Picture: Bear Lake Utah Rental Home (Site of '09 Berbert Reunion)
Ah, family reunions. TJ was exposed to his first Berbert Reunion just one week after we were married (I married him just in time, lol). It was in Montana and the accommodations reminded us of...oh, I think the word we decided on was a "camping retreat." It was interesting to say the least. That was 2005. We have a reunion every other year and we had to miss the '07 Branson affair, but we promised we'd make the next one. Well, it's now the next one coming up this summer, and the location is Bear Lake, UT. Unfortunately, we have become quite car-shy with Topher and our original plan of a family car trip to Colorado Springs and then on to Bear Lake were quickly scrapped when we added up the hours...16 one way. That's a big no.
So we were going to cancel altogether, but my mom begged and I did promise I'd make the '09 Reunion, no matter the location (I specifically remember saying that, too, figuring that 2 years was enough time to get everything sorted.) So after carousing some discount travel sites, we went with the Priceline Negotiator and we have 2 non-stop tickets from Des Moines to Salt Lake (Topher flies for free because he sits on my lap). And a rental car once we get there, since Bear Lake is a few hours from Salt Lake.
We are still nervous about the flight (obviously we have NO experience combining babies and airplanes) but it's only a couple hours, and then a couple hours in the car (hopefully the mountains will be more exciting for Topher to look at than Iowa fields.) And this time, our accommodations will include the following: TV, alarm clock, air conditioning, more than one foot of space around the perimeter of the bed, and a bathroom that isn't located down the hall. (I think I'll save the rest of my Montana reflections for another blog.)
The official Reunion Countdown Clock says we have 83 days to go. Hear that, Topher? That gives you 83 days to get ready for your first flight. Despite my nerves, I have to admit I'm excited to show him the mountains for the first time, and I can't wait to introduce him to the extended family. TJ, thanks for being brave enough to try another reunion with my crazy family. I think we're going to have a lot of fun. :)