19 July 2011

family reunion / backyard movie night












last week dan's parents prepared a few fun-filled days, aiming to please the grands while keeping in the spirit of tradition. they outdid themselves; taking a few classic favorite memories from their kids' childhood and recreating them. it was such a thoughtful (brilliant) way to remember their family's happy times while creating new memories with the next generation!

camping out in grandma bernice's backyard kicked off the celebration. a pizza party, ice cream sundaes and an outdoor movie. UP was the perfect choice; suitable (and entertaining) for all ages. not to mention amazing to see those balloons on the big screen (and out in the night sky)!! we planned to watch harry potter when the kiddies fell asleep, but they were wired into the wee hours. there were cots, comforters, tents and camp chairs. everyone was cozy. benji loved running around the lawn with his cousins, staying up super late and sleeping under the stars. the early morning sprinklers were the biggest surprise of all, but luckily ray jumped up and saved our sleeping bags (and sleeping children) just in time!

the grand kids slept in while their great-grandma bernice and grandma shanna plated up pancakes and berries. it was divine, like something out of a movie. i loved seeing those two women scurry around the kitchen side by side like professionals in the mothering field. i am so thankful for good examples all around. it was a sight / night i'll never forget.

p.s. hooray for the team of techies in the fam who made the show possible! luckily we had an opening act; riddles and shadow puppets.

12 comments:

Nessa said...

Oh the shadow puppets!! How perfect. What a great movie selection.

{natalie} said...

What a cool night! We did an outdoor movie last month and it was a hit. How awesome to enjoy it all with so many generations.

Johanna said...

what a memorable night! how very special.

Melissa said...

Your family sounds so special. What a fun get-away.

Abby said...

I've been wanting to sleep outside with the kids - you're inspiring me. Looks like so much fun!

brooke said...

The Dansie family is amazing. What a fun event!

Sara said...

I love, love the idea of a backyard movie! So awesome. Will definitely need to research this idea for my family's summer gathering next month.

Nance said...

We did movies on our back porch in college with Dan and Robby, but with a pathetic little TV and DI couches. Always fun to watch a movie outside.

Melanie said...

Can you share with us how you guys did an outdoor movie? I've always wanted to do that (have the perfect backyard!) and would love to know how you guys pulled it off. were the bugs bad?

{amy k.} said...

that is so fun and summery! looks like a great memory! plus, i love UP! one of the greatest movies!

Katie said...

What a great idea!

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ihilani said...

How fun! Such awesome memories and I LOVE UP! Did you hear about the replica that was made of the house? It's for sale in Utah! (hint hint) http://freshome.com/2011/07/20/cartoony-architecture-life-sized-replica-of-pixars-up-house-for-sale-video/

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