Family Reunion, St. George & Heidi’s Visit

The Benson (Peter’s mom’s side of the family) Family Reunion was held in August at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, along the border of Zion National Park. We had family flying/driving in from all over to attend. The Thursday before we headed down we hosted several family members at our house. Slumber party!!! We had 4 family dinners, 1 baby shower to attend, and 1 baby shower to host. It was such a busy weekend, but it was a total blast. On Tuesday we headed down to beautiful southern Utah.

The Neuenswander and Hansen clans stayed in this house.

With 26 people (I think?) staying in this house, we somehow managed to score the master suite.

Christina, Jack and Leah had fun in the master bath.

Riley and Jack enjoying some pool time.

Having fun at the two-tiered pool.

Kira playing Cat and Mouse at Kid’s Club. They loved it!

Heritage and Family Trivia Night. You know, just a small family get together.

Cute pregnant ladies! Two of which have had their babies!

The Three Musketeers hiding out on the top bunk.

Each house had ping pong and foosball tables. I wish we had footage of our Around the World ping pong games!

Jack happy with a golf club, even when it’s as tall as he is.

Leah, Jonah, Jack and Everett being cute.

More cuteness with Leah and Zaya. Leah was in heaven with all her second cousins around to play with.

Driving through Zion National Park.


We went on a family hike; it was a beautiful day.

Behind a little waterfall at the lower Emerald Pools.

Family picture at the top of the hike.

Kira and I ready to go on the zipline.

All 85 of us at the Benson Family Reunion.

We found the best name for a road on a sign near the resort.

We left Zion on Sunday, but before we headed home we stopped in St. George. We visited my friend, Tara, who I grew up with in Ohio. I was able to see her and her son and meet her husband. It was so fun to catch up, and the kids had fun playing, too. Don’t let Leah’s grumpy face fool you, she’s a complete actress.

We then headed to Peter’s dad’s cousin house for Sunday dinner, and met his Great Aunt LuGene.

We got into Provo late Sunday night. Bruce, Christina and Heidi stayed with us, and then headed to Idaho the next morning, where Heidi stayed a week there visiting and checking out BYU Idaho. She then came back down to Provo for a week to play and visit BYU and UVU. It was so much fun having her here, but it reminded me that I am definitely not 17 years old anymore. I am an exhausted, old lady! We finished off the week with a rooftop concert with Stephanie.

I think Heidi liked BYU, so hopefully she’ll be making the move to Utah next year to start college. This means I will have the best babysitter in the world close by, and constant reminders that I’m not 18 years old anymore.

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  1. Karisa says:

    I love these pictures! It brings back great memories. That one of Leah and Zaya is darling! And I also really liked the picture you got of everyone by the double-decker pool with Matthew about to pounce. And you really captured the gorgeous scenery from the hike. And the endoftheroad sign. And everything else.

    We miss you guys! It was fun hanging out with you in August. Oh, I got your email about that video from Peter’s iphone– don’t worry about sending it! But thank you anyway.

    • Deborah says:

      Thank you, it was fun going through all the many pictures we tried to take at the reunion! It was so fun to see you guys in August, too! I wish we could have spent more time hanging out and getting to know everyone better. Already looking forward to the next reunion!

      Yeah, sorry about the video. I’m not sure why that e-mail went to my spam folder, because normally your e-mails make it to my inbox! Maybe it was the title, or something.

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