Sunday, August 8, 2010


Picture HEAVY post.  Friendly reminder to click on pics to see them larger.

G is for GORGEOUS views and weather...

My favorite view out of one of the cabins we stayed in.

Early morning as the sun rises and the dew dissapates. Looking out from our cabin porch.

The meadow in front of our cabin where we saw deer and even a baby black bear.
The highs each day were usually around 65 to 70 degrees.  It rained nearly every day, and at night jackets were necessary.  Couldn't ASK for a greater place to be.

R is for RELAXATION and Reading

Eric and Dad having a nice chat on the porch before church.                      Mom crocheting some dish rags on a lazy afternoon.

Dana and Adam getting a little reading in.                                                    Hayden reading and relaxin.  Those Jones boys are READERS!

Porter taking a little snoozer while we prepared for family pics.

E is for EXTREME amounts of game play:
At any given time you could generally find a hot game of hearts going, with a lot of trash talking to accompany it.  Or, there was Boggle galore, Scrabble, Zilch, the little boys thought they were playing poker (it's debateable), puzzle solving, Moods, Memory, Jacks, etc.  But mostly....HEARTS.  And Jamyn is the hearts master (and the trash talk, tooter bum master as well).

Porter and Lana workin the "look"  Most nights we sat around in a giant circle and played games or told stories.  But mostly we laughed A LOT!    Next is Dana playing a HOT game of Guess Who with her Jayce (helped out by Owen and Hayden)

How utterly adorable is my Mom playing jacks with Jenny and Conner?  Apparently Mom was the Jacks QUEEN in her day.

Dixie, Shane and Troy concentrating over their puzzle.  They're VERY serious about their puzzles.  Morgan, Maggie, Tatum and Jayce playing Sponge Bob Memory.  Good times!

Lana, Jere and Mom enjoying a late night game of Sequence.                       Porter, Dad and Jamyn workin the Boggle Cube.

Hearts....may the battles commence.                                                      Jere and Maggie playing Guess Who.  One of the sweetest moments for me!

Oh....looks like HEARTS..AGAIN!  Porter, Eric, Jamyn and Dad

We're an odd bunch...and have decided in recent years that exercise (in spite of my big booty) is "fun?"  So, we've added a Biggest Loseresque competition.  We divide into 3 teams and have to accomplish an ungodly amount of exercise in one sitting.  The fastest team wins.  This words.  Ok fine, THESE words.  We did a 1/4 mile (I know ridiculously small) run that consisted of a straight uphill return at (I'm screaming this) 8000 FT.  Anyone know what happens to lungs that are not altitude prepared?  Holy CRAP!!!  It was painful, it hurt, I nearly died.  I had an asthma flare up of epic proportions.  But, more importantly, JERE participated.  This was HUGE!  In fact, Jeres team won, probably due to his most awesme squats that he busted out.
As far as entertainment...we're also nerdy in the fact that we like to share these little "talents" that God gave us.  So we have a variety of "acts" perform on talent night.  This year was stellar with a record turnout of participants.

Team TROY (Troy by the way is a machine)
Conner, Quinn, Jody, Breckyn, Jenny, Troy and Jere

Team Jamyn
Adam, Lana, Porter, Me, Jamyn, Hayden and Olivia

Team Dixie
Dana, Bryson, Eric, Harrison, Cooper, Dixie, Shane

Jer Bear doin some jump rope, AFTER the killer run.               Porter bustin out some pushups.
For the record, Jere is STILL crying in pain from his squats.  Also, we were allowed to opt out of two events, so I gracefully opted out of pushups and burpies, 'cause this jiggle wiggle don't do things like that.  I did do the run, jumprope, lunges, situps and squats.  OY!

Grandkids doing GRAND OLD FLAG per Grammas direction and request! ADORABLE! 
Dixies family doing a little number choreographed by her kids.  All I can say is...HANDS DOWN the best number o the night.  I watched this number and just giggled thinking of how adorable they were as a family.  Who sits around and actually learns dances together.  LOVE IT!

Jody doing an AMAZING hula hoop routine.                              Tatum, Maya, Brooklyn & Livy.  They named themselves the
                                                                                                              "Glitter Punks" and made up their own "rap". Adorable!

Jere and Lana did a scene.  They're cute.                                   My Mom doing "I Love A Piano". No words for her cuteness.

Sorry, but Maggie deserved her own shot.  The fact that she stood up and did anything was a Festivus MIRACLE!  She favored us with a little singing too and dance actions for
Party in the USA!
In this pic she's "moving her hips like yeah."

Here we are, ALL participants in the nights talent events.  Troy was just about the ONLY one who didn't do anything.  Needless to say, I have MANY more pictures and video.  Look for a future post. The talent levels in this family are sort of ree-donk!

Two years ago, the oldest grandchild, Bryson, left for a 2 year mission to Argentina.  It worked out that he got home while we were in Greer and got to come up and be with us for the last 4 days.  It was sooo FUN to make the signs, and stand in anticipation for the moment he would drive up and we would once again be reunited.  An ENTIRE family all together again.

The silly bunch of us anxiously awaiting "the moment."  We had tunes blasting and we were giddy with anticipation.

Finally....he made is triumphant RETURN!!

Breckyn and Jamyn (2 of his siblings) ran a fast as they could to be the first to get their hugs.

Gramma Dian takes her turn.  There were happy tears shed and complete joy to have him safely home.
The Jones/Rodgers family "whole" again.

Greer....Gorgeous, relaxing, Extreme, enetertaining, reuniting.  It was truly a week of joy, love, laughter and magic!  I'm so grateful to be part of such an amazing and FUN family!!

Can't wait for next year....the countdown has begun....364 days to go.

Laughter and gas clouds,


P.S.  Lest anyone think we're done talking about Greer....think again.  There are at least 200 other pictures I didn't share.  So, look for upcoming posts to cover some more of the time.  I mean, you're DYING to know about how we rocked the small town karaoke right?  BEST.NIGHT.EVER!


Kristina P. said...

That looks so fun! I wish we had a big family. I only have 4 cousins.

✩Molly✩ said...

I would reccomend you upload your photos to photobucket or a my montage site so that you can put captions on all of them, would save you time, and help you to be able to post them pics faster...

Okay, so I really really have missed your frequent blogs. it has been a REAL dry spell in blogland without you.. so WELCOME BACK! Bryson looks great! I can't wait to see him again.. man we really don't do a lot of all-the-family-together activities... Maybe I should just invite myself over to your family get togethers so I can see everyone, ha, that would be intrusive!

love ya.

✩Molly✩ said...

... you would put the photos into a slide show and could just plop that onto your blog... I could come help you learn how to do that if you like.. :)

Court and Julie said...

Too much fun! Even funner that I know just about EVERYONE from the oldest through the youngest!

Can't wait to see the other 200!

Court and Julie said...

Too much fun! Even funner that I know just about EVERYONE from the oldest through the youngest!

Can't wait to see the other 200!

jen said...

Just loved this post. You are so lucky to have a family like that. So lucky.

Laraine Eddington said...

Greer is so lovely in the summer. What a wonderful family you have.

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

OMG! That looks so much fun! I have a huge family but we've never done anything like that ... we tend to just sit around my mom's and laugh and fart and laugh about farts and eat and throw things at each other. It would be so much more entertaining to make a whole vacation out of it! :)

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

I just sent my mom a link to this post so she can see how much FUN you guys had. I am now hell-bent on doing something like this with my own crazy fam!!

Lana said...

Your family seems like a BlAsT to be with! What great memories you made. Its awesome to see such fun tight-knit families taking time to be with each other. <3

the shoafs said...

oh, how we missed you! welcome home :) looks like an awesome time and you have a fabulously fun family!! (how's that for a lil alliteration to start off your monday?!?!)

LanaBanana said...

As much as I want to say that this post gave me inspiration to go through my 800+ pictures and blog about them---sigh. I just can't quite tackle that right now! Thanks for starting us off... :)


Mel said...

I'm glad you had such a great trip. Looks like such a fabulous time. I need to get my butt up to Greer. It looks like a gorgeous place.

azandersens said...

I think it is so cool that the thing your family looks forward to the most is being together. I would love a blog post on some of Tony and Dian's parenting secrets on how to get your kids to like each other when they're adults. :)

Denise said...

Oh trust me I know the beautifulness that is Greer. I was in Pinetop all summer and of course came home, had the baby then headed back up with my mom. I got home Friday. I love it so much. I have so many amazing memories of being up there and am so excited for my kids to have the same memories.

Anonymous said...

AZAndersen...the secret is to consistently show your kids the love and do things together when they are young. That was what our parents did, and to this day, my favorite vacation memories are the drives across country singing with my brothers and sisters. Mom and Dad were never too busy for us, even when they were too busy.

Ally, GREAT blog. You have a gift. I loved this post because it brought be right back. I can't wait till next year.


Greg and Tammy said...

Love it. Always jealous of the super amounts of fun you guys have at Greer every year!!

Andrea said...

Looks wonderful! My Mom was a jacks champion also. Maybe we should get your Mom and my Mom together and see who still has it?

Minky {moo} said...

Ok, I am not really a stay anywhere in the woods kinda gal ( I know you're shocked) but this looks like SO MUCH FUN!!!! I always wanted to have a big family and be involved in things like this, what a great time!!

DianD said...

So fun to see the pics and remember it all again! :) Unfortunately, I was never the "champion" jacks player at my school or the city, but boy did I LOVE playing them. I played so much I got pretty good, but wow! This ole body doesn't like to bend into jacks position much anymore! Still love to play, however. Talent night! What can I say! And how blessed are we to have equally talented sons and daughters who have been grafted in. Yea, Greer! Yea family! Love you all!

DianD said...

P.S. The picture of the push-ups was Jamyn, not Porter! :) Jamyn has a ways to go before his "guns" are as big as Porter's. :) Just saying! Besides, look at the outfits in the "team" pictures. :)

Libby said...

What a fantastic post!
Everything looks amazing...especially the talent show and of course welcoming someone home. :-D

Stopping by from SITS

citymouse said...

I enjoyed reading this. I am such a sucker for family events. Having a couple of kids that have moved away, I almost teared up over the part about Bryson coming home. I know exactly how that feels! Very nice.

Stopping by from SITS.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Stopping from SITS! Boy! It looks like you had a wonderful time together.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Stopping from SITS! Boy! It looks like you had a wonderful time together.