it’s summertime and the living is easy

A few weeks ago, we traveled up to Missouri for a family reunion of giant proportions. The family just keeps getting bigger and bigger. This family reunion, which happens every three years, is Drew’s grandma’s side of the family – so it’s her’s, her brothers’ and her sister’s families (kids, grandkids, great-grandkids). So that means lots of people.

We started the weekend out at Drew’s uncle’s house with most of the family gathering for a cookout. This year there just seems to be more young kids. And they’re all running around all over the place. It must be tiring to run after them! I wouldn’t know…I just sat back and snapped a few photos.

Family Reunion 2011

Family Reunion 2011

Family Reunion 2011

Family Reunion 2011

Family Reunion 2011

Family Reunion 2011

Before it got too dark, we attempted to assemble the whole gang together for a picture.

Family Reunion 2011

The next day was a full day of family fun at the local park. The guys played some wiffle ball like they’ve done every reunion since they were all kids.

Family Reunion 2011

Family Reunion 2011

They take it quite seriously.

Family Reunion 2011

The younger generation looked on, picking up pointers.

Family Reunion 2011

The girls opted not to sweat it out. We’d rather pose for pictures.

Family Reunion 2011

Family Reunion 2011

Family Reunion 2011

And play with the kiddos.

Family Reunion 2011

Later in the evening, we ate (again) and had a local guy come sing us some tunes.

Family Reunion 2011

The little kids danced. (Or twirled.)

Family Reunion 2011

And the big kids danced too.

Family Reunion 2011

Drew hung out with his bro-in-law.

Family Reunion 2011

Some little kids played duck-duck-goose.

Family Reunion 2011

Others dragged chairs around the floor. You know, just for fun.

Family Reunion 2011

And a few kids even sang for the crowd.

Family Reunion 2011

Family Reunion 2011

The evening wrapped up and we all said our goodbyes.

Family Reunion 2011

Drew and I stayed for another day and spent time at his grandparents house, where we looked forward to Grandma’s fried chicken and watched a nice thunderstorm blow in.

Family Reunion 2011

It was actually bad enough that we hid out in the basement for a while. A lot of trees in the neighborhood blew down, shingles flew off roofs, and the power went out for six hours. After the storm blew over, we sat outside until dark, and then went inside and lit some candles while we waited for the power to come back on.

Family Reunion 2011

So plans for fried chicken were scrapped. Instead, dinner was Pizza Hut and a nice bottle of wine by candlelight. And that made for a memorable end to our family reunion trip! (Thankfully, Grandma made her fried chicken for lunch the next day, so we didn’t miss out before our flight home!)

See the rest of my pictures from the family reunion on Flickr.

*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “Summertime” by Sam Cooke

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