For the second year in a row my mom and her husband planned a fabulous weekend get away for all of their kids and grand kids. This year we went to the Hilltop House in Mesa Colorado. This place was HUGE, comfortable accommodating all 18 of us. 2 grand parents, 4 children and their 4 spouses, 7 grand children, and one friend of Madison's made the trek this year.
My mom and Dan are so creative in finding fun activities for us all to do. The first morning we had a fishing derby, complete with 6 pink Barbi fishing poles, and one yellow-very boyish-pole, power bait, fish eggs, awards for biggest, most, and first fish, and 2 adults for every kiddy fisher... the only thing missing were the fish... not a single bite.
They also hung glow-in-the-dark stars in the bushes around the cabin to provide fun star watching during the Blue Moon weekend. The kids were captivated with a nature scavenger hunt, going on a hike and trying to spot animal poop and prints, flowers, insects, and even some man made items like fence posts and power poles. Dan took the older girls (Madison and her friend Gracey) on a hike up to the flag pole on the summit of Beehive Mountain.
Thanks to Kristen we had a tie dyeing adventure, where all the kids came away with a brightly colored shirt, and us ladies turned our shirts into pretty amazing scarves.
Amazingly all the kids behaved and played really well together for the majority of the weekend, making it a pleasant experience for the rest of us.
Brian had to work so my mom made a cardboard cut out of his head so he could be included in the fun event pictures. We got a lot of good laughs and great entertainment by placing Biran in random photo ops. I was thankful that he made it up after work on Saturday to help me cook dinner, and we managed to get in a family picture as well.
A HUGE thank you to my mom and Dan for putting all this together for us, it is greatly appreciated and completely enjoyed by this Caster Clan!