Friday, October 23, 2009

Family Reunion

What can you say about them?
We all have them, we all love them, and we all think other family's are not quite like ours.
Our family is the same.
This is my mom's side of the family.
The family reunion I've attended all my life, the one my Naw's mom (Mam-Maw- yes, that's what we called them) started back when my mom was a kid.
My Mam-Maw had 10 kids. Raised them during the Great Depression & on, mostly as a single mom. Isn't that crazy?
This was the first year without Naw being here. It was different. No chocolate pies or cake.
This was one of her favorite times of the year.
Grandaddy had a hard day. Too many emotions to sort through, I'm sure.
But, he did enjoy this moment with the 2 year old.
They're sweet:).

The day starts with all the family arriving at different times, visiting, setting up...you get the idea. Then lunch. Usually barbecue. Although, my mom holds out hope every year that it will be Mexican.
After lunch, the contests begin. This is the coloring contest. Used to "compete" in this one myself. This year, my baby joined in on the fun. Crazy.

She won 2nd place in the 2 year old division. And, there were more than 2 kids. I think there were 4:). She was so proud of her medal, and SO excited about that blue bag.
There was "ken-dee" (candy) inside.

After coloring & dessert contests are over, the pictures start.
Every family takes one together.
Then the siblings.
Then the cousins.
There's usually a lot of laughing involved.

Here's our family minus a few members.
2 are in heaven.
4 were at home.

The cousins. :)

Our girl, eating her winnings from the day.
She earned it, right?
We packed up about 3, & prayed for a long nap on the way home.
Didn't happen, but at least she was happy, mostly.
The day went much faster than I remember it doing as a kid.
I was glad to be there with my family.
Good memories.

1 comment:

The Lowry Place said...

Oh my gosh Parker is just so cute. I bet she stole your granddaddy's heart and he needed that extra love. Your better than I, I've never been to a family reunion. Only at Funerals it seems.