to the neighbors for some more moderate horseback riding on their property.

Amoz in the front in this picture

Beautiful scenery up in the Beaver Creek Lodge area of Logan Canyon.

With some foresight, I had cooked a very large batch of fried chicken the day before.  Also, dear friends had given us some Dutch Oven potatoes that was left over from the ward Pioneer Day dinner, July 24th at the Cove Church.  Add a green salad and YUM!

Cousin Camp over for another year… who will host it next year?  Some talk of going back down to Carlsbad, California beach – as in a previous year…

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