While on our recent extended family trip to Lava Hot Springs, Idaho I took the opportunity to wander outside our inn and poll various family members as I encountered them.  There were 44 of us in all.  I only polled those I happened to run into on that particular night so, no, this poll will not have 44 entries.  I give you their answers in the order that I encountered them.

The question?

What has been the weirdest, quirkiest, oddest thing you have seen on this trip:

*Hoob – “Guymon’s” face.  “Guymon” is my sister’s (sis #3) husband.  He and Hoob teased each other the entire trip.  And the lady with the purple hair and the manly armpits.  Yes, that lady was something to behold.

*Juju – That offspring of the bug that mated with a zebra!  Juju apparently saw a black and white striped bug that freaked her out.

*Hub – Sis #3’s ex-husband saying hi to me.  Yes, sis #3’s ex-husband was in Lava Hot Springs for a family reunion the same time we were!

*Shroom – Hoob swimming.  He claims this is an inside joke between Hoob and himself.  And I’m sure everyone can say that the best thing they saw was my backflip!  Shroom attempted a double back flip off of the highest tower at the swimming pool.  He only made it around 1 1/2 times and landed on his back in the water.  Most people who witnessed it groaned.  And, yes, Shroom says that it hurt when he hit the water.  Teenagers!  Sometimes you wonder if there is a brain in their head!

*Bro #1 – That boxer going down the river!  There was a boy tubing the river who had his dog on the tube with him.  The dog did NOT look happy to be having the experience!

*Plumber (Huh’s boyfriend) – I saw a dog riding on the back of a motorcycle.  He was loving it!

*Huh – A group of four people floating down the river on an air mattress!

*Yawlin – The stores.  Yawlin thought that some of the items in the gift shops were a little strange.  Afterall, who WOULD come all the way to Idaho to purchase Chinese Stars and other Asian weaponry?

*Mack – The drunk man on the horse.  Our second night there the entire family had gathered in  front of the inn to visit and adorn ourselves with glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets (the plan was to play glow-in-the-dark tag, which never happened).  Some guy who had obviously had too much too drink came riding his horse down the street singing at the top of his lungs.  He had another horse in tow.  When he saw our glowing group he stopped and asked if he could have some “glow sticks” for his horses.  Some family members gave him some necklaces which he promptly draped over his horses ears.  The horse he was riding didn’t mind the necklaces, but the horse in tow didn’t like them too much.  She kept trying to flick them off.

*“Marty” (Bro # 1 fiancée) – The not-so-skinny woman at the pool who purposely bent down in front of me so that I had a full view of her behind.  Ick!

*”NA” (Bro #4 girlfriend) – Some guy that offered to buy my kids.  Apparently he offered her $12,000 for her three girls.  What a creeper!

*”Guymon” (Sis #3 husband) – Hoob violently pulling up her pants.  A long inside joke story that would take too long to type up.  It is not as perverted as it sounds.

*Sis #3 – Seeing “Collector” (Sis #2 husband) kiss Guymon at the pool.  It was done in the spirit of goofing off.  Um.  Ya.  Let’s move on to the next answer…

*”JJ” (a nephew–son of sis #1) – The cat that fell out of the tree and landed on Barbara’s (the aunt who owns the inn) car.  The cat clearly had not meant to do it.

*Bro #4 – The people who live here.

*My parents – The chickie poo at the pool who had obviously had breast enhancement surgery and was quite proud of her new look.  She kept swinging them from side-to-side and looking at them. 

*Kweenmama – The lady running down the street wearing a cow apron.

So, there is the Weird, quirky, and odd from our trip.  The next time you travel look for the oddities, it can make the trip that much more interesting!

My brother voted me as “biggest dork” in our family.  I voted my dad for the same honor.  My sister ended up winning the title with 33% of the votes.  Mom came in second. 

Thanks to one of my sisters, our family has discovered MyFamily.com, a website where families can create their own website with very little work.  Sis stumbled upon it, set the site up for the three month trial period, and sent us all email invitations.  It was an immediate hit with the females of the family.  The men have taken a little longer to warm up to it, but they are starting to visit more frequently and leave goofy comments.  Once the trial period was over it was a unanimous decision to divide the small fee amongst us and continue the site.  We have a large family, so our individual cost was small.

This has been a fun way to connect with our extended family.  Our kids have really enjoyed it, playfully “dissing” cousins, uncles, and grandparents.  The poll section is quite popular with our crowd.  Families can create their own polls and then members can vote.  The site shows the vote percentages and, if the poll wasn’t tagged as anonymous, it shows how we each voted.  In addition to the “dork” poll our family has been polled on who in our family should be the next president of the U.S. (my autistic brother won that one), who in the family has the worst luck, who has the best luck, and what is the best candy to receive trick or treating.

The site has a calendar so we can post upcoming events important to our family.  Right now our calendar shows an upcoming birthday, my daughter’s dance competition, and an entry titled “Look at This!” that once clicked on, shows that it was posted for April 1 and “made” us all look.

Photos can be uploaded and commented on.  We have had everything from trip photos, to pictures of pets, to highschool dance pictures, and holiday happenings posted.  It’s been great to see how the family members who live out of state have grown and changed.

One of the most utilized areas of the site is the area where news of family events can be posted.  Teenagers receiving their driver’s licences, sports wins, team tryouts, ghostly activity, and holiday greetings have all been posted by family members.  We have even received requests to remember certain family members in our prayers.

There is a review section  for us to review movies and books, a chat feature, a file cabinet to store family files, and a family history area.  The “dorkiest” sister used the recipe section to post how to make mac-n-cheese from a box.

The website has been such a hit it has even become a topic of conversation when we get together for family dinners or when we phone each other.  It’s great to see the connections that are being made between the younger and older generations of the family.  We all agree that it has been money and time well spent.