Matt's side of the family has been getting together for an annual family reunion for over 70 years. I find this quite amazing and special, since my side of the family has never done anything remotely like it. The day is always filled with lots of food, laughter, games and chit chat. Some pictures from this past Sunday..
Crock pot city:
Matt and his grandson :-)
Looking at photo albums from reunions past (we have pictures going back to 1949 and a family tree dating back to 1695).
Kids games, including throwing a marshmellow in a bucket:
Blowing a cup across the table:
Moving a cookie from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands. This made for some pretty funny faces!
Matt's grandmother. She'll be 98 years old and she is a hoot! Incidentally, she has been the oldest family member attending for many years now :-)
Water balloon toss for the adults. This is a tradition and a fierce competition every year. The winners earn bragging rights for the year to come. Matt and I came in third and I was the last woman standing, so not too shabby...
Picture courtesy of Tahlia who took pictures during the balloon toss.
Kids water balloon toss:
Jazzie and her cousin won this year:
After the balloon toss, it's a free-for-all with the left over balloons.
Our portion of the family represented at this year's reunion (we missed you Alex and Winnie!!!!)
Great grandma in the middle with just two of her five children and just SOME of their offspring (I believe there were 65 people in total on Sunday):
Aaah... what a great day. But all that family fun in the park made for some pretty dirty feet ;-)
The day of our reunion, there was also a Memorial Service for a local soldier who died in Afghanistan recently. This was one of the scenes and it was SO cool: