Wednesday, June 30, 2010

This year it was my family's turn to host the annual Moore Reunion. So, when we gathered at Easter, I asked if anyone had any ideas. I usually like to go with a theme so it makes planning just relate it back to the theme. No one really had any suggestions so I explained the idea I had on the car ride out to the farm. Let's do the Olympics!
 It was the perfect idea...Canada had just hosted the Olympics a few months ago, so people were all over that topic. Also, the reunion falls just before Canada Day so we could tie in lots of patriotism. And finally, we could have the Olympic Games! I loved this idea as it would get adults and kids alike involved in an activity. Usually the kids have some games and the adults get to sit in their lawn chairs "visiting". (bor-ing!)

The idea seemed to go over well at the dinner table as we discussed different ideas and who would be responsible for what. As the weeks and months progressed, the plan started to look pretty cool! My one fear was that the adults wouldn't participate in the games. So, I lectured my dad that he needed to lead the way. I honestly did not think he would. I honestly thought the day of the reunion Dad would be sitting under the tree in a lawn chair and brush me off. How wrong I was!

The big day arrived with ominous clouds in the distance. I told everyone to pray for no rain, and our prayers were answered! The raindrops held off until everyone had left and we were cleaning up. Then the skies opened up :)

We had a check-in table for everyone to confirm their address, get their name tag, be assigned a team and get a family photo taken. Once checked in, people made their way to the pavilion where we were setting up for an awesome potluck lunch. Isn't it funny how everything tastes so good at potlucks? I'm not sure if it's the variety or the fact that you didn't have to make it all, but the food is always delicious!

After lunch we got things started with the arrival of the torch and Opening Ceremonies. I had actually planned on my brother in law Steve carrying the torch in. However, when Bryan Moore arrived in full red & white Olympic/Canada garb...I asked him if he would be the torch bearer. He agreed enthusiastically. So, I cued the "I Believe" music and Bryan carried the paper torch along with his niece Alycia carrying a flag beside him. It was perfect! Next up was Oh Canada. We actually blew a breaker during the national anthem, but everyone kept singing while my brother fixed the problem. And wouldn't you know we were right on track when the music came back on!!
Next Up...Let the Games Begin! I could not believe how many people assembled in their team colours for our first game - the Obstacle Course! My worst fear disappeared! With my Dad leading the way, adults of ALL ages participated and had a blast in the games! Once the scores were tallied, I had created Olympic Medals which we handed out for Gold, Silver and Bronze. Yep, people were really into the medals too!

The rest of the day was a blur of a baseball game, Bingo, Pinata and of course, "visiting". But most importantly everyone had a great time and can't wait for next year. Fortunately, we are not hosting!!


Anonymous said...

What a great write-up. Some captions under the pictures would be cute. I know this reunion will be a tough act to follow.......

LAURIE... said...

WOW! That was fabluous! I'm am seriously jealous ... this is what I would LOVE to do with my extended family ... but they sit in lawn chairs ... but maybe I don't give them enough credit. I just might try this next year!!!!! Jan, you are so special and I love to hear about your life -- you inspire me!! Love Laur