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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Winter Family Reunion

 

Let me start out by saying this has been a dream of Donnie’s older sister, Wilma for the past few years, and since she was diagnosed with breast cancer this past year, she decided it was this summer or maybe never.  So many of their family, cousins,  Aunts and Uncles, have passed and so she wanted to do it before any more left this world.  All of her kids but one were able to come. Crystal, her oldest daughter and her family just couldn’t get away, but the rest were here with all their family.  Donnie’s 2 kids couldn’t make it, and Nathan, Lois and Wayne’s son couldn’t make it.  Several of their cousins did come and their only surviving Aunt is now in the Nursing home and couldn’t come.  We had a ball with everyone that did show up, and the food and drink was abundant. 

Dennis, Donnie’s younger brother, grilled 18 chickens, his son Darin made pulled pork BBQ, and they also grilled brats and hot dogs.  We had creek fries, German potato salad, baked beans, some delicious salads that Melanie, Lois’s daughter, made.  One was a pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, and fresh parmesan cheese.  Eric, Wilma’s son, made green beans in a Dutch oven over coals, and he also made a delicious apple crunch the same way.  There was home made cookies, banana pudding, I took a fresh fruit platter, and so much other stuff.   Too many foods to list them all.  I am sure no one went away hungry.

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In this collage starting top left is Eric having a water gun  fight with some of his nieces and nephews, next is Wayne ,in front of house.   The shutters on the house were hand made by my husband when he remodeled the whole place .  Next is Donnie’s two cousins, Earl and Carl, talking to Valerie and Wilma.  Another picture of Wilma and daughter, Valerie.  Next is Denny’s  wife, Beulah talking to Carl, a shot of the guys bringing the picnic tables up from the lake, and the last is Denny cooking all that chicken.

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One of Denny and Beulah’s grandsons broke his leg jumping out of a boat.  You can see him in middle top picture, Wayne acting silly with a patriotic hat on, next are Don’s two sisters, Wilma and Lois, and bottom right is Don’s cousin Earl and wife Bertie.  They are also very good friends of ours.  We do a lot of scooting around with them when possible.

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This is just everyone enjoying all the great food.

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This is Don and his siblings.  Lois, Dennis, Don, and Wilma.  Top right is some of the young cousins and bottom is Don’s family with 3 cousins.

A good time was had by all, and for once the weather was almost perfect.  Low 80’s with a slight breeze.  I got a small sunburn, but nothing I am alarmed about.

Want to welcome my newest follower, Levonne.  She too is a very talented writer and photographer.  Check her out.  You will be glad you did.

I have been having so many computer problems.  A week or so ago my Hotmail quit working, and from looking on my own, and some help from Rick, I found out that thousands of users are having the same problems.  Still having lots of trouble leaving comments and getting into my dashboard.  May all be connected, not really sure.  I have also had some people tell me it is something Explorer 9 screwed up.  Who knows, I just know it is frustrating has hell.

Thanks for all of your encouragement and suggestions on our flooring decision. This will be a slow process , just simply because we don’t have to be in a hurry, but I will let you know how it is progressing.

Lest you think there is nothing to see here, when we get back from Colorado, I also intend to show a little bit of what Perry County has to offer.

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15 comments:

Sue and Doug said...

have fun being 'crazy' we will meet you there.. ...great family reunion shots!!!

Malone said...

Pidge, I loved the reunion photos. It this day and age, with families so scattered, and everyone working hard, it's really difficult to pull off something like this. Congratulations to all of you! Last time I managed even a small reunion of all my kids was in 2007.

Happytrails said...

What a great family reunion! Sounds like you all had a good showing and fun was had by all.

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

Nothing like being with family and enjoing all that good food,we do'nt do that enought.

Your earring's are pack and ready to mail Monday. Thanks

Mike said...

Great pictures. Large family to get together all at once. Looks like fun though.

Mike

Judy and Emma said...

I come from a rather small family, so we could probably get by with 2 or 3 chickens! :)

Rick and Paulette said...

I think a lot of folks are forgetting the importance and fun of family reunions. I'm glad to see your's isn't one of them.

IE9 is a very advanced browser that employs technological advances that other programs (Blogger??) have not yet caught up to. It may take a while for some of these issues to be resolved while some catch up. In the meantime, IE9 users are stuck being guinea pigs in a way.

Donna K said...

Great pictures - and WOW - your description of the food sounds wonderful. We had pulled pork today too...YUM! Thanks for sharing your family with us.

Carol K said...

I think you are lucky to be there to participate in all the family reunions and parties. Yay for food!

I like your new header picture, and your ending picture made me laugh.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

What a great party. It is so nice when families can get together from great distances,

JoJo said...

Pidge, looks like you all had a wonderful time and lots of good eats. Can belong to your family? :)

Mac said...

What a great day for everyone! Lots of memory's for everyone in the family that won't be forgotten.

Mac & Dianna

ain't for city gals said...

A reunion this size takes LOTS of work and planning but so worth it in the end! On the floor...of course you can do it yourself...it will look great. I too still have trouble leaving comments and like you said frustrating as hell ~!

Kevin and Ruth said...

Family food and fun, what more could you ask for. Glad you had a great time.

Kevin and Ruth
www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

*The Old Geezer said...

Family reunions are always interesting and mostly a lot of fun... mostly :-)

Join the club. I think we've all had more than our fair share of computer and Blogger problems lately. I know I have!

Have a great 4th of July :-)

~Ron