Every two years the Busath's have a family reunion.
We missed the 2011 reunion in Yellowstone.
Sad news, right?
But, we didn't miss the 2013 reunion in Lake Tahoe!!!
Here is most of the family.
|Picture taken by my cousin Andrea Busath. She is in the blue shirt with white polka-dots on the far right.|
You will notice that our little family is not in the above picture either. =-( We were sick.
And my Dad and Uncle Greg Hardester are not in the picture because at the time they were giving our little family Priesthood blessings.
This is a picture from our first night.
Marley in the green sweat shirt, with her second cousins, playin in the beached canoe.
Our poor little Isabelle threw up between 4 and 9 times in the car on the way...
I lost count after 4 times.
She had had a cold and in the past we found she has a sensitive gag reflex and congestion would lead to coughing, gagging and throwing up.
That's what we thought this was.
The only thing worse than having a sick baby, is having a sick baby in a car.
Oh wait, it's worse when the sick baby is in a borrowed car seat and a borrowed car.
Sorry Julie and Mom.
When we arrived we were hungry and tired and sick and REALLY REALLY needed a washer and dryer.
We stopped by the main reunion site, a place called Manzanita!
(That's where the kids are playing in the canoe.)
That is where most of the reunion peeps were staying.
It was an awesome place.
A small motel converted into a reunion type place.
Several private rooms with private bathrooms.
But, the old lobby/office was a kitchen and big dinning area.
Sort of like a mini-lodge?
After we checked in with our family we set out to find a laundromat and found we were too late to start laundry that night, it was 9:00pm and the last load had to be started by 8:50pm.
We did the next best thing and set out to find food.
We had Round Table Pizza, a favorite from growing up in California.
After we ate though, Marley started feeling sick.
As we drove through the parking lot to leave dinner, Marley started puking.
We returned to Manzanita because we heard there were washers and dyers there that we could use!
We had planned on "camping" with my parents in their camper trailer.
Our plan was to start some laundry at Manzanita, go to camp and get all set up for bed and get the girls to bed. Then I would return to Manzanita to change the laundry.
By the time we were done with dinner it was around 10:30pm.
I was pooped and started feeling sick myself but, wasn't sure if it was because I had been around it all day and cleaning it up all day or because I was actually infected with a bug.
As my sister helped me search for the exact location of the washer and dryer my emotions overcame me and I started to cry.
We had come so far, thousands of miles to be here. I had just spent 10+ hours in a car with a sick baby and now Marley was sick too.
I had expected fun and pure enjoyment while spending quality time with family I love so much but live so far away from.
I was so disappointed.
My Uncle Greg, Aunt Kathy and their family were staying in a cabin in the Tahoe Keys.
They were there at Manzanita though and they instantly said we should stay with them.
They had a master bedroom with a private bathroom and a washer and dryer right down the hall.
I didn't want to intrude on there accommodations but it did sound like the ideal situation, given our circumstances.
Julie helped me take the laundry back to the car.
I filled Nathan in on the new plan and we followed my Uncle Greg over to the cabin.
We gave Marley and Isi a bath.
We started laundry and got those girls to sleep.
We finally got to bed around midnight.
Around 1:00am I got sick and proceed to be sick through the night.
Isi slept fine and wasn't sick again until morning.
Marley had a small box next to her with several grocery bags lining it.
Every time she got sick we just pulled out the top bag.
That was my Uncle Greg's genius idea.
I tear up thinking about how much love we felt even though we were quarantined from the family.
It was such quick and generous thinking on my Aunt and Uncles part to offer us their space and convenience to the washer and dryer.
The next day my Uncle Greg and my Dad brought us meals that were prepared for the family at Manzanita.
AND they missed out on the family picture so they could minister to us.
My mom called us to check on us.
Nathan remained unscathed all of Saturday.
While me and the girls continued to be ill.
We all slept most of the day.
Which brings me to the only pictures WE took while in Lake Tahoe.
I was in bed on the right most of the day.
Isi is asleep in the stroller, though she mostly slept in the pack n play, again borrowed from my mom.
Marley is passed out in that blue blanket on the floor on the left.
Very unlike her.
It would have just been better to have her with me.
(This has come back to haunt us as our insurance would not process the bill since it had the wrong birthdate. That's a whole different story now.)
I'm a weirdo.
(When we returned home we talked to our family doctor about getting the easily disolvable Zofran for future use and he said "NO! That has not even been tested with infants!" Yikes! Okay!)
What's cool is, we were planning on submitting On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons. We chose that one because we A) we love that song, B) we practically live on top of the world and C) they say EH a lot in that song.
Another cool fact. My cousin Claire (dancing above on the right) is now in Oklahoma serving a fulltime mission. She's a visa waiter going to Brazil.
Ben is now serving in the Indianapolis Indiana Mission.
My cousin Evan was in the MTC in Mexico, learning Spanish and is in the same mission as Ben!
Two cousins in the same mission, one speaking Spanish and one speaking English!
END OF US MISSING OUT.
After moving in we had Sunday dinner.
Basically it was a powerpoint of pictures of temples and then we guessed which temple it was.
I wish I had made a little video of this.
When the Busath's sing together is it like Angels!
We all sing pretty loud but we all blend really well.
I don't feel like any of us are soloists but we are all really good singers.
We sang with the keyboard but my favorite was when we sang acapella.
I didn't even want that to end.
Then we played games!!!
We decided it would be too cold for our recovering bodies to float in tubes that long so decided we'd just go to the beach.
But, here are the instigators of the river float.
Several families had a great time floating.
Sad we missed this.
These pictures are courtesy of Julie, my sister.
Isi doesn't really look happy to be at the beach, right?
Julie thought Isi was giving her a crusty but, Isi's just mad that she's at the beach and doesn't have her suit on.
I was helping Marley get covered in sunscreen, but as soon as I was done I changed Isi and dowsed her in sunscreen too.
Isi really liked sitting is this raft until I got up to take a picture of her.
|This was taken by my sister Liz. Isi was beat and ready to leave the beach.|
|the rest of these pictures are courtesy of Andrea again, unless otherwise mentioned|
No picture because these are Andrea's pictures and she was singing with them. :-)
The Laugenours did a mash up of several funny scenes from various movies.
It was funny too!
I love my Aunt Nancy in this first picture! Ha!
There is a rumor that my cousin Dave made a video of it.
I've inquired and if he can get it to me, I'll post it another day.
WhooWee this was a long post!
Nathan got sick early Tuesday morning but was fine the whole drive home.
He couldn't just get through it totally unscathed...had to get sick once.