Monday, July 6

reunion recap + a glimpse of the homestead

Hey hey, Sweet Friends! 

Even though I don’t usually stop in on Monday’s to share our weekend highlights, I do believe this past one is worth making an exception. 

A little background first. 

Our family holds its annual reunion every year on the 4th of July weekend. It has always been kind of a big event. Lots of people, great food, games, fireworks and just loads of fun for everyone. 

At the end of the 2018 reunion, my Farmer raised his hand when someone asked for a volunteer to host the following year’s festivities. I wasn’t near him at the time and didn’t immediately register what he’d done, but once I did, I was like “oh boy, what did he just get us into?”

So in the Spring of 2019, my Farmer built an equipment shed onto our existing barn, as well as what we later named, the Conference Room. 

The shed is beautifully built and houses various pieces of hay equipment 363 days a year. However, one weekend of the year, all the equipment is pulled out and tables and chairs are set up in their place. 

The Conference Room is really a man cave. It was added on to the barn and boasts a sink, air conditioner, small heater, refrigerator, and comfy seating. It’s a place of refuge during the hot summer months as well as cold winter days. It’s also the central hub for serving lots of people for a reunion.

I can’t not mention the other masterpiece that was built in tandem with the shed and conference room - the outhouse. This provides an onsite facility for my farmers while they’re working, and coincidentally, for reunion guests. 

While he was raising buildings, I redid our entire landscaping. I gutted most everything. I left a couple of knockout roses and azaleas, I planted day lilies along the front and side of our home, and added a touch of color with perfectly spaced red and white vincas. Instead of mulch, I put down river rock. I also tore out a piece of our sidewalk to make more room for flowers. I picked up some pots from Lowe’s for the leftover vincas and strategically placed them around the farm. It was a ton of work, but it turned out beautifully. 

That being said, preparation for the 2019 reunion was intense, but the hard work and effort were totally worth it. We had 100+ people and all had the BEST time. I don’t believe anyone asked for volunteers for the next year because it was decided without question. Not to mention, it motivated us to do the things we’ve been procrastinating and afforded us the ability to enjoy those benefits ever since. 

Now, back to this weekend. 

For the second year in a row, we were honored to host our family’s reunion, and it was once again, perfect. Family rolled in with food, drinks, games, and more. In the interest of minimizing the spread of germs, the tables were dawned with hand sanitizer. There was a hay ride and even an inflatable water slide! We played a couple of volleyball games, and the kids doused one another with water balloons. I had far too many cookies, and held my Littlest Farmer tight when the fireworks scared him. It was really a wonderful time. 

And by the way, the preparations this year were not nearly as intense. Just a little clean up and a whole lot of weed eating. I did have to replant the vincas because they aren’t perennials, but everything else returned bigger and more beautiful. 

Here are some photos from this year's event.

Until next year!


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  1. WOW! That is incredible that you guys are able to host that many people and you created such a space for everyone! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  2. Everything looks amazing, and love all the structures you've built yourselves. Yay for all the outdoor family time, super jealous you were surrounded by so many loved ones <3

    Green Fashionista

  3. What an amazing space! I'm glad you guys were still able to have your reunion despite everything going on. Looks like it was a great time! xo

  4. You really created an amazing space that is both functional and welcoming. It looks like so much fun!

  5. No wonder you have been the host two years in a row! What a perfect space. That looks like a fabulous weekend.

  6. Oh my gosh does this sound perfect! Looks like a blast- thanks for sharing Trista!

  7. What a great time. I love what your husband did with that shed. everything looks amazing!!!

  8. Wow you are so lucky to live with so much land! It is lovely to get a glimpse into this side of America (we live surrounded by farms so I am fascinated). The tractors are amazing - I guess US made? Also I think my son and husband would die for a BBQ like that and all those burgers! Looking forward to reading more.

  9. That looks like a great family reunion! 100+ people?!! Wow!! You have a great space and looks like such a fun time.

  10. Wow! This looks amazing! What a fun time, and a perfect location.


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