Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fulltime Families Rally in Montrose, Colorado

Family shot before the Luau 
When we discovered the Fulltime Families Rally was being held within driving distance of Salt Lake City, we felt compelled to make the effort to be there.  It's hard to pass up a chance to reconnect with old friends we met while on the road and make new, like-minded friends.  We've found the fulltime community to be unique in that it is typically much easier to achieve authentic community in much less time than in the greater community at large.  There is a recognition that the time you have is right now because you know you'll both be moving on, so there is generally much greater effort to make the most of the time you do have.  So, despite being 33 weeks pregnant, we decided to make the drive for one last hurrah in the rig this summer!

Kimberly hosting the "Not so Newlywed Game"
Kimberly Travaglino, as always, had a fun-filled activity schedule to help make it easy to spend time with others, make new friends, & reconnect with old ones.  Genna adored the craft barn at Jellystone, & I loved the fact that she had ample opportunity to indulge her craftiness, with no mess in the rig!  Jake fell in love with the playground, of course.  We took advantage of the pool, too, since we don't have as many opportunities to swim here in SLC as compared to Texas.

Our girls loved the Mommy pasta makeover
Spaghetti was for dinner for many of the moms that evening
Let's Make a Deal, with Shanan as one of the game show girls.
Shanan won a His/Her watch set :)
Kimberly had quite the line-up of games which provided lots of fun & entertainment.  Steve & I somehow excelled at the Not-so-Newlywed Game & scored the grand prize of a $50 gift certificate to a local sushi restaurant---how did that happen?? :)  Genna scored well in Let's Make a Deal and landed us a $25 gift certificate to a local pizza joint.  Somebody must have been looking out for my pregnant self; it was a treat to get to go out for dinner twice!  The Luau Dance Party was a bit hit---okay, maybe not for the 12 year-old or 2 year-old, but the others enjoyed it immensely!  Love watching my kids enjoying themselves like that!

The Redneck Luau as it was getting started
Clementine and Lewis (who poses for photos as well as Jake)
Mr. Anderson took the red pill
Alyssa discovered that she likes dancing, Shanan not so much
We all had lots of fun at the Luau dance
Daddy/Daughter dance
Genna had fun dancing with Rosalee and the other little girls.  (I don't think Rosalee likes the lei around her neck though)
All in all, we're so glad we made the effort to make it to the Rally this year.  It might have seemed a bit odd because we're not currently full-timing, but this is a community we readily connect with.  We've missed that, so it was great to be a part of it again, even if for a short time!

Linda's belly was only 3/4 of what it was in the end

2 comments:

Livingston Family said...

I am so glad we were able to meet and connect and have a common friend. I hope you guys are able to get on the road again soon! Maybe you can make it to the April rally in Tucson.

The Lundys said...

Wish we could have seen you there! I'm sure we'll catch up sooner or later though!