A tradition is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past.
The Hatch family had a reunion years ago when my parents lived in Lincoln, Montana, and although it was over 20 years ago I will count our reunion this year as #3. Our #2 Hatch reunion was 4 years ago which shows that we have started a tradition. Yea! This is a pretty huge deal. I remember going to a family picnic/reunion in Brigham City, Utah when I was a little girl and the only thing I remember was aunt Rhea Budge with her red lipstick.
The Hatch family is a pretty small group. My father has 1 sister which means I have 1 aunt with 2 first cousins. My mother was an only child. Crazy isn't it?
Small, very very small.
Above is daddy, my brother David and of course my twin sister Lou Lou. Lou Lou made a scrumptious breakfast a few days before the official start of the reunion with the famous Hatch family tradition of Christmas morning cinnamon rolls. A third generation tradition to be specific. They tasted perfect in July!
On our way for a walk in the park and long over due visiting.
Of course we are missing our sister Susie. She is autistic and lives in northern California.
This is our "figuring out the agenda" meeting. There were a lot of options, but just like the last reunion up here, we chose to do the same activities. Creek, ball game, Waterton, wiener roast.......
The family Patriarch.
Lou Lou taught us a new card game called, Lucky Unders. There is Dallin, Kelly's husband in the kitchen making cowboy cookies. They were huge. They were delicious. He made them two nights in a row so now during every Hatch reunion Dallin has a very important job.
Lucky Unders was the adult game of choice because......
playing Scrabble involved too much thinking. The cousins needed a challenge. Pretty sure they didn't have as much fun as the grown-ups.
Neal and little Gray.
Sophie dancing for us.
Jonnie and Rio. Who doesn't like Rio? She's the best.
Dixie was so nice to bring Downey and Shasta for the kids to ride. The kids loved it!
Emma and Ella
Noah, Luke, and Will at our "cowboy supper".
I'd say this is a ton of family for a Hatch reunion.
Jon and Cher organized the ball game at the Leavitt ball diamond. David and his kids are pretty big fans of the game. My mother used to go to the San Fransisco Giants game. Her and some ladies would get together and call it visiting teaching and she has passed down the love for the Giants on to David.
You gotta have spectators and
"Great pitch Dave"
Only family picture. There were a few missing which always happens, but one good thing about family reunions they come back around. I vote for t-shirts next time. Wait until you see the Cahoon reunion family picture. So so fun.
Steph, Mary-Anne and Kelly
The boys loved riding the Honda 50.
Noah, Will and Jonnie.
Chris brought out his clay pigeons. Chris is throwing and Clark is shooting.
And the creek. And where did we go this year since "27" is off limits now :(
We went to Cahoon Crossing, another family swimming hole from way back.
The kids loved climbing up the bank. So did Rio.
David and Mary-Anne
Mark and Clark
Grandpa and Kristen having a very interesting conversation. Grandpa has a plethora of interesting stories.
Chris and Lou Lou
Brad and Kelly. Engaged to be married on September 21.
Sometimes you gotta take your own couple picture. Mark tolerates them, can you tell?
Bookend twins with our nieces, Steph, Cher and Kristen.
The classic log picture on Waterton Lake.
If you look really hard, you can see Trinn in his red t-shirt skipping a rock.
Besides braving the frigid water the lake is superb for rock skipping.
Sophie and Steph.
Picture perfect picture in picturesque Waterton.
Funny picture right? Wanna know what everyone was looking at?
Hail. We had hail again this year! The kids LOVED it! Absolutely LOVED it!
They were running around like mad, looking through every window. Noah was the hero. Our bathroom window screen had blown out and we had hail stones everywhere.
My flower garden was pounded on two years in a row. I was not happy. My hosta plants were so so happy in their shade garden. There is always next year. Hail in July has become a tradition.
A full rainbow.
David celebrated his 60th birthday with greetings and fun you tube videos from far and wide.
He is definitely loved!
Really really bad picture.
The sucker in the middle says, "60 sucks".
Dollar store special.
Father and son.
And there you have it......
Another successful Hatch family reunion.
Everybody wants another one in 2 years!
Family and making memories are where it's at!