Jill and Corey and the kids headed out first in the van, with plans to stay overnight. We followed a bit later, with plans to tour some gardens and then meet up for some shared afternoon, evening time.
Sister-in-law Jan came from Gig Harbor, bringing her and Tom's niece Julie, and Julie's two kids, Brian and Sarah, who are visiting from San Jose, CA.
Jake headed up in the afternoon after coaching a soccer clinic.
We all came on the ferry. It was a beautiful day and the wait in the ferry line was long, so no one arrived before noon.
Adults converged on the beach to catch up.
When we arrived we found Irene and Sarah fully bonded in their girly-girl mode. They are second cousins, but if they've ever met, it was as infants.
And Isaac and Brian were also thoroughly enjoying each others company, being boyish boys. They marked out a soccer pitch in the sand and were playing soccer when we arrived.
Of course this kids are moving targets, so they're a bit hard to capture in photos, although the girls are willing to 'pose'. I'm sure they'll have Jake rebuilding the fort by this morning.
Jill and Julie's second cousin Mike, who was already at the beach, offered boat rides.
Julie grew up in Los Altos and Jill is a Seattle girl who now lives in Colorado, so they have never had much time together, but they have a strong bond nonetheless.
And now the kids are getting the opportunity to bond as well, at the place that is at the heart of the Reeder clan, Whidbey Island.
Update: Corey just sent me this photo via email and his smart phone. I love technology!