Monday, July 24, 2006
Well, it's been over a week now, but on July 16, DH and I along with his business partner and wife, hosted our annual company family picnic at a park by our library. Every year seems to be a little bigger and better. This year we had the families from our three employees in Yakima, plus our six in the Kennewick office and their families. Gary and I are in charge of kid games, prizes, and gift bags.
On the day before the picnic, DH and I went to the dollar store and loaded up a cart with goodies for the kids. We had a list of all the kids who were planning to attend and it totaled 33 kids! There was a bag full of toys and goodies for each of them. It's quite a chore separating the toys and bagging them up by sex and age! Then there were about 29 adults. We had sisters, cousins, nieces, moms - all kinds of family were there.
I prepared a big bucket of bubbles that the younger children especially seem to like.
Gary had a box of pvc pipe pieces he'd cut to various sizes, with a bunch of different connectors. Put them together in a certain way and you make a marshmallow blow gun, except this year we used Cocoa Puffs as marshmallows on shoes are a pain to clean.
The park has a little water feature area so the kids can get wet - very popular on a hot July afternoon!
While the adults played bingo for some very nice prizes, Gary and I had some relay races for the kids that mostly involved ice cold water. Then we ended with a frozen t-shirt contest. I had twisted and tied up some tshirts then soaked them with water and froze them. The kids had to work together in small teams to get the shirt apart and onto one of the team members. It took a lot more work than they thought, but the lucky ones who ended up wearing them, left them on for a long time! We ended our games with the annual watermelon eating contest which the kids have come to love. Both contests were won by girls!
It's always a lot of work getting prepared for this event, but seeing all the kids having such a great time makes the effort worthwhile.