Saturday, June 30, 2012

Family Reunion

My dad comes from a large family.  They are originally from Des Moines, Iowa.  I have a lot of cousins, aunts, and uncles, and I love it!  It's so much fun to have everyone together to reconnect. 

This past weekend we had a reunion in Franklin, TN.

These were little welcome bags that we made.  They had a list of all the fun things to do in Franklin and Nashville.



We had a shrimp boil.  Have you ever been to one?  They are wonderful!  Sometimes they can be spicy, but I thought this one was just right.  Thanks to our neighbor, Ken, for cooking for everyone!


Yum!!  ....sausage, corn on the cob, whole garlic cloves (the best part), shrimp, onions, BUTTER, and potatoes galore.



These were supposed to be lanterns that would float up into the air like mini hot air balloons.  They apparently didn't work.  Luckily, Brian figured out a way to put this out before it caught the super dry grass on fire, too. 


This was pretty neat.  My dad put a slide show together of old family photos (he was working on this for a long time!).  We all got to hang out by the pool and see our anscestors. 
Oh, a note to the family, sorry for all the photos of our immediate family (my dad didn't have time to pull some of them out). 
Great job Dad! 

One night, we watched Jaws in this pool on a huge screen.  That's a fun and unique experience. 




We all went to Deer Run Retreat on Saturday for lake time, kickball, and a climbing tower.  It's a local Christian retreat center where I used to work.  I had never gone there for fun, but oh my gosh...it was so great!!  We all loved it!  

 all the cute little boys and their mamas

 the water slide that goes into the lake

The zipline over the lake was awesome...

...so was the "Blob".

 This little spider monkey climbed all the way to the top!  She's so cute!

 We had a kickball game after swimming in the lake...so much fun!

 the "tough" kickball team

 my husband, baby, and dad
This is Levi's kissy face.  He sucks his cheeks in like a fish.  It's so cute!

 all the kids

 where it all started...the great grandparents!!

ALL OF US!  Woohoo!  What a great reunion we had.  I'm so glad we all got to spend time together. 
Thanks to Donnie for the group & candid photos!
I love my aunt and uncle's m&m shirts.  I also love that the family is growing.  Check out all the kids!  They were all SO well behaved the whole time. 

I can't wait for the next reunion! <3
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